Beard Care for Black Men by The Mod Cabin

Beard Care for Black Men by The Mod Cabin
March 16, 2017 The Mod Cabin Writer

Black men often email and ask us for tips on how to properly grow a beard, so we wanted to share those tips here. Because of the tightly coiled nature of black hair, which is due to the flat, ribbon like structure of the hair follicle, many black men deal with ingrown hairs when they shave. There are ways to help prevent ingrown hairs, however. One way is to stop shaving and grow a beard. Beard Care for Black Men by The Mod Cabin will explain how black men can grow, style and maintain healthy facial hair.

Let It Grow

Its a good rule of thumb for black men to let their facial hair grow out for 4 to 6 weeks before cultivating their personal beard style. This will allow you to see how your facial hair grows and notice any areas that are patchy or extra thick, which could affect the beard style you choose. Regardless of style, you want to get your beard off to a great start by keeping it properly washed, conditioned and groomed.

We asked beard model Carl Battee about the advantages and challenges black men encounter when they decide to grow a beard.

Well being of of two different ethnic backgrounds (black/Hispanic) makes my facial hair much more difficult to manage, so I would say the biggest challenges of growing facial hair as a black man would be not knowing how your hair will look or react to products in the beginning stages of growth.

Use The Right Products

Because black men need extra moisture to keep their beards from becoming dry and brittle, it is important they use beard grooming products that hydrate their facial hair and skin. Unfortunately most store bought soaps and shampoos actually dry out your skin and strip your facial hair of necessary oils. We recommend avoiding store bought soaps and synthetic shampoos. Instead we recommend using all-natural hot processed soaps or cleansing oil for beard washing and all-natural beard oils and beard balms for moisturizing and conditioning.

Look for beard oils crafted with unrefined jojoba and pure argan oil. Make sure any added scents in the beard oil are made with all-natural essential oil blends rather than fragrance oils. Fragrance oils are made with undisclosed ingredients, and can be full of harsh chemicals that can irritate skin and dry out hair. Essential oils, however, can actually have a beneficial effect on skin and facial hair. We recommend using a beard oil after washing your beard, when it’s nearly dry.

Follow up with a quality, all natural beard balm. Most good beard balms will have the same moisturizers that are found in beard oils, but will also include butters and waxes that act as sealants to help hold in the moisture and keep your hair and skin hydrated. You’ll also get the added benefit of the beard balm helping make your beard appear thicker.

A lot of guys don’t know what tools to use when starting their beard journey, according to Carl.

When I first started to grow my beard I didn’t know the do’s and don’ts or what was needed and the time it would take to manage a good sizable beard. My advice to anyone who’s thinking or just starting to grow a bit of facial hair is always keep a good boars hair beard brush and beard comb handy to keep the mane looking good through out the day.

Your Beard Care Checklist

When you decide to grow a beard, make sure you have the following items to help get your started on the right track:

  • Beard Soap – look for all-natural soaps that have not had the naturally occurring glycerin removed. This makes a more moisturizing bar of soap.
  • Beard Oil – make sure your beard oil contains unrefined jojoba and pure argan oil. Stick with essential oils and avoid synthetic fragrance oils.
  • Beard Balm – your beard balm should contain both sealants, such as unbleanched shea butter and beeswax, as well as moisturizers like unrefined jojoba and pure argan oil.
  • Beard Brush – boar’s hair brushes are best for distributing oils and balms evenly through facial hair due to the natural scales along the boar’s hair bristles.
  • Beard Comb – a good beard comb will have teeth with smooth edges. Cheap combs will have teeth with sharp edges, which will cause facial hair to snap or break when combing.
  • Moustache Comb – it may sound unnecessary, but a well made moustache comb can make a huge difference in how your facial hair appears. A moustache comb will have finer teeth for more precise styling.

These tips will get you started on the right path to healthy beard growth! Do you have any tips for other black men out there curious about putting down the razor and embracing the beard? Share them with us below!

Comments (21)

  1. Jae georgia 1 year ago

    As a black man with a beard. I have found our washing routine is soo important. I use to think because of my wavy textured beard hair I’d never have a soft beard. So untrue. My beard is soft, ad even straight-wavy textured with a good washing routine. Mod cabins are the best products i he used for my beard. I wash only on Sundays, the rest of the days I just cold water rinse at night. No matter how many times ive tried hot ad warm water make my beard wirey and frizzy. After I rinse my beard with cold water at night I apply mod cabins sweetheart beard oil. When I wake up to go to work I use backwoods balm. Wow. Beard is amazing all day.

    • The Mod Cabin 1 year ago

      Hi, Jae! Thanks for sharing your tips. That’s really important to note that how often a person washes their beard should really vary based on the individuals physiology. The cold water rinse is a great tip. Warm water opens our hair follicles, which can cause a frizzy appearance. Cold water closes our follicles and can make them appear smoother and shinier. Even for people who wash their hair or beard daily, it’s a good idea to give your hair a cold water rinse once you’re done. Thanks for sharing!

    • Arthur 10 months ago

      Based on the wealth of knowledge found in this article as well as the routines of some of its users, i found myself compelled to purchase your products. As an African American Male the insight provided was directly in line with what i was looking for. It has been one day..and using the products along with Jae’s routine as well as the bearded critic’s has left my beard already slightly softer. I am already impressed and look forward to seeing these products evolve my beard. Beard oil, beard balm, hot pressed beard wash soap, mustache wax #2 (gonna wait until my moustache is a bit longer)

      • The Mod Cabin 10 months ago

        Hi, Arthur.

        Thank you for the great feedback, and for sharing your results with us! Others are sure to find that information helpful, as well.

        Cori / Co-Founder

  2. Shamar Marshall 1 year ago

    I decided to grow my beard a few years ago, MAINLY BECAUSE of the ingrown hair problem. I could never use a manual blade (like a Gillette Mach 5 or whatever) bc it would make my face break out and burn within 10 mins, and last for DAYS. Due to that, i have always used an electric razor, and that stopped the ingrown hairs, for the most part. I still found i got them on my neck, and close to the corner of my jawline. Once i stopped shaving, they stopped!

    My biggest issue with my beard right now, seems to be I’ve hit a length plateau..is that even possible…I just can’t seem to grow it any longer than it is now. I havent trimmed it in a few months, and when i did, it was just to clean up the stragglers and to shape it up. Even when I went over a year without cutting/shaving/trimming it, it seemed to hit a wall. Any suggestions for a black guy to grow a longer beard??

    I noted the cold water rinse tip, and will definitely give that a shot!! Is there a Mod cabin starter kit?? haha

    Thanks!

    • The Mod Cabin 1 year ago

      Hi Shamar. Thanks for the comments. Everyone eventually reaches “terminal beard length.” That is where there beard will not grow any longer.

      Some men can grow their beard for two or three years before reaching terminal growth. With other men its more like 2 to 3 months. Everyone has a terminal length, you want to find out if you’ve reached terminal length or if something inhibiting your beard growth.

      Facial hair follicles grow cyclically; they grow, fall out and grow again. If something is interfering with the cycle your beard will never reach terminal length. The most likely causes are clogged pores or skin stirpped of necessary oils.

      I would focus on washing and scrubbing with an all-natural soap to remove any impediments to beard growth.

      We recommend starting with our beard kit

      http://themodcabin.com/product/beard-kit/

      Thanks. 🙂

  3. Donna paris 8 months ago

    Hello, I am the owner of Paris Hair & Beauty Supplies interested in wholesale with you.

    Can you please advise if you are open to that. We are looking to getting beard oil at your convenience.

    Regards

    Donna Paris

    • The Mod Cabin 8 months ago

      Hello, Donna!

      Thank you for contacting us! I’ll email you directly with our wholesale information.

      All the best,

      Cori Gray // Co-Founder

  4. Daryl 8 months ago

    My beard seems to stop growing at a certain length. It grows good on the chin part but under my neck and on the sides don’t grow as long as my chin part. Anything i can do for the sides and under my neck to grow fuller?? I’m trying to get it to sprout out more

    • The Mod Cabin 7 months ago

      Hi, Daryl.

      First, it’s very normal for hair of any sort to grow at slightly different rates. You can minimize the appearance of uneven hair by purchasing a good beard trimmer and watching some tutorials on how to trim your beard properly. Keeping all the hair trimmed to the same length will help make your beard appear thicker. You would only need to do this once every two weeks or so, and you can trim it to longer lengths each time.

      Also, be mindful of what you wash your face and facial hair with. You need to avoid washing your facial hair with any harsh chemicals like store bought shampoo and some soaps, which can damage and dry out your newly forming hair follicles beneath the skin. You could try our all natural hot processed soap found here: http://themodcabin.com/product-category/beard-soap/, or if you’re in a very dry climate you may be better off using our cleansing oil found here: http://themodcabin.com/product/cleansing-oil/. Use our cleansing oil just like you would a shampoo. It won’t lather up, but you’ll get the same cleansing properties without it stripping your hair of it’s natural oils.

      Next, clogged pores can prevent hair from growing in properly, so using a washcloth when washing your face and facial hair is beneficial.

      Also, keep that skin and facial hair moisturized! Use quality all natural beard oil. You can find those here:http://themodcabin.com/product-category/beard-oils/ Be sure and massage the oil into your skin, too, so that it can help nourish the new beard growth beneath the skin.

      And there’s no way around it. Our overall health also determines the health of our hair. Drink lots of water, and take a biotin supplement.

      That should get you off to a good start! Good luck!

      Cori Gray // Co-Founder

  5. Oscar 8 months ago

    I’m just starting out my beard and I’m black. From the looks of my newly starting hairs, it doesn’t seem like my beard will grow in fully. Is there something I need to do other than be patient and use your starter kit?? Any information will help thank you in advance.

    • The Mod Cabin 7 months ago

      Hi, Oscar!

      First, it’s very normal for hair of any sort to grow at slightly different rates. You can minimize the appearance of uneven hair by purchasing a good beard trimmer and watching some tutorials on how to trim your beard properly. Keeping all the hair trimmed to the same length will help make your beard appear thicker. You would only need to do this once every two weeks or so, and you can trim it to longer lengths as it grows.

      Secondly, you need to avoid washing your facial hair with any harsh chemicals like store bought shampoo and some soaps. You could try our all natural hot processed soap found here: http://themodcabin.com/product-category/beard-soap/, or if you’re in a very dry climate you may be better off using our cleansing oil found here: http://themodcabin.com/product/cleansing-oil/. Use our cleansing oil just like you would a shampoo. It won’t lather up, but you’ll get the same cleansing properties without it stripping your hair of it’s natural oils.

      Next, clogged pores can prevent hair from growing in properly, so using a washcloth when washing your facial hair is beneficial.

      Lastly, keep that skin and facial hair moisturized! Use quality all natural beard oil. You can find those here:http://themodcabin.com/product-category/beard-oils/

      And there’s no way around it. Our overall health also determines the health of our hair. Drink lots of water, and take a biotin supplement. And like you mentioned…patience. 🙂

      That should get you off to a good start to create the conditions for healthy hair growth. Good luck!

      Cori Gray // Co-Founder

  6. Lee Perryman 6 months ago

    I’m just joining the beardgang (1 week now) I’m so glad I cane to this site WOW, so much I didn’t know. Thank you for sharing, I’m going to ourchase your product here so I can start my journey right. My question is, can I use these products on my regular hair? Because Im receding, I keep a very low cut, but my hair lacks moisture and sometimes that fullness appeal. If you cant use on regular hair do u have products that you can?

    • The Mod Cabin 4 months ago

      Hi, Lee!

      A lot of customers use our beard oil as a hair tonic. Test it out by applying 1-2 drops of our beard oil in your palm and rub your palms together. Then massage into your hair. Step back and take a look at the results. Only add one more drop at a time. A little goes a LONG way! You can also try this with the Beard Balm. Both products are very healthy for skin and hair.

      Also, I’d suggest using our shampoo bars to cleanse. They’re all natural and don’t contain any harsh chemicals that might damage your hair or scalp, and they are great for making fine hair appear to have more body.

      I hope that helps!

      Cori Gray // Co-Founder

  7. Valerian R. 6 months ago

    Hey I am a prospective buyer in Ohio. I’ve been looking for a good beard regimen for black men and you guys came highly recommended. Also, since you’re in Colorado that makes it even better as I use to live out there. Anyway, I was wondering what’s the best scent you recommend if I am looking for a more masculine scent. I’ve read your scent descriptions but still don’t know which fits my criteria lol. Also, what would you recommend I do to help fill in the patches in my beard? I have an overall decent beard but it has a few patchy parts on the sides. Looking forward to trying your products!

    • The Mod Cabin 4 months ago

      Hi, Valerian!

      Thanks for your question! I’d recommend our Miner’s Mint scent. It’s our most popular scent.

      With a patchy beard, it’s important to be patient. And obviously, our hair growth is affected by our health, so good nutrition and drinking lots of water is important. Beyond that, be sure to use natural products on your face, because synthetic chemicals can damage hair. I’d recommend our Core Beard Kit. It has natural, moisturizing soap, and beard oil and beard balm to provide nourishment for the hair follicles that are forming beneath your skin. Be sure and massage the beard oil into your beard and skin twice a day. If you live in a cold, dry climate you may only want to wash your face/beard every other day to avoid leaching all the moisture from your skin and hair.

      Lastly, while you’re waiting for your beard to fill in, using a beard trimmer to keep all your beard hair trimmed to the same length will work wonders to keep your beard looking well groomed and to help disguise the patchiness.

      I hope that information is helpful! Let me know if you have any other questions!

      Cori Gray // Co-Founder

  8. Maurice Brown 5 months ago

    Bless up. Eye have made up my mind to grow my beard. Got some really good tips too! But mostly I need a starter kit for my beard. Wish me luck

    • The Mod Cabin 4 months ago

      Hi, Maurice!

      We hope your beard journey is off to a great start! Let us know if there’s anything we can help you with!

      Cori Gray//Co-Founder

  9. Deedee Lewis 4 months ago

    I love the beard care checklist for black men trying to grow their beard out. It’s good to know that the beard balm should contain sealants and moisturizers. My husband recently decided he wanted to grow out his beard, I will be sure to pass these tips on to him.

  10. Vonda 4 months ago

    This might be the best thing I’ve ever come across. My boyfriend Malik is trying to grow out his beard mostly because I said I liked it. So now i have to figure out the best way to help it grow. It’s extremely patchy, his chin hair grows really long but the side hair is short and patchy. Also he has bumps underneath his skin that weren’t there before he grew the beard. I have no clue what’s happening, but the bumps make him uncomfortable, I want him to have the beard but not at the expense of his own comfort. Do you have any products that help with what I mentioned above, I would love to surprise him.

    • The Mod Cabin 3 months ago

      I’ll point you in the direction of a product that I’m confident will help relieve his bumps and help him grow a strong, healthy beard. Our Core Beard Kit comes with your choice of all natural soap, beard oil and beard balm, as well as a moustache wax. I’d highly recommend choosing our Birch Tar Soap in the kit. If you read about our Birch Tar Soap you’ll see quite a few reviews from customers talking about how it helped them with their acne, eczema, and psoriasis. I think what your boyfriend might be experiencing are ingrown hairs. Encourage him to exfoliate under his beard when he washes his face. He can use his fingertips or a washcloth to gently scrub the area with Birch Tar Soap.

      Be aware of products that use synthetic ingredients, as these can dry out your hair and cause skin irritation. Your best bet is to stick with all natural products that have been tested on all skin types.

      While he’s waiting for his beard to fill in, using a beard trimmer to keep all his beard hair trimmed to the same length will work wonders to keep his beard looking well groomed and to help disguise the patchiness. Keeping his beard trimmed to a shorter length will while waiting for those sparse spots to fill in will look much better then having a few long, thin areas of facial hair. As the patchy spots begin to fill in, he can begin using longer guards on the beard trimmer.

      I hope that helps! Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Cori Gray//Co-Founder

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