How to Keep a Beard Straight

by Red Ashton ; Updated September 28, 2017

Keep your beard straight with a diligent grooming regimen.

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Straightening out a beard can be tough work. You want to achieve a sleek, straight sophisticated look, but no matter what you do or how you trim your beard, it always ends up in curlicues. You want to keep your beard clean, but frequent washing can make coarse beard hair go haywire, curling up in a way that is not in the least bit attractive. How do you keep the darn thing straight?

Wash your beard every 2 to 3 days. On days when you don't use shampoo, wet your beard and apply conditioner. Leave the conditioner in for 2 to 5 minutes and rinse out.

Towel dry your beard and apply an additional leave-in conditioner. This will keep your beard soft and more malleable. Comb through your beard. Use the conditioning product and comb through your beard every day.

Use a thin flat iron on your beard if you have long beard hair. Take a comb through it afterward to give it a more natural look -- the flat iron will make it stiff as a board and pin straight.

Apply a small dab of pomade and work it through your beard, but be careful not to go overboard with this product –- too much pomade will make your beard feel sticky and look greasy. Comb your beard straight.

Thin out the sides of your beard as it grows out. According to "Men's Health" magazine, thinning out the sides of your beard every 3 to 4 weeks will keep it straight until the hair is long and heavy enough to straighten it out.

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About the Author

Red Ashton has been writing and editing professionally since 2003. Her work has appeared in "The Times Ledger," "The Lit Review," "Not For Tourists," Voyage.tv, and the Rough Guides website. Her areas of writing expertise include travel, home-and-garden and education. Ashton earned a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the New School.