The first step towards perfecting your beard is to develop a healthy beard care routine and acquiring grooming tools like a beard brush. A brush is an essential part of your beard care routine, no matter the length of your beard.
Important Features of a Beard Brush
Boar Bristles - The bristles of a brush can be either synthetically made, made of natural boar hair, or made of natural horse hair. For the best quality results, boar hair bristles are the recommended option as they are able to spread oil evenly across your beard, giving it a much softer texture.
Handle - Most handles of facial hair brushes are made of bamboo, but it is not uncommon to see a brush with a plastic handle or a handle that is made out of some other type of wood. Wood handles tend to be more durable and aesthetically appealing.
Bristle Stiffness - The bristle stiffness of a brush depends on what the bristles are made of. However, there are pros and cons to both softer and stiffer bristles. Softer bristles have less chance of irritating your skin, but stiffer bristles tend to be more effective in distributing oil throughout facial hair.
Beard Brush vs Beard Comb
There is a difference between the two, which is why it is helpful to utilise both in your beard care routine. Overall, the biggest difference between the two is that facial hair brushes are used to train the hairs to grow in the desired direction, while beard combs are generally used for detangling and sculpting purposes.
While there are travel-sized brushes, beard combs tend to be more portable and smaller.
How To Use a Beard Brush
When using a beard brush, it is important to know how to brush your beard for the best results.
1. Before brushing, make sure that your beard is dry.
2. Perform the initial brush through to get out any major debris that may have gathered in your beard.
3. Spread a small amount of a beard oil and/or balm throughout your facial hair.
4. Brush again following the grain of your facial hair, starting at the bottom of your beard.
5. Now use the brush to shape your beard into the desired style.