How to Care for Different Beard Types: Straight or Curly?
One of the first things you’ll start noticing when you grow your beard out, is how different it is from the hair on your head. For many guys out there, you’ll either have thick hair, thin hair, wavy, curly, or a mix and match of these main qualities. The hair of your beard is no different.
We’re going to take a look at each individual type of beard, when you can determine the hair type and any special grooming considerations that go with how your hair grows.
Varying Follicle Composition
All types of beards generally grow at about the same rate – roughly half an inch per month. Genetics will determine your specific hair type. It’ll grow the same, whether it’s straight or curly. However, curly beards grow in loops or almost sprocket-like springs. While straight beards will just grow downwards.
Most guys have varying hair follicle shapes on their body. That’s the reason your hair on your head could be curly, while your beard is straight. Different ethnicities all contend with varying beard types as well. People of asian descent grow round hairs, while Europeans have a more rounded oval follicle and African descent grow a closer to a flat oval. For the most part, the overall thickness and constitution of your beard depend on whether or not it’s straight, wavy or curly.
Straight Beard Care
A straight beard hair type will grow the longest and the fastest. This should conjure up images of vikings and long-bearded wispy wizards. Straight beards are usually about three times as long as an equally timed curly beard. There is no looping in on itself. A straight beard presents you with some unique benefits, but also a few things you need to look out for as well.
In the early stages of growing your beard, you’re more likely to have to contend with some thin spots. These patches take some time to fill in while you grow. Also remember that your face where that beard is growing is a three dimensional object. You’ve got hairs growing from your cheeks, chin and neck. As your beard grows downwards, not every part of facial hair will be at the same length.
Here’s what you can do to make the most out of a straight beard:
- Use a comb instead of a brush.
- Condition with a growth oil to fill in quicker.
- Trim chin and neck to align with cheek growth.
Straight beards can easily outgrow other types of beards. While you won’t ever have the curls, the longer lengths come more naturally to your beard type.
Wavy Beard Care
A wavy beard is the in-between stage between straight and curly. It also has a unique look to it. The hair follicle is curved once giving it that wavy flow. It’s best to embrace your natural beard as it begins to grow out more. This can be an interesting look when cared for in the right way. Sometimes your beard will wave out on your chin and it’ll give you an asymmetrical look. Other times it may become a bit out of control and need taming.
- Use a brush gently to avoid tearing out hairs.
- Set style in place with beard balms or wax.
- Untangle rough spots with a comb.
- Don’t force the beard into unnatural positions.
- Let it grow where it wants to go.
After about a month of growth you’ll begin to see if you have a wavy beard or not. The first wave should start coming in after about half an inch or so.
Curly Beard Care
A curly beard has the most spin to it and looks like a fully loaded spring. The spiral growing hairs will most of the time also create a thicker look as well. These beards also require a lot more upkeep, as there is a greater risk for tangling. After a month or so, you’ll know how curly and thick your beard can grow. What it lacks in length prowess, it makes up for in sheer thickness. Curly beards need a lot more care the longer they get.
- Oil regularly to stop the beard from drying out.
- Regularly brush with a boar bristle.
- Untangle without ripping hairs out.
- Avoid unnatural straightening methods.
All beards will have to contend with beard bed head at some point in there life spans. Curly beards have a tendency to get very wild in the morning. Sometimes the only thing you can do is to take a shower or wet the beard down. With a great beard, comes great responsibility.
Many of these problems and new ways of grooming tend to work themselves out the longer your beard grows. Keep on growing and applying these beard care tips along the way. You’ll be a master of your beard no matter your type!