Beards came back, baby!
Out of nowhere, they became the sex symbol icon of the last decade (2010-2020). I say out of nowhere, but do you really know why they came back?
Male grooming’s stigma has completely fallen away. Beards used to be untamed, untrimmed, hard and scratchy, and we don’t even know about the skin underneath (I shudder the thoughts).
But now, a well-groomed beard can literally change your life, as it’s done to many men over the years.
The difference between your beard being kempt and attractive is keeping it soft and moisturized with absolutely no greasy feeling to it at all. We’re going to show you how to soften beard hair, and keep it that way.
Table of Contents
- 1 Why Should You Soften Your Beard?
- 2 Why do Beards Grow Rough?
- 3 How to Soften Your Beard
- 4 Advantages and Disadvantages of a Soft Beard
- 5 Life is Better With a Soft Beard
Why Should You Soften Your Beard?
Softer beards are sexier. I know that’s not enough of a reason… but isn’t it?
The reason that beards came back into style at an overwhelming rate is because now we actually have the means to care for them properly.
There are so many products and methods out there to make your beard look aesthetic and attractive, so you don’t end up with a Rob Williams Jumanji beard. Although, there are some other benefits to a softer beard.
Easier to Brush
When you’re growing out a beard that’s more than ½ an inch long, it starts getting wiry as time goes on and feeling like it’s matting on your face.
You’ll notice that in time, it’s harder to drag your beard brush through it, or you’re using more force and leaving behind red skin underneath your beard when the brush head scrapes against it.
Softer beards are easier to run a brush through to the point that you might not even need a brush; you could go with a simple beard comb to tackle the task of taming your face mane.
A coarse beard isn’t getting TLC. Let’s be honest, here. If it were, it would be soft. When you take the initiative to soften your beard, you’re indirectly paying more attention to your skin underneath all that face fuzz.
If you’re working to keep your beard nice and soft, your skin underneath is also going to benefit from your efforts.
Simple to Style
Without those coarse micro-edges to your hair, even just running your fingers through your beard to style it feels entirely different. Overall, it’s just an easier process.
More Applicable Beard Balm
You can even apply that same logic to beard oil as well, especially if you have a particularly thick beard.
Overall, a softer beard has a different look to it. Most beards, when well taken care of, are soft to the touch and look lucious. You can easily tell the difference between a wild beard and one that’s actually well-managed just from looking at it.
Why do Beards Grow Rough?
Because they’re not designed to be aesthetic or soft to the touch. By nature, they’re here to help you stay warm during the winter months, acting like a face insulation.
The more coarse and rough the hair is, the more it sticks together without air travelling between hairs, and the warmer you stay.
However, I’m talking about a time before air conditioning and central heating. We don’t technically need facial hair anymore, but it’s encoded in our DNA: it’s going to grow regardless. The coarser the hair, the better it can insulate you.
On the scientific side of things, we can root some facts about facial hair (see what I did there?). Hair follicles on your face are bigger than the follicles on your head.
If you hold your hand against your beard and try to compress the hair, it’s going to bounce back pretty fast.
Compare that to wearing a pair of banded headphones for twenty minutes and then having a mini panic attack because you suddenly think you’re going bald because the hair is so thin.
It’s just different. Facial hair also utilizes more testosterone than scalp hair, so depending on your testosterone levels, you’ll be able to grow facial hair thicker than other people. Your hair will be rough and thick depending on the size of your pores, or rather the dermal papilla, and the cells located within.
How to Soften Your Beard
Now you want to know how to soften your beard. There’s more than one way, and we’re going to go over all of them right here and now.
1. Trim Often
Depending on the stage of your beard, you’ll probably be using a cordless electric trimmer to help it stay at a uniform length as it grows. That’s excellent for early-stage beards, typically under the three or six-month mark.
As your beard gets longer, the ends of your hairs get wily and feel sharp; that doesn’t add to a soft beard. Use small grooming scissors to trim your out-of-control hairs by a very, very small amount on a weekly basis.
You’ll maintain your current beard length, and soften those ends with open hairs instead of those spiky ends.
2. Use Beard Oil
Preferably, right after you trim if you can. That way, your hair can absorb the beard oil a lot more efficiently.
Beard oil is something you’re going to hear about endlessly, because it’s the secret ingredient that we were all missing when we tried to grow those longer beards in the late 90’s.
Beard oil takes otherwise dry and brittle, out-of-control hair and makes it manageable, giving the necessary blend of nutrients needed to strengthen keratin in your hair.
Beard oil also helps keep it manageable, even on those bad beard hair days when you wake up with your face mane shifting sideways.
Beard oil softens your hair because, well, it makes it more like head hair. Your scalp produces oils naturally to keep your hair somewhat healthy, but your beard doesn’t do that in nearly the same capacity. Your scalp is just different from your face skin.
3. Wash Your Beard Once a Day
Beard soap exists, and it’s flippin’ awesome for washing your beard.
Unlike standard synthetic detergent shampoo (seriously, research half the ingredients in your shampoo; it’s scary), beard soap actually protects hair and doesn’t dry out your skin, stripping it of its natural oils. It cleans, it doesn’t obliterate.
4. Beard Balm is Your Friend
Beard balm is something you apply to your beard like a thin cream. It sounds like it would get messy, but its unique blend actually mixes into your beard without leaving a greasy feeling.
If you have especially dry beard hair, this helps keep it moisturized throughout the day.
You can bring this with you when you go out in a dopp kit (along with a beard brush or comb), and revitalize your beard during that 2:00 PM dip in work. It’ll help you feel your best.
Advantages and Disadvantages of a Soft Beard
We talked about some logistics benefits to a softer beard earlier, but there’s even more that you can benefit from. Consider all of this when you’re looking to make your beard softer.
- Constant Maintenance: A scratchy beard doesn’t require much maintenance, but a soft beard needs constant care to keep it that way.
- Allergies: There are a lot of essential oils in beard oil that can irritate your skin if you have allergies. A soft beard might not be worth it for some people.
- Expense: You can have a wiry beard if you want, and you’ll save money for it. You can expect to spend a few Jacksons every single year trying to maintain your beard.
- Aesthetic: Softer beards look better; you can’t deny that. They have more aesthetics to them and people can tell you take care of yourself.
- Professionalism: Beards are back and they can be worn professionally. That is, if you take care of them properly. Softer and more aesthetic beards are well put-together, giving you the ability to remain well-kempt and still close a deal.
- Protection: A soft beard is a well-maintained beard, and if you’re keeping it soft, it’s covering your face evenly. This helps prevent skin damage and sunburn.
Life is Better With a Soft Beard
Your soft, lofty beard is going to change everything for you. Nobody wants the scraggly, grizzly beard that feels like barbed wire – this is what you’ll feel better in, and what will catch everyone’s eyes.
When a man grows a beard, he has to take care of it; it’s either your greatest weapon, or biggest downfall. Make it soft, make it last.