Beards are back in a big way, making their appearance on everyone from trendy musicians to professional businessmen. If you’re looking to nourish and shape the perfect facial hair amid this growing lineup of bearded men, there are several tips and tricks you can use. With the right approach, you can master your mane, getting just the look you’re after.
Wash It Well
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Remember that facial hair requires the same consideration that you give the hair on your head. Wash your beard daily. You can typically get good results from either shampoo or face wash. The key is to rinse your beard thoroughly after using your soap of choice. If you leave soap residue in those fine hairs, you may end up with a dry, flaky face, which is a serious detriment to a rich, full beard.
Apply a Little Oil
Adding oil to your face may seem counter intuitive, especially if you suffered from acne in your teenage years. However, the right kind of oil will give your beard a thick, supple appearance and welcome softness. You’ll find several commercial beard oils on the market that offer everything from the fresh scent of cedar to rich moisturizing properties for particularly dry skin. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by the options, you can always use an all-natural solution right from the grocery store: Coconut oil is one of the best choices for promoting a soft, thick, and fast-growing beard.
Fill Out Your Toolkit
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The right tools will help you give your beard a neat, stylish appearance. Unless you’re going for the wild Grizzly Adams look, it’s important to invest in a few simple items to help you shape your facial mane. High-quality clippers are one of the most important things you can purchase for a well-maintained beard. A rechargeable option is the best investment, because it will save you both the price and hassle of batteries. If you’re looking for something really innovative, the Remington Chrome Precision is compatible with USB chargers, allowing you to trim your beard easily on the go.
A pair of small, sharp scissors will help with your efforts as well, making it easy to touch up those pesky spots your trimmer missed. A grooming comb is ideal for getting a straight line as you’re trimming. A beard or mustache brush will help you groom and shape your beard daily.
Shape It Up
Hold off on shaping or trimming your beard for the first month unless you can grow facial hair at superhuman speeds. This will give you enough time to build up a workable mane that you can really have fun styling. In the early days, stick with using sharp scissors for a little trimming here and there to keep your beard hairs the same length.
If you’re not sure how you want to shape your beard, you can test beard styles with your smartphone. The iPhone 5s is ideal for this thanks to its clear Retina display and the plethora of reliable and free apps available in the Apple store, like Hair and Beard Lite or Beardify.
Take the Right Supplements
Most people think of topical products when they think of beard maintenance, but what you put in your body can be just as important as what you put on it. There are several supplements that claim they can help with your beard growth. Look for a product with vitamin D to help activate dormant hair follicles. Biotin, Niacin, and B12 are good for strengthening your hair. With clearance from your doctor, you may even opt to boost beard growth with your own blend of vitamins from this selection.
While supplements may help you grow a thicker and healthier beard, it’s important to note that heredity plays a role in your facial hair as well. If your genes are strongly opposed to a thick beard, you may have to learn to work with what you have.
Growing and maintaining the perfect beard is no small task. You’ll need to invest time in regular trims and touch-ups as well as daily shampooing and frequent oiling. With enough care and attention, however, you can have a beard unmatched in its glory.