Remember when it turned 2000 and we thought the world would shut down with the ball-drop? And then, when it didn’t, everyone was real gung-ho about the 21st century and having all sorts of crazy technology like flying cars? (Seriously, where are the flying cars? I was promised flying cars!)
Well sure, lots of things were overestimated, but some weren’t. We’ve got the electric car! We have online food delivery! Google Glass! And now, apparently, we have coconut oil- and keratin-infused hairstyling dingle-hoppers!
Does that sound crazy to you? It sounds a little crazy to me. My hair is as thirsty as the next electrocution victim's, so needless to say, it did raise an eyebrow or two of mine. If there were a less gunky way to treat my hair with coconut oil (because we all know that coconut oil is holy water for your repentant hair’s soul), there is no feasible reason I would not try it (granted no intricate machinery is involved because storage is a high-commodity in my medicine cabinet).
Then I came across Cricket’s Ultra Smooth collection of combs infused with coconut oil and keratin protein. I held the white combs in my hands for a spell, thinking the word “infused” in my head so many times that it started to lose all meaning.
How could this plastic object in my hand be INFUSED with coconut oil and keratin protein? I rubbed the plastic between my hands. No oily residue. I am not even sure what keratin protein looks or feels like, so whatever on that. But there was no odor of coconut to be detected. The plastic itself was, indeed, ULTRA SMOOTH, which is just nice to feel, but as for the oil-possessing claims, there’s just no way to tell.
I mean, in this age of The Future, yes, it is possible to combine or infuse plastic and oil together. But most of the time, the oil needs to be chemically altered for it to be able to mix in with the plastic. And even then, you got a vat of oil and plastic, pour it into a comb-shaped mold (this is how I imagine it is happening in some factory conveyor belt montage in my head), and let it harden to form a solid object… the oil that is in the comb is staying put, right? I’m sure that the coconut oil could be in the comb’s makeup, but even rubbing the thing across your hair with the Jaws of Life probably won’t do anything near as rubbing a dime-sized drop of coconut oil in your hands and slicking it over your hair.
The combs claim:
• “Smoothly glides through hair” (check)
• “Helps add shine and silky finish” (I mean, brushing your hair in general with do that, so check?)
• “Reduces frizz” (could be, depending on ionic charges of the comb vs. your hair’s, to calm static)
• “Will not leave residue on hands” (yeah, no kidding)
That being said, they’re pretty nice combs. The plastic has a nice weight to it, doesn’t at all feel like a cheapy impulse purchase that would snap in two after trying to detangle some disco-do. And again, they are really smooth to the touch. I’ve dealt with freebie combs that you could run your finger across the teeth and they would make a baby harp sound--after a few uses, the teeth start to snap off and then the comb starts to look like a jack-o-lantern.
Cricket's combs are at least heavy-duty workers, and they come in four styles—a pick, a narrow-tooth “dressing” comb, a wide-tooth “conditioning” comb, and a really wide-tooth detangler. Plus, at around $7 a pop, it’s not a bank breaker to own a very nice comb that at one point in its production touched a hair-repairing substance.
These combs will be available this summer from cricketco.com, so in the interim you can wrap your brain around how this product is even possible.