Beards are an honor to manhood, but they don’t grow the same on everyone. While some people struggle to nurture their facial hair, others develop a bush within a few weeks. Every situation comes with different challenges to the owner to stay groomed. All beard types require upkeep from regular cleaning, combing, to conditioning. If your beard is a forest that gets out of control easily, you need some taming skills.
Your beard will not just grow in the direction you desire. The androgenic nature of your facial hair makes it grow curly in all directions. As it coils and each hair goes in its own direction, most men struggle to keep it straight, soft, and manageable. It is easier to fall for chemical products that relax hair quickly and easily. However, choosing this route has its own detriments like developing skin conditions and having an unhealthy beard. Fortunately, there are safer ways to tame your bushy and unruly beard.
Unlike before when taming a beard was a gruelling process of continually washing, blow-drying, and straightening it manually, things have improved recently with better solutions on the market. Here is what to do.
Invest in a Good Comb
Unruly facial hair has no chance against a good comb. Combing is the first resort to use when you feel or see your beard getting out of control. You need a comb with wide teeth to make sure you reach the depths and untangle knots of all hair. Notice that particular parts will be more troublesome than others, thus requiring more attention. Is that all?
Combing a beard with a wide-toothed brush is not enough. If you’ve tried it before, you’ll notice the results don’t last long. The best way to get lasting outcomes is by applying beard balm as you comb it in the direction you desire. Doing this will not just be easier but also effective. If you comb it this way regularly, you will be able to shape it to head wherever you want.
It gets better. Brushing has become easier and effective these days because we have heated beard combs in the market. These combs are electrically charged and release heat as you comb through your beard, guaranteeing better results. By the end of the day, your facial hair has no option but to lay and adjust where you direct it.
Buy High-Quality Beard Oil and Balm
We can’t stress enough how important it is to purchase high-quality products for your beard. Quality beard products contribute directly to the success and health of your facial hair. Your beard deserves better treatment than the hair on your head owing to its exposure to more damaging elements. Therefore, you should think about the individual ingredients of your products carefully before you buy them. If you go with cheap and poor quality beard oil and balm, you expect both your skin and hair to look wiry and out of control. Complete negligence means you’ve allowed your beard to grow as it wishes. Never allow it to dry or become brittle when you can do something about it.
Avoid beard products with questionable ingredients like sulfates, phthalates, formaldehyde, paraffin, and fragrances. Go natural whenever possible. The good thing is that you can buy good products online or look up information on the web about a product that interests you in your local store.
When it comes to choosing between beard oil and balm, go with the balm because it embodies the benefits of oils, plus have other properties that will make styling your beard a breeze. Taming your beard using beard balm is easy.
Trim the Beard
You can manage an unruly beard by cutting long hairs that make it look wild. Some men hate this exercise because they fear to make mistakes during the process. Once you’ve cut your hair deeper than you need to, there is no turning back. You’ll have to bear with the ruin until the hair grows back after several days. But how will you ever know how to do it without practice? You might make errors in the beginning (like everyone else) but eventually master the skill through practice. Get a trimmer or a pair of scissors and a comb for this task. Using your fingers, pull on the long hairs and cut their edges. Your cuts should level the beard when you comb through it.
If you are not a do it yourself kind of guy, a professional touch will come in handy. And If your barber is an expert, you have the confidence they’ll do a great job. A barber will trim your beard faster and more accurately for perfect results. And if you are lucky, you might chat and come out with ideas about maintaining your forest and the best products compatible with your facial hair.
Train Your Beard
You read it right. Train your beard. Your facial hair would grow in any direction, including inwards, if you stopped taking care of it. But that is not what you want to do if you are to look good in your hair. Unruly hair can learn where to go if you are determined to show it. And the best way to do this is with a brush.
Daily brushing will help with the even distribution of sebum oils, applied oils, and bams among the hair strands. This action will often head the same direction, making the hairs stick together and stay pointed where you need them. Besides, your brush will help clean the dead skin and dirt attached to the whiskers and skin.
A stiff brush will help with training your beard towards the direction you want it to grow. And you can use a brush as many times as you need in the day.
You don’t need to be an expert to grow and tame your beard. But the longer you use the advice above, the better skilled you become at it. Regular beard taming practices will make you look charming. So, if you’ve been struggling to take full control of your facial hair, try these tips to get an aligned and good-looking beard.