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A clean beard looks thicker, fuller, and healthier—it’s no secret. But if that’s “over-washed” can look weak and brittle. It’s a fine balance. Beard hygiene is one of those topics that tends to get swept under the rug. It isn’t as much fun as the styles, the balms, or the pomades.
But it’s an essential component of effective grooming and is so simple to do. A well-cleaned beard can triple its appearance in the space of just a few minutes. But doing it wrong or doing it excessively could risk stripping it of moisture and valuable natural sebum oil.
How Often Should You Wash Your Beard?
Most men that use beard shampoo wash it twice a week on average. Some men may need to stretch this to three times a week—for example, oily men or men who work around strong odours.
But just know that the more you use beard shampoo, the more you risk drying your skin out. You’re losing that healthy layer of sebum oil that moisturises the beard and acts as a layer of protection. You want to remove just the right amount of oil.
If you’re simply rinsing with water, you’ll need to do this at least once a day. It’s simple, it’s natural, and it’s hard to go wrong. Having said that, if you don’t do this, you’ll notice that it greases up pretty quickly.
How To Wash Your Beard: A Step-by-Step Guide
- Rinse your beard with lukewarm water.
Lukewarm water is usually a safe bet. Start rinsing with water. Be gentle to minimise tugging and pulling. Wet hair is especially vulnerable to breakage and premature loss. Rub the strands in between your fingers and run your fingers through the tufts to untangle them as best as you can. Avoid brushing or combing at this point as your hair will be soaking wet and, again, vulnerable to breakage. Once you’re happy you’ve rinsed your thoroughly, move on ahead.
- Make a lather with your shampoo.
The amount you need depends on the length of your beard. It also depends on just how greasy it is.
But in general, a quarter-sized amount should be enough for anything up to a medium-sized beard. Start with this if you’re unsure, and use more if you think it’s necessary.
So, apply the shampoo to your palm and rub it in between your hands to build up a lather.
- Massage the shampoo into your beard.
Again, be gentle to minimise breakage. Work the shampoo into the roots first, using the tips of your fingers in circular, massaging motions. Then, work the length of the hair shafts by running your fingers along them. Continue to try and untangle them as you do so. Remember not to neglect the deeper hairs, which can get buried as your beard gets longer. Once you’re confident you’ve washed your entire beard, let the shampoo sit for 30 seconds to 1 minute.
- Rinse the shampoo out.
Once again, using lukewarm water, rinse the shampoo out.
You may notice a few strands of hair being pulled out. Don’t panic – this is normal. But only to an extent. At any point in time, there will be hair in your beard in the last phases of its growth cycle. This hair is on the verge of falling out anyway, so don’t worry.
But if you do notice excessive amounts of what looks like perfectly healthy hair being pulled out, it would be worth seeing an expert.
- Towel-dry your
Be gentle, as the hair at this point is still soaking wet. Don’t use excessive pressure, and don’t worry about getting it completely dry. Letting it air-dry once it’s damp but not soaking wet is usually the best practice.
- Don’t forget aftercare.
A freshly-cleaned beard will most likely smell great but will need some additional care to reap the full benefits.
- Use a good moisturising cream to calm and nourish the skin.
- Use beard oil.
- Running a beard brush after a washed and towel-dried session will neaten, straighten, flatten, and train your facial hair.
The Benefits of Washing Your Beard Regularly
Some of this may seem obvious to you. Some of it may not be. But seeing it written down should make you realise how important it is and help you stick to your habits in the future.
- It removes dirt, debris, and excess oil.
- It removes odours.
- It makes it look thicker and fuller.
- It makes it easy to style.
Maintaining and washing your facial hair is extremely important for healthy facial hair. It avoids grease build up and also dryness and itchiness. Make sure you follow the steps and are gentle in your approach to master the way to wash and clean your beard.