Rough or harsh in texture.
As Africans, this texture is not foreign to a lot of us. But did you know that the coarseness of your beard is not only due to your African, kinky, natural hair but can also be an indicator of a dry beard?
The way to tell between a dry and and a moisturized beard is by its texture and shine. A healthy beard is hydrated which makes it feel softer and it is easier to style and groom. Here are a few tips to help you to take care of coarse beard hair.
- Rinse your beard daily, Shampoo it 1-2 times a week
Use lukewarm water to rinse your beard daily. This is super simple because you can incorporate it into your shower time (which we hope you do at least once daily!)
When it comes to shampooing your beard, stick to 1 or 2 times a week to find the perfect balance between cleaning and ensuring that you do not get rid of the important nutrients from your beard products.
2. Apply beard conditioner and oil 1-2 times a day
Worry not, this is not an extra item for your shopping list – especially this January (read:Njaanuary)
Beard balms with ingredients such as argan oil, beeswax and jojoba oil can act as a conditioner.
Get yours here: Mandevu Beard Balm
3. Trim your beard
This may sound contradictory to your beard growth goals. However, trimming promotes both beard growth and health.
Trimming gets rid of those tangled ends. Here’s how you trim;
- Rinse/wash your beard first to get rid of germs.
- Gently pat dry your beard.
- Comb it in an upward fashion until it looks like a lion’s mane. This will allow you to clearly see which hairs stick up and look rough.
- Trim those hairs and continue to style your beard to your preference (do not forget your beard oil and/or balm as you style).
4. Comb and brush your beard
This step is crucial for softening your beard hair. The brush allows the product (balm/oil) to spread deep into the roots of your hair and the comb ensures that it spreads into the rest of it.
Combing and brushing also detangle hair which makes it feel and look smoother.
Mandevu’s got your beard tips!
Words: Ciku Kimani