The Bearded Scientist: Seasonal Bearding August Report

Heat and sun are part of summer fun, add humidity for added challenge.

It’s unlikely your beard can escape summer climate damage. You're fighting environmental forces, protection is key.

Here are a few easy tips to help you enjoy summer while maintaining an epic beard: 

  • Before entering chlorinated pools, saturate your beard with water, your hairs will absorb less highly chlorinated beard damaging water if they're already wet. After swimming, rinse your beard thoroughly and follow with leave-in conditioner
  • Apply beard oil as appropriate. If you live in a humid area, you may need a minimal amount, but if you live in a hot dry area more oil may be necessary. Chose a beard oil with antioxidants to reduce fading and environmental damage to your beard. Click here for suggestions of beard oils containing antioxidants.
  • Do NOT over wash your bead. I suggest 2 or maybe 3 times a week max! The exception is if you have a job or hobby that gets your beard dirty enough to break the rule, however always try to minimize washing. Please remember, beard washing should be done with soaps that are specifically designed for beard hair – do not use standard shampoo and conditioners.

Remember, every beard is different and will respond differently to changes in climate, beard products, and beard tips. Take the time to figure out what works best for you and your beard!

Beard on,

Cory A. Gall, PhD

About our beard blogger:

Dr. Cory Gall is a research scientist at Washington State University and at the University of Pretoria in South Africa. He has degrees from Oakland University, Old Dominion University, and Washington State University. Additionally, Cory was a research fellow at the CDC in the Malaria Entomology branch. His specialization is using ecology and molecular biology to study vector-borne diseases and infectious disease ecology. Specifically, Cory is interested in finding eco-friendly biological control methods to fight tick-borne diseases that cause human and animal diseases. Outside of the laboratory, he enjoys traveling, wildlife photography, roasting coffee, and being an advocate for beards in the professional workplace. 

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