Have you noticed that more guys are braiding their beards? It is becoming clear to us that this is a major trend that has yet to peak, and we can definitely see the appeal. Braiding your beard isn’t just about aesthetics – it’s actually a great way to manage an unruly or frizzy beard while maintaining a great style.
What is Beard Braiding and Why Should I Even Give This Type of Style a Try?
Beard braiding is simply braiding your beard. In order to do this, you need to have enough length to produce at least one clearly defined and adequately long braid. So, if you keep a short beard, we are sorry, but you will not be able to enjoy this trend until it has grown out.
Now, beard braiding is not necessarily new. Some cultures have been braiding their beards for centuries. But, it’s taken a while for our society to catch on. If you go on YouTube or Instagram, you can see many different styles of men’s braded beards. And, the cool part is, it is bearded men of all ages who are doing this.
- One thing that makes beard braiding so appealing is that it allows guys to show off their originality. There are many ways to braid one’s beard, meaning that men can really get creative.
- Additionally, braiding your beard is great for beards that are very long but difficult to manage due to frizz or extreme thickness.
- Braiding your beard doesn’t have to be permanent, either. You can just braid your beard on a particularly hot day, or when you’re feeling festive.
How to Get Started
Braiding your beard can help you improve your personal style while helping you manage a difficult beard. If you want to get in on this trend, simply refer to the steps below and keep in mind that it is always best to put your personal touch on it.
Step #1: Look for Inspiration
Before you do anything, do some research. There are many different braid styles out there, and you should know what you want the finished look to be before you get to work on your own facial hair.
Step #2: Know Your Beard Type
This will determine which styles will look best. For instance, if you have a very thin beard, you will want to go for a single braid option most likely, because you don’t have enough volume to do multiple ones.
Step #3: Know Your Braiding Abilities
Are you good at braiding? It’s not a difficult skill, but some men are more naturally inclined to it than others. If you don’t trust your ability to create a neat and attractive braid, consider seeing a stylist who can help.
Step #4: Apply Some Beard Balm and Beard Oil
When you’re finally ready to start braiding, first apply some beard balm and oil. This will smooth down frizz and help the braiding stay in place.
Step #5: Start the Braiding Process
Now is the fun part. Take your time so that you don’t end up making mistakes that result in an uneven or sloppy braid.
Step #6: Use Elastics if Necessary
If your braids want to come undone, use clear, small elastics at the end to keep them in place.
Step #7: Keep Applying Beard Oil Daily
Keep applying beard oil each day as you wear your braid. It still needs to be properly moisturized to remain healthy.
Step #8: Wash as Needed
If you plan on keeping your braids in for a long period of time, you still have to wash them. Gently apply a beard shampoo or soap at least once a week, and simply rinse it out using lukewarm water.