HOW TO REMOVE AND PREVENT SPLIT ENDS
Whilst growing your beard you might eventually run into the situation where the hairs start splitting. The good news is that there are measures to take to prevent this from happening. The most important element in this situation is to follow some good beard care habits so that it may stay healthy and nourished, with the benefit of looking great.
WHAT ARE SPLIT ENDS?
Split ends are when the hair ends split and grow in different directions. Once this starts occurring to a few strands it is likely to happen to many more. At this stage your beard will start to feel itchy and rough. The roughness will also be felt by those who tend to get close to you and your beard.
Split ends will also influence the way your beard looks, so best you start taking care of your beard properly, to get the silky-smooth feeling with no tangles.
THE REASON BEHIND SPLIT ENDS
As your facial hair starts growing without the proper moisturizers (such as Balms and Oils) the hair starts to dry out. When the hair dries it will end up getting brittle, creating a coarse effect, which in turn causes the strands to divide and fray at the ends. These splits will result in the strand ends growing in different directions.
So how do you keep your beard nourished, soft and smooth?
A sebaceous gland is found around the root of the hair which produces sebum oil. The amount of oil produced by this gland is limited and different among individuals. This oil keeps the facial hair moisturized and, in turn, healthy looking. However, as the facial hair starts to grow longer the oil is not sufficient for the entire hair, and the parts this oil doesn’t reach becomes dry and tends to split. This is when a good supplementary Oil or Balm, such as the Abe & Jar products, comes in extremely handy.
Some routines, for instance dyeing or hair drying your beard will also cause the dryness of the hair and therefore create split ends. So, it is important that a beard oil or balm is used to allow your hair to recover.
Another thing you need to be careful of is the beard wash you use. Many shampoos are made from harsh chemicals which tend to take away the natural oils from your hair, especially beards. So, it’s best to use a gentle Beard Shampoo and Conditioner such as the Abe & Jars Sailors Blend.
Finally, evaluate your beard grooming tools. Some plastic combs may cause additional split ends due to their rough edges. However, properly polished combs as well as natural wood combs will provide the well-groomed beard look without the split ends. Check out the variety of Abe & Jar combs, hand-made of natural woods, that are not only elegant, but proper grooming tools.
HOW TO HEAL SPLIT ENDS
To summarize the proper way of getting rid of and healing split ends :
- Apply Abe & Jar Beard Oils and Balms on regular basis
- Use a proper Beard Shampoo, such as the Abe & Jar Sailors Blend
If the split ends become unbearable, a quick fix is to trim them slightly – but to allow for your beard to keep growning healthier and avoid split ends, please follow the above routines afterwards.