Beard Split Ends – The Causes & How to Fix Them Fast, for Good

Hey, we figure we’ve got no need for a fancy intro to this article, because there is one thing we’re sure that everyone can agree with – beard split ends suck.

You grow a beautiful beard, you put the effort into caring for it, styling it, it looks great and feels incredible.

That is until you start to notice the dreaded beard split ends.

In this article, we’re going to help you fight back.

We’ll give you the knowledge you need to fight back against beard split ends, and also to stop them coming back.

So read on if you want a healthy, happy and split end free beard.

Use the table of contents below to jump to the sections most important to you.

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Beard Split Ends Feature

What Are Beard Split Ends?

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So what the heck are split ends, huh?

Or more to the point, what do split ends look like and why are they such a big deal anyway?

The same answer applies to both questions.

Imagine a strand of hair. It actually looks pretty gross, right?

Ignore all that jazz going on beneath the skin (yeah that’s right we called it jazz, dammit Jim we’re Doctors, not… no wait we’re not doctors.) 

Anyway, beard split ends are just what they sound like.

They are when the hair splits at its end – and that’s bad news.

If you have ever had split ends then you know why they suck.

If you haven’t (lucky you) or if you have them for the first time, let us explain why they are such bad news.

1) A beard with split ends looks terrible.

It’s really hard to style and it looks frizzy and ugly.

2) A beard with split ends feels terrible.

It won’t be soft and luscious, it will be tough and scratchy.

Your significant other – wife, girlfriend, husband, whoever – won’t want your scratchy beard anywhere near them.

Even your dog wouldn’t lick your face if you covered it in peanut butter.

Bottom line:

Beard split ends make your beard look like crap and feel like crap.


What Causes Beard Split Ends?

So that’s why beard split ends suck.

But what causes them?

There are 3 distinct causes of beard split ends.

It could be one of these causes that are giving your beard split ends, it could be a combination of two or if you’re real unlucky it could even be all three.

Check them out to see which one might apply to you:

1. Long Hair


Beard Length

A big factor in beard split ends is, sadly, the beard itself.

More specifically we’re talking about the length.

It is a fact that longer beards are more prone to split ends, which is why even Wildings have to follow a great beard grooming and maintenance program.

Remember that gross diagram we linked to above?

In amongst all the jazz below the skin line is the hair follicle.

This is the tiny little hole in your skin that the hair grows from.

It is also anchored to you and the hair receives its nourishment from here.

In amongst the follicle is the Sebaceous gland.

The job of this little gland is to produce Sebaceous oil.

This oil works to nourish the hair and helps keep it looking shiny, lustrous and also helps to prevent split ends by stopping the hair drying out.

The trouble is though that because the Sebaceous gland is beneath your skin, the longer your hair grows the harder it is for the gland to get that lovely oil out over the full length of the hair.

That means the tips of the hair can dry out and split.

Which causes beard hair split ends. Duh.

2. Too Rough


Too rough

Another reason for beard split ends is if you don’t treat your poor beard with enough respect.

Look we get it, most people want to style their beard in some way.

Even if it’s just straightening the beard, our inbox runneth over with questions on how to maintain, straighten and style a beard.

And that’s fine!

Part of the reason to grow a beard for many people – heck the vast majority we’d guess – is because it is a fashion choice.

You want it to look good, chicks dig a well-styled beard, we get it.

But there are some things many men do in the pursuit of a well-styled beard that can cause damage to the beard itself – including causing split ends.

Blow drying, for example, can be really bad for your hair.

It heats it quickly and dries it out, which strips it of vital moisture and oils, which in turn can lead to split ends.

3. Poor Tools


Wrong beard tools and products

Let’s play a game.

Don’t worry, it’s not one of those kinds of games.

Imagine you’re going to go hiking up in the mountains.

You’re going to wander through the woods and plains, enjoying nature and protecting your picnic basket from semi-clothed bears.

Thing is, you’ve never hiked before, so you need to pick up some good hiking boots before you hit the trails.

Do you:

1) Research the best brands and styles before investing in the best pair of boots you can afford

2) Wrap plastic bags around your feet and hope for the best.

 We’re guessing that you would go for option 1.

Yet when it comes to buying tools to help us care for our beards, many of us will go for option 2, or at least the beard tool equivalent.

There is plenty of high quality grooming products out there these days. 

But many of us don’t invest the time and energy to research the best ones.

Or worse, we don’t put our money where our beards are (see what we did there) and invest in the best beard tools and products we can afford.

Crappy brushes and plastic combs that look like they came out of Christmas crackers are not going to help you maintain a healthy beard.

If anything they will do the opposite and can even help cause beard split ends.


How to Get Rid of Beard Split Ends Fast, for Good

So we’ve had a look at what causes split ends and we’ve taken a look at just what the heck they are anyway.

Naturally, the next thing for us is to tell you how to stop them.

Which we will…

… for $1 million!!

Or, you know, just read on for our tips on curing and preventing beard split ends.

It’s not like we can stop you.

1. The Fast and Furious Cure – A Beard Trim


Trimming your beard

If you want a quick cure then nothing is going to solve the problem quite like a beard trim.

Knowing how to cut split ends is not even that hard really.

You know by now that with split ends in your beard the damage is right at the tip of the hair.

So just cut it off.

Grab a trimmer and use it to groom your beard back by, say, 25% of its length.

Take a good look in the mirror and run your hands through your beard.

Look for, and feel for, split ends.

If you find any, trim off a bit more.

Then be sure to move onto our tips below for how to stop beard split ends from coming back.

2. Use Beard Oils and Balms


Beard Oil and Beard Balm

The first point we made above was about how a longer beard will struggle to get your natural oils to the hair tips.

One solution here is to simply keep your beard trimmed relatively short to help out your lazy ass Sebaceous gland.

That’s not the only way to help your beard though.

We’re talking high-quality oils and balms.

They act like artificial sebaceous oil by helping to keep your beard moisturized and nourished.

That can really help to avoid split ends.

So the first piece of advice we would give you is to invest in a good quality beard oil to ensure that every single hair is oiled up like a professional wrestler.

3. The Art of Gentle Grooming


best beard grooming kit

Next up we talked about how some people are too rough with their beards.

Well, guess what?

Our second tip is to treat your beard nicely, guys.

Like we said above, we know that you want your beard to look great.

Part of that process must include maintenance and grooming.

But there are ways to do that without causing beard split ends.

For example, we talked about straightening your beard hair.

That’s something that a lot of people want to do, and it’s something we even made a cool guide all about.

One of the ways to straighten a beard it using a hairdryer.

But Prim and Prep, we hear you say, you just said that hairdryers are bad for beards.

Well, yes they are – when they blow hot air.

But when they blow cool or even cold air they are far gentler on your beard.

This is an example of the small changes you can do to treat your beard a little gentler.

Use a quality beard shampoo too, one that won’t strip your natural hair oils away.

We’d also suggest using warm water in the shower and patting your beard dry with your towel – not rubbing it too hard.

Next up we talked about how some people are too rough with their beards.

Well, guess what?

Our second tip is to treat your beard nicely, guys.

Like we said above, we know that you want your beard to look great.

Part of that process must include maintenance and grooming.

But there are ways to do that without causing beard split ends.

For example, we talked about straightening your beard hair.

That’s something that a lot of people want to do, and it’s something we even made a cool guide all about.

One of the ways to straighten a beard it using a hairdryer.

But Prim and Prep, we hear you say, you just said that hairdryers are bad for beards.

Well, yes they are – when they blow hot air.

But when they blow cool or even cold air they are far gentler on your beard.

This is an example of the small changes you can do to treat your beard a little gentler.

Use a quality beard shampoo too, one that won’t strip your natural hair oils away.

We’d also suggest using warm water in the shower and patting your beard dry with your towel – not rubbing it too hard.

Treat your beard with a little more love and hair and it will reward you with far less split ends.

4. Better Quality Tools


Beard Brush vs Comb

Last but not least, and this is damn simple advice, but do invest in some quality tools.

You don’t even need to break the bank to do this.

You can get high-quality beard brushesfor just a few bucks.

The benefits though are huge.

Good brushes are made of materials that are tough enough to help you groom and maintain your beard whilst at the same time protecting your beard hair from damage. 

The same applies to beard combs too.

Cheap and crappy combs will have teeth that catch and snag your beard, leading to damage and split ends.

Good combs have smooth, well-finished teeth.

Again, this helps to apply the forces required to comb and style your beard without tearing the hair to shreds.


The Bottom Line on Beard Split Ends

So that’s it guys, the end of the line and we hope you’ve enjoyed it.

We also hope that you can see that there is no mystery to what causes split ends.

It’s also easy to see how to cure your split ends and stop them coming back.

Just treat your beard with a little care and use high-quality tools and oils.

Do that and you can wave goodbye to beard split ends and say hello to a beard that looks and feels great.

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