Beard Grooming Introductory guide
If you’re like most members of the bearded community, you don’t want your beard to run amok with frizz, split ends, and an overall apelike appearance. Growing facial hair that looks good is not simply a matter of shelving the razor for a few months. Beard grooming isn’t difficult, but it is an important habit to integrate into your daily routine. Because beards have become increasingly popular and trendy, there are plenty of beard grooming tools out there that make maintenance easier.
With the assumption that you have a beard already, you’ve come to the right place for learning how best to groom it. Your first step is to take a long, hard look in the mirror and evaluate your beard style. Does it match your face shape? Does it accentuate good or bad features? Different beard shapes are good on different face shapes. This may be something you can decide for yourself, or you can always visit a local barber and get their take.
The next important tip for beard grooming is hygiene. The whole point of taking the time to groom your face is so that it will look good, which just won’t happen if the hair is dirty. There are two different camps of beard washers: those who think shampoo made specifically for beards is the only way to go, and those who think regular shampoo is just fine. You can, of course, make that decision for yourself, but for our part we’ll recommend actual beard shampoo. The hair on your head is best maintained by removing oils, whereas the hair on your face is best maintained by adding oils. This fact alone would suggest that different shampoos are needed for proper grooming. Either way, aim to wash it from 3-5 times a week for best results.
Another important aspect of beard grooming is taking care of the skin beneath. It is the foundation for your super awesome beard, and it needs TLC, too. Keeping it moisturized will improve the quality of growing facial hair, as well as prevent the dreaded ‘beardruff.’
As you enter the world of men’s beard grooming, you’ll need to make friends with your trimmer. Choosing a beard shape and sticking with it is one of the most obvious ways to keep it looking well-groomed. Even if you plan on continuing to grow out, consistent trimming is still crucial. This technicality, of course, disappears should you decide to see a barber regularly – though this has the potential to be a bit pricey.
Don’t underestimate the power of the beard brush. It may seem like an innocuous accessory at first, but rest assured it’s an essential part of your grooming kit. The regular use of a good boar bristle beard brush (say that three times fast) spreads the good beard oils around evenly, tames stubborn flyaways, and persuades messy strands to grow downward like their fellows. It also tends to have a softening effect. If you’re so inclined, you can even finish off your beard grooming routine with some shaping balm or wax to hold your beard in place with style.