Can A Beard Be Permed

Some men with long beards just are not happy with how their beard looks. Plus, there are times when you may need to change the style up a little bit. This may even be temporary like when someone dresses up like a character or Santa. If your beard is too straight, and you need some curl in it for whatever reasons, then you have some options.

Yes, a stylist can perm your beard, but each time that you wash it or rinse it, the perm will relax a bit. Each time you get a perm it will damage the hair a bit more, and this may lead to a dry and brittle beard.

Sometimes, your beard needs to be temporarily changed. One popular reason that men do this is for Santa at Christmas. Having a proper look is like gold, and it is your moneymaker. If you don’t have natural curl, and you want to get it, then this is a way to do that. Other times you may need it changed for costumes parties, acting, etc. For example, if you are going as a Viking and you want to deck your beard out in beads with some curl in it, then this is an option.

The purpose of a perm is to take normally straight hair and make it curly or wavy. Basically, you beard is put into small rollers, and a chemical is applied that breaks down disulfide bonds in your hair. These bonds normally hold together the hair’s keratin which is the protein that makes up the hair. The chemical basically helps to make your straight hair curly. This can last a few months depending on the wear and tear as well as the amount of times your hair is washed.

You can watch this quick video for more information on the process. This will provide some additional information.

Alternatives To A Beard Perm

If you don’t want to get one, you can look at alternatives, but they won’t be quite as good. In addition, they will not last as long.

If your goal is to take your straight hair and make it have some curl, the other options available are curling irons and rollers. The upside to these methods is that you can do them yourself. The downside is that that don’t last a long time, so if you are looking for a more permanent option, then the perm is your best bet.

Steps To Curling Your Beard

  1. Wash your beard, and it is helpful if you use a beard conditioner like this one.
  2. Towel dry your beard (not completely)
  3. Take a piece of your beard and separate it out with a comb
  4. Grab a small roller and put your beard on top of it and then roll it towards your face.
  5. Set the roller and then repeat anywhere you want a curl
  6. Blow dry your beard (not too close) or you can let it air dry
  7. After your beard is dry, carefully remove the rollers one by one
  8. Use a wide tooth beard comb to help shape and style it.

You should be able to get some curl if your facial hair is long enough. Granted, this won’t stay curled for too long, but if you only need a temporary solution for some beard curl, then this should be perfect.

Some items that may help you out are a proper set of curlers. These will work just fine, and they are not expensive if you want some overnight foam curlers that you can use without using a hair dryer. But if you are looking for some traditional small ones, then these should work.

If you need a wide tooth beard comb, then we recommend the Beard Power one that comes with a cool case. It’s also very inexpensive.

About James Woods

Hi, I am James Woods, the founder of Beardedblade. I have extensive experience working in the men's grooming industry. I have worked in the beard care and shaving industries, so I have first hand experience working with products in those areas. I also enjoy all things outdoors and topics related to men's lifestyle. I am an avid camper, hiker, biker, and all around outdoor enthusiast.

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