The cold season brings with it a new beard care remedy. It comes as no surprise to any person growing natural hair that the rain and the cold breeze usually have a negative effect on that fro or ‘stache!
When you see ladies running around with plastic bags, shower caps, shirts and anything else they can use as a cover on their heads when the clouds open up, and you ask yourself why they go through all that trouble, it is because they know how harmful rain and cold can be to your hair.
The same rules apply to beard growers, so here are a few tips and tricks to keep that facial hair protected during the cold season:
- Cold weather brings about dry skin- have you noticed how much ashier you get during the cold season? Well, that’s because the cold air literally sucks the moisture from your skin as there is not enough energy to evaporate water into the air. This just means that dandruff and dry and itchy skin are more prominent when the sun is not shining. However, the cold air is no match for beard oil. Beard oil is packed with all the nutrients and ingredients to keep your beard moisturized throughout the day…even as you walk through the cold streets.
- Cover that beard – Try and wear jackets with high collars, scarfs and definitely have your umbrella with you at all times!
- Heat vs. Cold- One of the best things to indulge in after getting home from a cold day is a hot shower, or even better, a hot bath! You may want to get the water to a piping hot temperature on such days. However, hot water damages your hair follicles. The same goes for very cold water, despite popular belief! The best thing for your hair is lukewarm water.
- Wash, rinse, oil, repeat! – Rain water is quite damaging to your hair. Today, global warming is one of the largest problems that affect the world. Rain water is filled with poisonous acids and particles that will harm your hair if it seeps into your beard. If you are in the rain for a long time, you should always wash and oil your beard afterwards. Ensure to comb and brush that beard to get that oil spread in there.
- Check on you barber – We always encourage more growth and less trips to the barber but this does not mean that we are anti-barber. In fact, if you do not know how to trim your beard, please seek professional assistance! According to research, cold weather increases the occurrence of split ends. This is damaging to your facial hair and the only way to keep it under control is to trim the split ends immediately and as often as they occur. If you are confident in doing this by yourself then you can do this at home.
The one thing that remains constant through all seasons is that your beard wash, beard oil, beard balm, beard comb and brush all come in handy. The more attention and effort you put into your beard, the more results you get.
Mandevu’s got you this sweater season!
Words: Ciku Kimani