It's not surprising to know that not every bearded man is blessed with a soft beard.
For some of us bearded men, the dry, unruly, coarse facial hair is a symbol of pride, as it makes us feel like a glorious viking.
From avoiding common beard related problems such as itchiness, dandruff and more, to being able to kiss your partner without leaving them itching, a nice soft beard is the way to go.
You can even tell what the health of your beard is by its softness. A softer beard equals a healthier beard.
In today's article, we are going to be sharing with you how to make your beard soft along with the benefits of rocking a soft beard.
It's worth mentioning that the process of softening your beard isn't very simple, as with most grooming problems. There are in-fact many routes you could take to achieve a softer beard but most likely, you'll find that combining some of these methods will be your best bet for achieving a softer beard.
In order to reap the rewards of rocking a softer beard and believe us, there are many rewards! You will be required to possess patience, discipline and dedication.
You'll realise that the end outcome will certainly be worth it, you will suffer from itchiness far less, styling will become much easier and your beard will look far more healthier.
We recommend that prior to trying to soften your beard, that you look into why your beard is not soft in the first place.
But don't worry, we are here to help.
We will be covering the most common reasons as to why your beard isn't already soft.
Why Is My Beard Rough?
Usually if your facial hair is wiry, coarse or rough, then chances are something isn't quite right.
Naturally our facial hair is much more coarser compared to the hair on our head however, keep in mind that your facial hair should not be causing you irritations and be unmanageable.
It is important that your beard grows healthy and it is properly maintained if you want to achieve soft facial hair. There are many different elements that affect your beard hair - nutrition and beard care being the two main elements.
When it comes to a dry and brittle beard, there are two very common problems that are most likely going to be the reason.
So let's also answer "why is the skin under my beard so dry", a common question we get a lot.
You have most likely heard this before, but if you don't keep your beard and the skin beneath moisturized, then you'll find your beard will become dry and rough which can lead to breakage.
Your skin does produce natural oils called Sebum. The natural oils job is to keep your face moisturised.
However, most men strip there skin of these natural oils by using products like head hair shampoos and other harmful soaps on their beards.
When you use these sort of products, they remove the natural oils from the facial hair and the skin beneath it. This causes a huge loss in moisture in your beard, which will harden the skin and damage your beards health, leading to a dry and brittle beard.
This is also the most common reason why people with stubble have stubble that feels like sandpaper. The stubble lacks hydration and its overall health is suffering.
Poor Beard Care
This is the most common reason for dry and rough beards.
Using poor quality beard care products, not having a proper beard grooming routine or not knowing how to maintain your facial hair's health, are most likely the reasons why your beard is suffering.
Think of this: you touch your beard with dirty hands all day, crumbs from your food are being collected in the beard, dust is also being collected.
If you do not wash your beard correctly, then all that dirt, dust and food will remain in the beard, which will cause your beard to become greasy, which will cause your beard to become unhealthy.
Beard Split Ends
Some men who have recently started growing their beard may notice that their beard is in-fact soft.
This is because the facial hair is new and hasn't been exposed to poor beard care or environment factors for a length of time.
If you live in an area where you suffer strong winds and strong sun often, then you will likely notice that your beard will become rougher and more brittle. After a period of time, this will certainly lead to split ends.
A beard that is suffering from split ends looked very ragged and not-maintained.
Why is dehydration relevant to your beard?
Our bodies do not function properly when they are dehydrated. All the processes that take place in our bodies operate effectively when the body is properly hydrated. Therefore, a dehydrated body will not properly function in new hair growth, including beard growth.
If you've owned a plant before, you'll have noticed when you forget to water it, the plant begins to dry-up and become brittle over time.
That is exactly the same process that happens in our bodies in regards to hair, if you are constantly dehydrated your hair will begin to lose its health and become dry and brittle.
Therefore, it is important that you take in between 1.5 - 2 litres of water a day.
How To Make Your Beard Soft
1. Use Beard Wash
Cleaning your facial hair is of course vital. Not only for achieving a softer beard or stubble, but also for overall hygiene.
Cleaning your facial hair correctly will remove any dirt, grime and dead skin cells lurking in the beard. The problem is many bearded men don't buy a shampoo or wash that is designed for facial hair. A all natural beard wash is much more beneficial to your beard than your standard head hair shampoos and soaps.
By using a beard wash a couple of times a week, you will vastly improve the condition of your beard, not just in hygiene and health, but also it's softness.
The reason why is because an all-natural beard wash will not remove the moisture and natural oils from your facial hair or skin.
Don't forget to wash and clean the skin under your beard, as you want to remove any dead skin cells and built-up dirt there.
Many men don't think to wash the skin beneath but it is important because if you don't remove the built-up dirt and dead skin cells, then you will undo all the good you are doing.
When looking for a beard wash, make sure the wash contains all-natural ingredients and contains some essentials oils as they will help add some moisture to your skin and beard.
2. Use Beard Oil
When you clean your facial hair, your beard is at risk of suffering from dryness, which is usually caused by hard water or hot water.
This is why we suggest you apply a quality beard oil at least once a day, preferrably twice a day. A quality beard oil will penetrate the facial hair and skin beneath and supply them both with great sources of nutrients which will help soften your beard.
When your beard hairs get a steady supply of nutrients and moisture, they tend to relax and look far more healthy.
Your beard will also not feel like sandpaper on your partners skin which is a big plus for them.
Using a beard oil is highly recommend but it is your decision as too whether you want to use or try a premium beard oil.
High-quality beard oils contain many benefits for your beard and they will certainly help you achieve a softer beard faster.
If you do decide to use a beard oil, be sure that you massage the oil into the beard gently and pay close attention to the skin beneath the beard as you will want to make sure you massage the oil into the skin also.
Never put beard oil on wet facial hair, the oil will not absorb properly into the hairs or skin.
Ideally apply beard oil on a damp beard.
3. Use A High Quality Beard Balm
A quality beard balm is used for styling but also as a leave-in conditioner because of its impressive ingredients.
The ingredients used in quality balms come packed with nutrients that will help soften the skin and beard. A quality beard balm will also add some protection to your beard from daily elements such as sun exposure and cold air.
You only want to use a little amount (around a dime size) of balm and apply it gently on a damp beard.
We recommend that you apply the premium beard balm in an upwards motion.
The reason for this is because by applying the balm in an upwards motion, you will reach the roots of your facial hair.
They will both help you achieve a softer beard quicker.
4. Brush The Beard Properly
Although it seems to simple, brushing your facial hair often, will help towards keeping the beard hair healthy and vibrant.
Brushing your beard will also massage the skin beneath the beard, which will help the blood circulation, which is linked to healthier beard growth.
By forming a good habit of brushing your beard often, you will find that your beard will begin to grow much healthier.
Brushing often will also help promote natural oil production and help you to distribute the natural oils evenly across your beard, which will add moisture, leading to a softer beard.
Never be aggressive when brushing your beard, don't brush too hard or you will end up causing breakages and could possibly damage the skin beneath the beard.
Beard Beasts Beard Brush Recommendation: ZilberHaar Boar's Brush
5. Keep The Beard Trimmed
All beards will develop split ends from time to time. When you notice your beard is suffering from split-ends, it's time for a trim.
By trimming your beard once a week, the possibility of developing split ends will drop hugely.
Now you may be wondering how trimming your beard will help soften your beard?
Well, split ends can be the reason as to why your beard feels rough and the reason preventing your beard from becoming soft.
You should only trim your beard when it is clean, but not wet.
A wet beard will make your facial hair look longer, so if you trimmed your wet beard, you'd end up trimming more off than you would have wanted.
You want to avoid this situation therefore, after cleaning your beard using an all natural beard wash, use a towel and towel-dry your beard before trimming.
Two tools you will need for this job: A high quality beard trimmer and a pair of quality sharp beard scissors.
Beard Beasts Trimmer Recommendation: Hatteker Mens Beard Trimmer
Beard Beasts Scissors Recommendation: Beard Grooming Scissors
Each of these tools have similar jobs, but we find that beard scissors are the best choice if your goal is to even the beard out and not completely cut the beard.
The scissors must be sharp, that it is extremely important because if the scissors are not, they will damage your beard, which will increase your chances of suffering from split-ends leading to a coarser beard.
Beard trimmers are great for defining the outside edges and perfect for cleaning the lower neck and high cheek areas.
We believe beard trimmers are the best tool for creating sharp edges compared to your regular head hair clippers.
After trimming your beard, we recommend you use a couple drops of beard oil to help soften the beard.
6. How To Make Beard Soft Home Remedies
1. Diet And Hydration
There's no doubt that the best home remedy for a softer beard is food, i'm not talking about burgers, fries and so on.
I'm talking about food that contains properties that are known to promote beard growth.
The foods that can help beard growth also can help you achieve a softer beard.
Biotin is a compound found in certain foods that can help beard growth and beard softness.
Eggs, fish, meat, seeds, nuts, avocado and sweet potatoes are biotin rich foods.
Omega fatty acids are also known to promote beard softness, which is why quality beard balms usually contain ingredients that contain Omega fatty acids like avocado oil.
Now eating foods rich in biotin and omega fatty acids is great but none of that will help unless you drink two litres of water each day for proper hydration.
Proper hydration is vital for our bodies to function properly, that includes hair growth and digestion. So by making sure you drink plenty of water each day, will help digest these biotin rich and omega fatty acid foods while also helping to hydrate your facial hair.
2. Olive Oil
There are endless home remedies for how to soften a beard and to be frank, success rates vary massively.
That being said, one home remedy for a soft beard we know that has a very good successful rate is using and applying olive oil to your facial hair.
You don't need much, a few drops massaged into your facial hair and the skin beneath your beard will do.
When you look at the properties of olive oil, you can see why it has been fairly successful. It contains awesome moisturizing properties.
You can either:
Apply the olive oil and wash it off after a few hours...or leave it on overnight.
Which ever way you decide, just make sure that you use lukewarm water to rinse it out.
And that wraps up our article on how to make your beard soft.
Please do remember that you should try a combination of these methods together and proceed with patience.
Softening a beard isn't something that can happen overnight, it will take proper beard care and patience to achieve a glorious soft beard.
We at Beard Beasts hope that this guide was helpful and of value to you.
Have you tried any of these remedies? Any that have helped soften your beard?
Let us know in the comments below!