If you’re going to grow a beard, you’ll have to tend to it. Just like a bonsai tree, a bush, or uh, your own bush, it takes some real effort (we’re talking tender love and care) to make it work. Unlike your head or body hair—which simply takes a cleanser or moisturizer to look its best—facial hair is another beast. It’s coarse, thick, itchy and can be unruly without upkeep. It’s also very fussy.
Facial hair becomes easily dehydrated depending on the environment or your diet, can become sharp from split ends, and prickly from a lack of moisture. Too long, it can get wild, too short, super scratchy.
Long story short: beards can become a real nightmare for you and your loved ones if left to fend for itself. Which is why every beard grower knows that for proper maintenance he needs to soften his fuzz. Good news is this: Doing so is super easy and takes mere seconds in your day. And you don’t even need any fancy ingredients, either. You can even use common ingredients found in your own home. Below, are some easy tips to achieve a soft, supple, and sexy beard, along with the best beard products you’ll want to stock up on.
Wash, Rinse, and Repeat
First things first: If you’re going to grow a beard, you’re going to have to properly wash it. Yep, dirt and grime (and food) can get trapped deep in the throws of your hair. Not to mention an overproduction of oil that can clog your pores. For this, use a good shampoo formulated for your facial hair. Wash every single day to not only revitalize your hair but soften it at the same time. Beardbrand has a really good non-sulfate beard wash, which is full of nutrients like peppermint oil and aloe juice that will soften, hydrate, while deep cleaning.
Condition Your Beard
Water is hard and completely alkalized—basically, it’ll also make your hair coarse. To offset your wash, condition your beard immediately after. We love Murdock London’s, which has a pH-balanced conditioner that will leave your hair strands strong, reduce breakage, detangle while also yeah, softening it in the process.
For Short Hair, Just Add Oil to Soften Your Beard
Whether you’re starting on your journey or in the midst of enjoying your hard work, oil is a magical ingredient that will not only hydrate your skin, but your hair as well. A good one for those starting out is one from Blind Barber, which has an amazing Beard Replenishment Oil. Soothing almond, safflower, apricot oils among others, will stop the small pricks from stabbing someone, while nourishing your skin in the process.
For Styling, Use a Beard Balm
Beard balms keep your facial hair together so it stays in place. But a really good balm will actually moisturize it in the process. Bulldog offers an extremely affordable one that’s actually one of the best on the market. With aloe vera, camelina oil, and green tea, it’s soft enough to get you fuzzy, but strong enough for hold.
Soften Your Beard With This Home Remedy
These beard oils are simply made of rich fancy oils blended together. If you can’t wait for your beard oil you just ordered on Amazon, or just wanting to save a buck or ten, simply use olive oil. That’s right. The wonder ingredient is jam packed with vitamin E which will not only soothe, protect and soft your beard, but will stimulate its growth.