Beard Care: How to Maintain A Beard
Being a beardsman goes well beyond just growing your beard. Once you’ve grown your beard, you need proper beard care to keep your beard looking healthy and manageable. Fortunately, there’s only 5 key steps you need to take in order to maintain a beard that looks great. Follow our beard maintenance tips and you’ll have a healthy, awesome looking beard for life.
Wash Your Beard With a Natural Shampoo for Men.
Make sure to wash your beard with a men’s natural shampoo 2 – 3x a week. This will keep your beard clean, smelling great, and prevent any build up from accumulating in your beard (sweat or excess oil). Your beard’s hair is no different than the hair on top of your face. There’s no need to buy a special beard wash, it’s nothing more than overpriced shampoo. The best shampoo for men is sulfate free and uses natural ingredients. Do you really want to put chemicals in the hair that surrounds your mouth?
Keep Your Beard Hydrated and Conditioned.
To keep your beard soft and shiny, it’s essential you use a beard oil to condition the beard and keep up its shine. The best beard oil uses natural ingredients, as well as premium essential oils & extracts. Beard oil also moisturizes the skin underneath your beard, preventing itchiness, flakes, and maintains follicle health. Remember, your beard is only going to be as healthy as the skin underneath it. How to use beard oil:
- Pour a few drops, no bigger than a dime, into your hands.
- Massage the beard oil into the base of your beard (it can be dry or damp) at the point of skin contact.
- Work your hands through your beard until you’ve reached the hair tips of your beard, making sure to evenly spread the oil over your beard and the underlying skin.
- Apply beard oil once per day in more dry climates and 2-3x a week in more humid climates.
Trimming Your Beard.
Trimming is essential beard care to keeping your beard looking well kept and healthy. Keep your beard trim using scissors instead of trimmers. Trimmers can more easily create splits ends and scissors allow you to more fine tune your beard’s shape.
Every few weeks, we suggest looking in the mirror with a pair of scissors and snipping off uneven patches and split or loose ends. The important thing is to make sure you’re following the natural contour of your face. Make sure to keep a rounded shape, while keeping all the hairs in a uniform length. We suggest brushing your beard with a small comb while trimming in order to properly see which hairs are loose and need to be trimmed.
Trimming Your Neckline.
The one case where you can and should use a trimmer is around your beard neck line. We suggest trimming this bi-weekly as well. To do this, take two fingers and put them on your Adam’s apple. The top finger is where you should trim your beard to. DO NOT follow your natural jaw line. If you do this, it will make your neckline look weak and your beard awkward.
Your beard, hair, and skin are direct reflections of your inner health. If you want a thick, healthy beard, you need to exercise, eat well, sleep well and limit alcohol.