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July 01, 2022 3 min read

A curly beard is something to be embraced, not straightened out. There’s something about a curly beard that just hits different. After all, when you look at ancient statues of Greek gods and the like, their beards aren’t pin-straight—oh no, their beards are gloriously curled in tight ringlets. Those ancient sculptors understood the fundamental truth that curly beards are infinitely cool.

If only it were that simple…

Having a curly beard can be incredibly frustrating. The hair tends to be coarse, dry, and frizzy, making it more challenging to manage. The reality is curly beard hair requires a different degree of maintenance and care, and many men, unfortunately, decide that it isn’t worth the hassle.

If your beard hair is curly, don’t get discouraged. We’re here to give you the knowledge and tools to help you unfurl those curls.

The following seven steps will help you learn how to care for, manage, and maintain a Greek god-level curly beard.

It’s a natural human tendency to want what we don’t have. People with curly hair wish their hair was straighter and people with straight hair wish their hair was thicker and wavier. It’s the way we’re wired. Beards are no exception. So the best thing you can do for your curly beard is stop fighting it. To get the most out of your beard, you have to stop trying to make your hair do what it doesn’t want to do. That means easing up on the heated straightening brushes and other aggressive straightening techniques that, over time, can cause damage to the hair and make your beard even more dry and scraggly than it already is.
Make a real commitment to your curls before moving on to any other step.

Every single hair in your beard is unique. Some will be more curly than others, and some might grow slightly faster than the rest of your beard hairs. It gets even more complicated when considering that each beard hair may vary in curliness from day to day. It’s natural for beardsmen to want to trim flyaway hairs in their beard whenever they pop up. However, this can be a dangerous game when it comes to curly beards. What may look like an extra-long flyways hair might just be a hair that didn’t curl as much on a given day. In other words, you always run the risk of trimming parts of your beard that don’t actually need trimming.

Of course, you can still do minor maintenance trims on occasion. Still, you definitely want to find yourself a reliable barber (who has experience working with beards) and get a professional trim every couple of weeks. Let the barber know that you are embracing your beard curls and don't want to remove any length. Your barber should also be able to help you develop an action plan for your beard.

One of the biggest challenges with curly beards is that curly hair is almost always drier than straight hair. Your skin’s natural oils have a harder time making it through those dense curls. Aside from being incredibly uncomfortable, a dry beard is more susceptible to damage and split ends—and split ends make your beard feel even more dry and scraggly. It’s a vicious cycle.