Whether you have a long beard, short beard, black beard, gray beard, or just any type of facial hair whatsoever, chances are you have to deal with pesky flyaways and wild hairs. Now, wild beard hairs are a common problem that plague the lives of bearded and mustachioed men. So, how can you tame those wild beard hairs and control your facial hair once and for all? Let’s get into it.
Longer beards and shorter beards alike still suffer from those wild hairs that ruin the lines and neatness of your beard. Which means the suggestions we’re going to make in this article will work for beards of all shapes and sizes. However, the products you choose to use will effect how your beard behaves, depending on your beards length.
We’ll explain what we mean when we get into the nitty gritty of the tools you’ll need to control your wild beard! In total, you’ll need two main tools, each one accomplishing a different thing.
- a product for providing hold
- a product for styling and shaping your hair
How To Tame A Wild Beard: Providing Hold
The first beard tool you’ll need is going to be a product that provides the hold your beard hairs need to stay in place. You may already have a product like this, but here at Volt we recommend the following two options:
Common substitutes for beard balm may include beard butter or beard oil. However we don’t typically recommend beard butter (or oil) for providing hold because, typically, beard butters and oils are normally thinner and not as thick and useful as beard balm is for holding beard hairs together.
You see, the thicker the consistency of the product, the more hold it will provide. This is why beard and mustache wax is at the top end of the spectrum when it comes to controlling and styling your beard. Waxes are so thick that they aren’t absorbed or rubbed off quickly, meaning they provide the strongest and longest lasting hold to your beard.
Beard balm however, is not as thick as waxes are, but they contain lots of natural oils that hydrate and provide some health benefits to your beard as well. Beard balms are thicker than beard butters, and therefore provide a useful hold while also providing some hydrating and softening benefits.
Overall, the beard product we recommend for you will depend on the length of your beard. While it’s absolutely true that a beard of any length can benefit from the hold that balm and wax both provide, here’s what we’d recommend.
For longer beards that need lots of control, we’d recommend beard and mustache wax. This is because longer beards tend to have flyaways that are the most unruly (and noticeable) due to their length. Therefore, longer beards can benefit from the strongest hold possible, provided by beard wax.
Shorter beards can normally get away with the lighter hold that beard balm provides, not to mention the added benefits of hydration and softness that are extras. In whichever case, choose the product you feel is right for your needs!
How To Tame A Wild Beard: Shaping Your Beard
The second necessary beard tool for controlling a wild beard is a styling or beard shaping product. This tool is designed to simply align your hairs in a single direction and help you get your beard in shape. here are your two main options:
Combs and brushes are obvious choices for shaping and styling your beard, but if you’re only going to choose one, then which one is right for you? let’s get into it.
Beard combs and beard brushes both have their own respective pros and cons. The largest difference between these two beard tools is that combs are better for removing knots/tangles and sculpting a beard, and brushes are better for cleaning and aligning beard hairs. This is due to the differences between the stiff tines on a comb, and the flexible bristles on a brush.
Think of it this way, because the tines on a comb don’t flex, they can push through tangles and release the knotted hair, beard brushes can’t do this because the bristles themselves would just flex out of the way of the knot. However, because bristles flex, they can surround beard hair and remove dust, dirt, and dead skin cells from the beard and the skin underneath it.
The tool you use to control your wild beard hairs will once again depend on the length of your beard. Longer beards are prone to tangles, simply because longer hair tends to get knotted more easily, hence the usefulness of a beard comb. Shorter beards don’t typically have to deal with knots in the same way, so a beard brush is best for them.
How To Tame A Wild Beard: Necessary Steps
Overall, you probably guessed how to use these products because they are extremely simple to use.
Step 2: Melt the product in your hands and rub it into your beard.
To sum it all up, taming wild beard hairs require two main tools: One to provide hold to your beard hair, and one to shape and style that beard. Longer beards will benefit from the combination of beard wax and beard combs the most. Shorter beards will benefit from beard balm and beard brushes the most.
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