Today - just as in 1792 - "quality" in a comb is something you can actually feel... not just in the smooth surface finishes of every Speert product, but in the luxurious, effortless way it glides through the hair. Nine generations of proud Swiss craftsmen have perfected Speert's hand workmanship techniques. So there's a rightness about every Speert product which simply cannot be matched in combs made by machines. Since the age of Napoleon, Speert craftsmen and stylists have produced over 2 million different designs of combs, brushes and hair ornaments... and today the Speert name still stands for variety and unexcelled quality. Speert handmade combs are beyond question, beyond comparison, the finest of their kind available anywhere. You Will Feel The Difference!
Health conscious consumers are today increasingly demanding haircare products made from natural materials. The challenge to manufacturers has been to find natural materials that posses the necessary strength and durability. Amongst the most promising materials to meet these criteria is cellulose acetate or “nature’s plastic.” This is because it is derived from vegetable matter, cellulose, which has served as a base of manufacture of a range of natural plastics as far back as 1863. These plastics revolutionized day to day life and made possible the development of products such as the telephone, television, and motor cars. Today, sheets made of cellulose based nature’s plastic are being used to produce cosmetic and haircare products that are environmentally safe and yet extremely effective.
Production of Cellulose Acetate: Cellulose is a naturally occurring organic compound and the chief constituent of the cell walls of higher plants. It comprises as much as one-third of all vegetable matter in the world. However there is considerable plant to plant variation in the cellulose content. For example, oven-dried cotton contains as much as 90 percent cellulose while an average wood has about 50% cellulose. In spite of its wide distribution in nature, cellulose for the commercial production of cellulose acetate sheets is obtained primarily from short fiber of cotton seed or cotton linters. The production takes place in several steps, always under very strict control. The cotton linters are first steeped in organic acids, made into solid form, and then ground into a powder called “cellulose acetate flake” The flake is then mixed with a plasticizer, pigments or dyes, UV absorbers, and other stabilizers. Finally, the material is shaped into granules, strips, sheets or blocks to be used for commercial products.
Properties of Cellulose Acetate: Cellulose Acetate has unique properties that make it the ideal material for applications such as combs: -High durability, toughness, and impact resistance -Capable of unlimited variations in color and tint, including water-white transparency, that permits enormous creativity for designers; -Easy to shape, cut and contour. The ability of Cellulose Acetate sheets to be easily cut is particularly noteworthy for high quality comb production: Sawcut Cellulose Acetate combs have none of the burrs or seams of molded plastic combs that can damage the hair.
Cellulose Acetate is ecologically safe: Consumers today are paying increasing attention to the environmental impact of the materials from which commonly used products are made. It is important to note that products made from Cellulose Acetate do not harm the environment in any way. Because Cellulose is a plant matter, Cellulose Acetate sheets posses all the ecological characteristics of wood. Thus, if the material is burnt, the vapors and ash generated are similar to burning wood. If put into a landfill, Cellulose Acetate products will decompose biologically over time. Like other natural products, Cellulose Acetate products do not cause allergic reactions in users. Thus, nature’s plastic has the ideal combination of qualities for today’s discerning consumer.