Today is all about the beard gang. The skin about our neck produces natural oils that help moisturize your skin and beard, but each time you give your beard a deep wash in the shower you strip it of a lot of its natural oils. Luckily there are other things you can do, both during its wash and after, to help keep your facial hair soft and moisturized.
Unlike most shampoos, a beard wash is specifically designed for cleaning your beard without eliminating the natural oils. A beard wash should be used just like a shampoo. Just a few drops should still foam and lather well, and you’ll want to leave the lather in your beard for a few minutes before rinsing it out.
After using the wash and drying your beard, you’ll notice that running a comb through it is now much smoother, which in turn makes styling and shaping much easier too.
Having a good, sturdy comb is essential. It’s important not to over-comb your beard, but giving it a quick one-two each day will quickly make you look a lot sharper and eliminate any chances of it looking scruffy.
After the wash and quick comb, you’ll want to work some conditioning oil into your facial hair. Beard oil is the daddy of all beard-grooming products and applying it is definitely the most important part of your daily beard maintenance regime.
You’ll want to start with one pump, rubbing it predominantly into the roots of the hair on your face and neck. Don’t worry about washing it out; you’ll want to leave it in, as it will condition your beard over the course of the day.
On top of this, oil will keep your beard soft and moisturized and provide a nice sheen. You’ll find your beard getting less and less coarse the more consistently you use it.
If you adhere to these guidelines you’ll be well on your way to growing an awesome beard that isn’t too difficult to manage. Here are some other great tips to keep in mind once you’ve attained your full beard.
- Unless you want to grow it indefinitely, take a trim at a local barbershop or do it yourself with some beard scissors if you’re feeling brave. This helps to get rid of any split ends and makes shaping easier.
- Beard balm is a good alternative to oil if your beard is much longer and you’re looking for a bit of shape and hold (it contains beeswax). It’s also good for travelling as it comes in a sturdy tin rather than a bottle.
- Use mustache wax to keep your ‘stache in place, or strategically in parts of your beard that are being particularly stubborn.
- Make sure the products you use are filled with natural ingredients