Top 10 Beard Grooming FAQs

At Beardbrand, we're dedicated to making sure men have the information and guidance they need to Keep on Growing. This means ensuring that all of the great educational content our community has is available on all of our channels—from our social media to the support queue, to our blogs, etc. 

We get a lot of questions about beards, so we've put together this FAQ to help you find answers to the most common beard growing, grooming, and styling questions. 

If you can’t find what you need here, hop on the live chat in the lower right corner of your screen to talk with one of our Beardbrand Style Consultants—yep, a real person, not a robot. Or, shoot us a message at [email protected].

1. How do I grow my beard faster?

Man with Beard Looking Over a Wall

This is the most common question we get across all of our community channels. We get it, every guy who wants a beard has seen how full and thick they can get in movies, on celebrities, and on Instagram personalities who have all the genetics needed to check off every box in the "perfect" beard checklist. The truth is that no beard is perfect. Some grow in patchy, others grow in dense, some are curly, and others are wavy. Everyone is different, and you aren't in control of your genes. 

However, there are a few things you can do to help speed up the process, though mostly you just have to be extremely patient. All great things take time and consistency, and gearing your body up for better beard growth is one of those things. Exercising, eating a balanced diet, and regular grooming is essential for optimal beard growth. 

For a deep dive, check our blog How to Grow a THICK BEARD Fast: The Only Guide You’ll Need.

2. What do I do about my beard's cowlick?

This part of the beard can be one of the most frustrating, but it's not the end of the world (and definitely not the biggest obstacle to a rad beard!). Genetics can cause the corners of your beard to grow into these spirals. There are two different things you can do when working around the cowlick. 

Your trusted local barber with lots of beard grooming experience is a good first step, and they’ll be able to give you the extra tricks you need to keep this under control. Your barber will be able to cut and blend your beard in such a way that it won't need upkeep for a while—and you can ask them tips on how to manage it between shop visits, too. 

The other option is to try growing it out long enough to train the beard hair with Beard Oil, heat, and a Boar's Hair Brush. It's harder to train the hair when it’s shorter, so this solution requires a lot of patience.

3. Why is my grey coming in unevenly?

Man with Gray Beard

Grey hair happens when the pigment cells of a hair follicle stop producing melanin. The way that it comes in is tied to your genetics and there isn’t anything you can do to alter that. For some men, it just comes in unevenly. 

We believe strongly in embracing your genetics and working with what you've got. Confidence comes from owning your unique beard, body, and style—that includes going grey. Embrace it and own it, or dye it (see more on dying your beard below).

4. How do I style my mustache? 

Handsome Older Man with Beard

There are tons of different ways you can style a mustache. You just need the right tools, a bit of patience, and a bit of practice. Mustache Wax is fundamental when it comes to mustache grooming, and so is having a Beard Comb. You'll want to get used to using some heat, too. Here are our best blogs for styling your 'stache:

 

Expert Mustache Grooming Tips from Greg

Handlebar Mustache with Loose Curl

Greg Berzinsky’s Handlebar Mustache Hack

5. Can I use any brush on my beard?

Beard Brush

Technically, you can use any brush or comb on your beard, but there are definitely better choices than others when it comes to grooming tools

A Boar's Hair Brush has several unique qualities that make it the best brush for your beard. The boar bristles actually have a scaled texture to them, which allows them to pick up dust, dirt, and excess oil giving you an exfoliating effect as you groom your beard. Remember, healthy skin beneath the beard is essential to maintaining a healthy beard. 

The stiffness of the boar’s hair also helps to soften your beard and train the hair to grow in the direction you want it to. 

Plastic or nylon bristle brushes may be less expensive, but they don't provide the benefits mentioned above. For a deeper dive, here’s Everything You Need To Know About a Boar's Hair Beard Brush.

 

6. My beard is so thick and curly that I can't seem to tame it with balm or a brush. What can I do?

Man with Big Beard Close Up

Hey man, congrats on your badass beard. This is a good problem to have! But, some beards are too thick and curly for standard grooming tools and products on their own. This is where the blow dryer comes in really handy. 

Grooming your beard while applying heat trains your hair to stay in the position you're styling it. It doesn't take very long at all, and it's the best solution to your problem. There are plenty of practical and inexpensive blow dryers on the market that will open your world to new looks and ideas. Check out the video and blogs below:

Beard Grooming Tips: How to Maintain an Awesome-Looking Beard

Hair Drying, Heat Damage, and Your Beard

7. How do I get rid of "swoops" and "waves" in my beard?

Beard waves are common for men with thick or curly beards, but they’re actually fairly easy to deal with. A good Round Brush and blow dryer are all you need to help straighten out your beard. Check out the video below to see Eric taming his waves:

 

8. I'm grey - what beard dye do you recommend?

Beardbrand is on a mission to help guys embrace their looks and style with confidence. Owning what you have is a big part of that.

That being said, we really hope that if you're going grey, you can embrace it and showcase it for others to envy. Grey hair may seem like it's associated with age above everything else, but it's also associated with wisdom, experience, and authority. If you still want to dye your beard, feel empowered to do so. There are no dyes on the market that match our brand standards, but we suggest that you go with natural dyes if you decide to try it out. 

If you're curious about what your grey beard might look like with color added in, check out Greg's video below before making any decisions.

 

9. Does beard oil give people acne?

Beardbrand Beard Oil Bottles

Everyone is different when it comes to facial hair, and the same can be said for the skin. The skin under your beard is softer and more sensitive than the skin on your head and other parts of your body, so some people may react unexpectedly to different kinds of skin and hair products. 

Beardbrand Beard Oils were designed to be lightweight, non-greasy, and to absorb quickly, eliminating the risk of breakouts from clogged pores. 

If you have sensitive skin and you're afraid of a reaction from our products, we recommend starting with a modest amount of oil in your beard and gradually working your way up to larger amounts, paying careful attention to your skin as you do. If you have a reaction to one of our products, we stand by our satisfaction guarantee and will happily exchange it for a product you'll love. 

For a deeper dive, check out our in-depth blog on Beard Oil and how it’s applied.

10. What product is best for me?

Beardbrand Silver Lines Beard Oil Bottles with Mirrors

If you're ready to start using products but don't know where to begin, picking up Beard Oil and learning how to use it is a great place to start. As you grow your beard and get more familiar with it, you’ll learn that different techniques and products are going to be ideal for specific situations. 

Here are a few articles to point you in the right direction: 

The Difference Between Beard Oil and Beard Balm

Which Beard Balm You Should Choose

Beard Grooming Tips: How to Maintain an Awesome-Looking Beard

TL;DR

We get a lot of questions about beards. Above are our top 10 most frequently asked questions with links to videos and other blog posts.

If you can’t find what you need here, hop on the live chat in the lower right corner of the screen to talk with one of our Beardbrand Style Consultants—yep, a real person, not a robot. Or, shoot us a message at [email protected].

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