During different growth stages of your beard, those course hairs can lead to uncomfortable itching and scratching. The best way to reduce this irritation is to take proactive steps to soften beard hairs and to promote healthier overall growth including the use of beard softner.
When you know how to soften a beard, you will notice almost immediately less irritation and that you will have a much easier time trimming and shaving. To soften a beard you really only need incorporate a few steps into your daily facial care routine to see long-lasting results.
Regular Maintenance Routine
The best way to soften beard hair, start working on a facial care maintenance routine each day. Begin by investing in a soft toothbrush or beard brush that you can use to exfoliate the skin under the beard. Use the brush in the shower to remove dead skin that can lead to itching, and remove excess oil and buildup that is causing the hair to become course.
Beard shampoo is designed specifically for facial hair, and will remove buildup growing under the beard too. One of the reasons you need to invest in a beard shampoo is that it properly prepares the facial hair for moisturizers.
Applying beard balm and conditioners will only add a few minutes to your daily maintenance routine, but the end result will be a softer beard with less irritation. When you plan on trimming or shaving your beard, place a warm towel on your face for 5 minutes. The heat from the wet towel will soften the hair and allow a smoother and easier shave.
Quality Beard Conditioner
To continue your efforts to soften beard hairs, the next thing you need to invest in is quality beard conditioner. Most lightweight conditioners designed for beards contain vitamin E and will do an adequate job is softening your facial hair.
The reason it is so important you invest in the right conditioner is because the hair of the mustache and beard are coarser than that on your scalp.
The conditioner works to moisturize the facial skin under the beard and reduce that stubble stiffness. After you have finished shampooing your beard in the shower, apply a generous amount of beard conditioner to your hand and massage in the beard.
Work with your back to the shower so you can get as much conditioner deep into the beard as possible. Rinse thoroughly and use a towel to pat dry the beard as we prepare for the final step to soften beard hair.
Essential Beard Balm
Now that you have shampooed and moisturized your beard in the shower and toweled off, it is time to add some beard balm to the facial hair. The beard balm is nothing short of a leave-in conditioner designed to soften, moisturize, and condition your beard.
The best beard balms contain shea butter for moisturizing and conditioning, almond oil for promoting healthy growth, and beeswax for sealing in all that moisture to soften beard hairs (here you can learn how to make your own).
These all natural ingredients will not irritate the skin, and you should notice softer hairs after a few uses. Consider beard balms blended with essential oils rather than synthetic fragrances.
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The synthetic oil contains toxins that will leave your hair brittle and cause skin irritation. Place the beard balm in your palms, use the fingers to work the balm into all the hair and skin.
Begin applying at the neck and work upward, reverse the direction when you reach the top and work slowly towards the neck. After implementing all these tips, your worries about how to make your beard soft will be completely gone.
Everybody loves a soft beard.
“He’s so perfect”
“I know even his beard’s so soft”
— Rachel Caldwell (@ikanteven98) May 3, 2016
Following these simple steps will ensure healthy growth and give you a shiny and strong beard that doesn’t itch and is soft to the touch.
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