Growing a beard is not only a sign of masculinity, it’s a sign of discipline and strength—because it takes a lot of effort to maintain. Growing a full, healthy, beard is especially difficult for black men because it presents a unique set of challenges that other bearded men don’t have to worry about. Between slow growth and coarse and curly hair texture, black men’s beards can be harder to groom and manage. Here are 4 tips to finally get that nice healthy beard that you always wanted:
Have Patience with Your Beard
If you’re starting from scratch, prepare to dedicate at least 6 weeks to your beard journey. Hair follicles need to be stimulated and your growth pattern needs to take shape, and this takes time. In the early stages, you may notice particular areas of your beard that appearance patchy, or locations that grow in thicker than others. You may even experience beard itch. Leave it alone and let it grow. A thick luxurious beard is not going to happen overnight. This is a process— you must understand and trust it. During the first 6 weeks, follow the tips below.
Wash Your Beard
Yes, that’s right. Your beard needs to be thoroughly washed AT LEAST once a week. From the food you eat to the pollution in the air, the hair on your face grows best when the hair follicles and surrounding area is clean. RULE #1- Never use regular hair shampoo or regular body wash for your beard, as these products can strip your beard of all its natural essential oils. Use a beard wash that is specifically designed to clean and condition your beard at the same time. The main goal is to deep clean in order to make sure you’re promoting healthy beard growth.
Keep Your Beard Moisturized
Caring for our specific hair texture requires a little more effort. Your hair naturally needs more oil, and the oil glands on your face will not generate enough moisture for both your skin AND your beard. Although our amazing beard wash cleanses and conditions your beard at the same time, for best results, follow up with our Beard Oil for the additional moisture and our Beard Balm that will lock in that moisture. Your facial hair thrives from moisture, and this beard balm will keep your beard hydrated and soft all day long.
Use High-Quality Products
The biggest mistake black men make is trying to use regular shampoo and moisturizer on their beard. These products will either clog your pores or strip them of the oils that are good for you. When it comes to taking care of black hair and skin, natural is ALWAYS better. Aside from the benefits of not exposing your body to harsh chemicals, high-quality natural products rarely have adverse effects on your overall health. What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it, does your current product lineup reflect this?
In addition to high-quality products that you put on your beard, you should also be using high-quality products to groom and style your beard. The right comb or brush can make a big difference in your beard growth. When choosing a comb for your beard make sure it's smooth so that it won't pull or tug at your hair. Not only does that hurt but it could also damage the hair follicles and affect how your beard grows. If you prefer a brush, choose one with medium to soft natural boar bristles. This type of brush can tackle to unruliest of beards without damaging it.
The biggest challenge for a black man growing a beard is understanding which products work with your hair and skin and which products work against it. Velvet Noir offers the best natural grooming products for black men at fair prices. We did our homework and created a product line formulated just for us. #Top2Not2