Grow and groom your beard without pain.
Whoever said beauty is pain has probably tried to groom his beard with a plastic comb. The thing is, the guy probably didn't know all of his options. Owning a beard is an honor and should never be painful. With the right tools, you can use beard combs and beard brushes without snags or split ends.
3 Ways Plastic is Bad for Your Beard
Your comb and brush are only as reliable as their material—which should NEVER be plastic. Its three main offenses are:
1. Damaging hair follicles – Plastic combs are armed with jagged edges that tear at your follicles. They weaken and damage the hair follicle shafts, creating split ends. Brushes with plastic bristles are just as harsh.
2. Snagging on beards – Many plastic combs and brushes are built with tiny, narrow teeth or bristles. Both can snag on a beard, or worse, trap it and require scissors. Plastic teeth and bristles are prone to snapping off, too.
3. Creating static and frizz – Running a plastic comb or brush through your beard generates lots of static, which has an electrifying effect (and not in a good way). The static also leads to flyaway hairs and frizz. Perfect if you're going for the mad scientist look but not much else.
Plastic combs and brushes are cheap but buyer beware: They could cost you your beard!
What Are Your Beard Grooming Options?
A high-quality wooden beard comb is a worthy investment for responsible beard ownership. Wood is an anti-static material, and the wide teeth glide effortlessly through hair.
A wooden boar bristle brush is another beard tool for your beard care arsenal. Boar hair naturally improves the texture of your hair and lends your beard a shiny luster.
Generally, a comb is great for styling your beard. If you're more into a natural look, then use a brush a fuller-looking beard. Generally. Keep in mind that every beard is a special snowflake. Pick up a beard comb and beard brush to experiment. Especially if you're a new beard owner, you'll probably end up with both eventually.
How to Use a Beard Comb
Slowly comb your beard from top to bottom and from the sides toward the center. Do the same for evenly distributing oil and balm. This helps guide your hair in the right direction and teaches your beard where it should grow. Make good choices, beard!
If you haven't heard of Gene Hilton yet, allow us the privilege of making the introduction. Gene documents his bearded royalty on his YouTube channel Beard Cigar Beer. Here, he demonstrates his technique with his beard comb.
How to Use a Beard Brush
Firmly brush your beard from top to bottom, guiding the hair where you want it to grow. Push down your brush to feel the bristles, which loosen and remove dead skin cells. Also limit your brushing to once a day, if you can help it. A brush is a harder on your beard than a comb, and over-brushing can create split ends.
Below, Garrett uses a beard brush on his full and glorious ginger beard. Turn up the volume to hear about his technique.
Beard Oil and Beard Balm Prevent Snags
Another key tool to a snag-free beard is moisturizer. After you shower, use a dime-size amount of organic beard oil to untangle knots and help your comb or brush glide through your beard. If your beard is especially unruly and you need some extra hold, also apply some natural beard balm and conditioner. Read our blog post about how to use beard oil and beard balm here.
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