Four Simple Steps To Make Your Bristly Beard Super Soft
For you, it is just your manly, coarse yet charming beard. Who cares if it is prickly and stiff? Those are the attributes that make it so masculine in the first place. Well, not so fast, Mr. Macho. As charming as your facial hair may be, in your opinion at least, it may leave a lot to be desired if you were to ask the ladies. No woman likes to feel like she is getting her face close to sandpaper every time she wants to snuggle and kiss.
Nobody is putting the blame on you. Nature made the beard in the image of the typically rugged, rough and tumble, wild man. Yet now that man is living in the civilized world with law and order, he can introduce some softness and decorum to his manliness. Allow us to introduce you to the modern means of making your manly mane as malleable and smooth as possible.
If you are ready to own the softest, gentlest, silkiest beard in town, then read on about the basic reasons why your facial hair tends to be rough by nature.
Splitting - When your facial hair is dry and develops split ends, you instinctually trim the thin, broken ends off, leaving you with thick, prickly stubs.
Dehydration - Just like your scalp’s hair, your facial hair also needs to stay hydrated. If you are not consuming enough water, there won’t be enough H2O to go around and your hair will dry out. Conversely, if you drink enough, but the moisture escapes into the dry air, you will be left with dehydrated, brittle whiskers as well.
Neglect - The typical man pays little to no attention to his beard. He tends to think that maintenance and care are words attributed to all things feminine. The truth is that your inattention will result in sharp, coarse facial hair. With that in mind, let’s see how a little bit of effort and TLC can turn your bristly beard into fine facial fur:
1. CLEANSE, CONDITION, CONTINUE
Although it is not recommendable to use a cleanser every single day, you should aim to use a beard wash or shampoo every two or three days to guarantee that you are getting all the grease and grime out from deep within your beard. On your cleansing days, make sure you lather well with a quality beard cleanser. Then rinse thoroughly before continuing on with your facial hair routine. On the alternate days, it suffices to just allow warm water to run through your beard to get rid of dust, pollen, and pollution.
2. BEARD OIL AND BALM
After washing your beard, pat it dry with your towel before moving on to applying conditioning products. You should already have beard oil and/or beard balm placed inside your bathroom cabinet for your beard’s after-shower maintenance. If you are doing double duty, apply the beard oil first. Place a few drops in your palm, rub your hands together before applying it to your whiskers. Then use your fingers to massage the oil in from root to tip until it is evenly distributed. You can follow that up with a dime-sized portion of beard balm, applied in the exact same manner. Together, or alone, these two products will provide a nice layer of protection for your beard and skin below it, sealing in moisture before it can escape into thin air. Read our beard oil article to find out about all its benefits.
3. COMB OR BRUSH
The best way to evenly distribute products in your facial hair is by combing or brushing it through. For the best results, obtain either a wooden beard comb or a boars bristle beard brush, both of which will be gentle on your whiskers while also keeping your whiskers on the straight and narrow. When your bristles are kept in a smooth line instead of standing out in random directions, your beard will feel sleeker as well as softer.
4. WATCH WHAT YOU EAT
What you eat (or not) will ultimately show up in your skin, nails and hair. For the healthiest, smoothest facial hair, you have to consume enough protein because your hair strands are made up of protein filaments. Biotin is also an important nutrient for hair care purposes. This vitamin is often referred to as vitamin H because it refers to the German terms “Haar” and “Haut,” meaning “hair” and “skin.” Eggs and nuts, particularly almonds, contain substantial amounts of both protein and biotin, ideal for healthy, lustrous hair strands.
PRODUCTS FOR YOUR BATHROOM CABINET
Now that you are aware that cleansers, oils, combs and other items are part of the arsenal you need to take good care of your beard, let us take a look at these products in more detail. Remember, the goal is to attain a beard as super soft as that fluffy teddy-bear from the laundry softener commercial.
Cleanser and Conditioner
With the beard trend going on right now, there is a huge array of products on the market for you to choose from. To make your choice easier, we recommend Cinder beard Wash and Conditioner, Jack Black Double Header Shampoo and Conditioner, as well as the budget-friendly Bumble and Bumble Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner.
Although you might be tempted to just use your 2-in-1 hair product that you use for your scalp hair, your beard will receive more benefits from those cleansers and conditioners that are created particularly for facial hair.
There are tons of different beard oils available, and they are all more or less natural and beneficial. The reason for beard oil is to provide your whiskers with a protective layer to avoid loss of moisture as well as other benefits and a light musk.
If your beard maintains optimal moisture levels, then you won’t have to bear any uncomfortable itching and embarrassing flaky skin. Additional benefits from beard oil run the whole gamut from astringent properties to mind calming effects, depending on the essential oils contained in the mixture. Those same oils also gift your beard with a mild musk, ranging from citrusy to woodsy and minty, which will help attract attention from the ladies.
The companies and products that have gained our votes are, in no particular order, Honest Amish Beard Care, The Gentlemen’s Beard Club, and just about any bottle from Beardbrand.
This product provides moisturizing benefits similar to beard oil as well as the additional advantage of a little hold for styling purposes. You should look for natural, rather than synthetic, ingredients if you wish to get the silkiest, softest beard possible. Synthetics do not cooperate as well with skin and hair, minimizing benefits and increasing the chance of irritation and/or allergies.
Smooth Viking Beard Care as well as any balms by Honest Amish and by Liberty Premium Grooming Co. are great options for the beards-men in search of the ultimate, cuddly beard.
Boars Bristle Brush
All leave-in beard products perform best if they are well and evenly applied. While your fingers can help massage in these products, a boars brush is way more effective and efficient at doing the job. You also will optimize the follicle stimulation that will increase blood circulation, bringing more oxygen and nutrients to your whiskers. Rocky Mountain Barber Company and Texas Beard Company offer several quality brushes that will make beard care a breeze.
Hopefully all this information saves you a lot of time and effort in your quest for super soft facial fur that any woman will be more than happy to cuddle up against.