Beard Straightening: good or bad?

Your beard has grown out; it is long, thick, and… a touch out of control. Perhaps it has an odd wave down the middle, or perhaps it is much coarser and curlier and rounder than you had hoped. In either case, you’ve noticed some unruly portions of your beard that you wish to control (don’t worry, even Greg Berzinsky has unruly areas of his beard). Have you ever given a thought about Beard straightening? 

You’ve probably seen advertising for hot beard straighteners when looking for solutions to your beard imperfections. These heated brushes make the bold claim that they can instantaneously transform your beard from gnarly to gorgeous. 

It seems like the ideal answer, don’t you think? That is, until you begin reading Amazon reviews. 

The truth is that flat irons and brushes for straightening hair are not new. But these items were essentially created particularly for head hair. 

Until recently, no one put a heating element inside a hairbrush and considered the bearded Berzinskys and Bandholzes of the world. With the popularity of beards increasing over the previous ten years, a competitive brush industry aimed towards bearded men seemed inevitable. The moment has finally come. 

But first, have a look at this comprehensive overview of beard straighteners, including our reviews of a tonne that we tried out, before you dive in and spend your hard-earned money on that “wonder wand.” 

We’ll also discuss a few of the pricier straighteners that are only advertised as beard straightening brushes. Finally, we’ll show you two ways to straighten your beard: one with a hot brush and the other using an effective blow dryer. 

Is Heat bad for your hair?

But before we get too further, let’s quickly review the relationship between heat and hair. 

 It’s a good idea to understand heat and hair damage before you fully commit to using a beard straightener into your grooming routine. 

We’ll be honest: It was a little more difficult than we had imagined to find a reliable response to this issue. It’s quite difficult to discover information on heat damage to hair that isn’t found on a blog with a name like cutehairstyles.cute or lusciouslocks.beauty (we suspect these aren’t real sites, but you get the idea). 

The studies we came across were all focused on head hair, but we anticipate that the findings would also apply to beard hair. The most noteworthy finding we made was that the ideal temperature for utilising heat on hair was 185 degrees Celsius (385 degrees Fahrenheit). Everything began to deteriorate over that point. When we begin examining the temperature claims made by some of the beard straighteners on the market, keep this number in mind. 

Another interesting finding was that compared to hair that was allowed to air dry naturally, blow drying hair at a temperature of 95 degrees celsius (203 degrees Fahrenheit) from a distance of 15 cm caused less damage. 

The important lesson from this is that, when handled improperly, heat and beard straightening can harm your beard hair. In light of this, problems can only be caused by extremely high temperatures. 

Beard Straightener: Types

Hair drying brushes and heated thermal brushes are the two main types of beard straighteners to take into account. There are flat irons, of course, but we strongly advise against using one so close to your face. 

Hair drying brushes and hairdryers are comparable in that both produce hot air that is subsequently expelled via the bristles, much like a diffuser attachment. These brushes are often spherical, although you can also find flat paddle brushes. 

The bristles and brush are heated by an internal heating element in heated brushes. 

When considering blow dryers and beard straighteners, there are a few additional terms to keep in mind. 

Ionic 

A short reminder about chemistry: water contains positively charged ions. Negative ions are used by ionic dryers to hasten the drying process. Water can generate more frizz in the hair the longer it is allowed to soak in. Hair theory, quicker drying should result in less frizz. 

Tourmaline 

Comparable to Ionic but generates much more water-splitting negative ions 

Porcelain, infrared, and ceramic 

All of these trendy terms essentially refer to even, reliable heating. 

Conclusion

Like any type of hair straightening, beard straightening is not what we avidly reccomend especially on a frequent basis. Your natural beard growth is at the end of the day what makes it healthy and strong. Save your straightening for some special occasions and it will not damage your beard in the long run, ensuring a mascuine beard for the long term.

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