Beard Split Ends: The Problems and Solutions
Every guy will eventually reach that threshold where his beard becomes too rough and coarse. When your beard follicles become too coarse and brittle, the tips of a single follicle will eventually split into two hairs. Essentially, the sebaceous glands can’t produce enough sebum oil in order to keep the root and the entire shaft of the beard follicle well nourished. If there is not enough sebum oil able to reach the tips of your beard hair then the individual hairs will dry out. As a consequence, your beard will become tough and scratchy. If things get too out of control you may have to reach for a trimer and restart your beard from scratch. Do not lose out on your precious time and efforts in your battle against split ends.
If you end up running your fingers through your beard and find a few split ends don’t panic. A few split hairs here and there is normal. The real problem comes when split ends over take your beard to the point that it becomes an itchy mess. Avoid split ends from ruining your beard by following some tips that will help keep your mane in check.
Use a gentle shampoo formulated for beards along with beard oil and beard balm
Beard hair is very different from the hair on your head. Beard hair is very sensitive and you should never apply the shampoo you would use on your head onto your beard. Regular shampoo can damage your beard by stripping it of sebum oil and other essential nutrients needed for healthy beard growth. Regular shampoo dries out the skin on your face, which, more often than not, results in irritating beard itch. This is because most shampoos formulated for the head often contain Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, which acts as a detergent in causing beard dryness. A dry beard means more split ends and is to be avoided at all costs. A specially formulated beard wash, on the other hand, does just the opposite. It rehydrates the skin and hair with essential oils, while cleaning and freshening.
Condition your beard by using a beard balm that boosts the environment your beard follicles need to grow and thrive. If you’re looking to maximize the style and softness of your beard, then it is best to stick with a beard balm that contains all natural ingredients. The best beard balms will be free of dyes and artificial scents. Natural beard balms are sourced from plants and typically use essential oils to keep your beard smelling great. You should consider using a carrier oil such as our Signature Blend Beard Oil containing jojoba oil to maximize your beard hydration efforts.
Styling your beard plays an important role in your appearance and beard wax is an essential element of every man’s beard grooming kit. Beard wax will help uphold your beard hold and is ideal for longer beards with a voluminous shape. Consider combining beard wax with a beard comb and beard oil to complete a beard care kit that is sure to please. A good grooming kit should supplement the sebum oils that your body is already producing by contributing to your beard’s overall growth and heath.
Skip the blow dryer and hot iron
If you are like most people, then you probably dry and style your beard immediately after washing. Time may be short and it is easy to pull out the blow dryer for a quick blast of heat. However, excessive heat applied to your beard means that you’re drying out the entire shaft of your beard’s follicles. This is a recipe for disaster -- and split ends.The time you might save from using a blow dryer or hot iron is not without consequences -- for you and your beard.1 Heating your beard hair by using a blow dryer and hot iron strips your beard of the moisture that contributes to volume, shine, and luster. Heat can cause frizziness and can lead to a wispy appearance. Plan out your beautification routine by leaving enough time to allow your beard to air dry. Air drying gives your beard more time to better absorb the bead oil, balm, or wax that you have applied to it. Your beard care products will be more effective and you’ll see better results over time.
Don’t overcomb your beard
Combing your beard helps to distribute sebum oil and other nutrients down towards the tips of your beard hairs.Beards are fragile and should never be combed more than once or twice a day. Plus, tugs and pulls can be painful enough to rip your beard hair right from its root. Hence, you should avoid cheap and low quality combs that can increase tearing or breakage. Refrain from using a metal comb and reach for a natural Sandalwood Beard Comb to get rid of snags and tangles. Evenly spaced teeth will provide for a smoother glide that creates a painless combing experience.
Beard coloring and dying too frequently mean more split ends
Sometimes, genetics and other factors can cause your beard to gray faster than when you would like. The salt and pepper look has its place, but sometimes you want to colorize your beard in order to retain a more youthful appearance -- but be warned. Hair dyes are problematic for your beards because the colorization process involves opening the hair’s cuticles so that color can seep in. As a result, your beard hair becomes weaker and more brittle.
Furthermore, most dyes contain harsh chemicals like ammonia and peroxide. These chemicals can cause both dryness and split ends. If you do opt for a beard dye, look for one that contains hypoallergenic ingredients. A beard dye will sometimes come with a brush applicator to help apply the product. Depending on your product your beard dye may not last very long and will require reapplications so that you can achieve a consistent look. However you decide to accessorize your mane, consider giving your beard a rest period if you dye it frequently.