If you are growing your first beard, you may just be starting to discover what type of facial hair you have and how much it differs from the hair on your head. Hair follicles on the body are not the same as those on the scalp, which is why many men with straight hair growing on their heads find that their beards are curly.
One thing that is for certain is that your beard will be a different texture from the hair on your head.
Here are some care and style tips for straight, wavy and curly beards.
One benefits of straight beards are that they grow more quickly. In the same timespan, a straight beard will have grown on average 3 times as long as a curly beard. They are also a lot simpler to manage day-to-day and can be easily combed without too much hassle.
On the other hand, men growing straight beards are more likely to experience thin patches early on. These patches will eventually fill in and are likely more noticeable to you than to onlookers. However, if you are growing a straight beard and want to create a fuller look, there are some styling practices that can help.
Trim the sides
Making your beard shorter on the sides can highlight its length. If your beard is patchy further up, create a sharper edge by bringing the line further down your cheek. This helps to create the impression of a fuller beard while it is in the earlier stages of growth.
If you aren’t feeling completely confident about this process, consider visiting a barber.
Once they have shaped your beard and created the right lines around the edges, you will have something to work from the next time you want to trim your beard at home.
Use a Beard Brush
Brushing your beard is a quick and simple way to lift the hairs and give it the illusion of volume. Beard brushes are specifically designed for facial hair, and you should not expect to get the same results with a regular brush.
Apply Beard Balm
Beard balms are an excellent styling aid and can help you achieve a more dense look with your beard, even in its patchy phase. The ingredients in beard balm work to hold your beard style in place. For best results, use a beard brush after applying beard balm – this will hold the shape created through brushing and help minimise the appearance of patchiness.
With the right care, beards that are wavy – somewhere between straight and curly- can be a wonderful and unique look. If you have a wavy beard, you should start to notice after around one month of growth.
Brush and Comb
Be careful to avoid tearing any hears out while you are managing and grooming your beard. Brush gently using a beard brush, and if necessary, use a comb to carefully untangle any knots.
Let it Grow
Wavy beards often look great with fairly natural styling, but initially, they may appear to be growing in all kinds of different directions, sometimes creating an asymmetrical look. In many cases, this is something that will subside as your beard becomes longer.
Allow your beard to grow for approximately 13 weeks before attempting to “fix” or reshape it.
Made up of spiral growing hairs, curly beards are generally thicker and appear fuller. These beards do require more time and energy to maintain, compared with straight or wavy beards.
While washing is critical for all beards, it is a particularly important step when it comes to taming a curly beard. Washing your beard every 2-3 days with a specially designed beard shampoo and conditioner will make the hairs easier to manage and trim.
Do not wash your beard with soap or regular shampoo as this can strip your beard from essential oils, drying it out.
Apply Beard Oil
Applying beard oil daily will help you achieve a smoother, softer and less wiry beard that is easier to tame and style to your liking. It also stops itching and helps to prevent beard dandruff.
Apply beard oil to damp, towel-dried hair and use a comb to spread it evenly. After you have spread the oil through your beard, comb downward into your preferred style.
Trim Your Beard
Curly beard hair requires more frequent trimming than straight beard hair in order to look tidy. However, in the earlier stages of growth, a curly beard can take more time to fill in and take its shape.
After approximately 3 months you will have a better idea of what you are working with and can develop a proper beard trimming routine.
Trimming every couple of weeks is ideal for curly beard hair. Use quality beard trimming tools and ensure your beard is dry before trimming so that you have an accurate idea of length.
Don’t forget to use a beard bib to avoid making a mess 🙂