Unfortunately, not everyone can be blessed with naturally straight beard hair. For some of us, we need to draw on a bit of hard work with the help of some beard care products to tame that wild facial hair and give ourselves a neat and tidy beard. If you’re wondering exactly how to straighten your beard, then read on below for our tips.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to our precious beard hairs:
- Beard hair is typically thicker and coarser than the hair on your scalp and will grow in several different directions.
- You can definitely smoothen and straighten your beard effectively with a beard straightening device.
- Keep your chosen style of beard in check with a high-quality beard balm.
Tips for a Straighter Beard
The answer to how to straighten a curly or wild beard always begins with prevention. Here are some of our best tips below to avoid the curls or unruly beard hair altogether.
Keeping your beard clean
Having a clean beard is crucial, no matter how grand or unruly your hair seems to be. Keeping significant contaminants like food, drinks, dirt and other pollution out of your beard will significantly improve the way it feels and mitigate the effects they can have on your beard’s natural curl.
Every time you clean your glorious beard, it should always be with dedicated beard products. The texture between the hair on your scalp and the hair in your beard is very different and should be treated as such. Even if your daily shower gel says all-purpose, your beard will thank you for purchasing and integrating a proper beard shampoo into your daily beard care routine.
Moisturising your beard
Just as you would moisturise your skin to keep it plump, so too should you be focusing on hydrating your beard to keep it from excessive curling. Dry, dead beard hair tends to curl and develop into split ends. Unlike your scalp, your face does not actually produce enough natural oils to keep your beard hair soft and luscious.
Moisturising your beard can be done with a wet and warm towel after a shower. This boosts the efficiency of your Jericho hydrating products. The soft heat and moisture from the towel opens up the pores on your face and gently soften your beard hairs. After applying your beard oil, it will trap all the minerals from the water inside, leaving your face and beard hair feeling and looking refreshed.
While some men use heating elements to achieve a straighter beard, some prefer the look of towel drying. Ensure all tangles and knots are removed after using a Jericho shampoo product in the shower. Once you’re out of the shower, begin to dry in a downward direction. Work to ensure you are drying in a uniform approach to train your beard hair to sit straight naturally.
Using Jericho beard balms
Beard balms have many of the same properties as beard oils. However, they often provide a stronger hold to keep your beard looking straighter throughout the day. Beard products like balms are more commonly used by men with medium to long beards but can be used by anyone who could benefit from a bit of styling help. The wax and butter found within Jericho Balms help give your beard a fuller, less unkempt appearance.
Can You Straighten a Beard with a Hair Straightener?
Often the allure of a hair straightener may seem too powerful to ignore, but can you straighten your beard with a hair straightener? Firstly, it’s essential that you understand that your beard is made up of thousands of tiny individual hairs that grow and behave very differently from the hairs on your head. With that in mind, any hair straightener will react very differently to the hair on your beard compared to those on your head.
In most instances, using a hair straightener is best suited for those wizards among us with longer beards. It is undoubtedly one of the most effective ways of straightening your long beard without the use of any chemicals and ensures a uniform straighten.
To make the best use of the straightening iron, you’ll need to get right up close to the roots of your hair, then slowly draw the straightener across the strands. Keep in mind that these straighteners make use of serious heat, and the risk of your skin or, worse, your beard hair getting burned is very high, so be careful.
What’s even better than a hair straightener, is a beard straightener. With Jericho’s 2 in 1 beard straightening brush, you have all the benefits of heat to straighten your hairs but with a more beard friendly shape and function for those smaller beards.
How to straighten small beard hair
If you’re having trouble mastering how to straighten small beard hair, on the other hand, then the hair straightener method probably isn’t for you. Methods for taming shorter curls are best done with the help of a product that has a high level of hold, coupled with regular brushing of the hair to ensure symmetry. Jericho’s range of beard straightening products are also great for short to medium length beards.
Straightening your beard with a hairdryer and comb or brush
Straightening your beard with a hairdryer and either a comb or brush is one of the most readily available options out there, and it is very easy to make it part of your daily beard maintenance routine. There are many types of combs and brushes; we will warn you to keep away from those made of plastic or metal, as they can cause static and make your beard even curlier than before. If you have a thicker beard, make sure you select a comb with wider spaced teeth. Our Jericho combs and brushes are made from natural materials like wood and boar bristles to ensure effectiveness on even the toughest and curliest beard hairs.
When it comes to matching the combing or brushing technique with your hairdryer, you’ll want to make sure that heat stays on low, and you are gentle with your tool of choice. Once you’ve begun by drying your beard gently with a towel, use your comb or brush to lift your beard hair upwards and outwards in the opposite direction to your skin. Keep the dryer pointed towards the base of your lovely hair shafts. Once your stylish beard is nearly dry, switch the direction of your brushing or combing to a downwards motion and reposition the dryer to follow the natural growth of your beard hair; keep doing this until the hair is nice and dry and you have a nice straight beard. To ensure this position, finish the process off with some special Jericho beard oil or balm to lock those hairs in check and keep your beard looking its best.
Chemical Straightening Products
Chemical straightening products can be more helpful if you want a longer-lasting, straight effect on your beard, but they are not the be-all and end-all for how to straighten your beard. They offer very practical solutions for extremely curly beard hair. However, many products used for hair straightening can damage your hair if they are not used correctly. Some of these products contain harsh chemicals and should only be applied by a trained professional. When improperly applied, they can damage the beard you’ve worked so hard on growing or irritate your skin.
WHY CHOOSE JERICHO?
Keeping your beard in check is easy with Jericho. From our beard oils, balms, and straightening devices, we’ve made taking care of your beard easy.
At Jericho, we pride ourselves on offering the finest selection of beard products that have been developed using naturally sourced, premium ingredients with a range of seductive fragrances. By supporting Jericho, you’re supporting a fully Australian-owned business that sources its ingredients locally in Brisbane. We are also 100% cruelty-free, our products have been tested on beards and beards alone by our passionate and dedicated staff. Beard on, brothers!