Hair and Beard Care-Naturally
What’s a man without a beard? While Islam specifies all adult males to maintain a beard as an obligatory Sunnah, the rest of the world is also quite specific when it comes to this matter.
Bearded men are universally considered as gentlemen. But the beard is not devoid of problems and issues and majority of bearded men have encountered at least one or two such problems in their entire life.
Issues with Beard Hair
Similar to scalp hair, beard hair can also fall. Many reasons could contribute towards falling of beard hair like general illness, infections, stress and lack of proper and nutritious diet. This is termed as telogen effluvium. Another equally important reason is the lack of adequate hygiene.
If the reasons for your beard hair fall are due to ill health, you can find solace in the fact that it is a passing phase and once you regain your health, your facial hair will regain its lost glory. But if you have been feeding on an unhealthy diet, you need to incorporate some decisive changes and start eating healthy. Additionally you could focus more on foods that stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss.
Other problems encountered with facial hair are also similar to scalp hair, for instance dandruff, dryness, brittleness and split ends.
Foods That Help Hair Growth
Proteins are the hair’s best friend, so include lots of healthy proteins in your diet. Fish, eggs, liver, beans, beef are all great sources of protein. Including lots of greens and fruits will also take care of any vitamin/ mineral deficiency that have been contributing towards your hair loss.
Besides, vegetables and fruits are rich sources of antioxidants that help in fighting off harmful free radicals and help in reducing wear and tear of cells.
Supplements to Help Hair Growth
There are several supplements that could boost luxuriant hair growth and Dermatologist Dr. Jeffrey Benabio highly recommends 2.5 mg of Biotin supplement per day. Vitamin A, Inositol, PABA, Zinc, Vitamin E, Choline and Pantothenic acid are all favorable supplements that can not only reverse hair fall but also stimulate hair growth.
Moreover, all of the above listed supplements except Vitamin A, Choline and Inositol can reverse graying of hair too.
Other natural supplements that can be included in your daily diet are Alfalfa, Spirulina, Chlorella, Barley Grass, Wheat grass etc.
Maintaining Proper Hygiene of Facial Hair
As mentioned in the initial section, lack of hygiene could also predispose towards facial hair fall, dandruff in the beard and a general roughness and lack luster appearance of your beard.
Muslim men have an advantage in this matter because the beard gets washed thoroughly 5 times a day during Wudhu before each Salah. But simply washing with water may not be enough.
Besides, the response towards some attention and pampering can be amazing and you could proudly boast of shiny, healthy and glossy facial hair.
Caring for Your Beard
Massaging the facial hair with essential oils will help in stopping hair fall and promote growth of new hair too. Nature has never been stingy when it comes to showering bounties on humans, and this fact holds good for essential oils as well.
Virgin coconut oil, Jojoba oil, Apricot kernel oil, Black seed oil, extra virgin olive oil, sesame oil and Shea oil are some of the examples of hair friendly essential oils. These oils could either be used at room temperature or after warming a little bit.
In case you prefer using a hot oil massage, leave the oil overnight in your beard as it will have time to seep in and be absorbed into the skin.
Washing Your Beard
Care has to be taken when you wash the oil off your beard. Using shampoos that are designed for the hair or soaps that are meant for the skin is the usual solution that men find for washing their beards. But both facial skin and hair are different than those found on the scalp, so they merit different treatment.
There are shampoos that are specifically targeted at the facial hair and it makes sense in investing in them for a healthier beard. The usual ingredients of such shampoos are Quillaja extract, Aloe Vera, Natural Wheat proteins, Lime, Grapefruit etc.
These ingredients not only ensure thorough cleansing of the beard of trapped dirt and oil, but also leave the facial skin moisturized and stimulate hair regeneration.
Finding some extra time and spending some extra effort in taking care of your beard can help in reaping great benefits. So begin your beard care routine today!