Beard Grooming TIPS to keep your facial hair in check
Have you noticed that just about every guy has a beard? Facial hair is “in” but, unless you’ve been stranded on a desert, unkempt hair could draw the type of attention you don’t want. Whether your face is clean-shaven, showing a little stubble or has a full beard, here are a few beard grooming tips to keep it in tip-top condition.
Not to worry, a clean-shaven face never goes out of style, especially for a special night out on the town. If you’re in a hurry, opt for an electric razor. The shave won’t be as close but the skin won’t get as irritated. Here are a few tips to keep your clean shaven face smooth as silk.
- Soak your face with a warm washcloth to help combat ingrown hairs.
- Apply a gel-based shaving cream—preferably one that has aloe on it. The medicinal benefits are perfect for skin irritations.
- Leave the cream on for a minute or two before shaving to hydrate the skin and help soften hairs.
- Once the face has been shaved, use an aftershave that is not alcohol-based. Alcohol dries out the skin. Dead skin cells then block hair follicles from reaching the surface and ingrown hairs form more easily.
- Don’t forget to moisturize! Again, use one that is oil-free and has a non-drying ingredient such as Shea butter.
A little Scruffy?
A scruffy beard has that rugged look that looks easy to maintain but actually requires some dedication. If ingrown hairs are chronic or your skin is extremely sensitive, these beard care and maintenance tips will help groom your 5 O’clock shadow.
- Stop shaving for a week or so. It will allow you to see if your beard fills in or if it grows in patches.
- Once it has filled in, set a hair trimmer slightly longer than the length you desire and trim away. Experiment with the length to find the one that’s most comfortable for you.
- Remove the guard to keep hair growth halfway under the chin.
- Keep neck hairline shaved and trim any stray hairs.
A full beard can be the envy of the neighborhood. With proper care, it actually gets softer as it grows longer. Follow these beard grooming tips and you’ll be growing a great beard in no time.
- Resist the urge to cut your beard until it has grown for 4-6 weeks. It will give you a better idea as to texture and thickness.
- Comb or brush your beard to remove dirt and any food particles that may be lurking.
- Wash your beard a few times per week with mild shampoo or beard wash—yes, there is such a thing. Soap will only dry it out and make it scratchy.
- Pat, don’t rub your beard dry to avoid split ends.
- Apply beard oil or beard balm to hydrate and condition your beard. It will tame the wildest of facial hair and make it easy to style.
- Speaking of style, choose the right one for your shaped face. An oval face can handle just about any style. To avoid making an oblong shaped face look even longer, wear a beard that’s fuller on the sides and shorter on the bottom. For those with rounded or square jaw lines, elongate the shape with a beard that’s shorter on the sides and longer on the bottom.
Whatever beard grooming style you follow, make sure you’re taking care of your skin. Just because it’s covered in fur, doesn’t mean it should be neglected.