Boar bristle brushes are designed to distribute oil through your hair. They have long been used on head hair to distribute natural oils and keep hair healthy. Beard hair is notoriously dry, and has little in the way of natural oils to spare; that's why you use beard oil, to restore those oils and moisturize your beard and the skin underneath. And that's also where your boar bristle brush comes in.
When using beard oil, drop the desired amount into the palm of your hand (see the Beard Oil page for further insturctions and an idea of about how much to use). Rub your hands together, then combs your fingers through your beard. Be sure to pay special attention to the skin under your beard.
When most of the oil is in your beard hair (you'll have some residue on your hands - just wipe them on a towel), get your brush. Place a hand under your beard, with your fingers curled almost like you're choking yourself. This will prevent your beard from getting too flat when you brush it down.
Brush your beard hair with long, even strokes. The bristles will drag the oil through your beard hair and help to distribute it.
Brushing with a boar bristle brush is a great way to add volume to your beard, and makes it look much healthier.
There's nothing wrong with flipping the military style brush vertical instead of horizontal; this can help with tighter areas like the center of your chin.
Don't forget to use the brush on your mustache as well. This is best done prior to waxing, so make mustache wax the last part of your beard care routine.
Clean your brush after use by either plucking out the hairs individually or running the palm of your hand over the bristles to shake loose any hairs that were caught by the brush. If you don't the next time you brush you are probably going to put some of those dead beard hairs back into your beard!
How to Comb Your Beard
Combing your beard is just as important as brushing, but it's a step a lot of guys overlook. Just like the hair on your head, the hair of your beard is likely to tangle - especially once it's more than a couple of inches long. Combined with the dryness of beard hair, this tangling can cause some real nastiness in the form of breakage and split ends. Using a wood, metal, or bone comb separates the hairs, something vital to hair health. It can also be an invaluable tool for styling when used in conjunction with beard balm.
Using a comb is pretty elementary, but here are some tips:
Use a wooden, metal, or bone comb (our wooden combs are perfect, of course). Plastic combs are generally made with a mould that leaves a seam down the center. This seam will catch on hair, resulting in ripping and tearing.
It's best to comb after oiling your beard.
Comb down in the usual way first, and then comb upward from the underside. This will help catch tangles that the top brushing did not, and further aid in volumizing your beard.
Combing is great for volume; by separating the hairs of your beard, you will give your mane the appearance of fullness.
For styling, apply your balm before you comb. That way when you comb your beard into the shape you want, the balm will help hold it there. The comb is also more effective for distributing balm than a brush, as balm is much thicker than oil, and the soft bristles of a brush have trouble pushing the balm around.