Have you faced difficulties with a rough beard? This might be because this is your first time. Or it might be because you are trying to grow it out and you do not know what to do about it.
The main reason your beard is rough is that it is unhealthy. Other signs of an unhealthy beard are beard dandruff, itchiness, split ends, and dryness.
This article provides you with techniques for a softer and healthier beard. We will focus on both store-bought products and DIY products made using kitchen ingredients.
Before we jump headfirst into this, let us discuss the reason for a rough beard. It is always good to understand the root problem so that you do not face further issues.
5 Reasons For A Rough Beard
Growing a beard is not easy- it needs special care and proper grooming. If you have a healthy and groomed-out beard, it is sure to be soft, hydrated, and super easy to manage. Some of the reasons for unhealthy and rough hair are-
1. Issues With Cleaning
You wash your hair regularly to keep it clean, dandruff-free, oil-free, and avoid other fungal infections. The same is the case with your beard! Your bread, like your hair, is exposed, so your beard is also prone to dirt and dandruff accumulation. Cleaning is an essential and must part of beard grooming.
2. Hard Water
The main difference between hard water (121-180 milligrams TDS per liter) and soft water (61-120 milligrams TDS per liter) is the level of minerals it contains.
Shampoos and soaps do not work efficiently in hard water, so rinsing off products will be difficult. Leaving products on for a long time has an adverse effect on your beard and results in an unhealthy beard.
3. Cold Temperatures
This might have come as a surprise to you, but cold temperatures affect your beard as it is one of the most exposed parts of your body. Cold temperatures result in a dry, itchy, and unhealthy beard.
All the cells in your body require water. Your body is dehydrated when there is a greater level of water loss than consumption—dehydration results in dull and brittle hair, which is highly unhealthy.
5. Trimming Problems
If you thought growing a beard is easy and it only involves not cutting it, then you’re mistaken. It needs regular grooming to avoid split ends and for proper growth of healthy hair. Also, make sure the trimmer or scissors is sharp and clean.
What Can You Do To Get A Soft Beard?
We will start with the basic steps to get soft hair and then move on to easy home remedies to help you achieve the same. Proper beard treatment mainly refers to washing your beard with mild scrub, conditioning it, applying essential or beard oils, brushing your hair, and finally trimming it.
Your beard should be given the same importance and care that you provide for your hair. And this should be done regularly.
1. Brushing Your Beard
The brush makes the application process more manageable. This ensures that oil or other cleansing products reach every single area and remove all impurities. Combing your beard also detangles it and makes it soft.
Besides, brushing your beard also improves blood circulation, which is essential for good hair growth.
- Do not comb when your beard is wet.
- Comb your beard only in one direction (your desired direction).
2. Trimming And Grooming
Trim your beard at least once a week. You can either use scissors or a trimmer for cutting and shaping your beard. After combing your hair, you will notice a few tiny strains sticking out.
If trimming is done right, you will never need to worry about split ends again! If you do, cut it with clean and sharp scissors.
3. Washing Your Beard
You can use a hydrating cleanser to clean and moisturize your beard. This will keep away any dirt, bacteria, fungus, or oil accumulated onto your beard. For washing, you can either use mild soaps or shampoos containing oils and other hydrating components.
You can also use beard scrubs to remove the dry and dead skin and also excess oil.
- Massage in a circular motion while washing your beard. It improves blood circulation and increases hair growth.
- Stick onto one mild soap/ shampoo brand. Do not use the same soap/ shampoo you use for your hair.
- Wash your face with cold water.
4. Condition After Washing
After washing your bread, use a pH-balanced conditioner containing vitamin E. Conditions hydrate the cuticles and give you soft, shiny, detangled, healthy hair. Repeat the same massaging technique while using the conditioner.
- Make sure you rinse off one product entirely before applying the next.
- Pat dry your beard after washing and conditioning.
5. Oil Massage
Apply beard oil at least twice a week, especially if you live in a cold temperature or have access only to hard water. Combine oil with essential oil, carrier oil, and fragrance to positively affect your hair.
Beard Oil moisturizes your beard and skin and facilitates hair growth, preventing dandruff accumulation and irritation or itchiness. Beard oil is also beneficial for taming and styling your beard.
- Beard balms can substitute beard oil. It has most of the properties found in oils and can also be used to style your beard.
- Do not apply beard oil or balm on wet hair.
Other Home Remedies For Soft Beard
Now, we shall look at some home remedies which can help you achieve a soft and healthy beard.
1. Beard Oils
Most beard oils are DIY, i.e., you can make them at home. To make beard oil, you would need-
- Carrier oil- 2 tablespoons
- Essential oils- 1 teaspoon
- Glass container
Most Essential oils help to hydrate your skin and beard. Eliminating fungus growth, bacterial infections, and dandruff problems are easy because of essential oils’ antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Some essential oils that you can use are lavender oil, rose oil, rosemary oil, black pepper essential oil, and eucalyptus oil.
The problem we face with essential oils is that they can cause skin irritation, so you need to dilute them in carrier oils.
Apart from acting as a diluting agent, carrier oil also has hydrating properties. A few commonly found carrier oils are coconut oil, sunflower oil, and olive oil.
2. Nutritious Diet
Having a well-balanced diet is extremely important for overall health. Did you know that certain types of food help promote beard growth? If not, then the answer to this is food rich in vitamin H and vitamin A.
Food like eggs, avocado, salmon, cheese (make sure it is low-fat cheese) contains vitamin H (Biotin), while sweet potatoes, carrots, and kale are rich in vitamin A.
Water is also an essential part of a proper diet. Having 2 liters of water every day is something most people overlook. It results in dehydration which is terrible for your beard, but it will also cause other major health problems.
3. Aloe Vera
Aloe vera helps with dry skin and hair, dandruff problems, strengthens hair roots and follicles, improves hair growth, gives shininess and texture, and reduces split ends, frizziness, inflammation, and infections.
So, if you have an aloe vera plant at home, then what are you waiting for?? Cut the leaves, scoop out the inside and massage it onto your beard.
4. Lemon And Honey
Lemon is known for its anti-fungal properties, so you need not worry about inflammations or fungal growth anymore. It also helps to control oil accumulation while giving you a healthy, nourishing beard.
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Men dream of healthy-looking beards, but sometimes they face problems since they do not follow proper grooming methods. These problems can be roughness, itchiness, inflammation, infection, and so on.
Ensure you follow appropriate grooming treatment for a soft and healthy beard. Using additional oils and other home remedies will also help in the growth process.
Please write to us about the home remedies that you use for your healthy, soft bread.