Have you finally decided to up your game and join the beard maintenance and grooming world but don’t know where to begin? Facial hair doesn’t have to be a high maintenance pain, but a little bit of effort goes a long way.
There is a lot more to having a beard grooming routine than showering and slapping some beard products on your face. You need to first properly care for your face, then your facial hair. The best place to start is finding the right products and tools.
Basically, if the terrain is in poor shape, what you grow won’t be healthy either. Got it? Good! Hook up your medicine cabinet, then hook up your face!
We’ve taken care of all the guesswork. Keep reading to learn how to choose and how to use the best products to keep your beard looking and feeling its best so you can feel your best.
Preparing for Your Beard Overhaul
Before you jump right in and get to cutting, let your beard grow out for 4 to 6 weeks. It takes patience, but you want to let your beard be natural and grow out to its full potential before you preemptively trim in anticipation.
If you’re going to start grooming your mustache, you’ll want to let it grow in, too.
After you let your beard grow in, start slow. Again, patience is everything. It will be easier, in the long run, to maintain a uniform trim if you don’t start trimming too soon.
When choosing products, you can’t mess it up. You can, however, get overzealous and trim your beard in a way that will make you wish your hair grew back instantly.
Again, start slow! Work your way to more trimming the more comfortable you get and the more you decide the look you are aiming for. You can always cut more hair, you can’t put back what you take off.
While you wait to get to cutting, get your pre-trimming products down.
The first step is always to cleanse and moisturize. Without taking care of your skin, you might as well give up on the facial hair.
A shampoo is also an option if you decide a very full beard is what you are wanting. However, you’ll still want to use a cleanser or soap on your face.
What type of skin do you have? Dry? Oily? This will determine if you should use a liquid cleanser or the traditional, preferred bar of soap.
Only men with oily skin should use bar soap because it is drying. Cleansers won’t strip the moisture.
Another decision-making factor to consider is if you deal with any skin conditions like acne, then you want to use something that will not exacerbate it, but help reduce and eliminate.
Now onto the moisturizer. Again, you want to think of your skin type. A light lotion is suitable for normal skin, but for dry skin, you’ll want to choose a thicker lotion or cream.
Although it’s a common misconception that moisturization should be avoided when dealing with oily skin, the absence of moisture only creates more oil. Either a light lotion or a finishing oil or toner is your best choice.
If you aim to be a full-bearded fellow, you want to invest in a quality shampoo. Choosing a shampoo is fairly simple if you know what hair type you have. Here are a few questions to ask:
Do you have thin or coarse hair?
Do you have curly or straight hair?
Do you have sensitive skin?
Note that if you don’t know your beard hair type before it grows out, that’s okay, wait until it grows out to purchase one.
When you decide to let your luscious beard do its thing, ditch the electric shaver for anything but trimming the sideburns. Now, don’t think you need to let your hair go unmanaged, but you don’t want to trim it so short you lose your beard altogether.
Instead of taking the easy route and hacking it all off, you’ve decided to put in the effort. Now is the time to invest in a good pair of hair trimming scissors. This will give you a more natural, but well-kept look.
From oils to balms, you can’t go wrong.
Beard oils are moisturizing and help to maintain a healthy-looking beard with the right amount of shine. With a shorter or medium length beard or ‘stache, an oil may be all you need.
On the other hand, beard balms are stiffer and are used to maintain the desired look. Think hairspray or gel type of products. You’ll likely want to choose a balm if you have a fuller beard that may need some taming.
Both oils and balms provide some level of moisture, so they won’t undo the masterwork of your moisturizer.
So, a grooming kit is all of the grooming and finishing beard products and tools you will need all in one place like balms, oils, and brushes. These tools can be used when grooming your mustache, too.
Sure, you can buy everything separately, but why would you? Take the guesswork out of beard care in one fell swoop. Kill multiple birds with one easy stone, if you will.
There are tons of kit options for all needs and wants and they make awesome gifts, too!
Discover Your Perfect Beard
Maybe you love everything you chose, or not. That’s the great thing about beards. There really isn’t a right or wrong answer and trial and error is normal.
Rest assured, once you find your ideal cleanser, moisturizer, shampoo, tools, and finishing beard products, grooming your beard will be nothing short of awesome.
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