Knowing how to grow a healthy beard includes learning how often you need to wash it. However, if you ask your three best buddies how many times a week they wash their beards, you will get three different answers for sure.
Moreover, beard hair is different from the hair on your head. It depends on its natural oils for it to stay as healthy as possible and a daily wash could cause the beard to dry out. In addition, you should use beard shampoo or soap, created specifically for the best beard care possible.
However, if you believe that you need to wash your beard every day because you work in manual labor, construction, or similar, then yes, you can and should give your facial hair a daily wash but you need the proper beard care products too. Shampoo and soap created specifically for beards are gentle enough to be used every day, which we have explained before on our blog.
How do I know how frequently my beard needs to be washed?
The answer is “it depends”. Not everyone’s hair is the same, as not every man’s routine is alike, so that is why it depends on several factors that we will detail below. However, if it is absolutely necessary and vital for you to wash your beard every day, you need to find a product that is gentle enough, or you can use plain warm water on its own and a beard shampoo one or two times a week.
If you are starting to feel a beard itch and begin noticing that the skin underneath is going dry, then you are most likely washing it too often. Therefore, you need to wash it less often to find the perfect frequency for you.
Beard conditioning is the key
After you determine how often you want to wash your beard to avoid it getting dry but at the same time maintaining basic hygiene, it is time to consider proper conditioning. In fact, using the right products for your beard will make an important impact on how it looks and how healthy it is.
Here are some basic products you should consider for your beard care:
Soaps and shampoos
The soap or shampoo you use should not be too harsh on your skin. Remember to scrub the skin underneath the facial hair to clear out all of the microorganisms that cause beard itch and beard rash.
This is another essential beard product that anyone who is looking to show off cool beard styles needs to know about. Also, remember to check out our post about other products anyone with a beard needs in their life.
Beard oil or beard balm can do wonders for a man’s facial hair. It helps keep it moisturized and healthy, which is why it is a great compliment to beard care. However, take into consideration that if you are getting flakes on your beard and you don’t have any specific skin condition that is causing it, it is your cleaning regimen the one to blame for it, not a lack of beard oil.
Important details to consider your beard growth and care
In addition to using products created specifically for beard care, there are other aspects to take into consideration when it comes to beards.
1. Your skin type
If you have oily skin, you will need to wash your beard more frequently, even daily if your skin can tolerate it. This will prevent buildup in your pores which can lead to beard dandruff and also acne.
If you have dry skin, it means that it does not produce much sebum and to avoid drying it even further, wash your beard every two to three days. If it is too much, cut back to every three or four days.
Finally, if your skin is a combination of oily and dry, meaning, you are mostly oily on your T zone and are dry on the rest of your face, you can wash your beard every other day.
2. Your beard type
If you have coarse/thick hair on your beard you probably have drier skin, and if the hair is curly it can be even drier. The reason is that it is harder for sebum to travel down straight hair than curly hair. If this is you, try washing your beard once every three days.
For men with thin hair on their beards, you have probably already noticed that it gets greasy fast. So yes, you can do a daily wash to get rid of the extra oil, which will also help it appear fuller (great for those with patchy beards).
3. The environment you live in
The environment you live in does have an impact on your hair and also on your beard. Dry climates (hot or cold) will result in a lack of moisture. Therefore, leave at least a day in between washes to help sebum build up to keep your beard hydrated. Use beard oil or balm to complement.
Wet climates have high humidity levels that are good for both your beard and skin. It will help keep them soft and strong. However, the more the humidity, the more microorganisms and dirt will attach to your skin, which can lead to clogged pores, inflammation and acne. If this is your case, increase how often you shampoo your beard and don’t forget to follow up with beard oil.
4. Your lifestyle
As we said above, your lifestyle does matter on how often you should wash your beard. For instance, if you work as a subcontractor and haul heavy objects for a living, or perhaps you are a trainer at a gym and sweat a lot every day, you will need to wash your beard daily to prevent oil from clogging your pores. Of course, beard balm or oil will help with moisturizing.