When you let your beard grow out, the facial hair can sometimes become rather coarse and wiry. At the end of the day, it all comes down to good management of the beard. There are plenty of beard softening products in the market that you can use to ensure that the beard is silky smooth. After all, you wouldn’t want to hurt your partner when you are, well, canoodling.
How to Keep Your Beard Soft
When your beard grows out long, it protects your face from elements like sunlight, pollution, dust and other such harmful factors. So, while your face may be protected well, it is your beard that absorbs it all in. It is always wise to wash that beard at least twice a day with a good beard shampoo, once in the morning after you wake up, and once before you go to bed in the night.
Use a beard comb or brush
These are designed specifically for your beard, with the teeth of the comb evenly spaced out and well smoothened so that it does not damage your beard, whilst ensuring that they all grow in the same direction. Alternatively, you can go for a beard brush that will also help you to groom the beard the way you want.
You can use a soft bristled toothbrush, as it will also help you to scrub out the dead skin from underneath the beard.
Shampoos, even beard-specific ones, have a tendency to remove natural oils from your beard along with the grime. Once you have washed your beard with a shampoo, take a good conditioner in your hands and rub well into your palms before massaging it evenly into your beard. Rinse it well before patting your beard dry.
Use beard oil
This is one of the best beard softeners made up of essential oil and carrier oil, which provide your beard with the required nourishment for its softness and long, unabated growth. Unlike creams and softening lotions that only work on the beard, it takes care of the skin underneath.
Go for beard oil with a jojoba base and use it daily; after a week of constant use you will start feeling the difference.
Use beard balm
Beard balms are prepared with beeswax and butter in addition to ingredients like essential oil and carrier oil.
Take a fingertip full of beard balm and place it on the palm. Now rub the palms together to generate enough heat to melt the balm and then apply it into your beard.
Trim now and then
Your beard has a habit of developing split-ends when it is growing. To take care of this problem, trim it down slightly using a pair of scissors.
Go for the right foods
Consuming foods that are rich in omega-3 fatty acids is an easy way to ensure that your beard remains soft. Some of the readily available foods that are rich in omega-3 are walnuts, soybeans, and coldwater fishes like tuna, mackerel and salmon.
Use coconut oil
Coconut oil has been used since time immemorial for the nourishment of hair. It is equally effective when it comes to the nourishment of beard. To use it, heat up some in a microwave, apply on your beard comb and run it through your beard.
Drink plenty of water
One of the easiest and most effective ways to ensure that your beard is soft and free from itchiness is to stay hydrated. Drink enough water throughout the day.
Now that you have read all the easiest methods that you can employ for softening your beard, run along and apply them.