When you grow a beard, most people expect it to be plain sailing. I know I did when I first started growing one.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case. There are sometimes problems that can get in the way of having a great beard.
The major one is the dreaded beard itch. Time and again it occurs and this often leads to guys shaving off their facial hair before it’s even got anywhere close to its full potential.
This needs to stop. That’s why I have put together this blog post, that explains how to stop your beard itching.
Use beard oil
If you’re growing a beard and not using beard oil, the likelihood of experiencing itchiness increases massively.
Why? Like the rest of your face, the skin underneath your beard needs to be moisturised. However, the products that you use for your face won’t suffice, as it will just get stuck in your hair and simply won’t reach the skin. That’s when skin issues such as beard dandruff can start to occur.
Thankfully beard oil was invented. Whether you buy your own, or are brave enough to make some yourself, (I haven’t taken the plunge yet!) by applying it correctly, you can be sure that it reaches the skin beneath your beard, so it can stay moisturised.
Applying beard oil is not just a case of rubbing it into your beard and hoping that it reaches your skin. If only it was that easy!
In order for this to happen, you need to make brushing an essential part of your grooming regime.
Using a boar hair brush will help to evenly distribute the oil throughout your beard and ensure that it reaches the skin underneath. If your beard is on the shorter side, I would recommend using a comb instead.
But that’s not all! Brushing your beard regularly also encourages the hair to grow downwards, rather than outwards.
Not only does this make it easier for you to maintain it, you can also reduce the risk of getting ingrown hairs – a common cause of beard itchiness.
Shampoo your beard (but not too much!)
I shouldn’t need to tell you that your beard needs to be washed from time to time.
But how often should you do it? A lot depends on the type of work that you do. As a general rule, if you’re outdoors a lot, you will need to wash yours more than someone who works in an office.
As I work indoors, I tend to only wash mine once a week. This may not sound a lot, but I found that the problems started if I washed it more than this. Shampooing your beard every day will strip the natural oils from your hair leaving your skin feeling dry, sore and itchy.
My advice would be to experiment yourself and see what works for you. But whatever you do, don’t use the same shampoo that you would use on your head. The two types of hair are very different, so only use a product that is designed specifically for beards for your facial hair.
Watch your shower temperature
Shampooing is not the only thing you will need to take into consideration when washing your beard.
The temperature of the water is also important. If you’re like me, you’ll like nothing more than having a boiling hot shower in the morning.
However a hot water temperature is not good for your beard, or more importantly, the skin underneath! As explained in this article by How Stuff Works, the heat from the shower actually softens your skin’s oil and like butter, it melts away when heated. Without this oil protecting your skin, the moisture can quickly disappear leaving it dry and itchy.
Look, I’m not saying that you must have freezing cold showers every day. I mean, who would want to do that?! What I find helps, is to wash my beard with cold water before having a shower. This helps to balance out the heat and will ensure that your skin’s oil has protection from the increase in temperature.
Avoid beard split ends
Now this isn’t for everyone I must admit. There are plenty of guys out there who have grown their beards out wildly and not had any problems. Lucky them eh?
However, sometimes problems can occur as your beard gets longer. One of the most common issues is split ends. This is when individual beard hairs split into two or more hairs, leaving your beard feeling rough and itchy.
Luckily avoiding them is relatively easy. All you have to do is ensure that you follow some simple steps as part of your beard grooming regime:
- Limit blow drying – A hot blow dry can definitely damage your beard hair. A cooler setting is more advisable!
- Use beard oil and balm – This will help to keep your hair soft and healthy and therefore less likely to split.
- Avoid cheap plastic combs – Because of their rough edges, these aren’t designed for facial hair, so instead invest in one that is perfect for your beard type.
- Trim your beard – Whether you use a beard trimmer or scissors, this is a quick way to get rid of any split ends.