Do you hate those curly whiskers and wish you knew how to straighten a curly beard? Some people embrace the curly beard and rock the look. Other people hate the daily hassle of trying to maintain it and become frustrated at those rogue strands that won’t cooperate. For those who hate the curly look, there are several options available for straightening your beard.
Some options are easy to use, and you can incorporate them into your morning ritual. Other options may require incorporating a certain technique. Some may have an initial time investment but involve easier maintenance as time progresses.
Picking the best one involves being honest about how much time you want to invest in taming those hairs daily. You can save money and spend more time or spend a bit more money upfront but take less preparation time each morning. The choice is yours, but there are pros and cons to each that you should know.
Understanding Those Beard Curls
When we use the term ‘curly beard‘, we are not referring to a beard with rogue hairs curling out at the chin or jawline. We are referring to a beard with a genetic predisposition to curliness. This type of hair is curly overall and can pose several challenges in maintaining it.
Strangely shaped hair follicles create curly hair. How thick the hair shaft is determined by the size of the follicle. Curliness comes from the asymmetry of the follicle and the curve.
The chemical composition is different in hair that is curly. The shaft of this hair has an asymmetrical arrangement of enzymes and keratins. Since this exists, there may be a difference in the texture of the hair.
The angle of the hair fibers also determines curliness. Curly hair has fibers that grow at an angle away from the skin. Straight hair has more of a perpendicular angle of growth.
While genetics may be the popular reason for curly facial hair, it is not the only one. There are others to consider.
There is a good reason why experts tout that good grooming products and habits are a necessity in maintaining a beard. However, often these simple rules of grooming can become overlooked when it comes to a beard.
Since they are both made by hair follicles, dry beards behave just as the hair on your head does when it’s dry. If the tips on the shaft begin to curl, the beard can appear to be unkempt. You can prevent this by using beard oils and conditioners.
These products moisturize the hair shaft. When combined with a good comb or brush, they will take the natural oils from the base of the shaft and extend them outwards. The result is a healthy-looking beard that is well-groomed- not straggly.
Most people don’t associate the dirt and grime on your hands to transfer to a beard. Nor do they think that it can be a suspect with hair becoming curly.
The more you touch or play with the beard, the more debris becomes lodged in it, which can cause it to become unruly. Also, food and drinks can become lodged in the beard, creating an unhealthy environment as well.
How to Tame Your Curly Beard
Health and maintenance have a role to play in a curly beard. Beards must be shampooed and conditioned anywhere between one to three times per week. If your beard is dry, you may want to only wash it once per week. Should the beard be oily, it may require you to wash it three times per week.
When using a product, make sure that it is for beard usage. Other products can be harsh on facial hair and end up stripping away moisture.
Washing and conditioning are just one step of the process, removing dirt, grime, and some debris from the beard. However, a beard can feel greasy and have nothing to do with your beard type.
Oily feeling beards that are dry on the ends usually indicate that the natural oils (sebum) formulated at the hair shaft are not distributed evenly throughout the hair follicle, leading to greasy hair at the base and dry ends.
You can remedy this by using a boar bristle beard brush or a comb. These bristles will coat the hair from root to ends, leaving the beard properly nourished. Since it stimulates circulation, the beard will come in fuller and healthier.
Combing and brushing the hair removes debris and dead skin cells from the beard allowing healthy growth to replace it.
Moisturize dry skin to prevent your beard from becoming curly. Dry skin creates split ends, becomes brittle, and curls. The beard doesn’t produce enough natural oils to keep it soft, so sometimes, it needs a little help from products such as:
- Beard balms
- Beard conditioners
- Beard masks
- Beard oil
Experts recommend using a hot wet towel to boost the efficiency of moisturizing products, helping to open the pores and allows dirt to escape. It also softens the beard. When beard oil is applied, water becomes trapped inside, thereby refreshing the beard hair.
How Do You Naturally Straighten a Beard?
Some men do not like to use chemicals in their beard to make it straight. There are men with sensitive skin who don’t like the sting of using a beard relaxer. Others may not want to invest in beard straightening irons, either. If you fall into this category, there are several options available.
Beards can be straightened by using a brush, silicone gel, and hairdryer. When you use anything in your beard, avoid materials containing metal and plastic. These can generate static and may cause a frizzy beard. The best thing to use is natural materials like animal horns or wood.
Spacing is also important in a beard comb. For long, thick beards, select one that has a wider space between the teeth so that it doesn’t get caught in the beard. It will also glide through with less effort and become caught on tangles.
After washing, pat the hair dry with a towel. With a comb, lift hair outwards and upwards away from the skin. The dryer needs to be pointed to the base of the shaft and on a low setting. Once the beard is almost dry, comb downward-pointing the hairdryer in the direction of the hair growth.
Once finished, hydrate the hair with beard oil or styling products.
Can You Chemically Straighten Beard?
You can also chemically straighten a beard, which cuts down how much time you spend grooming each day. Some do not generate damage when done properly while others may require a professional.
Note that even a chemical beard straightener still requires some maintenance. Straightened beard will remain straight. However, new hair growth will still come in curly, creating a two-texture type of appearance.
You also want to make sure that you don’t use a relaxer too often, otherwise, you will dry out your hair.
A beard relaxer comes in shampoo or cream form. It moisturizes the hair shaft by smoothing out the outer layer of keratin. You can use these types of treatments at home.
After applying, the beard will have to be straightened by a heater beard brush or straightening iron (for beards).
Apply the relaxer cream on the beard, then spread evenly using a comb. Wait about 30 minutes so that the beard is fully moisturized. Wash the beard using a beard shampoo, then pat dry. Fully dry it with a hairdryer, detangle hairs using a comb, and finalize the look with a straightener.
If using a shampoo, replace the beard shampoo with the relaxer. Spread it evenly with a comb, wait for the appropriate amount of time, rinse, pat dry, and straighten.
Heated Beard Tools
There are beard straightening products that require a professional. When putting chemicals close to the face, you need to be very careful.
A heated beard brush and a straightening iron are similar to those used for the head but adapted to the beard. Do not use a hair straightening iron for your beard, as it can cause damage. Not only may it be too side and end up scalding the face, but some of the settings are too high for a beard.
Heated beard brushes will allow you to straighten and comb the beard all in one. It also offers better overall control of the shaft direction.
Do not apply it to wet or damp hair. Adjust the setting to the lowest possible and go up if needed. Also, if your brush or iron is flattening a curl instead of straightening it, it may be time to invest in a new one. These products generally last between two to five years of continual use.
The hair should be brushed downwards and repeated until it is straight. Also, use moisturizers after straightening.
A flat iron has two heated plates. Hair is pressed between them and moved down from the shaft to the tip of the hair. Beard straightening irons tend to be easily maneuverable and smaller than traditional flat irons. They have a lower setting which improves facial hair.
We recommend a heat protection spray to prevent the damage that comes from straightening.
After washing and drying your beard, place small sections between the two heated plates. Slide the iron from the root of the hair shaft to the tip. Do not stop. The movement needs to be smooth and gentle.
Beards can be relaxed by using at-home products or going to an expert. For the first time, you may want to have it professionally done.
Straightening a natural curly beard can be done in many ways, from general maintenance to chemical relaxers to straightening it using a beard brush or straightener. Some methods are higher maintenance, while others are easier.
Always consider the texture and condition of the beard. If it is dry, you may want to avoid a relaxer as it may strip away moisture, which will cause the facial hair to become more damaged and frizzier. Whatever you use, find something that fits into your routine and that you can maintain.