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December 18, 2023
5 minute read

  • A beard straightener is the perfect tool to help your beard contour to your face. This will make your best features shine. It also helps get rid of frizz, and tangles and creates the perception of length.
  • Trimming your beard after straightening is an excellent way to get rid of split ends, roughness, and dead hair.
  • Nourish your beard before or after straightening. A heat protectant spray prior to straightening ensures your beard won’t get damaged. Nourishing after straightening is a great way to replace any moisture lost during the straightening process.

Beards are stylish and they’re a great way to complete your look. But without maintenance, they can start to get wild. Split ends, dryness, and rough patches may spell a premature end to a top-tier beard.

But don’t worry, we’ll help keep your beard alive.

Actually… we don’t just want your beard to survive. We want it to THRIVE.

This means you need a kick-ass way to improve your beard right now.

And we’ve got just the tool for the job.

We’ll reveal what that is soon! You’ll also want to know supporting beard care habits to practice. This will guarantee that you have a healthy beard for a long time to come.

Straighten

Straightening your beard is one of the most underrated ways to improve your beard right now.

Unless you’re living in a cave fighting off saber-toothed tigers, you want to keep your facial hair groomed and styled.

Facial hair is coarser than head hair, so it's more prone to curling and frizzing if left uncared for. If you prefer the curly beard — fair play. But be aware that you risk more tangling.

Straightening your beard is also a great way to create the perception of length.

There are two main methods for straightening your beard. You could use a blow dryer or a beard straightener.

We’ll cover each one briefly. For a more detailed guide, click here.

The Blow Dryer Method

Wash your beard using the basic beard care products and make sure your face is dry.

Use your blow dryer on low to medium heat. Blow dry your beard hair downward. You can use the assistance of a comb and comb your hair down as you dry it.

Beard Straightener

This is the secret weapon we mentioned earlier!

There are a lot of different tools out there for hair — but consider one specifically designed for facial hair.

The ergonomics of the tool will make it easy to use. Additionally, beard straighteners have temperature limits appropriate for your facial hair. You also want to look for features like specialized comb teeth that protect your face from direct heat.

You can trim your beard before straightening it if you’d like. However, we recommend trimming after if you have a longer beard.

This is because curly, or unkempt hair can be tricky to handle. Once you’ve straightened your beard, you’ll have a better idea of how you want it styled. More importantly, straightening helps you see which hairs fit neatly into your beard and which ones stick out, or are damaged.

Myth-busting time: Doesn’t using a heated straightener damage your beard? Not necessarily. 

Our straightening tool heats to a safe temperature of up to 400° F. It also features burn-free comb teeth. The PTC technology makes heating up quick and consistent. It only takes 2 minutes to straighten your beard, so you minimize heat exposure. We also recommend using a heat-protectant spray to keep your beard moisturized and protected throughout the process.

Now that your beard is straightened, you want to trim off excess hair. Let’s cover the trimming process next.

Trim

At Aberlite, we’re all about taming our wild side. And we want to pass that knowledge on to you. 

But why should you trim your beard in the first place?

For starters, trimming your beard gets rid of flyaways, split ends, and rough spots. Cleaning up old, dead hair leads to healthier growth. And it keeps dryness at bay as well. It essentially makes the rest of your beard care routine a breeze.

Trimming also helps your beard complement your face — and it won’t slow beard growth.

Next, we need to define what trimming is.

The goal of trimming is to make your beard look fuller and neater without hacking off inches.

You want to remove a few millimeters (enough to get rid of split ends). You should also combine this with the goal of making your beard look even. Some hairs just won’t comb over neatly. These are the ones you want to use beard scissors to get rid of.

Tip: If you’re sporting a stache-dominant style such as the beardstache — make the most of your trimming sessions by giving your mustache some love. Clip off the hair that doesn’t flow with your mustache. You can also take some weight off your beard to make your mustache look more prominent.

There’s no hard and fast rule when it comes to frequency. Start trimming your beard once a week and adjust as needed.

Nourish

There’s no consensus in the beard community when it comes to answering the question:

Do you use beard oil before or after straightening?

We recommend you experiment and nourish as needed. Here are some key points that’ll help you decide:

  • Most guys get the best results around 85-90% dryness. Adding oil before will increase moisture.
  • Different beard oils have various carrier/essential oil combinations with their own flashpoints. Be careful not to cook your beard! Consider using a heat protectant spray that features an oil with a high smoking point such as argan oil.
  • Depending on the method, some heated brushes can be difficult to clean — especially if stuck oil is reheated. This can also remove the scent of the oil you’re applying and make your beard smell like burnt oil.

Regardless of when you decide to nourish, your beard needs beard oil. At the very least we recommend applying beard oil before your straightening session.

Closing Thoughts

Improving your beard right now doesn’t need to be complicated.

All you need is a straight beard that’s detangled and trimmed. Top it off with some beard oil or butter — and style away to your heart’s content.

Figure out what style works best for you. We place so much importance on grooming because styling becomes easier when your beard hair is soft. An unruly beard is a nightmare to shape.

A stylish beard can complete your look. Give it the care it deserves by following these basic tips. Also, don’t be afraid to get out of your comfort zone and try some wild styles.

We’re here to help you tame your wild side. But sometimes you need to have a little fun.