Best Way To Comb Beard
Whether you have a short stubble or a long mane, you need to maintain your beard so it could become a fantastic facial asset. The key to maintaining your beard is to adhere to a strict beard maintenance regimen which includes proper care for your beard, combing your beard and trimming your beard. Now we will show you how to comb your beard the right way.
You might think, hey, combing my beard isn’t so bad? It’s just like combing my hair! Yes, there are a lot of similarities between caring for your hair and your beard, but there are a lot of unexpected things to remember as well. By the time you are finished with this tutorial, you will be able to comb your beard like a pro and grow a dazzling, well-kept beard in no time.
What you will need to follow this tutorial
Growing and maintaining a beard requires a clear understanding of the tools you will use. There may be updated devices to cut hair and new products to maintain your beard, but timeless tools of the trade remain as the best ways to comb, maintain and style beard.
- The right comb – fine-toothed comb or combs with large teeth – there are many kinds of combs as there are many types of hair. You will find combs with large teeth and combs with fine teeth; others are a combination of both. There are combs made of wood, while you will also find cheap plastic combs and metal combs. You will learn later on the difference between these combs and what these are for.
- Moisturizers (natural or commercially-prepared) – there is a wide array of moisturizers, natural and commercially-prepared ones. Choosing the right moisturizer depends on your style and tastes. When choosing moisturizers for the first time, go with natural products rather than simply fetching one from a supermarket aisle. Choosing and using moisturizers will be explained as we go along with this tutorial.
- Shampoo and conditioner – it’s safe to use shampoos and conditioners that work for your hair, but your beard needs more TLC than your hair. Beards are naturally drier and tougher and therefore requires extra conditioning and shampoo products that need to clean without leaving a residue. If you have dry hair, then expect your beard to be drier, and when you got oily hair, then your mane should be a bit oily and a bit dry.
- Beard wax or beard gels – there is a variety of beard waxes and beard gels out there but all serve one purpose, and that is to make beard manageable, easy to comb and in place even if the temperature soars or freezes. Most beard waxes are made from natural oils and waxes, choose one that will not cause irritation and won’t be too waxy or too heavy on your beard. A few great waxes will be introduced later.
- Razors (disposable or electric razors) – there are two major kinds of razors: disposable and electric razors. Disposable ones are light and easy to use plus you don’t need to change the blade since these are disposable. On the other hand, electric razors are powerful, may come with different attachments and can handle tough and thick hair as well as light hair.
- A small pair of scissors – you need at least a small pair of sharp scissors to trim your beard. You also need scissors to remove imperfections as well.
- Facial wash – you need a facial wash that will let you clean your face thoroughly. A brand that contains activated charcoal would do well because this can suck out dirt, remove excess oils and deep clean pores. There are many brands to choose from, and you can easily purchase these from local stores, supermarkets, and drug stores.
- Lukewarm water – as much as possible use lukewarm water to prepare the skin before you wash your face and beard. Lukewarm water will open up pores to easily remove dirt and grime.
- A mirror – needless to say, you need a mirror to clean your face, comb your beard, maintain and style your beard.
- Clean and soft towels – you need soft towels to dry your beard and face. Do not roughly dry your face but pat it dries instead.
Step by step instructions
Choosing the right comb and materials
Choosing the right materials for the task at hand will open your doors to success. The best materials do not have to be the most expensive ones. Shop around, look for great value, and soon you will find the right tools to use.
1. Choose your comb
There are many types of combs, to begin with, but two of the most common ones are fine-toothed combs and wide-toothed combs. Fine-toothed combs are for fine beards while wide-toothed combs are for thick, tough and long beards. There are wooden, plastic and metal combs too.
Wooden combs are ideally used to comb beards because these do not create electrostatic discharges when used. Plastic combs can make beard hair more unruly and rough because these can cause electrostatic discharges when used. Metal combs are also preferred.
2. Choose the right moisturizer
Look for moisturizers with natural ingredients preferably products with coconut oil, jojoba oil or almond oil. Or you can do away with preservatives, artificial colors, and scents and just use natural oils to moisturize skin and beard.
You will find pure oils from natural health stores, drug stores, and even supermarkets. Sometimes you don’t need to look far. You can use almond oil or virgin coconut oil you have in your kitchen.
3. Choosing the best beard wax
When it comes to styling and maintaining your beard, beard waxes are a staple. You need a good brand to keep your beard moisturized and well-conditioned all day long. While mustache waxes are for keeping your mustache still and away from your mouth and nose, beard waxes are basically for conditioning your beard.
There are many waxes available in the market, but two of the most popular with numerous positive reviews are Honest Amish Original Beard Wax and Professor Fuzzworthy’s Beard Care Gloss and Conditioner.
Honest Amish Original Beard Wax
This is an all-natural and organic wax that has been around for more than 45 years. This wax is made by hand and is made from organic oils, fruit oils, nut oil, beeswax, and butter.
Professor Fuzzworthy’s Beard Care Gloss and Conditioner
This beard wax is made from organic leatherwood beeswax that can only be found in Tasmania. This wax is combined with natural oils like castor oil, jojoba and olive oil. With a combination of top hair oils, you will find this beard wax easy on beard hair. It will make beard hair easy to control and relieves itchiness common in people who are growing their beards for the first time.
Preparing your face and beard
Prepping your face and facial hair is crucial when you are about to comb your beard. Without adequate preparation, your beard will only become unruly, rough and very unmanageable.
1. Wash your face and beard
Before you could even comb your beard, you need to wash your face and beard first. Washing your face and beard will remove dirt, excess oils and stubborn grime away from your skin. There is washing your face, and there is effectively washing your face and beard. Here are the steps:
- Use lukewarm water to open pores.
- Take a pea-sized amount of facial wash and slowly lather on your hands. Apply on your face using small circular strokes from the temples to the cheeks, beard, chin, and neck. Use your fingertips to scrape skin gently. You will be removing the outermost layers of your skin where dead, dull and dry skin can be found.
- As soon as you are done, rinse the facial wash from your face and pat your face and neck dry.
2. Shampoo and condition your beard
Sometimes washing your face alone won’t work you need to shampoo and condition your beard before you can even comb it. Shampoos and conditioning products that work for your hair will surely work on your beard. Simply wet beard and give it a good shampoo. Take note of the following.
- As you wash your beard, use your fingertips to lightly massage from the chin to the neck working a good lather. A massage will not just remove dirt but will also improve blood circulation on the area as well.
- Pay extra attention to nits, knots, and anything that can affect the way you comb your beard.
- Rinse thoroughly and apply conditioner. Leave the conditioner on for at least 5 minutes and then rinse.
- Pat your beard and mustache dry using a clean and soft towel.
3. Moisturize your face and beard
Now that your face and beard are clean, you may now moisturize it. Choose natural moisturizers or at least products with natural ingredients. A few good candidates are coconut oil, almond oil, and jojoba oil because these oils are easily absorbed by the skin and contain nutrients that can help improve hair health, boost growth and repair tissues as well.
The key to using natural oils is you need to warm these up first to use them efficiently
- Place a small amount of oil in a small dish and place this dish in the middle of dish with warm or hot water. This will warm the oil a bit.
- Apply moisturizing oil immediately after you rinse your face and beard. This will help lock in moisture and keep your skin plump and moisturized for the rest of the day.
- Apply the oil just like you would oil on your hair and scalp. Gently massage it into your scalp using your fingertips. Create small circular motions from the lower part of your ear to the chin and when it comes to the neck use long strokes from the bottom of the chin to the lower part of the neck.
- The oil will be absorbed in time. You won’t feel icky and sticky because these natural oils can be absorbed completely by your skin. Apply oil on your beard once a day or every two days.
Combing your beard
After prepping your face and beard, you may now proceed with combing your beard. It’s a bit different from combing your hair since beards are usually drier and course than the hair on your scalp.
1. Preparing to comb your beard
Apply moisturizer on your beard immediately after you rinse your face. You need to do this so that you won’t damage the hairs of your beard and mustache. So apply moisturizing oils generously from the lower ear where your beard starts to the hairs on your chin. Do not forget to moisturize hair on your neck too. As soon as everything is silky smooth, it’s time to comb your beard.
2. Combing your beard
Hold the comb with your dominant hand and slowly slide this through your beard. You will work your way from top to bottom and from side to side. If you stumble upon some knots or nits, slowly hold back and loosen this with your fingers. As soon as your fingers are free, resume combing your beard.
3. Applying beard wax
Once you are done, apply a small amount of beard wax. This product will help keep your beard moisturized and conditioned for longer periods and will let you control your mane as well. There are many kinds of beard waxes mostly contained in a small tin or container; you can try one product at a time until you find the ideal one that will match your needs.
Use the same comb to slide through your beard. Most beard waxes can last for 24 hours and are easy to remove with ordinary soap and water.
Maintaining your beard
Beard maintenance is important especially if you want to wear your beard long. Shorter beards are easier to manage and maintain compared to longer beards. Most of the tips below are very practical and are very easy to follow.
1. Washing your beard and face
Keep a habit of washing your face in the morning and then before you retire at night. This will help remove dirt, excess oils and grime which can affect the growth of your beard. Remember to start with lukewarm water and use a gentle cleanser with activated charcoal.
2. Taking hair-friendly nutrients/supplements
There are some supplements and nutrients that you must take to ensure good hair health. Using vitamin A, B, C and E vitamins are important. These vitamins support hair growth and are available as a supplement or in a multivitamin form.
3. Eating right
Your diet must consist of high-quality protein to keep with hair growth. Top quality foods that contain high amounts of protein are fish, seafood, meats, eggs, milk, and seafood. You must also eat more vegetables and fruits since these contain vitamins and minerals as well as high amounts of fiber that can help clean your system. With more fiber in your diet, you can guarantee a clean and healthier colon which can help improve digestion, remove toxins and waste products and even help you lose weight.
4. Exercise and physical activity
Staying active through exercise and physical activity can help improve blood flow to the different parts of the body including the skin. And increased blood flow can also boost hair growth. You can exercise at home or outdoors, you can engage in simple aerobic exercises like running, walking, cycling, dancing and more.
On the other hand, playing sports will help you improve blood flow as well.
5. Staying stress-free
Keeping yourself stress-free could sometimes be too difficult especially if you have a lot of things to do each day. But taking time to destress, to reduce worries and to perform activities to keep stress at bay can help. There are many ways to remove stress.
You can engage in sports, pursue a hobby or simply engage in everyday tasks to forget about worries and stress. If you are experiencing overwhelming stress then you must consult a doctor at once.
We hope you enjoyed reading our tutorial on the best way to comb your beard. Again, you must remember that combing your beard is just one step in maintaining and managing a healthy and soft beard. You must never overlook simple tips and techniques to because these will help you grow your beard fast and healthy. You must also remember that other than using commercially-available products to maintain your beard; there are safe and more efficient products that you can use which may be available in your home.
Combing your beard will make it neat and perfect to wear all day and all night. There are lots of products and tools to use. Making the best decision can make or break the health of your beard so choose wisely.
If you have tips and techniques on how to comb your beard, please let us know by using the comments section below. If you like this article, share it with friends who would also love to get more beard maintenance tips.