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BEARDCARE 101; TRIMS AND PRODUCTS TO USE
Remember when beards were not so cool? How about all those condescending comments like, “Does it stink? Is there an animal living there? There must be food in your beard right?” How about when having a beard was associated with untidiness, carelessness, and everything negative?
Well, thank God for the 21st century where mass consciousness is well on its way, and many of us are more ‘cultured’.
So, that begs the question, how can you care for a beard in a fast-paced world but still maintain individuality and a sense of personal style? Let us be your guide toward a healthy, full beard by giving you the easiest tips to follow.
Concentrate on your health first
For most of us, having a thick, full beard is the ultimate goal. So, we end spending too much time, effort and money on topical treatments that we are made to think is all we need. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg.
In reality, you need a healthy immune system and body to achieve the results you want to see. How do you do this exactly? First of all, work on your diet. Remember that saying, ‘You are what you eat?’…well, it doesn’t get any truer than that.
Abolish bad habits like smoking, drinking, and not getting enough sleep as this could stunt healthy growth and lead to breakage and thinning of your beard. Instead, focus more on eating healthy, nutrient-rich foods like leafy greens, seeds, nuts, lean meats, and taking good vitamins and supplements.
Hydrating often, exercising, and recovery can stimulate blood flow, coupled this with massaging your beard and watch your beard thrive. Keep in mind that your beard’s overall condition reflects what is happening in your body.
Have a consistent routine and invest in the right tools and products
Having a beard means it easily traps dust, dirt, debris, food, sweat and whole lot of gunk. This makes it necessary to wash it at least twice a week. However, there are some things to consider before investing in cleansers.
- Learn your skin type and buy a beard cleanser suited for it. For example, if your skin is oily, get a cleanser that works for you. Your cleanser should also be 100% natural, fragrance-free (if possible), paraben and sulphate-free. There are even soap-free cleansers should your skin be too dry and sensitive.
- Treat any underlying issues like psoriasis, eczema, skin dermatitis and even beard dandruff.
- DO NOT use your regular hair shampoo (even if it is natural) because it is specifically made for your scalp not your facial skin.
Now, you are prepared for cleansing your beard;
- Dampen your beard in lukewarm water. NEVER HOT WATER!
- Apply a dime-sized drop of cleanser and massage it into your beard, making sure to work it through your beard to your skin.
- Rinse thoroughly with clean warm water, making sure to remove all the cleansing product out.
- Use a quality beard conditioner and let it sit for 2-5 minutes, then rinse it out with cold water to close your pores.
- Pat dry with a clean microfiber towel. You can also use a blow dryer, on a low setting and holding it 6-8 inches from your face, to ensure that it’s completely dry.
- Apply a moisturizer and comb out your beard.
- Lock in all that moisture in with a beard oil/butter or pomade.
Trim for a fresher look
There is just something sexy, timeless, classy, and dignifying about a well-trimmed and sharp-outlined beard. Should the thought of trimming your beard be too much for you, worry not. Seek out a professional barber who understands your texture, density and vision you have for your beard to execute the task and relieve you of any anxiety.
Should you be more adventurous, daring, and willing to learn how to do your own beard, invest in the right tools for the job. Here is what you need:
- An electric trimmer
- A manual razor
- A beard brush (preferably with boar bristles as they are softer)
- A beard comb
- A reliable mirror(s)
Start by combing out your beard hair to reveal any irregularities in length and to remove any knots and tangles. Since beard hair grows out unevenly, you are going to need to shape it for a more neatly polished look.
Ensure that your beard trimmer is high quality and contains multiple attachments to aid in the trimming process, so that you don’t carve out chunks of hair leading to bald spots. Comb it out after every trim so you can monitor how level it is.
Using a razor or shears to shape your moustache will aid in the overall uniform look. Join us next time as we talk more in-depth on how to trim step by step. Until next time, good luck!