Taming the Beast
How to Tame Your Beard
If you are reading this article, you’re probably having some trouble maintaining your beard. You wake up every morning looking like a tornado ran across your face.
We’ve all been there! That’s why I’m here to give you the basics on how to keep your beard in check.
Why You Should Show Your Beard Some Love
- It will make it easier to manage.
- Proper care will help it look healthy and full.
- Prevent the skin underneath from getting itchy.
- Help it grow longer without drying out.
Beard Balm and Oil
Just like the hair on top of your head, your beard routine will depend a lot on your hair type. If you are blessed with a straight beard and soft hair, then your routine will be short and you probably won’t have to do much to make it look good. But, most of us aren’t so lucky.
Using the right products on your beard will keep it looking fuller and easier to manage. When choosing your products, try not to use anything with a long list of ingredients of things you’ve never heard of. Aim for products with natural ingredients like sesame oil or Shea butter.
Oil will keep your beard healthy and prevent it from drying out, an issue that could make beards impossible to manage and prevent it from growing any longer.
Applying Beard Oil
- Apply a few drops to start.
- Work it into the beard and down to the skin.
- Do some light combing to make sure you really work it in.
With oils, a little goes a long way. Be careful not to overdo it. Also make sure to work some through the tips because this is where it is most likely to dry out.
Beard balm is a game changer if you have a longer beard. It really helps with the styling process and could keep it under control for an entire day. The last thing you want to do is constantly have to comb through your beard all day when a little breeze blows it out of place.
Using balm has a lot of practical purposes too. If your beard is tamed, then it’s not going to get in the way of what you’re doing. It’ll help it stay out of your food and out of your work.
If you have a short to medium length beard, beard balm could also help keep the fly aways down.
Applying Beard Balm
- Start with a small amount and rub it evenly between your hands.
- Work it through your beard, reaching down to the skin.
- Style your beard using a comb and a brush.
Cleaning Your Beard
Don’t clean your beard too often. This will dry it out and strip it of its natural oils. Wash your beard a maximum of 1-2 times a week. In between days you can rinse it with warm water.
Buy a shampoo with natural ingredients. You don’t want to dry it out with harsh detergents.
To define the shape of your beard, you’ll need to shave your cheeks and neck. A lot of men struggle with knowing where to shave on the neck, so some give up all together and go with the neck beard. But shaving your neck is straightforward.
Try shaving two fingers above your Adam’s apple and follow the jaw line. You want the hair underneath your chin, not in front of your neck.
Make sure to also shave the stragglers higher on the cheek. Doing so will provide more definition for your beard, making it look full and crisp. Using a comb or something straight, you could get a rough idea of where the cheek line should be by placing one end on your upper lip and the other end on your ear.
Pro Tip: No matter how long you want your beard, it is a good idea to occasionally trim the split ends. Just don’t trim too often if you want it to grow longer.
A beard is like a bonsai tree. It requires maintenance and guidance to grow just how you want it. Now that you have a grasp of the basics, the rest is up to you.