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How to Comb a Beard
If you are looking for a simple step-by-step guide on combing a beard the right way, this is it. At this stage, you’re probably well on the way to start growing a beard, invested in some beard oil, and want to start making it look a little bit more organized and put together.
However, before we get into the how to comb a beard guide correctly, you need to ensure that you’ve invested in an actual proper beard comb. There’s a range of materials out there from metal, cellulose, and wood. These are all great, but you want to be using a beard comb that possesses wide teeth and ideally is actually designed specifically for beards.
A step-by-step guide to combing your beard:
- Invest in the right beard comb (consider material, the width of teeth)
- Splash some beard oil on
- Comb the beard outwards
- Start combing all the way through the beard
- Comb down and shape it up
Step 1: Invest in the Right Beard Comb
You want to ensure that your beard comb has wide teeth on it, as one with narrow teeth will likely snag on your beard hair a lot as you comb it through. Causing potential jarring to the beard hairs and weakening them — having wide teeth will ensure a nice natural gliding process.
There are a lot of beard combs out there with narrower teeth as well. This is to help bring some order and to get them to lay down properly when used in conjunction with mustache wax.
Step 2: Splash on Some Beard Oil
This basically ensures a smoother process. You aren’t combing the beard dry. Similar to how a barber will sometimes wet your hair before combing the hair on your head. It just allows for a smoother process.
Plus, it saves you having to add beard oil on later. So make sure you apply a bit of high-quality beard oil to your beard before you go straight ahead and start combing it.
Step 3: Comb the Beard Outwards
As you can see demonstrated in the video above, you want to start by combing the beard outwards. You can start from under the chin or the sides, but you aim to separate the beard hairs from one another.
See, what tends to happen as you neglect your beard is that the beard hairs start to clump together, causing an unnecessary look of patchiness and potential knots. Combing the strands away from one another allows the look of a thicker, fuller, and overall neater beard.
Step 4: Layer Up and Comb Throughout the Beard
You want to be combing all the way through the beard at this stage. Understand that your beard is built upon layers and that you must follow it up and downwards to ensure that every beard hair strand is properly attended to.
At this stage, your beard hairs should be everywhere, and there’s no real ‘neatness’ to the whole beard. You just want to separate the hairs, so they don’t get knotted or clumped together; plus, you want to ensure that the oil you apply is spread right through the beard.
Step 5: Comb it Down and Shape it Up
Now your beard is well, and truly all over the place, it’s time to start bringing some order to the beard. To do this, simply comb the hairs down, and you can use a bristle brush as well as your hands to help aid you in this. Just using a beard comb is fine.
You are essentially styling up the beard at this point, combing and brushing the body of the beard downwards and into style, so it looks on point. If you have a particularly unruly beard, you can take to some beard styling balm to bring a bit of hold to the beard that you can then brush or comb through.
Other Beard Combing Tips
- Avoid snagging on your beard: It’s not the case you’ve got a knot necessarily; it’s just how a beard overlays one another. Simply release the comb and start combing through your beard again.
- Try to comb your beard when it is slightly moist: Combing your beard dry is when it is potentially weakest and where you will most likely start pulling hairs out. Apply some beard oil before doing so!
- Invest in a proper beard comb: Getting a cheap plastic one from the local garage will likely do a lot more damage to the beard than it is good.
- Comb the beard gently: You don’t want to be aggressive in the approach to combing your beard. If you do, you’re going to be subject to immediate and potentially drawn-out beard shedding.
- Want to straighten up your bear? Make sure of a heated beard straightening comb to get a straight-looking beard.
Who Makes Great Beard Combs?
There is a whole range of different beard brewing companies out there, producing some great products. If you want a cellulose style that you’ve seen in the video above, check out Beardbrand, which offers a great range of products too.
If you want a high-end style beard comb, then it’s worth checking out Big Red Beard Combs and their fabulous range of metal and wooden combs.
Are Beard Combs Worth It?
There are three parts to a great beard. Firstly, there's the inner beard; this ensures you are feeding all the right stuff. Make sure you are getting enough protein (particularly biotin) and all the nutrition needed to ensure that your body can grow a great-looking beard.
Secondly, there's outer beard care. This is about ensuring that the beard is properly conditioned and moisturized. This can be done using beard grooming products such as beard oil and beard balm to help strengthen and aid the natural oils that reside on your face.
Unfortunately, this is where most guys looking to grow their beards stop. However, there is a third and crucial aspect to developing a great-looking beard, and that's style. Make sure you style the beard, and that's where a beard comb will help you get the edge. They are specially designed to work with beard hairs, from the way the handle is set up to the array of teeth. When combing a beard, they can snag; if it is flimsy, the comb will break, so they need to be strengthened and specially molded to help cope with your beard.
If you already have a great beard comb, then let us know which one it is and where you got it from in the comments below. We’d love to check it out.
Of course, if you have any other questions regarding beard grooming or how to comb your bead, please don’t hesitate to ask. We will be more than happy to help. Simply leave your question in the questions and answers section below, and we will get back to you immediately.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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