How to tame a frizzy beard? 5+ simple fixes

As you start to grow your beard you may notice that it becomes frizzy. It is hard to work out exactly what is causing this frizzy appearance. There are many different types of frizzy that can happen in your beard. There are also terms including kinky, crimped, wiry, woolly – all of these have been used in the past to describe hard to manage and unruly Beard hair. In this article we are going to go over the simple fixes for all of the reasons why your beard may be frizzy and look at the best solutions for making your beard look awesome.

Healthy hair is defined by science as shiny hair with a smooth texture and clean cut or tapered ends. Sometimes your beard can be the opposite of each of these. Taming a frizzy beard relies on tackling dryness, and even hair length, hair breakage and get into the root cause of the frizzy appearance. Taming your beard with scissors and regularly including a nourishing treatment to your beard routine is the number one way to tackle the wild frizzy beard.

Tackling a frizzy beard means that you have to really understand the root cause of your wild and frizzy beard.

How to tame a frizzy beard -Tackle the root causes

Have a look at when your beard is frizzy and when it is less frizzy. This will give you the first indication of whether or not you need a lifestyle change or you can simply rely on products to make your beard look better.

In this section we are going to have a look at some of the most common causes of a frizzy beard and the simple actions you can take to combat their effects. Sometimes it’s as easy as buying a new product whereas other times you will have to build a new skill or undo a habit which you have acquired along your beard growing journey – not easy but not impossible.

Is there an activity that dries out your beard?

The first place I would look at to tackle frizzy beard is to try and discover when your beard is the driest. When is your beard the most frizzy?

If you are serious about getting your beard looking great you should consider starting a beard diary and keeping it for about two weeks. All you have to do is record what you do during the day and how your beard looks at the end of the day. Making sure that your beard is not put through some hard-core stress throughout the day is the number one way to stopping your beard looking frizzy.

For example, your workplace may have air-conditioning blasting all day. Or, you may be working outside in harsh UV sunrays and exposing your beard to the elements. Whatever it is, you need to protect your beard from it.

Protect your beard from activities

There are a couple of options to protect your beard while you are doing activities. The first one is to be proactive and use a small amount of sunscreen or UV product on your beard. This will protect your beard while you are out in the elements. Also, you should protect your beard by having a solid beard routine which involves a good Beard oil, butter, or conditioner before you head out. You need to do this every day if your activity is particularly stressful for your beard.

Secondly, you should consider covering your beard with a beard sling/wrap if you are working in particularly dusty, dry, or intense environments. Check out my other article – the best beard wrap the sleeping – click here for full article. This will give you an insight into the sorts of beard wraps that are available, and you don’t have to use it for sleeping you can use them out in the real world too!

Dryness

Dryness is the number one thing which will stop your beard from looking as healthy as it can. There are plenty of ways that you can dry out your beard – the most obvious and most commonly used is using heat treatment such as a hairdryer or beard straightener on your hair.

A dry beard looks rough, dull, and is wiry and frizzy.

Tackling a dry beard

The best ways to stop your beard from looking dry are to:

  • Lock in the moisture – giving the moisture in your hair will be the number one thing you can do to make your hair not as dry. It’s really important that you use products to keep the moisture in your beard if you are a fan of using a hair straightener. One thing I found recently is that if I apply oil during blow drying then my hair ends up much less frizzy than if I was to put my Beard oil on after the heat treatment.
  • Use a Beard conditioner – later on in article we will discover some other products which are useful for keeping a Beard moisturised but a Beard conditioner (not a Beard balm or butter – but a dedicated beard conditioner) is an incredible product. Using a conditioner as part of your daily routine will certainly help reduce the frizzy look of your beard.
  • Don’t shampoo every day – sometimes we get over zealous with our Beard maintenance and we can easily overdo something. Shampoo can very quickly dry out your beard and cause it to become frizzy. I recommend shampooing your beard with a dedicated beard shampoo every three days to avoid drying out your beard by stripping it of its natural oils.

Working out the best products to keep your beard looking smooth and shiny will be a trial and error situation for you. I am slowly working on the best combination of products for my Beard and I have been growing it for a number of years. I enjoy the challenge and like the scientific nature of changing something and then observing its effects on my Beard.

Uneven hair length

Another thing that can make a beard look frizzy is not its condition but rather the uneven hair length of the hairs in the beard.

Sometimes I notice that my beard is particularly frizzy as I get closer to my regular trim up. This is because some of the hairs have grown longer than the others (or I have missed them during some trimming sessions) which means they protrude more than the others. Because they protrude from the main line I beard it gives my Beard this fluffy/frizzy look.

Tackling uneven hair length

Tackling an uneven hair length is surprisingly easy but you can overdo it to the point where you lose the shape and style of the beard that you want. If you want some inspiration on how to trim up your beard at home check out my YouTube video, below.

I would recommend trimming up your beard every couple of weeks to stop it looking frizzy. This gives your beard enough time to grow whilst also exposing the areas that need a little bit more attention. Investing in a good pair of scissors and a great good quality, corded, beard trimmer will be one of the best investments you make for your beard’s ongoing styling.

Are you combing when wet?

Another issue that I think bearded men tackle every day is hair fall and breakage. Week hair can very easily be broken during brushing and grooming. I have noticed a significant reduction in hair breakage since I have been nourishing my hair with beard farm and using a dedicated beard shampoo.

However, no matter how well nourished and conditioned your beard is you need to pay extra attention to it when it is wet.

It is well known that hair is porous – and damage hair is more porous than healthy hair. Water absorption causes the hair shaft to swell and the weight of the hair increases by anywhere between 12 to 18%. The wetting of your beard and drying of your beard is a basic hairstyling technique but you have to be aware that wet hair has a higher combing friction and dry hair stop this means that wet hair is far more likely to break if you already have an underlying issue with brittle hair.

When wet, hair can be stretched by up to 30% of its original length without damage. However irreversible changes happen when the beard hair is stretched between 30 and 70% – with anything over than 80% stretch causing a fracture and death or breakage of the hair shaft.

Simply understanding these numbers means that you will be extra careful when you are grooming your hair when it is wet. Go easy, do not pull through snacks, and use a machined comb without sharp edges to minimise the amount of stress that you’re placing on your hair to cause stretching and breaking.

What is really causing the fizziness?

Lastly, if you do not relate to any of these, you should pay extra attention to the root cause of your frizzy beard. It is easy to simply reach for a product in the hope that it will fix your beard but getting to know your routine and how your beard reacts to your daily life will tackle the problem at the root cause instead of simply covering up the issue with more products.

That said, here are some of the best products that you can use which can help solve your frizzy beard problem – quickly.

Products that can help a frizzy beard

Embracing the amount of beard products available on the market will help you tackle your frizzy beard.

A pair of scissors

I am in no doubt that tackling a frizzy beard sometimes requires the use of a good pair of scissors to simply cut off the offending hairs. I think that for most people trimming up your beard, or getting it done by professional, will be the number one thing which will stop you from getting a frizzy beard.

Investing in a sharp pair of scissors which will accurately cut the hair as opposed to breaking the hair will mean that your hair remains in tip top form irrespective of how often you decide to trim it.

The usual scissors simply brush your beard with a fine tooth comb and remove any of the hairs which escape the maximum density of your beard. I do this regularly and as long as you are not removing the main bulk of your hair I have found that this is a really effective way of combating a frizzy beard.

A trimmer

The second products which will help keep your beard frizzy free is a good quality beard trimmer. There are whole blogs dedicated to beard trimmers and I recommend that you read my other articles:

In these articles I go through the best beard trimmers for different beard types. You’ll be able to choose a trimmer which is best for you and they can be found at relatively inexpensive price points for good quality and powerful beard trimmers that will easily cut through your fuzzy beard edges.

Beard oil

Beard oil is fantastic for locking in moisture before heat treatment and for using throughout the day to impart some moisture and conditioning to your beard. Unlike other beard products, beard oil does not contain any wax to provide any hold. If your beard is relatively short your beard will only need one or two drops of beard oil and it becomes an incredibly cost-effective way to stop your beard from being frizzy.

Even on a long beard I like to add 3 to 4 drops daily to impart some awesome beard oil benefits to my beard. I then back this up with a DIY beard farm which I have made and perfected the ingredients over the past few years.

For a complete rundown on what beard oil does and how to use it check out my other article – what does beard oil do? A comprehensive guide to beard oil – click here to be taken to the full article.

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.

Here are some of the best reasons that you should consider using a dedicated beard conditioner:

  • It nourishes and moisturizes the beard – one of the biggest benefits to your beard – it makes it lovely and soft and will make your wirey hair much easier to manage.
  • It helps softens the stubble on the face – If you are not one for growing a long beard but prefer to keep it close to the skin the it’ll help soften the ends of the hairs and make it way less spikey!
  • Imparts a healthy shine – A well-conditioned beard is one with a nice healthy shine to it. If you want to find out more tips and tricks to making your beard shine – check out my other article.
  • It makes combing and styling easier – having hair that doesn’t grip the comb and sits well after it is brushed into place is an achievable outcome if you use a beard conditioner regularly.
  • It reduces irritation and dry skin – the skin under a beard is not easy to look after. However, the regular use of a conditioner will leave the skin nourished and irritation-free. If you are worried about bacteria and a smelly beard you can also use a beard conditioner with essential oil that has antibacterial properties.
  • They leave a nice fragrance The last and maybe one of the strongest effects noticed by others is that a good beard conditioner will leave your beard smelling lovely! Choose a beard conditioner that has a smell that you like and, if you have a significant other, make sure that they also like the smell! There is nothing quite like a lovely smelling product!

So, there are the main benefits of using beard conditioner on your beard but each one relates in its own way to cutting down on the frizzy nature of your beard.

Beard butter

Beard butter is an incredible product that contains natural butter that can hydrate, condition, and repair your beard hair. Not only is beard butter fantastic for your hair but it also really helps the skin under your beard and will create a softness, smell, and cut down the frizzy notes which will make people envious of your beard.

Beard butter is made from shea butter or other organic butter which you can use after showering in the morning and as a leave in conditioner. Simply apply a thumbnail sized amount to your palms and distributed evenly through your beard to get the maximum benefit for your beard.

Beard balm

Beard balm is a fantastic product because it is like beard butter but also contains a good portion of beeswax which will help cut down the frizzy nature of your beard by literally holding it in place.

I genuinely think that the majority of style is due to the trimming and cutting of your beard hair but the extra 10% which separates out good beers from greybeards come down to the products that you use. Using a beard balm is that extra boost your beard needs to stay in place and become less frizzy.

A beard straightener – use with caution

Lastly, I would recommend that you invest in a straightener but you should use it with caution. Beard straighteners are a fantastic way to quickly tuck in hairs and maintain your beard shape so that it does not look frizzy.

With all this power comes great responsibility – you don’t want to use it too much otherwise you will be causing the problem which you bought your beard straightener to solve. That is, drying out your beard.

Use a straightener wisely and it could be that little extra boost your beard needs to look congruent and not frizzy around the edges.

Summary

Taming a frizzy beard relies on you looking at the foundational reasons why your beard is frizzy in the first place. You can just simply try to solve this problem with products but you will be tackling the symptoms rather than the root cause of your issues.

After you have discovered the root causes of your frizzy beard you should consider using a combination of products to combat your frizzy edges and lines. Trimming them up with a good pair of scissors and a well manufactured beard trimmer should be the first port of call but adding the pizzazz to your beard will rely on using beard products to boost it up to a next level beard.

Good luck with your beard growing and I hope that you are able to tame your frizzy beard with ease after reading this article!

 

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 trialing different beard styles, he started this blog to share the tips, tricks, and science that he has learned along the way!