The Roots of Proper Beard Maintenance
As it was eluded to earlier, proper beard maintenance involves many steps, from shampooing your beard ever few days, to using the proper amount of beard oil to using the very best beard balm, beard combs and brushes also play a critical role to the maintenance of your beard.
Regular combing of your beard helps stimulate your beard follicles so you can grow a killer beard yourself, and also of course make it appear both healthy and well maintained.
Even the type of comb, which I go over in detail in a section below, can have a huge impact on the health of your beard follicles.
For instance, cheap combs will literally tear your beard apart and do years of damage which will ultimately make your beard appear unkempt.
This is why choosing the right comb is so critical to your grooming toolkit and is most often overlooked by beardsmen everywhere.
Over Maintenance Can Be Damaging To Your Hair
When it comes to maintaining your beard properly, its important not to ‘over maintain’ it.
Sure you might see product focused sites telling you to use copious amounts of beard oil or balm or whatever product it is.
Chances are that they are selling the product and want you to keep buying more.
When it comes to your beard, you don’t want to over maintenance it, or else you will be wasting hard earned cash.
So for instance, with beard oil or balm, only use it once every couple of days.
Those products are used in a compliment to your natural sebum oil that your follicles are already producing.
Same thing goes for combing and/or brushing it.
Even if you get the absolute best beard comb on the planet, with excessive use, you will wear down your roots with pulling and eventually the follicle will fall out, or the shaft of the hair will become damaged.
Know this advice:
Don’t over do it when it comes to combing your beard – comb it no more than 2 to 3 times a day max!
Understanding the Difference Between a Beard Comb and Brush
Their are stark differences when it comes to beard brushes and combs.
First off regarding the design, a high quality beard brush is composed of boars hair.
For some guys this may be off-putting at first, but there is a reason why boars hair is so prevalent when it comes to beard brushes.
Being that boars hair is a natural fiber, it has the ability to soak up oils (be it beard oil, beard balm, or your natural sebum oil produced by your sebaceous glands). This allows you to have a even coat of oil along the length of your beard follicle.
Therefore for most men, the ultimate way to make sure their beard oil is evenly distributed is through the use of a boars hair beard brush.
Plus with the brush bristles being in uneven length, this allows for the bristles to get right at the root of your hair.
Here’s the kicker though:
When using a beard brush, your beard is going to look much more fuller (i.e. natural and puffy).
This can be both a really good thing for some guys and also a really bad thing for others – to each their own.
On the other hand with high quality beard combs, you have the very best in styling abilities that a beard brush simply cannot compete with.
With even spaced teeth in the comb along with all of them at the very same length, a beard comb gives you full control on how your beard is going to look for the remainder of the day.
If you want to have absolute full control over your beard, its always best to pair a beard comb with a top notch beard balm.
You see beard balm, unlike beard oil, contains beeswax.
Beeswax, as you might have guessed it, has great holding ability – plus its all natural (so no horribly abrasive chemicals on your face).
But unlike the brush, beard combs come in much harder surface materials (synthetic, bone, or wood).
Therefore, with such a hard surface, not much oil will be trapped to ensure an even distribution throughout your beard.
What’s a guy to do?
- Spend ample amount of time ensuring that they spread in the oil thoroughly.
- Use a beard brush in conjunction with their beard comb
Either option will work for guys everywhere, but its as straight forward of time savings vs cost.
Stamp/Press Cut vs Hand Cut – Know Why They Differ
This is a critical point!
If you were like me a few months ago reaching for your wife’s comb or a cheap drugstore comb and running that through your beard stop now.
Cheap combs are probably the worse thing you can do to your beard. Especially if you don’t use a beard oil on a regular basis.
You see, cheap combs are stamped from large machines in a factory (likely from China).
When these cheap combs are mass produced, they create microscopic vicious jagged edges along each tooth of the comb.
With each stroke of the comb through your beard, it is literally tearing at the entire length of the follicle.
Eventually you tear your beard to shreds and give your beard an overall very poor appearance.
In addition to the shredding of your beard follicles, you are also going to be much more prone to split ends of the beard as well.
The horror of cheap combs doesn’t end there!
They are also prone to producing static which can be a major pain in the neck when trying to comb your beard before you head out the door in the morning.
Last but not least, the cheap combs teeth are much more likely to break.
With each broken tooth on your comb you are only amplifying the damage to your beard.
For the combs that we are reviewing below, they are a world apart from your drugstore comb.
Some of the best beard combs are hand-cut and have each one of their teeth hand polished!
This greatly reduces the damage to your beard and will be the best way for you to maintain it in the long run.
How The Final Score Is Determined For Judging The Best Beard Comb
It’s not easy trying to figure out the best beard comb for your beard maintenance repertoire.
Thats why here at Tools of Men, we have spent hours upon hours of research to give you the very best in information so you can make the right decision for yourself, and of course more importantly, your beard!
So how exactly was the final score determined?
Using our 5 category system, we break down each comb based on the following: general feel in hand (how cumbersome it would likely be in your hand), styling ability (do you have enough control), peer review (what we found to be the general consensus online), overall value (are you getting what you pay for).