What you need to know about beards
Dealing with questions about the hair on your head is a daunting enough task, but it is one that we have all spent most of our lives dealing with. Beards on the other hand, are a different story. We crowd-sourced some of them most common beard-related questions and asked Waseem Sendi—creator of an Arabian beard-oil range Diggn’ It—for his sage wisdom.
What makes a beard good or bad?
Rather than ‘good’ or ‘bad’, I’d classify them as beards that are taken care of and ones that are ignored. The secret is to treat your skin well, which then allows for hair to grow fuller and eliminate problems associated with dry skin and itching. Also, diet tends to play a role in the quality of hair since there is a connection between what you put into your body and what your body puts.
Do I have to wash my beard every day?
It’s always a good idea to wash it every day, but also, you don’t want to use shampoos or soaps deeply in your beard daily. The reason for this is that natural oils produced in your skin are good for you, and if you wash them out constantly you will cause dryness. I suggest using a beard shampoo a couple of times a week, followed by a beard oil to help protect the natural oils in your skin that leads to healthy hair growth.
Are face masks still effective when you have a beard?
I am not sure if enough studies have been conducted on this, but if you are wearing a face mask that covers your nose and mouth that will blocks microbes and things that are coming out of your respiratory tract—a beard doesn’t get in the way of that, otherwise it would be difficult to breathe with a beard, and that is not true.
Do beard oils actually do anything?
The main complaints people have about beards are itchiness, dandruff, acne, dry skin, and brittle and unruly weak hair. A beard oil is a combination of oils that combat these common issues by hydrating, nourishing and moisturizing the skin and hair.
What should I do about the two-tone colour in my beard?
Embrace what makes you unique. No two beards are the same, and just as our bodies change and grow over time, so does your look and your beard. It is fascinatingly metaphorical. I suggest you love the context and unique intricacies of your own beard, and realize that too often we say “the grass is greener on the other side”. I say love your beard for what it is today, right now, and take good care of it.
What can I do about patches?
Patchy beards can be genetic, and some of them fill in over time. Patches are filled in in a couple of ways: firstly by simply allowing the surrounding hair to grow longer and fill in the gaps. But the best way to deal with patchy facial hair is to keep your skin well cared for by feeding it natural oils and keeping it clean and hydrated. Over time the follicles will thicken and fill in the patches in the same way. That, and eating well, will fill in other parts of your body. Like most things, care, patience, and persistence will get you all that you desire and more.
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