Somewhere between a great de-tangling brush or beard comb and a traditional straightening iron, you’ll find the best beard straighteners.
Yup, you might not have it heard of them before, but there are hot straighteners out there to help you tame and straighten out wild beard hairs. They work in the same way as traditional straightening irons, except they’re designed for flattening and straightening out beards instead.
The basic idea is this: Heat breaks down the positive hydrogen bonds found in your hair. Once that happens hair can’t maintain its curly shape and will straighten out as you brush through it.
But don’t worry, this effect isn’t permanent. Because the bonds are hydrogen, it only takes water for your hair to regain its original form.
Before we get to some of the best beard straighteners, keep the following tips in mind:
- Read the instructions. While the beard straighteners below are all more or less the same, reading the instructions will tell you exactly how to use each straightener for the best results.
- Fully wash and dry your beard before beginning. The straightener works by heating your hair, so the last thing you want it to be doing is steaming up the water in your hair while it’s trying to flatten your hair out. Your beard doesn’t need to be clean per se, but it basically shouldn’t have much in it before you go straightening.
- Don’t use a beard straightener with product in your beard. We love beard balms and beard oils, but you don’t want anything interacting with your precious beard hairs in a bad way.
- Test on small portions of hair first. You really have no idea how your hair is going to react to heat in this way, so if possible, try straightening a small segment of hair first to see how it feels and looks. We recommend starting at the lowest temperature too and only escalating if you don’t see results.
- Be sure to brush all the way through. Don’t linger in one area and don’t brush too slowly, otherwise, you could overheat and damage your hair. If you’ve used a hair brush before, you know about how fast you should be going.
- Don’t overuse the beard straightener. It won’t take long for the straightening to take effect so get in, straighten your hair and get out. Overuse, either by straightening for too long at once or using the straightener too often, can damage hair.
- Be aware of the temperature you’re using. Use lower temps for shorter, straighter, finer beards and higher temps for longer, wilder, thicker beards. You basically need more temperature when dealing with more hair to get things under control.
- Remember the beard straightener is hot as hell. Though beard straighteners are designed to run over skin a bit, you still want to be careful. Don’t go sticking your fingers into a hot straightener or using it on other body parts because you just might end up with an unpleasant burn. There’s a good chance your beard straightener will have decently long teeth, so you shouldn’t have to press it too hard to your skin and risk getting burned.
Now that you know what a beard straightener can do and how it works, check out some of the best beard straighteners you can buy online below. They won’t ever run out, making them a great long-term grooming buy, and we bet you’ll be heating up your straightener on the reg and taking it straight to your beard with aplomb before you know it.
1. Cayzor Beard Straightener
For the overall best beard straightener, the Cayzor Beard Straightener has our vote.
It has five temperature settings ranging from 210 to 360 degrees, which is not too many or too few, but just right for most men. An LCD display shows the temperature rising in real-time, so you’ll know exactly when the straightener is ready.
The heating element uses PTC heaters that heat up to temperature in about 60 seconds. PTC heaters, or positive temperature coefficient heaters, have self-regulation heating properties that make it more difficult to continue heating as the temperature goes up. That means it’s basically not possible for them to get hot past a designated temperature, making them very safe.
The straightener teeth are also coated in heat-resistant ceramic, so your hair will feel the heat without your skin getting burned and plastic bristles will keep the straightener from getting too close to your skin anyway. This beard straightener also has a 30-minute auto-shutoff feature, so it won’t forget to turn itself off, even if you forget, and it comes with a silicone coat for the back of the straightener, so you can’t accidentally burn yourself on the back of the brush.
The only downside for some is the cord doesn’t have 360-degree rotation as you maneuver around, but we think that con is ultimately a pro because it will ensure the cord will remain stable and last longer. The straightener is still pretty compact and maneuverable too and you won’t be using it for too long, so we don’t think it’s a big issue.
The Cayzor straightener also seems expensive when there are cheaper options out there, but price loosely correlates to durability and you don’t want to have to buy another one when your cheap one breaks.
2. Belis Beard Straightener
For something of high quality but on the more moderately priced side, we recommend you check out the Belis Beard Straightener.
It’s got decent-sized .75-inch ceramic bristles, so getting the warm bristles through your hair should be no problem, and the heating area is surrounded by plastic bristles to help avoid burns.
Unlike the top pick, this beard straightener uses MCH heaters, or metal-ceramic heaters. They heat up faster, are a bit more efficient than PTC heaters and claim to have better and more even heat distribution.
This straightener will reach temperature in about 60 seconds but can get hotter in that amount of time and has a higher max temperature than the top pick, with three different temperature settings of 340, 375 and 410 degrees.
Also, unlike the top pick, this straightener utilizes a cord with 360 degrees of rotation, so you can range wherever you need to without worrying about tangling.
As a bonus, you get a free wooden comb to help you style your newly straightened beard and more importantly, Belis guarantees the beard straightener for 60 days. If you don’t like it, you can get your money back, so this is a fairly risk-free option for about half the cost of the top pick.
3. Grow Alpha Beard Beard Straightener
If you’re just getting into beard straightening and don’t want to sink too much money, the Grow Alpha Beard Beard Straightener is a solid cheap option to try.
The beard straightener is light, compact and totally basic, which is pretty much to be expected on the cheaper side of straighteners. You get one temperature setting of 248 degrees with a simple on-off switch. The bristles are also shorter and more spaced apart than those of competitors, so this will work for short-to-medium beards but might not be the best option for the truly grizzled men among you.
But the straightener does have a swivel cord and a hanging loop, so it is easy to use and store. It uses a ceramic heating element with protective plastic bristles, so you have some anti-scald protection and relatively fast heating.
All things considered, you get what you pay for with this basic beard straightener. As a bonus, or perhaps an enticement, Grow Alpha Beard also ships a beard balm and a beard oil with jojoba and argan to go with this straightener, so even if you’re not keen on the straightener, you’ll still have everything you need to tame and style your beard.
And fortunately, like Belis, Grow Alpha Beard also offers a money-back guarantee so if you’re not happy, send it back to them and they’ll refund you. (It’s not clear how many days you have, but 30 days is industry standard.)
4. Jurgen K Beard Straightener
BEST WIDE STRAIGHTENER
If you’re looking for the best beard straightener with a wider brush, look no further than the Jurgen K Beard Straightener.
Not only is the straightener wider than many competing brushes, but it also has all the features of a solid beard straightener, including ceramic heaters that heat up in 30 seconds, densely packed ceramic bristles — 80 in total — plastic bristles for safety, a swivel cord, 12 different temperature settings from 250 to 450 degrees with an LCD display and an auto-shutoff feature after 30 minutes.
The only reason this wasn’t our top pick is there were a number of users who reported defective products, seemingly stemming from issues with the cord and power connection. That calls the long-term viability into question, but if you get a Jurgen K straightener that works — as thousands have — this is one of the best beard straighteners out there.