Most men have definitely tried to grow a beard; not every man decides to keep it. But if you’ve tried to grow it for the first time and are successful, better make sure it looks fresh. Once grown, the beard needs to be maintained in terms of shape, volume, cleanliness, and health.
Some guys turn growing a bead into an obsession, while others just appreciate it when it’s healthy and clean. Whatever your approach might be, you need to put in some effort. So let’s go through this short but sweet guide on keeping your beard game on point.
1. Find a Beard Shape that Suits You
You’ve seen a beard that looks magnificent on a model or your friend, so you’ve been dying to try that beard shape yourself. However, if it looks good on someone else doesn’t mean it will look good on you. Different types of beard and head shapes require different beards. Various charts can help you look for realistic facial comparisons and inspiration. It’s always a good idea to go to a barbershop and ask an expert to help you decide where you can go with your beard.
2. Nutrition Essentials
Testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) make every beard grow. It also needs micronutrients that work as enzymatic co-factors in the production of collagen, keratin, etc. (beard minerals and vitamins) and macronutrients (carbs, protein, and fatty acids).
It’s important to eat saturated and monosaturated fats, cut on sugar and polyunsaturated fats (they suppress hormones), and take magnesium, zinc, biotin, and vitamins A, D, E, and K2.
Furthermore, you should eat enough calories and drink enough water to keep yourself hydrated and moisturized from the inside.
3. Keep Your Beard Clean
However, you shouldn’t keep it too clean. Don’t try to obsess over your beard’s cleanliness by washing and scrubbing it daily. It’s actually one of the worst can incorporate into your beard maintenance routine because frequent washing removes the natural oils your beard needs to stay moisturized. Clean your beard with beard shampoo only 2-3 times per week.
4. Trim Your Beard Split Ends
Take that beard trimmer and sharpen your beard scissors because those beard split ends won’t trim themselves. All hair is prone to developing split ends, which occurs once a hair breaks and divides into 2-3 separate directions. That makes the beard hard to manage, and the solution lies in a simple trim.
Stainless steel scissors are the best way to do it because they leave the cleanest edge. Of course, you can get an excellent pair of scissors in any better beard maintenance kit. But you won’t go wrong with a beard trimmer either if it’s a quality one, with oiled-up and sharp blades.
5. Beard Oils and Moisturizers to Overcome the Itch
For the first two months, your beard may be itchy, which is typically the result of dehydration or accumulation of dead skin cells and dirt. Such discomfort can really turn into a struggle, but you need to remember that natural itchiness is a part of your initial beard growth (regardless of how clean you keep your newly grown beard).
The itchiness won’ last forever, especially if you use quality beard oils and moisturizers to help you combat it. Probably the most popular beard maintenance product is beard oil – it replenishes oils lost in the shows nourishes, and hydrates the skin underneath the facial hair, and gives it some shine and volume.
As for the brand of beard oil you should use, just make sure to use oil with mainly monosaturated and saturated oils as ingredients (e.g., jojoba oil, argan oil, castor oil, and coconut oil).
6. Brushing and Combing
Brushing and combing are at the very core of men’s beard care as these are important tools for beard taming, training, and exfoliation.
Your go-to brush is the boar bristle beard brush because it:
- Helps redistribute beard and balm (when you brush after applying
- Removes dandruff and dirt.
- Exfoliates the skin underneath the beard.
- Stimulates natural secretion of sebum oils which nourish the hair.
If your beard is long, it’s important to get a boar bristle brush with hard and thick bristles, or one with softer bristles for a short beard.
As for the comb, avoid using cheap, plastic combs because they will only cause static friction, pull your beard, and break it in a few months.
7. Don’t Play with Your Beard
Leaving your beard alone might sound like counterintuitive advice, probably because most people like to twirl and twist their moustaches when nervous. Some even have that bad habit of plucking beard hairs. The thing is, you shouldn’t play with it or try to force it into a shape. If it doesn’t have the shape you want, then it obviously doesn’t want to grow that way.
Doing that will surely result in beard damage and loss, so just leave your facial hair alone.
Maintaining a glorious beard comes down to using the right products (beard oil, moisturizer, and balm), treating it the right way (brushing, combing, trimming), and keeping it clean. Leaving the beard to grow chaotically is easier for many of you out there, but you shouldn’t leave things to chance. Learning how to maintain and establish a healthy beard care routine is not that hard, and it will make your beard look healthy and shiny.