At some point, most men will think about growing a beard.
Maybe it’s after a bad breakup, or to build confidence or maybe you just like how your face looks with a bit of facial hair.
Whatever your reason, a well-groomed beard is always in style.
Now that you’ve taken the time and effort to grow out your beard, the next step is learning how to groom it like a pro.
Here are 10 grooming tips for men with beards.
Growing in a beard takes time and patience and you’ll want to carry those qualities into your beard grooming routine.
You might get an itch to want to overgroom, like washing daily or changing the shape or style of your beard or experimenting with every product you can find.
Self-restraint will be your best friend in the beard-growing and grooming process.
Invest In Quality Tools
One of the most important aspects of beard care is investing in the right tools to properly maintain your beard.
While there are a variety of tools out there for beard grooming, all you need are a few, quality tools for your daily maintenance routine.
Those tools are:
Learning how to use these tools properly will only make your beard-grooming efforts even more effective.
Wash and Condition Your Beard Regularly
Washing your beard is important because it surrounds your mouth and tends to absorb the smells (and sometimes more!) of everything you eat and drink.
A beard that is not washed regularly also tends to itch due to the trapped skin cells that would normally shed.
To wash your beard:
While you need to wash your beard regularly, washing too often will dry out your hair.
Experiment with wash days until you find a washing schedule that works best for you.
Use Beard Oil
Beard oil is a dual face and beard moisturizer, designed to keep your beard soft, smooth and shiny.
It is typically made up of a blend of essential oil and carrier oils and has a natural scent that doubles as a light cologne.
Beard oil is effective because it mimics sebum, the moisturizing oil produced by your skin, and restores moisture to both your beard and your skin.
Not only does beard oil keep your skin and beard soft and moisturized, but it also tames frizzy hair and treats dandruff.
Tip: get even better results by learning how to use beard oil the proper way.
Use Beard Balm
Beard balm is a leave-in conditioner and styling agent for your beard.
It is typically made up of shea butter, light and moisturizing oil and a natural wax to give it a thicker and stiffer consistency.
Beard balm seals in moisture while helping keep stray hairs in place.
You can use beard balm the same way you would use any leave-in conditioner, apply after moisturizing and style.
Always remember, a little goes a long way with beard balm.
An essential step in grooming your beard is to detangle the hair, especially if you have a longer beard.
You’ll want to comb out any tangles and knots and make sure you don’t have the beard version of bedhead.
You will also have the added benefit of a full volume, flowing beard.
Train Your Beard
Did you know you can straighten a curly beard?
Or train your beard hairs to grow in the same direction?
This is called beard training and it’s done by using a hard bristle brush to brush your hair in the same direction daily.
You can use beard oil or beard way to help the process of training the hair to stay put.
Brushing downward will not only train the hair, but it also promotes length.
Keep It Trimmed
You’ll need to trim your beard regularly to maintain its health, thickness, style and shape.
When trimming your beard:
Tip: trimming a beard can be difficult so if you are unsure you can keep your shape, visit a professional barber.
Follow A Maintenance Routine
Overall, beard grooming involves a regular maintenance routine.
Your routine doesn’t need to be time-consuming or product heavy but it does need to be a set of steps you follow to make sure your beard is looking as good as possible.
If you are finding your routine is a bit overwhelming, consider a different style of beard or possibly a shorter length.
Your beard should fit into your lifestyle and not the other way around.
Eat A Healthy Diet
You may ask, what does eating healthy have to do with grooming my beard?
More than you think!
The health of your hair, including beard hair, is directly related to what you are putting in your body.
Lean proteins, healthy fats, certain vitamins, antioxidants, spices, green veggies, and beta-carotene promote thick, shiny, strong and healthy hair.
To ensure your beard is in tip-top shape, introduce a variety of healthy foods into your diet.
Grooming Tips For Men With Beards: The Bottom Line
By following these grooming tips for men with beards, you will be well on your way to maintaining a stylish, healthy and impressive-looking beard.
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