Combing the beard regularly is something not many of us do. If you have a beard which is anything more than a stubble beard, it is very important to know how to comb it properly to get that well groomed look instead of the scruffy look of a cave man.
The way we comb depends a lot on the style and size of our beard, so for the purposes of this article, I will stick to the most common method of combing.
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Choose The Right Time
As in all things in life, choosing the right time to comb the beard can make the difference between ending up with a smashing looking beard or just a mediocre one.
The best time is after applying a moisturizer. Using a quality beard oil is the first step since this will give the hair some weight and it will be so much easier to untangle the knots which occur daily in our beard.
A proper moisturizing will prevent any pulling and breaking hair as you comb. Once you have applied the beard oil, the comb will slide through with ease and make the whole process pleasant and with great results.
The time to avoid combing would be soon after finishing the shower when the hair is still wet. Combing wet hair can lead to loss of hair and if you don´t have a thick growth, it will make the beard even less dense.
Also, avoid combing the beard after using the dryer. The same applies here as with the wet hair. While the hair is hot, the routes become weaker and any combing at that time would pull some hair from the routes.
Choose The Right Tools
Some men might think that it´s fine to use an ordinary comb but nothing is further from reality.
The size and distance between the teeth of a comb should be appropriate to the size and density of your beard to get the best possible results.
A small beard with soft hair would not need much spacing between the teeth of the beard comb. On the contrary, if the beard hair is long and dense, you should not use a comb with very closed teeth.
The material that these combs are made of plays a key role. The beard hair generate lots of friction and produce static. A cheap plastic comb will electrify beard and you will end up with a lot of stray hair.
Follow The Correct Procedure
Combing the beard gently instead of going too fast will give you the best results.
You must avoid any aggressive combing or passing the comb very fast through the beard. To get the best results, it has to be done slowly, untangling any knots that you may find.
It is important to comb from top to bottom and from side to the center. This way, you are also taming and educating your hair to grow in the desired direction.
To get the best results, it´s best to start combing with the wider teeth end of the comb first and then move to the narrower end of the comb.
If you want to take a look at one of the best quality combs for your beard, my recommendation would be for Kent Comb brand. They have been manufacturing combs which are made and polished by hand for centuries.