Straightening your beard might seem strange to some, but once you’re dealing with six or more inches of man mane, extreme measures must sometimes be taken to keep your beard looking clean and organized.
According to Beardbrand founder Eric Bandholz, there are two ways to go about straightening your beard, depending on if you’re going for form or function.
If you’re taking the functional route, meaning you’re more worried about taming your beard rather than straightening it for aesthetics, the steps are relatively simple. Apply some beard oil to your beard and work in some texture paste or mix some mustache wax with beard oil to help with control. Add a diffuser onto your hair dryer and use low heat and speed to slowly dry and comb out your beard, starting at the bottom of your neckline and working your way up and out. Lastly, blow downwards for a more organized final look. The goal here, more than anything, is to separate the hairs in your beard to create a straighter appearance.
Conversely, if you want a more aesthetically straightened look, you’re going to need a small hair straightener. A word to the wise: the smaller the iron, the better. You want to very slowly straighten your facial hair, making sure to avoid facial burns and holes in your beard.
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