There are times when you might feel that your beard is not looking as well as it should. It might be the case that you are dealing with split ends in your beard. Even many men might not know they have split ends, but what causes them and how do you fix them?
However This can be caused by many different reasons, but the best way to fix this is by getting to the bottom of the problem. In this blog, we are going to explain some of the causes of split ends and give you some tips to fix this problem. The beard is one of the most defining elements of a man’s style, so it’s important that they are well-groomed and look great.
What are split ends in beards?
Split ends are when the ends of your beard hairs are split in two instead of just one. If you look at the image above, you can see a split end on the right side. It looks like two hairs growing out of a single hair follicle, instead of one.
It’s also important to note that split ends are similar to split ends on your head. They are both hair splits, but they are different types. When your hair splits on your head, it is often the result of damage from coloring or heat styling. When your beard hairs split, it comes from damage done to it by trimming or shaving. This can result in split ends because the hair grows in a spiral shape. Therefore, if you shave or trim the beard in a linear pattern, the hair will split.
How to know if you have split ends in your beard?
If you have facial hair, it is likely that at some point you will experience split ends. Beard hair is much coarser than head hair, so it is more prone to damage. This often results in split ends.
There are 4 simple steps to know if you have split ends in your beard:
Step 1: Examine your beard. Brush it out and look at the ends of the hairs closest to your face. If any of them are frayed or broken, then you likely have split ends.
Step 2: Feel your beard for rough spots and dryness. If a large portion of your beard feels like straw, then you may have split ends.
Step 3: Pull several strands of beard hair out from your face and hold them up to the light. If the ends are pointed and jagged, then they probably contain split ends.
Step 4: If the last two steps did not help you determine whether or not you have split ends, use a magnifying mirror to get a closer look at the end of each strand of facial hair. You may need a magnifying glass as well if you have a very large or long beard.
Why do you have split ends in your beard?
There are numerous reasons why split ends in your beard occur. I’ll try to list the most common ones throughout this article.
7 Reasons why split ends happen
1. Heat can cause split ends in your beard
Heat, particularly from hairdryers, straighteners, and curling tongs, can cause split ends. If you’re drying your beard too close to the heat source it can damage the hair cuticle and cause the hair to split and it also causes beard itching
2. Chemicals can weaken your hair and cause split ends
Certain chemicals like those found in harsh shampoos and conditioners can weaken your hair and cause split ends. These chemicals are known as surfactants and they remove natural oils from your beard which can leave it dry, brittle and prone to breakage.
3. UV rays from the sun
The UV rays coming from the sun are harmful not only to our skin but also our beard/hair. I’ve seen many people that have damaged their beards while they were out on a sunny day without any protection (beard oil, balm, etc.). After some time in the sun, they’re shocked to see that their beard has become frizzy and dry with lots of split ends occurring.
4. Inadequate grooming regimen
It is also possible that you don’t have a good routine set up for grooming your beards. Grooming your beards is more than just washing it with water and putting on some beard oil. You need to regularly trim dead hair and keep your beards well-brushed and combed; otherwise, split ends are inevitable.
5. Poor diet
Think about it, if your beard simply does not get the nutrients it requires to grow healthy, it is likely that you will end up with split ends. You see, you beard has no way of storing up nutrients. So if you feed it poorly, this will show up in its appearance.
Yes, brushing your beard is good for you. But, over-brushing your beard will be a problem for you. Over-brushing your beard can cause split ends that make it difficult to keep your beard looking neat and tidy.
7. You are not drinking enough water
It is possible that you are not taking enough water everyday to keep your body hydrated; which means that your beard will not receive the hydration it needs to grow healthy. This is why people who aren’t taking adequate amounts of water have dry skin, and their hairs tend to break easily because of lack of moisture.
How to fix beard split ends
1. Trim your beard regularly
If you are not planning to let your beard grow out to its full length, then it is important to trim your beard regularly. This will keep the hair looking healthy and well-kept. You can use scissors or a beard trimmer to cut your facial hair based on the desired length.
It is best to comb the hair first and then use that as a guide for cutting away any hairs that extend past the borders of the comb. It’s better to err on the side of caution when trimming; it is easier to trim again than wait for your beard to grow out if you get too aggressive with your scissors.
2. Don’t over wash your beard
Washing your beard every day can remove too much of its natural oil, which may help dry out the hair and skin. The resulting dryness can cause breakage or split ends in your beard. You may get away with washing once a day if you’re using a moisturizing soap or shampoo. But be sure to use lukewarm water.
Use warm water to wash and rinse your beard, not hot water. Hot water can draw out moisture from your skin and hair, making it more difficult for them to maintain their natural oils that keep your skin and hair nourished and hydrated. Only wash when necessary — no more than twice a week unless you’re subjecting it to extreme conditions such as gardening or exercising outdoors in the heat with lots of sweating.
3. Use a Beard Brush to Evenly Distribute Sebum Oil
The best way to evenly distribute sebum oil is by brushing your beard. You see, the sebaceous glands located in your skin secrete sebum oil, which contains many important nutrients for a healthy beard – and it’s also usually where people fall short when it comes to growing a thick, healthy beard.
When you have a patchy beard, it’s because the sebaceous glands don’t produce enough sebum oil. The opposite is also true – if you have an oily-looking beard with lots of dandruff and flakes, you probably have an overproductive sebaceous gland that produces too much sebum oil.
To balance this out, using a boar bristle brush will help evenly distribute the natural oils throughout your beard – which can go a long way in helping you grow a thicker, fuller-looking beard.
4. Don’t Blow-Dry your Facial Hair
There’s really no need to use a blow dryer on your beard, and doing so can be a short-term solution at best. If you have split ends, the only way to truly repair them is by cutting them off.
In reality, you’re better off air drying your beard when possible. When you must use a blow dryer, keep it on the lowest setting and carefully work any product into your hair evenly before drying. This will help minimize damage from heat and over-styling.
5. Use beard oil or wax
There are two things you can do to fix split end problem in your beard, use beard oil or wax. First, let’s talk about oils. Beard oil is a moisturizer that helps make your facial hair look shiny and healthy. The best ones are made from powerful natural ingredients like olive oil, jojoba oil, argan oil, and coconut oil help keep your skin and hair hydrated, and can even be used as an aftershave balm.
If you’re looking for something that does double duty, styling aid, and moisturizer, try beard wax instead. Beard wax provides a light hold for styling your facial hair, helping to keep it looking thicker throughout the day.
What are the steps you can take to avoid split ends in your beard?
The first and most important step is to avoid rubbing your hands over the hair in your beard. If you have a long beard, then rubbing the hair will cause it to break easily. This is especially true if you have a short beard that is prone to breaking. If your hands are dirty, then they will also cause problems.
The next step in avoiding split ends is to use a conditioner on the hair after you wash it. This will help keep the hair moisturized and prevent it from drying out. It will also make the hair softer and more manageable. You can use a deep conditioner if you have very dry hair or one that is designed for dry hair.
The Third step in avoiding split ends is to avoid using too much heat on your beard. The heat from curling irons and blow dryers can damage the hair and make it brittle and brittle hair breaks off easily. The best way to avoid this problem is to avoid using these tools as much as possible or at least not use them every day or every week.
The last step in avoiding split ends is you should eat healthy food. You must also drink lots of water. This will help you make sure that the skin under your beard remains hydrated at all times, and as a result of which, the chances of split ends would be reduced to quite an extent.
If you follow these steps, then you will have no problem avoiding split ends in your beard.
If you’ve been having trouble with split ends in your beard, hopefully, this article helped to shed some light on the things that can lead to their development and where you can go to fix them. Given the information presented here, it’s important to remember that combatting split ends doesn’t have to be a complicated process. Just make sure that you keep your beard conditioned, practice good beard hygiene (don’t forget to use conditioner!), stay away from over-brushing, and minimize the use of heat styling tools if possible.