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How to Care for Different Types of Facial Hair: Straight or Curly?

Types Of Facial Hair

There are several different types of facial hair, and one of the first things that you will notice if you start to grow a beard is how different it is from the hair on your head.  Your head has curly, wavy, thick hair, or a mix and match of these.  Beards are the same, but the hair of your beard can be quite different from the type of hair on your head.

Here are the three types of facial hair that you may encounter:

  1. Straight Beard
  2. Wavy Beard
  3. Curly Beard

In this article, we’re going to take a look at the different types of facial hair, how you can determine your beard type and any special grooming considerations for your beard type.

Differing Follicle Composition

All types of facial hair grow at about the same rate – about half an inch per month – and it will grow at this rate regardless of the type of facial hair you have. However, curly beards will grow in springs or loops, while straight beards will grow downwards.

Most guys have differing hair follicle shapes on their bodies. This is the reason that your beard could be curly, and you have straight hair on your head. Additionally, different ethnicities all have different types of facial hair as well. For instance, people of Asian descent tend to grow a flat oval beard.

The constitution and thickness of your beard will depend on whether it’s straight or curly.

Straight Beard

This type of facial hair will grow the fastest and longest. Straight beards are typically about three times as long as a curly beard when grown in the same time frame. This is because your beard hair isn’t looping in on itself.

Straight Beard

If you have a straight beard, you’ll find that this will give you some unique benefits, but there are also some things that you’ll need to look out for.

For example, when you first begin growing your beard, you might notice more thin spots than those with curly beards encounter. You might even notice that these patches take time to fill in as you continue growing your beard. When this happens, just remember that, as your beard grows downward, not every part of your facial hair will be the same length.

There are things that you can do to make the most out of your straight beard:

  • Instead of a brush, use a comb
  • Condition your beard with beard growth oil
  • Trim your neck and chin to align with the growth of facial hair on your cheeks

Wavy Beard

You might find that you have wavy facial hair. A wavy beard happens when hair follicles are curved once, which gives it a wavy look. Your wavy beard will generally become more curly as it grows, but when cared for in the right way, a wavy beard can be an interesting look.

You’ll probably find that your beard waves out in the chin area, giving it an asymmetrical look, while other times, it can get out of control and need to be tamed.

To make your wavy beard easier to work:

  • Gently brush it out, and avoid ripping out any hairs
  • Use beard wax or balms to style it
  • Use a comb to untangle any rough spots
  • Don’t force your beard to go in any unnatural positions
  • Let it grow where it wants to grow

After letting your beard grow for about a month, you’ll be able to tell if you have a wavy beard or not. You should notice the first wave come in after your beard has grown about half an inch long.

Curly Beard

Curly beards look like coiled springs and have the most spin compared to the other types of facial hair. You’ll find that curly beards look thicker than other types of facial hair because of how the hair grows in spirals.

Curly Beard

This beard style also requires a lot of upkeep because there is a much greater risk of tangling than with straight or wavy beards. You’ll know if you have a thick, curly beard after about a month of growing a beard.

Curly beards require more care than straight beards as they continue to grow longer. Here are some things that you can do to tame the wild beast that is a curly beard:

  • Use beard oil regularly to keep your beard from drying out
  • Use a boar bristle brush to brush out your beard periodically
  • Gently untangle without pulling hairs out
  • Avoid using any unnatural straightening methods

While all types of facial hair need to contend with bed-beard at some point in the growing process, curly beards are the ones that will get the wildest. In fact, it will almost inevitably get to the point where the only thing that you can do for it is to take a shower or wet down your beard.

Remember that with a great beard comes great responsibility.


These are the three types of facial hair: straight, wavy, and curly. With each type comes different responsibilities and care tips. You now know why they are all different and how to work with each type of beard.

Remember that straight beards are the type of facial hair that is going to grow the longest and fastest because your facial hair isn’t looping around itself. Curly beards are going to be the thickest and wildest out of all the types of facial hair. Then you have wavy beards. These are easy to care for and give you a unique look because they’re a mixture of straight and curly hair.

Many of the problems you’ll encounter when it comes to grooming your facial hair tend to work out as you continue to grow out your beard. If you keep growing and applying the different beard care tips that we present along the way, you’ll end up being a master of your beard type in no time!

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