No two faces are alike, and no two beards are exactly the same. Each one is as unique as the person wearing it, so one of the first things you’ll need to decide on is what type of facial hair best suits your face, lifestyle, habits, and time constraints. Doing this and taking the time necessary to make a smart decision can make all the difference between flattering facial hair and a beard that looks more like an unruly animal clinging to your face. Beards can hide certain characteristics but they also compliment others, so it is important to find the style that works best for your face. You must also look at how much time you are willing to invest in the care, grooming and upkeep of your beard.
Men’s Beard Caring Tips
Everyone who has facial hair does not have a beard- there is a difference between the guy who decided to grow and maintain a beard and the guy who has been too lazy to shave in a week. Beards that compliment your physical appearance require regular specific grooming and have to be part of a regular maintenance routine.
How much time your facial hair will take to maintain depends on the style of beard you opted for. At the very least, most faces will require a quick daily touch with a razor to clean the neck and keep the edges clean and even. If you have a goatee or other shaped beard style you may need to go over the unshaven areas every day or two to keep it looking neat.
Your skin is important
One area that many guys fail to consider is the skin. When the skin is healthy, the beard is healthy and looks good. Have you ever seen someone with a nice full beard but it is full of dry white skin flakes? Maybe that has happened to you? When the skin is dry and irritated it impacts the look of your beard, so it is important to take the time to care for your skin, and use for example a beard conditioner or balm.
The wash that you use on your face and beard can make a world of difference since many soaps can dry the skin. To avoid looking like you walked through a snowstorm, consider using a beard wash that is designed to help soothe and moisturize while it cleans. You can also go a step further and apply a skin lotion after you have washed with the beard wash and after you have shaved. Simple moisturizers can go a long way in keeping those flakes at bay.
Massage a dab of moisturizer into the skin under your beard and make sure you pay special attention to the areas that get shaved on a regular basis- it can help avoid razor burn and keep your neck and face looking great. In addition to moisturizing the skin under your beard, make sure you keep the beard clean and moisturized too.
Washing your Beard
You take the time to wash your body and make sure your hair is clean, and your facial hair needs the same care and attention. Beard hair is more prone to getting oily and dirty because of its positioning on your face. Facial hair is also more stiff and wiry than the hair on your head so it needs some special TLC to keep it looking great.
One mistake many men make, and it costs them when it comes to the appearance of their beards, is they use regular bar soap or shampoo on their beards. While it is true that soap is soap at its most basic level, there is a big difference between body soap, shampoo, and beard wash.
Regular bar soap is good for cleaning the skin and removing dirt and oil that accumulates over the course of the day. Many soaps can help moisturize the skin but many also can dry out the skin and help remove oils. If you use normal bar soap on your beard, it will not do the same thing it does for your skin. It can dry out your beard and if it is not fully rinsed out it can discolor the hairs and leave your beard looking dingy and untamed.
A shampoo is good to use on hair and can clean, as well as repair damaged hair follicles. It lifts away dirt and oil and helps repair breaks and frays in the individual hairs. This may sound like something to use on your beard, but there is a big difference between your beard and the hair on your head.
Beards are usually very bristly and depending on how long your beard is it may need more care and protection than regular shampoo can offer since it is designed for the finer hair that is on your head. Beard wash shampoos and beard oils are specially designed for the coarse hair and the unique conditions that your beard must endure day in and day out. The special formulations protect your beard, keep it healthy, cleans it without damaging it, and is easy to use.
Shape your Beard
Beards are a great way to form your identity and make a powerful statement about yourself. Whether it is classy, elegant, suave, intelligent, rebellious, adventurous, humble, or romantic- your beard can say a lot about who you are as a man. You want to make sure your beard is sending the right message to people so be sure you take care of it!
Choose a look that best compliments you and take care of your skin and your beard each and every day. A simple investment of time and energy, and using a high-quality beard wash instead of regular soap or shampoo can make a world of difference! So toss out that old bar of soap and get some beard wash today. And to finish it off and make your beard really shine, use a nice beard oil for a healthy and clean beard. Really want to push it? Spray a tiny bit of sweet men’s perfume in your beard, and the girl go crazy for you. Here a minute summary with the best beard care tips to really put that cherry on top of your beard.
Now off you go with these beard caring tips you wish you knew before you grew you beard. We’re always curious to learn your experience so please leave a comment below and let us know your best beard care tips.
Started with cutting his brother’s hair when he was 7 years old, Joseph always wanted to become a famous hairstylist. After graduating college that’s exactly what he did, traveling the world while working in salons in the most diverse cities, learning from the best hairdressers of our time. Now he shares his knowledge with us by inspiring articles, photographs, and hairstyle advice.