16 +dry beard solutions [My favourite is #5!]

It is one of the most common issues that bearded people face. Having a dry beard can cause all sorts of issues with itchiness, beard dandruff, a hard to control and tame beard, and a load of other issues which you can never seem to get over. During my beard growing journey I have discovered that even if my beard is looking good for a long period of time I can still have the odd dry day due to a lack of care and attention to my beard. In this article, I will be going over all of the dry beard solutions that I have personally tried and I can assure you that if you are struggling with a dry beard there are at least two options in here that will work for you.

The best dry beard solutions are a rigorous daily routine that includes beard oil, beard balm, or beard butter, being careful with high-temperature heat treatments, and trialing a range of different single-ingredient products such as Argan oil, coconut oil, Shea butter, and mashed avocado.

Of course, there are plenty more home remedies which we will talk about later on in the article but, firstly we should talk about why a beard is likely to be dry which will lead to a higher understanding of what you need to do to nourish and hydrate your beard so there is no longer dull, brittle, or full of split ends.

Why is my beard so dry?

Beards and beard hair can be dry for a variety of different reasons. This includes using the wrong sort of shampoo, over-washing your beard, having low sebum production or a long beard, and working outside for large parts of the day.

Over washing

If you are regularly affected by dry beard hair you should firstly, take a look at your beard washing schedule. The perfect beard washing schedule would be regular enough so that the beard doesn’t smell or doesn’t have the opportunity to build up a lot of dirt and dead skin cells but infrequent enough to allow the natural oils from the face to moisturise and condition the beard hair.

Your face produces natural oils (sebum) which conditions and nourishes the hairs. Your face is a less oily part of your skin compared to your head and therefore washing it with the same frequency as your head is far too much.

Personally, I wash my beard approximately twice per week which allows the oils to work their magic on the hair and also stop my beard from building up too much dirt, excess product, or dead skin cells at the base of the growth.

If you have very long beard hair you may have to supplement the natural oils that your face produces with oils that are sold as a beard oil.

Using the wrong shampoo

I am guilty of using head shampoo on my beard for far too long. Because the head area of your face is much oily than face the shampoo has been formulated to remove oils effectively. Use this harsh oil removing solution on your face and you can quickly dry out your beard.

It wasn’t until I started using a dedicated beard shampoo that I discovered how much better my beard felt because I wasn’t removing all of the oils with every single wash. If you want to find out more about the best beard soaps that I think you can buy check out my other article – best beard soaps the ultimate products – click here to be taken to article.

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Alternatively, I have talked about the two most popular beard shampoos and soaps in the YouTube video below. In this video, I compare and contrast the benefits of each and decide on my favourite – which is still one of my favourite beard soaps to use to this day.

If you are finding that your beard is dry whilst using the appropriate soap and not washing too often you may have low sebum production.

Low sebum

Sebum is the oil made by the glands in the skin. It collects around the hair follicle and spreads to the surrounding skin. If you have an inefficient amount of sebum it makes the skin susceptible to bacterial infections and too much of it can result in acne. It is the balance between too much and too little which will provide you with the best conditioned and hydrated beard hair.

If you have low sebum production on your face you can supplement the oil production by using beard oil to top up what you are lacking naturally.

You may have low sebum production if you have used an anti-acne medication. People who have had treatment for acne often find that their hair becomes dry and more frizzy than before.

You can try and boost your sebum production by:

  • a diet rich in animal fats
  • caffeine
  • exercise and sweating
  • topical treatments – jojoba oil, argan oil, and others that we will talk about in this article.

Even if you have a good amount of sebum production it may be underperforming because you have a very long beard that makes it hard for the glands at the base of the hair to produce enough sebum to hydrate and condition the entire length of the beard hair.

Long beard

Having a long beard is an awesome achievement. Along the way you have encountered many different types of issues and, in the longer stages, you may have noticed that it’s very easy for your beard hair to become dry.

Ultimately, there is nothing much you can do with your natural sebum to hydrate the full length of your beard. You can try preening your beard by using the tips of your fingers to reach into the depths of your beards, at the roots, and spreading the oils throughout the entire length all the way until the end. However, this will be a very time-consuming and finicky process.

If you have a long beard you should consider regular dehydration treatments and beard butters that sit against the hair for up to 30 minutes.

I have personally used a number of deep hydration treatments – by allowing beard products to sit against my beard in excess for long periods of time – and found that my beard has become much more shiny and manageable after the treatment.

UV rays

If you are outside in the elements for long periods of time you could be exposing your beard hair to an excess amount of UV rays. Ultraviolet radiation is terrible for beard damage and can quickly dry out the beard due to the production of free radicals which damage the hair.

You should consider using a UV protection spray or covering up your beard with a beard wrap if you are outside under the midday sun as part of your work.

Sea salt and chorine

Sea salt as found in the ocean and chlorine as found in pools can also quickly dry out beard hair. I certainly find that if I am particularly active over the summer months and I do a lot of swimming in the ocean or in backyard pools my beard ends up very frizzy and dry.

After I have been for a dip in the ocean I make sure to use a deep conditioning product such as beard balm or beard butter to ensure that my beard has been replenished with all of the oils and nutrients that the sea or pool has removed.

Signs and symptoms of dry beard

If you are not sure if your beard is too dry here are some of the signs and symptoms that you can look for to diagnose a dry beard.

  • Dull – if your beard hair is dull it means that the light is not bouncing off the surface due to the roughness caused by damaged cuticles. Cuticles are the roof tile like cells which sit on the surface of the hair. These need to lie flat and evenly spaced to give beard hair a shiny and lustrous look.
  • Brittle – if your beard hair is easy to break while combing (not that it falls out regularly from the root – that is normal), it could signify that the hair lacks hydration and nourishment.
  • Easily tangled – beards can very easily get tangled. If you find that it’s very hard to untangle with a simple brush it is likely that the beard hair is too dry.
  • Split ends – split ends are very common but if you have a large portion of split ends in your beard this may signify that the beard hair is too dry. The tips of your hair are the first casualties of a dry beard. Pay close attention to the ends as this will be your earliest warning sign.
  • Hyper absorption – when you put in beard oil or beard butter does the product take about 20 to 30 minutes to absorb? If it takes a very short amount of time for your beard to absorb the product that you put in it could be a sign that the beard is far too dry. Personally, my products take approximately 15 to 20 minutes to absorb completely.
  • Itchy face – if you find that your face is itchy it could be that your skin is far too dry. And, in turn, your beard is also very dry. An itchy face could be a symptom of a low amount of sebum being produced and improving your diet and overall health will be the best way to increase the sebum so that you can naturally condition your short to medium length beard.

Now that you know exactly why your beard is dry and you have learned about the symptoms of a dry beard we can get into the best dry beard solutions for your beard.

The best dry beard solutions

The best dry beard solutions are typically the one staring you right in the face. That is, the common products which people use to alleviate dry beards. This includes beard oil, Beard balm, and beard butter. These are products that have been formulated with the idea of nourishing and conditioning the beard.

The obvious candidates

Perhaps you have not delved into the world of beard products. I know that I was very reluctant to use different types of beard products as I felt like the stuff in my cupboards could already do as good a job as various products that you hear people talk about.

How wrong I was.

As soon as I decided to take my beard care seriously I saw a marked improvement in the condition and manageability of my beard hair.

The thing is that there was no one thing that turned my beard into a beard I was proud of. It took regular care and attention – about 10 minutes every morning – to blow dry my beard and then replace the natural oils with either beard oil, my DIY beard balm, or a beard butter.

I very rarely use all of them together and this is how I approach each beard product.

Beard oil

Beard oil is a product that is recommended from the early stages of growing a beard. If you find that your short beard is relatively dry you can use beard oil from the moment you start growing.

Getting the maximum effects from beard oil relies on you applying it properly to your beard and skin. If your beard is relatively short – you do not have to worry about the technique too much as the oil will be able to get to your skin. However, if your beard is particularly long you may want to refine and perfect your beard oil application technique. Here is what I have developed as the perfect beard oil application technique.

  • Step 1: Drop the appropriate amount of beard oil into the palm of your hand. Normally, this would be about 3 – 4 drops of beard oil. If you have a wizard length beard then you can use more than 5 drops – but add them in stages to your beard.
  • Step 2: Rub your hands together and make sure that you evenly distribute the beard oil all over your hands and fingers.
  • Step 3: Using the tips of your fingers, work the beard oil deep into the beard. Make sure that you touch the skin under your beard with your fingertips and that you retract and reinsert your fingers into the beard to get to different parts of the skin. Make small circular motions with your fingertips on the skin.
  • Step 4: Rub your hands together once again and then, with the grain of your beard, use flat hands to work the beard oil into your beard. Make long and deliberate strokes on the surface of your beard.
  • Step 5: Use your palms to brush the hair down on the sides of your face and cheeks and use your fingertips to make sure you get to the ends of the beard hairs.
  • Step 6: Rub your hands together again and add one more drop of beard oil to them if they are completely oil-free. Work the underside of your beard with the palms and fingers of your hands sweeping from the neck to the cheek. It is at this point that if you want to add more beard oil to your hands you can do so. Err on the side of caution if you are not sure and don’t add any more.
  • Step 7: The last thing to pay attention to is your mustache. Use your fingertips to coat the hairs on your mustache and smooth the hair into position. This is where you may want to add a little bit of wax to your mustache so that the style is help in place a little better.

Sometimes I have been known to have a little bit too much beard oil to my beard. Just wait for 30 minutes for it to absorb into the beard hair. Anything left on the beard hair after 30 minutes can be removed with a towel. If you want to know more about exactly what beard oil does check out my other article – what does beard oil do – comprehensive guide – click here to be taken to the article.

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Beard balm

Beard balm is something that every single beard owner uses at some point in their beard growing journey! There are so many great benefits to using a good quality beard balm and it will certainly help a dry beard if beard oil just isn’t solving your issues.

Beard balms normally come in a screw-top tin of varying sizes. If you only have a short beard then you’ll only really need the smaller amount of beard balm. The tins can last for many month so it’s good to get a smaller one if you are unsure of how much your need. Here is a rough guide for the amount that you need for each length of beard hair:

Hair lengthAmount of beard balm to use
Shaved0 (use moisturizer)
Stubble0 (use oil)
One week of growth0 (use oil)
Two weeks of growth0 (use oil)
One month of growthPea-sized amount
Three months of growthFingernail sized amount
Six months of growthThumbnail sized amount
One yearThumbnail + sized amount
Wizard length!2 x thumbnail amounts (worked separately)

Applying beard balm in the correct way will ensure that your drive beard gets the maximum amount of benefit from this amazing product. If you want to know how to apply beard balm properly check out my other article – how to apply beard balm – the ultimate guide – click here to be taken to article.

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Beard butter

Beard butter is an incredible product that contains natural butter that can hydrate, condition, and repair your beard hair. It creates a softness, smell and the butter is the most important part so choose a beard butter with Shea butter to receive all of its amazing properties.

To get all of the benefits listed above you must be able to apply beard butter to the surface of each hair.

The effects of beard butter rely on being able to get the beard butter to sit on the hair or at least 30 minutes.

That will give the butter enough time to be absorbed by the hair and skin.

Here is the best way to apply beard butter:

  • Step 1: Open the lid and scoop out the amount required. Typically the beard butter is applied in multiple small amounts. So don’t be afraid of using a small amount and then going back for more. If your beard butter is stored in a cold spot – you may be to warm the top of the butter with your fingers before scooping. Likewise, if you are in a hot climate you may have to place it in a cooler place as it can turn into liquid.
  • Step 2: Warm the beard butter between the palms of your hands until it is evenly distributed. You need to keep going until all of the beard butter has melted and no lumps remain.
  • Step 3: Run the beard butter over the top of your beard with a flat palm. Use flat hands to spread the beard butter on to the top of your beard. Use your fingertips to get into the beard as well. Unlike balm and wax, you need a full even coverage to get the maximum results. Get right down to the skin too.
  • Step 4: Then, work the underside of your beard with sweeping motions up and towards your chin. Don’t forget about the underside of your beard too and again, use your fingers to get into all of the hair. Remember to get your fingertips right down to the bottom of the beard to the skin.
  • Step 5: Use your fingertips to place some beard butter on to your mustache and roll the hair around with the butter too.
  • Step 6: If you have a particularly long beard you should go for multiple applications until the beard balm has been applied in a small even amount across the whole surface and depth of the beard. If you want to be extra sure that you are not putting too much on wait 20 -30 minutes before adding any more.
  • Step 7: I like to use a combination of my plastic comb and my natural hair brush to further refine the distribution of the butter. I start with a narrow toothed comb and then use my natural fiber brush to go over the top of the beard. This does a couple of things:
    • Gets rid of any clumps of beard butter that I may have created during the application
    • Separates the hairs that I have pushed together during the application of the beard butter and cats them more evenly.

The best time to apply beard balm is after your beard has received a deep shampoo and conditioning and it is dry. Use medium heat on your hairdryer to dry your beard and, just as it is becoming dry, you can use beard butter. It is used to lock in the moisture from the shower.

But be careful when applying it to freshly washed hair – wet hair is easier to break.

You can also apply beard butter later on in the day if you are finding that your beard hair is still a little bit dull and you want to bring it back to life a little bit more! If your beard is still looking a little bit worse for wear and not sitting the way you want it to you will have to apply a wax or a balm!

If you want to know more about beard butter check out my awesome guide which includes everything you need to know from benefits to how to use beard butter and the beard butter ingredient breakdown – click here to be taken to the article.

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Use a dedicated beard conditioner

It can be confusing with beard oils, butters, balms and waxes. Why would you need a product that specifically conditions the beard. Unlike other products that also provide a styling and hold component – beard conditioners are formulated for maximum nourishment for your beard.

Using a beard conditioner is one of the best ways that you can nourish a dry beard and ensure that it remains manageable and soft and shiny. To be taken to my ultimate guide to beard conditioners check out my other article where I run you through the 10 best beard conditioners that you should consider using. – Click here to be taken to article.

The great thing about beard butter is that it is brilliant for skin too! The Shea butter and the oils contain a load of fatty acids and vitamins that can help your skin. Like beard oils, you can add the beard butter to your routine as soon as you want to – but steer away from the products that contain wax.

You can use beard butter for your face and hair as soon as you want to!

I’d recommend using a beard butter in the second month of growth – that is when a lot of people have problems with itchiness and dryness. You can use the beard butter every couple of weeks for a deep hydration treatment too!

If you have got a particularly dry beard and you really want to make sure that the beard conditioner has the full opportunity to work magic on your beard you should consider using a deep hydration treatment.

 This is what a home treatment deep hydration treatment looks like:

  1. Get a hot towel (as hot as you can stand) and wrap it around your face and beard – leave it for two to five minutes.
  2. Buy a good leave-in conditioner and use a thumb tip amount and liberally apply to every area on your beard – work it deep with your finger tips.
  3. Use a wide toothed comb to word the conditioner deep into your beard and to the surface of your skin.
  4. Place a shower cap over your beard and leave it for 20 minutes – this will ensure maximum absorption
  5. Rinse your beard with water and towel dry your beard
  6. Add 5 drops of beard oil to your palm and work it through your beard
  7. Follow up with a beard balm or butter if you want to

These seven steps should leave your beard feeling hydrated like never before. Feel free to repeat these steps as often as you feel that your beard is getting dull.

Individual ingredients

If your beard is feeling dry you can also choose individual ingredients to trial. Using individual ingredients allows you to pinpoint exactly what will work for your dry beard and then choose a product where the majority component is the ingredient that works best for your beard.

Here are some awesome individual ingredients for you to try on your dry beard – this is far from an extensive list and feel free to explore beyond this list if you find a product that works particularly well for you.

Shea butter

Shea butter is extracted from the nuts of the Shea tree. The raw form has an off white color and is a solid at room temperature. Shea trees are found in Africa and has been used for centuries for it’s medicinal properties.

The shea butter has so many awesome properties that it would be silly not to buy a beard butter that has this as one of its main components:

  • It can help you beat beardruff – In 2018 a study found that when used in combination with other products it helps reduce flakes.
  • It may help hair get stronger – Similar plant-based butter has been shown to make hair much more resistant to breakages
  • It is antibacterial and antifungal – if your beard is smelling or you have some issues with a dirty beard. Shea butter will help fight off the bacteria that are in your beard. Want more about beard bacteria? Check out this article all about beard bacteria.
  • Can add slight sun protection to your beard hair – If you live in a sunny and hot environment shea butter ats an extra layer of sun protection that has been estimated to provide a 3 – 4 SPF protection.

These properties mean that it is amazing to use as often as you want on your beard!

Coconut oil

Coconut oil is fantastic for hair because it has been well documented to seek under the hair cuticle’s which can be made more efficient using the application of heat.

Once the coconut oil has seeped to the inside of the hair it is able to nourish and protect the strength of the inner core.

To use coconut oil effectively all you have to do is soften the oil and apply throughout their hair and leave in for at least 20 minutes. Simply washing it out with a mild shampoo afterwards is a fantastic way of doing a dehydration treatment which you can do at home.

Argan oil

Argan oil is a natural plan oil which is derived from the kernels of the fruit of the Argan tree. The Argan tree is native to Morocco but because of the oils properties and popularity it has spread across the globe.

Argan oil is found in a range of different beard oils and is known to contain about 98% of fats which can get into the main shaft of the hair.

To use Argan oil all you have to do is use it like your beard oil. Use the argan oil straight after showering. Drop approximately 3 – 5 drops of beard oil into the palm of your hand. Rub it between your hands and them in downwards motions rub it on to your beard. Focus first on the direction of beard growth. Then work the oil into the underside of your beard against the growth. Don’t rub for too long during the application – keep going long enough so that it is evenly distributed! Brush the beard lightly and shape the way you want your beard to sit for the day.

Vitamin E oil

Vitamin E is a fat soluble nutrient which you can either eat or apply topically to the surface of your beard hair.

According to some, using a vitamin E oil regularly can help replenish the shine that can be lost due to beard damage and aging of the hair. Vitamin E oil can also stop beard oils becoming rancid through oxidation and dramatically increases the shelf-life of the beard oil. So if you are making your own oil you should consider using a little bit of vitamin E oil. This is particularly important if you are making a big batch and it will sit around for a few months before you open a new bottle.

Most of the claims that follow vitamin E around is dues to its anti-oxidant properties (why it preserves beard oils). Here are a few things that vitamin E can do to help your beard:

  • Increase shine – There is limited scientific evidence that vitamin E restores shine but there is plenty of anecdotal evidence from manufacturers of hair products and their customers. It probably won’t hurt to give it a go for your beard!
  • Prevent hair fall from beard – there is a very small study that looked at the ability of vitamin E to prevent hair loss. More research is needed but the results from the study showed a small improvement of hair growth over the placebo control.
  • Healthier skin – Vitamin E could help you maintain healthy skin underneath the beard due to its antioxidant effects. This property could help reduce the amount of oxidative stress that could cause the hair follicles to break down.

Vitamin E can be found in beard care products, but you can also obtain vitamin E from your diet. Foods with a high level of vitamin E are leafy greens, nuts and seeds, vegetable oil and fortified cereals.

Use your product on damp hair

If you find that nearly every product is not providing as deep a nourishment as you would want for your beard you should try to use your product on damp hair – just after you have left the shower and towel dried it so that it is not dripping wet.

I have found that using beard balm and oil on my damp hair means that more moisture is retained. This is particularly true if I want to use a heat treatment afterwards such as a beard straightener or a hot blow dryer.

I talk about the revelation of using beard oil before straightening and before blow drying my beard in this video:

There is no doubt that adding a little bit of beard oil to a slightly damp beard helps lock in the moisture by trapping the water closer to the beard hair. I think this is simply because oil sits on top of the water – like when you cook pasta – and it simply forces the water into the hair.

Trim off the dry ends

Another option you have is to trim off the dry ends of your beard.

The split ends of your beard act as pathways for damage to move up into the beard.

The early warning signs of a drive beard are the prevalence of split ends. By trimming them off you stop the damage from being able to migrate up the shaft of the hair.

Typically all you have to do is take off approximately 2 to 5 mm with a set of trimmers or a good sharp pair of scissors. I regularly take this amount of my beard so that it remains healthy and more resilient to potential damage caused by environmental factors such as pollution, sea and saltwater, and UV rays from the sun.

Use less heat treatment

If you find that your beard is continually dry you should also reduce the amount of heat treatment that you put your beard through.

We’ve all heard of beard straighteners working wonders on your beard. There are loads of really great reasons for why you should consider straightening your beard. Let’s take a look at the reasons why having a beard straightening product is a brilliant way of taming your beard:

  • it’s easy – running a beard straightener through your hair is such a simple process that you can include it in your daily routine. To straighten a beard all it takes is two minutes (once you get comfortable with it) in a mirror and you have a picture-perfect beard.
  • It’s effective – there’s no doubt that investing in a beard straightener will get you what you want quickly. Beard straighteners and beard relaxing creams have been designed for ultimate effectiveness. That makes it incredibly attractive to a beard grower and owner.
  • Easy to travel with – if you are a person who travels regularly carrying all of your creams, balms, waxes, and butter can get a little annoying. It is tempting to want to replace these products with a simple small electronic gadget. Most beard straighteners and creams pack down incredibly well so that it doesn’t take up too much space in your toiletry bag.

Although these benefits are very appealing for most beard owners, there are some serious and real side-effects to straightening your beard. Let’s talk about the downsides of straightening your beard and why you need to seriously consider whether or not it is for you.

Along with the benefits of straightening your beard there are some real downsides to using any beard straightening product – whether that is cream or beard straighteners. Let’s take a look at the reasons why you should stop straightening your beard hair.

  • Your beard hair can dry out – regular heat treatments and harsh drying can leave beard hair incredibly dry and brittle. This will increase breakage and fallout leading to a less dense beard. Also, side-effects of dry hair include more split ends and frizzy hair.
  • It is hiding the real you – trying to control your beard too much and looking for the “perfect” beard may be hiding what makes your beard unique. Leaving it curly or wavy will help it look fuller and more natural.
  • The expense – even though beard straighteners are relatively inexpensive it is still an extra cost to maintaining your beard. Also, these electronic items will need replacing every few years. So, by not using any straightening products on your hair you will be saving some money.

So, the decision to use a straightener is not as simple as you may think. It comes down to individual choice. If you choose to use a beard straightener then you should use it in a sensible manner. That means, not using it every day and giving your beard a day off regularly. You also have to to have a pretty rigourous conditioning schedule to make sure that your beard stays hydrated from all of the heat treatment.

If you want to know more about whether or not you should straighten your beard check out my other article – should you strain your beard – the ultimate guide – click here to be taken to article.

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Home remedies for dry hair

There are also plenty of home remedies for dry hair. This includes olive and sesame oil, avocado mash, banana and honey, gelatin, and Aloe Vera. The great thing about using a home remedy is that you probably have at least one or two of these ingredients in your pantry right now. Little did you know that these could alleviate the symptoms of a dry beard.

Banana and honey

Perhaps your beard is looking dull, drive, and frizzy. This means that it may need extra help in retaining the moisture that is lost throughout the day. Creating a banana and honey beard mask will help look much softer and shinier.

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Bananas are an ideal base for a home-made beard mask because they are packed full with all sorts of healthy oils and fats which can moisturise and strengthen your beard hair.

You can also mix your banners with other ingredients such as milk, olive oil, and avocado for a full range beard treatment. Bananas are easy to get hold of and are relatively inexpensive so are perfect for someone looking for an ideal beard soft in a home remedy.

Use as follows:

  • take two ripe bananas and mix with about half a cup of honey.
  • Place the banana and honey mix in a blender – alternatively you can’t mash it together with a fork until smooth.
  • Make sure that the honey is warm as it will not mix well if left cold.
  • Apply the mixture to your beard making sure that you work it into the roots all the way through to the tips. I recommend you do this over a sink or in the bathtub.
  • Cover your beard with a beard wrap and let the banana mask sit on your face for at least 20 minutes.
  • Then, wash and condition your hair as normal – with or without shampoo. You can repeat this as often as you want. If you find that you are having problem removing the honey increase the temperature of the water.


Avocado has natural fats that nourish your hair. They contain natural oils and the good fats that are good to eat too! Avocado is a great source of biotin which can help hair and nails grow.

2015 study found that the minerals found in avocado oil may help seal certain hair cells causing it to look shiny. Here’s how it works:

  1. Mash an avocado until it is smooth
  2. Wet your beard fully
  3. Spread the avocado oil on your beard hair and use a wide-tooth comb to distribute it.
  4. Let it sit in your beard hair for at least 20 minutes
  5. Wash your beard with shampoo and conditioner as usual.

You can also add other ingredients to this beard mask such as coconut oil, olive oil, egg, Aloe, banana, honey, and oatmeal. Each of these additions has it’s own benefits – so feel free to play about with a mask that helps your beard!

Gelatin and beard oil

Gelatin is a great source of protein for the hair. It also coats the hair evenly and moisturises deep into the core making the stubble much smoother and softer to the touch. The gelatin helps the beard oil set against the surface of the hair for much longer than if you were to use beard oil on its own. This combination is fantastic for any length of beard and you can soften stubble easily.

To prepare this home remedy you need to:

  • mix 1 tablespoon of gelatin into one cup of warm water.
  • Let it sit for about 5 to 10 minutes to partially set the gelatin.
  • You can then add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and a few drops of beard oil to help coat the hair.
  • Apply the mixture to your stubble and allow it to sit for 10 minutes.
  • Rinse off the gelatin and beard oil mixture with warm water.

Aloe vera

Aloe vera is commonly used for burns and minor wounds. Maybe you’ve got some in your fridge from that boats of sunburn that you had in the summer. You can use both aloe vera extract and aloe vera gel to treat your beard dandruff.

Leaves of Aloe Vera. (Photo by: BSIP/UIG via Getty Images)

The aloe vera gel is incredibly powerful and easy to extract the gel exist inside the long, spiky leaves of this succulent. It is used on burns because it helps soothe inflammation and the cooling action can also remove heat from burns and wounds.

Aloe vera gel contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other things that can help your beard dandruff resolve itself by attacking the dryness, oiliness, or fungus that is growing on your skin.

Aloe Vera might help dandruff in a variety of ways:

  • it has a moisturizing effect
  • it also contains enzymes that help reduce inflammation when applied to the skin under the beard
  • it has antioxidant properties that can help prevent cell damage by mopping up free radicals that are in the body
  • and importantly, it has an anti-inflammatory action that will definitely help reduce the irritation and stop you from scratching the skin under your beard.

 How to use Aloe Vera

 If you are incredibly keen you can even grow aloe vera plants in pots and plants in your house and extract the gel yourself. Alternatively, it is very cheap and easy to come by in chemists and pharmacies.

 Instructions for applying aloe vera gel

  • Take the gel and apply it to your beard evenly – you can use a comb to distribute the aloe vera gel throughout the beard from the skin to the hair tips.
  • You must let the gel sit for at least 30 minutes (ideally up to an hour) if you want the full effects of using aloe vera.
  • After letting it sit, you should use a mild shampoo to rinse the gel out of your beard.
  • You can repeat this process as many times as you like some people use it up to three times a week

Aloe Vera gel is incredibly safe so you can use it as much as you need to. The good thing is that it lasts for a very long time in your fridge so buy some and use it regularly for a simple beard dandruff home remedy.

For more home remedies check out my 12+ awesome beard dandruff home remedies that work – click here to be taken to the article.

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Preventative measures

They say that prevention is better than cure. To make sure that you don’t have to tackle problems as they arise and you always have a well nourished and hydrated beard here are some preventative measures which will help keep your beard and beard hair looking as awesome as ever.

  • No smoking – smoking increases the amount of free radicals in the body and can easily age your beard quicker than a non-smoker.
  • Satin pillow – using a satin pillow mean that the hair is easily glide over the pillow as you sleep and are less likely to become damaged.
  • Drink water – drinking lots of water means that your body is able to perform as effectively as possible which means repairing any damage and having plenty of water to go around.
  • UV protection spray – if you are regularly out in the elements you should consider using a UV protection spray on your beard. This will reduce the amount of free radicals being generated which can easily damage your beard.
  • Healthy diet – having a healthy diet is one of the most effective ways that you can ensure your beard growing potential is at its absolute best. If you want to know more about the seven foods that help increase your beard growth check out my YouTube video, below.


In this article, we have gone over everything you need to know about a dry beard and the best dry beard solutions.

From the obvious solutions such as beard oil, all the way through to surprising home remedies your be able to find an option in this list that works for your beard and allows you to rehydrate and condition even the driest of beards.

The Author

Andy Stapleton

Andy is a writer and YouTuber with a PhD in science. He has written and/or produced videos for Science Alert, COSMOS magazine, and Australia's Science Channel among others. He is an avid beard grower and after many years of growing and trialling different beard styles, he started this blog to share the tips, tricks, and science that he has learned along the way!