Thinking about growing out your beard? While it may seem pretty straightforward, like just sitting and waiting. You may quickly find, as it starts to get some length that it is not as easy as it looks.
Don’t worry, today we are going to talk about a few things you can use to help keep your beard looking healthy and soft. Which your lady will enjoy!
One of the first things you can get to help your beard grow as healthy as it can is a beard brush. There are several kinds but the most popular tends to be a boar bristle beard brush.
Why do you need a beard brush? It’s all about the sebum.
Your skin naturally produces this oil that keeps everything healthy and moisturized. However, as your beard starts to get longer, your skin may have a hard time producing enough sebum to cover all of the hair.
A nice beard brush actually helps spread your body’s natural oil throughout your beard. So, in the beginning, this may be all you really need to keep your beard soft and healthy.
Just like with the hair on your head, you should not wash your beard every day. Generally, every 2 to 3 days is recommended.
But should you use the same shampoo as your hair? Absolutely not!
Most traditional shampoos that are used will strip away all of your skin’s natural oil. This will leave your skin feeling dry and your beard hair as well.
This can eventually lead to brittle hair growth allowing your beard to break easier.
You can find many types of beard shampoo or washes that are less aggressive and more natural. These will help keep your beard looking and feeling soft.
You could even make your own if you wanted to with Castile soap. Most people then usually add an oil like coconut oil and some essential oils to give it a nice scent.
While that seems simple, it will be much better for your beard in the long run.
As your beard grows longer, your body will just have a hard time producing enough oil to coat the whole thing. This is when you may start to get a beard itch, when your skin underneath becomes dry and flaky.
Some guys even get beardruff!
Luckily for you, there are many beard oil products that you can find. Some of them are a mix of several oils and essential oils.
However, many guys simply find a type of oil that they like and just use that. Some of the most common types are:
- Jojoba oil
- Coconut oil
- Argan oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Hempseed oil
Any of these oils on their own would be sufficient to coat your beard. A little bit goes a long way as well, so don’t start out with too much as it can leave you feeling greasy. It’s always easier to add more than to take the oil out of your beard.
Start out with just a couple drops and rub it together in your hands. As it warms up, it will be easier to spread.
Begin working it into your skin at the base of your beard moving down towards the bottom. After you feel like you have coated your beard, you can then use your brush to help spread it more evenly.
Usually one application of beard oil per day is all you need. However, if you are an especially rough environment that’s cold and windy, you may need to do one in the morning and one at night.
Beard balms serve a similar purpose to beard oil however, the consistency and makeup is different. While they may contain some of the oils mentioned above, they also contain butters like coconut or Shea along with waxes like beeswax.
The wax gives the balm more of a styling element. This is nice to tame any wiry or stray hairs.
The balms are usually scented as well so they will keep your beard smelling nice, especially since you are washing it only every two or three days!
Of course, you can find some unscented if you have sensitive skin as well.
Beard balms may condition your beard longer than oil as it may be a little slower to absorb.
Hopefully by now you can see the awesome benefits of these for beard care products. If you are just starting to grow your beard, these items will help it grow healthier while keeping it soft and looking fuller.
If this is your first time growing out a beard, just follow these few tips and give it a trim every 10 to 12 weeks. After a few months, you’ll be well on your way to having a manly looking beard!
Jeremy is the owner of a men’s grooming blog where he offers advice and recommends products for shaving and beard care tips. In his free time, he enjoys cooking, spending time with his family and kite surfing wherever the wind is blowing!