Are you searching for ways to soften your sharp stubble? Does your girlfriend get annoyed every time you try to kiss her cause your mustache scratches her?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you are in the correct place.
It is very possible to be able to make your stubble softer, and there is not one way but many ways to do so. The quick facts for making your stubble beard softer are as follows:
- Seal in the moisture post showering
- Use beard oil immediately after dampening your stubble with a towel.
- Apply beard balm 2-3 hours after the oil to retain the moisture in the face further.
- Brush the beard
- Grow your stubble
Now, let us look at the above in detail.
Maybe your stubble beard feels like sandpaper when you run your hand over it. Or maybe, your girlfriend or wife complains every time you rub your face against theirs.
Whatever your concern is, one thing is for sure. ”How to make your stubble softer” is a question that many men have struggled with and stressed over. If you have been wondering the same, there is a solution at hand now.
The softness of a beard is an excellent indicator of its health. If your beard is not soft, there is something wrong with its health.
The reasons for not having a soft stubble beard could be many – such as nutrition, temperature, and moisture levels.
In this article, we will discuss everything you need to know about sharp and scratchy stubble and how to make it soft like cotton!
Let’s get straight into it.
Why Is Your Beard and Moustache Sharp?
In order to make our stubble softer, we first need to fully understand why our short beard and mustache are not soft and then fix these problems.
Facial hair can get difficult without proper care. Depending on the weather of the place you are in and also your food habits, facial hair can become dehydrated. The result will be a beard and mustache that feels sharp, prickly, and coarse.
Sharpness can occur due to split ends, and the prickliness can come from lack of moisture. That is why you need to make sure that your beard and mustache get proper care and nourishment.
The key to making your stubble beard softer lies in ensuring that there is enough moisture in your beard at all times.
Also, many people make the common mistake of washing their face too many times. Avoid this as this is not good because it removes the natural oils from your face.
However, if you still want to wash it very often make sure you at least apply some beard oil.
Stubble beard, or any facial hair for that matter, becomes brittle and dry when there is no moisture. This means that you need to ensure that your skin can produce natural oils at optimal levels.
How to Make Your Stubble Softer (Step by Step)
Start with a wash and apply a nourishing beard conditioner.
Your wash routine is crucial for your beard. Many men make the mistake of washing their beard with a regular scalp-hair shampoo. The consequences of this can be unfortunate for your beard in the long run.
Common scalp-shampoo has tons of chemicals in it that will strip your beard of all its natural growing hormones. It also puts a stop to the secretion of sebum oil from the face, the body’s naturally occurring oil that nourishes the skin. The result of all this is dry facial hair that is scratchy and itchy.
Here is what you should do instead. Wash your beard only 2-3 times a week and use good quality beard conditioner that doesn’t have man-made chemicals and is free of natural ingredients that may hurt your beard.
Use Beard oil immediately after washing your face
Applying beard oil to facial hair that is moist after being dabbed with a damp towel is good. It helps to seal the moisture in and helps to maintain the feeling of soft beard.
Beard oil is one of the fastest and popular ways to soften your beard. Another great benefit of beard oil is that it helps to get rid of dandruff completely.
Jojoba oil is arguably one of the best oils that is suitable for beards. Jojoba oil is closest to the sebum oil, the naturally occurring oil in the human body.
It will prevent dryness and keep skin hydrated. When you apply beard oil make sure to apply it from the roots of your hair towards the hair follicle’s tip.
You should avoid Beard oils that have polyunsaturated vegetables, seed oils and vegetable nut oil. Polyunsaturated fat becomes rancid when exposed to heat, oxygen and light so they should be avoided too.
For those of you who have oily skin, can they use beard oil? The answer is “Yes”. Beard oil is safe to use for people with an oily face too. If you have lot of acne breakouts, use a beard oil with a base of jojoba oil.
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The jojoba helps to counter the effect of your oily skin and reduces oil production. However, you should consult a doctor for more in-depth solutions as this solution might differ from person to person.
Apply beard balm
Once 2-3 hours have passed after oiling you can apply beard balm to your stubble beard. You can consider beard balm as a thicker and more nourishing form of beard oil.
After taking your shower and applying beard oil wait for 2-3 hours. Once the waiting period is over, take a bit of beard balm about the size of a pea on your fingertips and DON’T rub it into your beard.
Ignore your natural instinct to rub it into the beard and instead apply the balm from your fingertips to the palm of your hands and rub your hands together.
The friction between your hands will melt the balm and there will be a smooth layer of oil on your hands. Now apply this oil to your beard starting from the roots of the beard.
This creates a protective waxy barrier on top of the moisture that has already been sealed in your beard. This acts as an effective beard softener for a few more days.
Brush your beard
Another step to carry out after applying beard oil is to brush the beard.
Brushing the beard helps in the distribution of oil evenly.
While you might be wondering as to why would stubble beard need combing, the fact is that beard hairs also grow in different directions. This itself might make the beard look rough and untidy.
When you brush them, especially the medium and heavy stubble, it helps the hair to grow in a more uniform direction. When your beard is combed in a specific direction, the beard will continue to grow in that direction and hairs will not stick out often.
However, caution should be taken to not comb your beard for more than two times in a day as combing more than that will result in hair damage.
The result of proper combing is that the hair becomes less rough to touch and it is less patchy too.
Grow your stubble longer
This is not so much a step as a recommendation. The general rule regarding any hair growth is – shorter the hair, the pricklier it becomes.
Thus, your prickly beard. Length is essential when it comes to a stubble. If you have short stubble at the moment, you could try medium or heavy stubble. You will feel the difference.
The longer beard hair grows, the more its edges even out and the distribution becomes more uniform. Again, this does not mean that you should not shave your beard till kingdom come.
Cutting the beard from time to time helps prevent split ends and keeps the softness intact.
Use a high quality beard pad
Beard pads are created to decrease the harshness of your beard (even if it is not short).
How they work?
Beard pads round down the sharp and uneven edges of your hairs which are to blame for your scratchy stubble.
Then, you will enjoy your 5 o’clock shadow beard that makes you look irresistible without concerning about her grumble all day.
In my opinion, none of the above options will automatically solve the problem for you. But, if you apply most of them and be patient, your beard will start to feel much softer.
There is no magic button.
Keep focusing on the dryness of your beard and try to round the sharp edges. Also if your job allows it and you like it, try to grow your beard a little bit.
And…you should be just fine.
Why and How to make your beard softer before shaving?
Men of us also face the problem of not having a soft beard when we try to shave and this results in both pain and irritation.
It is a good practice to make your stubble softer before shaving because softening the facial hair makes it easier to shave and also keeps the skin hydrated which can prevent the discomfort of shaving the hair off dry skin.
I recommend that you take a warm shower for at least five minutes and let your face absorb the water. When the face absorbs water, hair follicles become thicker and thus become more comfortable to shave off.
Alternately, you can also use a face wash or a facial scrub to soften facial hair prior to shaving.
Also, most men do this mistake. They apply beard shaving foam and they immediately start shaving.
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You should wait at least 45 seconds before you start shaving. The more the better. Give it some time to work with your skin and facial hair.
Trust me. It helps.
Last but not least, remember that it is natural for a beard to get some split ends.
In such a scenario, don’t hesitate to use a pair of shears to take off a little bit so that your beard softens up. Beard trimmers can be also useful for creating a uniform stubble across your face.
How to soften stubble is a question that has confounded many men before you so you are in good company. Follow the steps outlined above, and you are sure to have a beard stubble that is softer and more popular with your partner.
You are not the first one and you won’t be the last one who needs to soften his stubble.
We all know how annoying it can be when your girlfriend is costantly complaining, don’t we?
But, by applying the above steps, hopefully the problem will be solved.
And…that’s it for today’s article.
I really hope you liked it and found it useful because all of these things to be written need both experience but also research.
If you have any questions or comments feel free to comment down below and we will be more than happy to reply.
Until next time,
Stay safe and…let it grow!
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