The Kanga – traditional wooden comb of Sikhs and Kundalini yogis – represents the importance of discipline. Hair should be combed through twice a day to keep it disentangled and tidy. This principle also translates into a reminder to keep one’s life organised and orderly. Furthermore, the body is said to be one’s vehicle to enlightenment and hence should be cared for appropriately.
The sacred Kanga is kept in the hair behind the Rishi knot on top of the head. It is kept there under the turban, when not in use but always available when required.
The Kanga is made of ‘neem’ wood (Azadirachta indica – commonly known as nimtree or Indian lilac) which is native to the Indian subcontinent. All parts of the tree are widely used medicinally. This is why the use of these wooden combs is believed to control hair loss, dandruff and other scalp problems.
Wikipedia has extensive information on this amazing plant and its traditional uses: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azadirachta_indica