A beard isn’t just a beard; it can be a way of life for many men! A way to determine their style and personality. But the most glorious beards do not appear overnight, and they require some care, love and attention to get them looking their very best. So, if you’re looking for beard grooming tips, keep on reading for a handful of helpful maintenance tips every beard-loving guy should know.
Start with a clean shave
If you’re at the beginning of your beard growing journey, you’re going to want to start with a clean, close shave. This may feel counterproductive when your end goal is a full looking face of hair, but it has a purpose. By clean shaving, you stimulate the hair follicles, preventing any pesky ingrown hairs from growing.
The best time to shave is once you step out of a warm shower (when your pores are nice and open). Use a nourishing shaving cream or gel with a new blade on your razer to get the closest shave with minimal nicks and cuts.
Once you are clean shaven, we recommend using an aftershave, lotion or balm to close your pores, prevent infections of any cuts and of course, leave your skin beautifully scented.
Now you have completed your shave, pack your razor away for a while. Let it grow and do its thing for around 6 weeks. Over this time, any patchy areas should fill out, and people should begin to take notice of your new look.
Once your beard has grown to at least a ½ inch in length, it’s time to gather the tools you need to shape and trim it.
How to trim your beard
After a few months, your clean-shaven face will be long gone. So, when it is time to start trimming your beard, follow these simple steps:
Step 1: To start, wash, dry and comb through your beard to remove any knots.
Step 2: To get the most even trim all over, use a beard trimmer. Set it to the longest length, to begin with, and trim your beard all over, going against your hair’s natural direction. If you want to take more off, then reset the beard trimmer to a shorter setting. But remember, if you shave off too much, you may have to go back to the start!
Step 3: Define your neckline by trimming a vertical line down from your Adam’s apple and then working out towards your jawline from either side. Remove any further hairs below this point.
Step 4: For a crisp, clean look, shave your cheek line. You may want to use a manual razor with a fresh blade for this. To define your beard’s cheek line, visualise a point where your natural cheek line starts and another point where it meets your moustache. These two points will create a straight line which you can add a transition curve in front of your sideburns. Once you have your line, and your curve, you can carefully trim away any hairs above the line.
Step 5: If your ‘tach game is strong, you should tidy it up now too. Trim it to match your beard with scissors, or you leave it longer if you want it to stand out.
Step 6: Finally, cut the hairs around your mouth, top and bottom, to create a precise line around your lips.
Beard grooming means skincare too
Once you’re happy with the length and shape, help keep your skin and facial hair nourished with a regular grooming routine. First, regularly wash your facial hair with a beard wash and treat the skin underneath with moisturiser. The skin underneath your beard can quickly become dry and flaky (especially in the first few weeks), so a rich moisturiser will help keep it hydrated and feeling comfortable. Then, as well as a solid skincare routine, treat your beard to regular applications of beard oil. A beard oil will not only leave your facial hair feeling less course, but its fragrance is a nice additional touch! For some top tips on applying beard oil check out our handy guide: How to use beard oil in the right way.
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