Men choose to grow a beard for many reasons. It might be because they want a change of appearance, to look older, or simply hate the trouble of shaving. Whatever your reason to grow a beard, one thing is certain: managing facial hair comes with responsibilities. Ask any bearded brother what it takes to keep that stubble or full beard looking great at all times and you’ll get a list of grooming rituals that are followed religiously.
One of the most common grooming habits is beard washing. However, men follow different routines and regimens in the quest to keep their beards clean. Most beginners therefore tend not to know what best beard washing practices to follow. And as a result, it’s common to hear questions such as, “Which products are best for beard washing?” or “How often should I wash my beard?” Indeed, there’s a right and wrong way to approach beard washing. But before delving into that, let’s learn why a clean beard is important in the first place.
Why Wash Your Beard?
On a daily basis, your beard is exposed to all manner of things from food and drinks to dust and smoke. When dirt is left to build up overtime, it can have a negative impact on how your beard looks and smells. By simply washing your facial hair with beard shampoo or soap, you can rid it of dirt. A clean beard not only looks good, it’s also easier to manage and grows better.
So, How Often Should You Wash Your Beard?
Well, this depends on a number of factors. The texture of your beard and skin type all play a role in determining the proper beard washing routine. For instance, people with fine hair will find that their beards are more manageable the day after they’ve washed it. Therefore, these men choose to wash their beard every two days in order to avoid the hassle of managing freshly washed facial hair that’s too soft and fluffy.
Another group of bearded men with oily skin encounter no problem washing their beards everyday with shampoo. For other individuals, though, this can cause the skin below beard hair to dry out. In such cases, washing the beard with shampoo or soap 2 to 3 times a day tends to work best.
For the best results, you should wash your beard and moisturize it every day. A common misconception is that washing a beard everyday strips hair follicles of their natural oil. While there’s some truth to this notion, the outcome of daily washing mostly depends on what you use on your beard.
Beard shampoos and oils are emulsifiers that capture and trap dirt along with excess oils on the skin. So, if you use them too often, you might dry out your beard and leave it prone to breakage. Most men only shampoo their beard 2 to 3 times or even once a week to prevent drying it out. However, rinsing the beard with cold water in the shower is necessary to get rid of everyday dirt and sweat.
If you must wash your beard daily with shampoo or beard soap, it’s wise to use a product that will be gentle on your beard and skin. In addition, make sure to use some beard oil as this will replenish what was taken away from the skin. Beard oil also helps to lock in the moisture from the shower.
Remember that everyone’s beard washing routine will be different. Therefore, take the time to experiment a little to find out what works for you.