Brushes are perfect for helping to train your beard to lay on your face, instead of flying in every direction. If you notice a substantial increase in hair being shed, you may be brushing your beard too much.
Benefits of Brushing Your Beard
Using a brush helps you work through your hair and scalp without aggravating the skin or hair follicles. This also helps stimulate and encourage your natural sebaceous oils to flow through your beard, nourishing and conditioning hair while reducing the chances of you itching from dryness. It will also add some shine and volume to your beard.
Effects of Over-Brushing Your Beard
Hair loss is normal, but don’t speed up the process by over-brushing and causing damage to your hair fibers. The bristles stretch your hair fibers causing them to break off sooner than it should and your beard to appear thinner. Also, using low-quality grooming products, especially plastic combs and brushes with synthetic bristles, will cause damage as well.
You don't need to do 100 brush strokes on each side like Chicago in ‘Poetic Justice’ - just spend a minute or two so everything gets evenly distributed and your hair styled how you want. How often you brush your beard depends on the style you want and the weather outside. Because every man is different, and so is every beard, maintaining facial hair is unique to each individual, so adjust accordingly.