The Comb Over: Everything You Need to Know

Comb Overs: What You Need to Know

Have you ever really considered the comb over? We’ll bet that if you do you will have some sort of reaction. Some might smile or laugh, others might feel embarrassed or sheepish thinking about this much-maligned hair style. At the same time, there are people from all walks of life who proudly sport this famous haircut designed to disguise hair loss.

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At RHRLI, we know that you don’t have to disguise hair loss if you have a permanent solution to thinning hair. We have that solution in the ARTAS® System a state of the art robotic hair restoration treatment that can give you a healthy full head of hair. We have patients consult us for all types of reasons and yes, we’ve seen our share of comb overs. As a change of pace, we thought we’d take a lighthearted look at the comb over phenomenon.

The Basics and the Golden Age of the Comb Over

The comb over is designed to conceal hair loss. According to CNN, the style in it’s most basic form is achieved by combing long strands of hair over spots that are missing hair. In truth, you don’t even have to be losing your hair to wear a comb-over. The look is “now defined as a strong side part where the hair is combed over to one side and cut tight around the edges to convey a very vintage look,” Manhattan hair designer Sam Donofrio, told CNN.

Hollywood stars such as George Clooney and Christian Bale wear the modern comb over, and Bale was nominated for an Academy Award in the 2013 film American Hustle for playing a character with a traditional, 1970s comb over. The film was set in the “me decade.” You might want to think of the 1970s as kind of a golden age of the comb-over. TV stars like Johnny Carson, Don Rickles, and Dick Van Patten all sported the look.

You might be surprised to learn that the comb over was even patented in the 1970s. According to HuffPost, the father and son team of Donald and Frank Smith put in for a patent in 1975 and it was granted in 1977. The patent filing included instructions like telling the subject to grow hair about 3 or 4 inches to cover the area where the hair loss is. It then goes on to say that the length of hair should vary depending on where the hair loss occurs.

Believe it or not, the Smith family was actually “honored” for their work three decades later. According to the Associated Press, they were awarded the “Ig Nobel” prize, a parody of the prestigious Nobel Prizes in areas of science and innovation.

RHRLI is Serious About Healthy Hair

While we may have poked some fun at a hair style meant to cover up hair loss and thinning hair, at RHRLI we’re very serious about helping our patients have a healthy head of hair. We’re the only hair loss treatment center on Long Island that has the ARTAS® System. It’s non-invasive and virtually pain-free. To get started, contact RHRLI today.

Please note that the author of this piece is not a doctor and the information in this material is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your doctor or medical professional for specific information regarding your individual situation.

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