Beard grooming has never been so simple: keep your facial hair looking great with these eight beard care tips. After you've scrawled down your thoughts, check out our Grooming Section with the finest products.
1. Above all, be patient
A truly majestic beard is the product of self-control. When you're just starting to grow, resist the urge to shave or cut and leave it alone for the first 46 weeks. This will allow the hairs to grow evenly (some grow faster than others) and help you choose the right style for its length and thickness. A healthy lifestyle, diet, and exercise can help speed up the process a bit.
If your beard is patchy or has a unique growth pattern (like sparse cheeks, full beard) then you need to set your expectations correctly. This also applies to large, small and medium beards.
2. Match your beard to the shape of your face
Like any wild animal, the beard must harmonize with its surroundings. Normally you would want to have this decision clear after the first month of growth and choose the final style that suits your face shape. Your beard will look better, and so will you.
3. The right timing to trim
Trimming is essential to a well-groomed beard, even if you intend to grow it. Invest in a quality tools and find the right way for your overall plan.
One of the principles of beard maintenance is to keep it defined. Bottom line: shave off the neck and clean the cheek line. These will make it look more like a beard and less of a neck, unless for some reason you want a bushy, fleece-like beard. In that case, let it grow wild and free.
4. Wash it frequently
This is especially important in the early stages of growth, especially since trapped food and skin cells can worsen itching. Scrub your beard a few times a week with a dedicated cleanser, like a Beard Wash, Shampoo or Lotion.
The shampoo works well, but a specialized beard cleanser will be gentler on your face. Either way, that skin still needs to be hydrated - a moisturizer will keep it from drying out and flaking.
5. Support from a great Beard Oil
Beard oil is a conditioner used to moisturize and soften beard hair. It’s also effective for moisturizing the skin beneath your beard. You would want to use beard oil to keep it looking fuller, softer, and tamer. And of course, to increase and accelerate growth.
There are several beard products that you should consider buying if you are really serious about proper care and maintenance. A few drops of beard oil will be absorbed quickly and provide your hair with the proper nutrients (plus shine), while making hair more manageable in the process. You can also substitute beard lotion or cream, something a little thicker than oil, to help style and hold your beard all day.
6. Learning How to Style Your Beard
Cutting regularly will maintain your choice of shape, but it's not the only way to keep your beard in shape. Daily brushing with a comb will pull out stubborn hairs, helping them to push down. You can even raise the bar with a gentle styler.
Beard brushes help exfoliate the skin under the beard, to start with, helping to remove dead skin cells and prevent future flaking. Also, brushing at the end of each day will ensure its health and tameability in the long run. This distributes the amount of natural oils produced in the skin that would otherwise accumulate at the base of the hair shaft and nourish only the bottom of each hair. This oil distribution prevents breakage, frizz and split ends. (This is a great time to apply a few drops of beard oil, especially after showering.)
7. Don't Forget the Mustache
Unless you've gone for a pair of chin straps - and we really hope you haven't - growing a massive beard means growing a mustache. Focus on the area around your nose (under the nose) with a pair of grooming scissors and keep it naturally sculpted with a medium wax, like this one for example.
Your beard is made up of protein and fat, but it is also heavily dependent on vitamins B5, B3 and B9. This means lean meats, nuts, egg yolks, dairy products, and lots of green vegetables. If you are really committed, you can also supplement your diet with vitamins.
Once your base has grown - it can take months - it's time to really make it your own. One of our favorites is to cut the bridge between the mustache and the chin, thus smoothing the mustache. Or, trim the beard, leaving with a fuller mustache. You have so many options and you have the privilege of being a bearded man to flaunt it.
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