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How To Train Your Beard To Grow In A Certain Direction

If you’re having trouble knowing how to train your beard to grow in a certain direction, you’ve come to the right place. This post will give you all the information and tools (and how to use them) to make sure your beard will look good AF in no time. 

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Why Does My Beard Grow in Different Directions?

Don’t worry. Having a beard that grows in different directions is normal. It happens to all of us. Some of us have beards that grow uneven, spiraled, or yes, in different directions. 

It takes time and patience to learn how to train your beard to grow in a certain direction. But trust me, it can be done. 

Beards can grow in different directions for reasons like genetics, diet and nutrition, and ethnic background.

Depending on the genes you’re born with, your beard can grow straight, or it can grow in different directions. You can also be born with genes that keep your beard from growing as full and as thick as you’d like. 

It’s all in your genetic makeup.

Some guys get the luck of the draw in the facial hair lottery. But then there are those of us who have to work our asses off, growing and training our beard every single day to lay perfectly and grow in a certain direction.

But the good news is that it can be done. All it takes is a little time and patience, and a whole lot of care.  

Can You Train Your Beard to Be Straight?

Every dude wants a sexy beard. We all want that thick, full, straight, beard that makes a woman swoon while we’re chatting her up, right?

But the first step to getting that dream beard of yours is getting it to grow straight, which luckily for us, you can train to do. 

There are only two main requirements: patience and technique.

You’re going to need patience when training your beard to be straight because it’s a process that doesn’t yield immediate results. Sucks but it’s true. 

But the good news is that once you know how to train your beard to be straight, and consistently follow the steps to do so, it can take 2 to 3 months before you see any results.

For some guys, it can take longer. It just depends on your genetics.

How To Train Your Beard to Grow Straight Down Instead of Out

Okay so you want to know how to train your beard to grow straight down instead of out, right?

Well, here are a few of my own personal tips. These will help you hack your way to a beard that grows straight and even and looks so good that women can’t help but give you compliments

(Trust me, women love nice beards).

Step 1: Keep Your Beard Clean

It’s super important that you’re keeping your beard (and the skin underneath) clean and moisturized. That’s what helps your beard grow––especially in the early stages. And it’s the perfect time to start training your beard, too.

Step 2: Trim Your Beard

This may sound like it defeats the purpose when you’re trying to grow a full, thick beard, but trust me, it’s one of the best ways to learn how to train your beard to grow in a certain direction.

Trimming your beard is not only great for shaping and keeping your beard looking neat, but it’s an awesome training tool that teaches your facial hair to grow it in the right direction.

Plus, not having stray hair flying all over the place always looks good.

Step 3: Brush Your Beard 

This is the most important step. Brushing your beard consistently is the surefire way for how to train your beard to grow in a certain direction.

When you brush your beard (every single day because consistency is key), you’re training each strand from its root to grow in the direction you brush––which by the way should always be down towards the center point of your chin.

And the reason that I stress consistency is that, as your beard grows, and as you continue to brush it, it will start growing in that direction on its own.

All it takes is a few minutes every morning and night, and in no time, you will have trained your beard to grow straight down instead of out.

How To Train Your Beard to Lay Flat

Training your beard to lay flat is a lot easier than you may think. Follow these simple steps and you’ll be on your way to having a nice, neat bear that won’t have any of those annoying stray hairs flying all over the place.

Step 1: Keep Your Beard Clean

Wash your beard so that any excess dirt, oil, grime, and debris is cleaned off. It’s always important to have a clean beard because this keeps your facial hair and the skin underneath healthy.

An unclean beard can cause a boatload of headaches. When impurities settle on your beard and the skin underneath, it can lead to acne, ingrown hairs, and even breakouts.

And nobody wants that.

Step 2: Find a Good High-Quality Beard Balm or Beard Oil

Beard balms and beard oils are a must-have when training your beard to lay flat. Not only do they help keep your beard neat and orderly, but beard balms and beard oils (the good ones) also nourish and moisturize your facial hair. And that’s key to growing a full and healthy beard and training it to lay flat.

Pro Tip: Get a beard balm or beard oil that has natural ingredients and essential oils like Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, or Sunflower Seed Oil. They work moisturizing wonders and will keep your beard hydrated.

Extra Pro Tip: And if you can’t decide between a beard oil or beard balm you should read our Beard Balm vs Beard Oil article that’ll give you all the information you need to decide.

Just remember when you apply either the beard balm or beard oil, make sure you’re spreading it out evenly throughout your entire beard.

You want to be sure to cover your beard in its entirety, so every part of your beard gets the moisture and hydration it needs to grow evenly.

But it’s also really to take a minute to massage the oil into your beard so you’re getting the skin underneath, too. You want the skin underneath your beard to be as moisturized and hydrated as possible so that you’re growing healthy facial hair.

Step 3: Brush! Brush! Brush!

I cannot overstate this enough. You must be consistent in brushing your beard in the downward direction to make sure you’re training your beard to lay flat.

If you’re not brushing your beard consistently, it’ll grow wild, and you’ll have a much harder time getting it to lay flat.

In learning how to train your beard to grow in a certain direction or lay flat, brushing is the absolute most important step.

How To Get a Short Beard to Lay Flat?

If a short beard is the type of beard you’re rocking, but you’re having trouble getting it to lay flat, I’ve got you covered. It’s super simple.

Step 1:  Keep Your Beard Clean

Even if you have a short beard, it’s still super important to make sure you’re washing it thoroughly and keeping it clean.

You want to make sure that oils, dirt, and whatever products you use aren’t building up on your beard. They’ll cause breakouts, acne, ingrown hairs, and other damage.

And they can easily do so because a short beard will keep those impurities closer to the skin underneath.

Step 2: Use a High-Quality Beard Balm or Beard Oil

Using a beard balm or beard oil is essential to get a short beard to lay flat. They keep your beard neat and help you avoid stray fly-aways and facial hair that grows outward and unruly.

Step 3: Brush! Brush! Brush!

Just like I mentioned above, brushing your beard is vital (especially for short beards) if you want it to lay flat. When you use a beard balm or beard oil and consistently brush your beard, you are training it to lay flat.

How Long Does It Take to Train Beard Hair?

Training your facial hair to grow into the beard of your dreams requires patience––sometimes a whole lot of it.

On average, it can take 2-3 months of consistently training your beard hair before you notice that it’s beginning to grow and lay how you want it.

And that means following the above steps even when you don’t see a difference. That’s the only way you’ll get your beard where you want it to be. 

But, of course, the amount of time it takes for your beard to fully grow to the length you want depends on your genetics and how fast your hair grows. But the beginning stages (the first few weeks) is the best time to start training your beard hair. 

 And to be honest, I usually see great results in beard hair training within the first two months. That’s about the same amount of time for most guys. 

But if you’re one of the fellas who’s a little more challenged when it comes to your beard and training it, my best advice is to stick with it. 

Once you get through the first few stages of growing and training your beard, you’ll be very happy that you stuck with it and have a fly ass beard to show for it.

How To Train Your Beard to Grow in A Certain Direction: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What To Do If Your Beard Grows in Different Directions?

There’s an easy fix if your beard grows in different directions. Get a good beard balm and a high-quality beard brush and start using them every single day.

Following this quick and easy routine will train your beard to grow in the same direction.

Step 1: Make Sure Your Beard Is Clean

A clean beard is a healthy beard. So, make sure your beard is thoroughly washed.

Step 2: Apply a high-quality Beard Balm or Beard Oil

It’s always a good idea to make sure you’re using a beard balm or oil with natural ingredients. They’ll nourish and moisturize your beard while making it easier to train.

Step 3: Brush Your Beard.

This is the most important step. Brushing your beard downward trains it to grow in the same direction and gets it to lay flat against your face.

Be consistent with these steps for 2 or 3 months, and you’ll see the difference in the direction your beard grows.

How Do I Know Which Direction My Beard Grows?

Mapping out the direction in which your hair grows is easy. And it’s an important thing to know because you should always shave with the grain. That simply means to shave in the direction your beard grows and not shaving in the opposite direction.

To find out which direction your beard grows follow these steps.

Step 1: Have a little length.

It’s much easier to map the direction your beard grows when you have a little length to your beard. It doesn’t have to be long. Two or three days of growth is good enough.

Step 2:  Feel It Out

Run your fingers through your beard and along your neck to feel which direction your facial hair grows. If it feels smooth, then you’re rubbing your fingers with the grain (the direction it grows).

If the hair feels spiky or prickly, or like you’re pulling it, then you are rubbing your fingers against the grain.

Should I Comb My Beard Up or Down?

The short answer is both. You should comb your beard up first and then down.

And here’s why.

When you comb your beard up, you’re not only detangling your beard, but you’re also fluffing it up and giving it a thicker, fuller look and feel.

When you comb your beard down, you’re then training it to grow and lay in the best direction for beards which is always downward, pointing toward your chin.

The steps for combing your beard are super simple. And if you follow them, you’ll notice a big difference in how your beard feels and how it looks.

Step 1: Comb It Up

Hold your beard comb with the teeth facing up and start at your neckline. Comb upward as you make your way up past your chin and your cheeks.

When you comb your beard upward first, it’s an awesome way to give your beard that full and fluffy look.  

Step 2: Comb It Down

After you’ve combed your beard upward and it’s fluffy, full, and healthy looking, you can now comb it down.

Combing your beard down makes your beard look neat and flattens it so you don’t have to worry about having strands flying all over the place.

It also trains your beard to grow in the proper direction and it’s the perfect way to frame your face.

Should I Comb or Pick My Beard?

There are only slight differences when it comes to picking or combing your beard. They both serve similar purposes, and they have similar effects on your beard.

Both picking and combing your beard are great ways to detangling it and preventing split ends. And that’s important because split ends can lead to bald patches.  

But deciding whether to pick or comb your beard really comes down to the look you’re going for.

Picking your beard out is great if you want a thicker, fuller, bushier looking beard. And that’s because you’re pulling your facial hair out and away from the face.

Combing your beard, on the other hand, gives a much tamer, neater, and natural look. 

It smooths your beard down, making it lay flat against your face, rather than out and away from the face like picking does.

It’s simple. 

When you’re deciding between picking and combing your beard, ask yourself which look you’re going for.

Then go for it.

Andrew Phillip Kennedy is a men's style & grooming specialist who has spent years testing his knowledge in the real world on himself to land jobs, get girls, and improve his life overall. Andrew's advice is regarded as the some of the most well-researched and well-grounded in the game. For the perfect combination of men's grooming theory and real world results, you'll want to follow Andrew.