Whether people like it or not, beards are here to stay. If you’ve thought about joining in on this centuries old craze, or would like to learn more about how to maintain your own crop of facial glory – you’ve found the right place. We’ve compiled a list of beard grooming tips to help you get started.
Beard Grooming Tips
A Lesson in Patience
You know the most majestic of beards don’t just happen overnight, right? You’re going to need to let your facial hair grow untouched for a good 4-6 weeks for optimum results. It might look really odd as it grows out and you might be tempted to trim it along the way, but don’t do it.
You want to see how your beard grows out naturally to see what kind of style might suit the length and texture the best.
Wash, Wash, Wash
This shouldn’t come as a surprise, but ladies really aren’t fans of unwashed beards. All kinds of lovely stuff can get trapped inside them if you don’t wash them often enough. Things like bacteria, skin cells and leftover food, sweat and drool are the main culprits.
After you do wash it, make sure you carefully pat it dry. If you’re overzealous with drying, you’re going to end up with frizzy split ends. You don’t want that, right?
Believe it or not, you need to feed that beard to allow it to grow to it’s full potential. Stock up on vitamins like B3, B5 and B9. There are even vitamin brands specific to growing beards, like Vitabeard! Diet is also important.
Feed your beard plenty of egg yolks, leafy greens, milk, nuts and lean meats. The bonus is that the rest of your body can benefit from this too. Win win!
Trim and Train
If you’re going to have the best beard on the block, make sure you learn how to properly train that beast. Invest in quality trimmers and seek out tutorials before you even touch that beauty for the first time.
It might be best to go to a professional to properly shape it the first time, and you can trim it on your own from there.
Beard Oil is Your Friend
We’re not saying you need to go crazy with beard beauty products, but it’s a good idea to find a beard oil that you like. They come in different scents too, if that’s your thing. Not only can you look like the rugged woodsman of your dreams, you can smell like one too!
Depending on your selected scent, that could be a good or bad thing. We’ll let you use your best personal judgement on this one. Not only can beard oils leave you smelling pretty, they also have the benefit of leaving your beard soft and shiny.
The Mustache Matters
The thing about beards is that they usually bring their buddy, Mr. Mustache along. Mr. Mustache has his own set of trimming and taming techniques, but it’ll come naturally to you after a while. The trick is to make sure that the area under your nose stays nicely trimmed, and that you use a medium-hold max to keep that fella in place.
Before you know it, you’ll be sporting a beard that will be the envy of all your friends and all that happen to pass you by. Soak in the glory, because you’ve definitely earned it!