From trimming tips to how and when to use beard grooming products, follow this advice to get the best beard!
Beard grooming is a work of art – fact. You’ve put a lot of time and effort into growing the most awesome beard. The next step is maintaining the style of your masterpiece with regular beard grooming. Just like we take care of the hair on our heads, we need to do the same with our beards. You wouldn’t go a month without washing your hair, right? Of course, you wouldn’t. The same applies to your beard.
The following is a complete guide to beard grooming to ensure your facial hair always makes a statement.
1) Let it grow, let it grow!
For a novice to beard grooming, the best advice we can offer it to let it grow before trimming. Give it six weeks before your first shave for the most epic beard growth. From there, you can tell your barber (we’re assuming you have one) exactly how even or uneven your hair growth is. If you are after a more sculpted, shapely beard then keep reading for more tips.
2) Invest in beard care products
The biggest mistake when styling a beard is not using beard care products. We’re not talking about shampoo and conditioner, as above. You’ll need to stock up on a beard oil, beard comb and beard aftershave to properly care for your facial hair.
- Beard aftershave is perhaps the most popular post-shave product due to its many functions. It can help fragrance, soothe and disinfect your beard. Of course, there are many aftershave products on the market these days that go above and beyond these basic functions to deliver a personal shaving experience.
- Beard oil is necessary to help moisturise your hair for a beard that is smooth to touch. There are many varieties to choose from all with different scents, but they primarily do the same job to keep your beard in tip-top condition.
- A beard comb will help distribute the products evenly and guide your hair to grow in a particular direction.
There is going to be an element of trial and error when it comes to beard grooming. So, don’t be afraid to try new products. There is also a limit when it comes to beard products – don’t overuse. Many men use too much product and end up ruining their entire look. Remember guys, there are lots of products on the market that do a brilliant job without having to clean to the extreme.
3) Consult a barber
We get it, you are proud. You’d prefer to go it alone when it comes to the maintenance of your beard. However, we promise you. It doesn’t always end as you expect. We’ve seen some devastating results from men who refused to ask for help. Seek help from a barber, and you can request that they style and shape it to suit your face shape. A bad beard can ruin your appearance. No one wants that. Don’t take matters into your own hands. Get support with your styling.
4) Fuel, then freshen up!
Now, this step we can get on board with. Before you grow your beard, you need to lay the foundations. Your body needs all the right nutrients and vitamins to function properly, and the same applies to your beard. Your beard relies on proteins and fats to retain a healthy growth – that’s vitamins B3, B5 and B9. Bulk up on lean meats, fish, milk and plenty of vegetables. If you, like most men (most men we know), you are a meat-eater, this should be a doddle.
5) Wash regularly
This goes without saying, washing your skin, hair and body is an essential daily routine. It’s especially important as your beard starts to increase in size. Trapped dirt, skin cells, and even food get caught up in your beard, which is not a good look. What’s more, it causes itchiness and discomfort, and that’s on top of looking pretty gross. Scrub your beard several times a week with cleanser to maintain fresh facial hair.
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