Many years ago, combs were made of bone, antelope horn, and even elephant tusk. These materials were hard and smooth, and when carved and polished made beautiful combs. They were inherently anti-static and heat resistant. They would last a hairdresser a lifetime, and were a prized possession. Considerable labor went into making each comb. Once the right material was found, the overall shape of the comb was carved. Then each tooth was carved, filed and sanded. Then the comb was sanded and polished over and over again to make it exceptionally smooth. Combs were so finely finished that a strand of hair would rarely snag or rip. When animal materials were banned, hairdressers were desperate to find a suitable substitute for these combs, as they were the best that could be found. After some time, a new material was formulated from 100% organic material called phenolic resin laminate. This material is hard and smooth just like bone, and can be hand carved, sanded and polished to imitate all the unique features of Bone combs. They are also inherently anti-static, and can be used with hot implements (even Marcel irons) without fear of damage.