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How to make beards softer

Much thought isn't typically given to the care of beards beyond trimming and cleaning. Since facial hair is traditionally coarser than the hair on your head, it can feel dry and rough. While washing and trimming keep your beard looking clean and presentable, facial hair can become dry, affecting the look and feel of it. Take measures to make and keep your beard soft to improve its appearance and result in more touchable facial hair.

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  1. Shampoo your beard when you shower or bathe. Use a shampoo for dry hair, if your beard is especially dry and coarse, then rinse it off.

  2. Condition your beard. Allow the conditioner to remain on the facial hair for one minute. Rinse the conditioner off and towel dry your beard.

  3. Comb your beard to remove loose hairs. Rub a few drops of preshave oil into your facial hair to act as a leave-in conditioner. Since preshave oil is made for the skin, it's safe to use and leave on your beard all day.

  4. Keep your beard neat and trimmed. Even the hair of your beard can get split ends if it's dry enough. Regular trimming, no matter how long your beard is, prevents dry split ends from occurring.

  5. Tip

    Deep condition your beard once every few weeks by applying conditioner and covering your beard with a hot, damp towel. Leave it on for five minutes, then rinse off and dry.


    Soap can be used to wash your beard but may be drying to both the facial hair and your skin. Avoid using baby oil, olive oil or other non-shaving oils to condition your beard, as they will give the hair a greasy look.

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Things You'll Need

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Towel
  • Comb
  • Preshave oil
  • Beard trimming kit

About the Author

Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.

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