Altaaf Bauhadoor – Morc Pinewood, Mauritius

Altaaf Bauhadoor
Altaaf Hair Studio

Name: Altaaf Bauhadoor

Barbershop name: Altaaf Hair Studio

Location: Camp Fouquereaux, Morc Pinewood, Mauritius

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What got you into barbering & how long have you been in the game?

I managed to pass the SC level but decided to call it quit. I needed an internship somewhere and I secured one in a reputed salon in Rose Hill. Coming from a very small area, I was amazed to see that such level of hairdressing existed in Mauritius.

After gathering some enriching and fruitful experience, the owner and myself mutually agreed that I needed some training as well as exposure from other well-respected institutions. I had my mind set in to enter into the best salon in the island.  I was lucky and got selected there.  It was just wonderful.

However, after some time, I decided to take a break to think again about my future. Thus, I accommodated a small space in my home to exercise as a hairstylist while my permit got approved.

From there, my solo journey began. I’m still far from my goals but my dream is to lead a team where each one has a different talent and specialises in one specific area. Giving youngsters with potential the chance to show their worth is also something I have close to my heart

What was your biggest mistake/learning curve when training?

It was when I was learning to use a razor and shaving my friend who was learning too and I mistakenly cut his cheek and it started to bleed.

With new barbershops popping up all over, what do you think makes a successful barbershop business?

Knowing how to treat your clients is one of the tips to have a successful shop. Like knowing their last haircut or colour and do a summary with them, they appreciate that.

Sponsorship like I did last few times where Altaaf Hair Studio was the main and official hairstylist for the Miss & Mr Eco Mauritius and for the events organised at the University of Mauritius. I don’t get paid for that but it increases my popularity and I gain many clients from it.

I’m a solo hairstylist but I have two students doing their stage in my shop and they’re doing well. I bring them along whenever I go to events or home services. I don’t have staff but Altaaf Hair Studio consists of 4 members. Me, a make up artist known as Make Up By Yushrah on Instagram and the 2 students Junaïd Jackie and Taariq Issimdar.

What are you finding is the most popular style/request/trend recently?

For Men : The classic haircut with a side part and a skin fade on the sides and sometimes a style like a pompadour

For Ladies : Bob haircut is the word which comes out of every female who sits on the chair. A bit slicked and inverted is what I propose

grey babylights
grey babylights

 

For Colouring some grey babylights on guys head and balayage caramel or platinum blond for the girls

 

 

 

The barbershop is the perfect place to relax and discuss all manner of topics. What’s the funniest story you’ve come across when chatting to clients?

I think it’s when teenagers come back to me after a crazy hair colour and have to dye it black again because of the bad times at home. They tell me what their dad said and the grief they get over it. This happens at the end of every semester

Guys growing out beards have been popular over recent years; do you think this trend will continue/what’s your opinion on them and the styles?

I think that some guys will keep the trend because I still have clients that maintain their beard and want it to grow longer. For clients who don’t have hair on the top they prefer to shave their head and keep a large thick beard. They like that badass look.

Men’s grooming is only getting more popular, what new styles/products or techniques would you like to see improved/brought out or developed within the industry/peers?

To be honest I really like the effect of PACINOS product but unfortunately, we don’t have it here. I would develop the deep skin fade and keep the length on the top to play with the styles and using different types of effect.

 

There’s a lot of banter between barbers which helps makes the shop a fun place to be. What’s the funniest joke played/situation occurred in your shop?

When a client doesn’t have hair and he want a style that have long hair on the top, like he shows me a picture of what haircut he wants. Or when a lady sit on the chair she says she want a big change, she’s tired of that hair, she wants to be transformed.. BUT KEEP THE LENGTH!! HAHAA

 

 

What one bit of advice, if you could back in time would you give yourself when you were just starting out in barbering?

I would say never give up and keep on moving forward. This job is like something to be crafted with your own hand. You can see how magical your hands can be and what can be created

What’s your top tip for cutting/trimming/fading/styling/skin or hair care etc or favourite tool to use in your shop? (We like to find unusual tips with this question so the more unique the better) Please explain as if explaining to a new apprentice.

Hmmm for fading I prefer to clean the sides with a guard 3 first and then draw the line zero follow by guard 1 to blend the contrast and then using appropriate angles I cut in the top and always style the hair after so that the client have an idea of how to style it at home and how it should be.

For hair care I always talk about the client’s hair, as to whether it’s dry, greasy, or if it has dandruff. I propose then what to use and keep a record of the clients circumstances.

My favourite tools are my Wahl Clipper

My Jaguar 6” scissors and 7” YBL scissors

 

 

Final question, it’s Monday morning your team are lagging from a heavy weekend what track do you put on to get everyone motivated?

We absolutely love Arman Cekin, Good For You ft Glaceo.

It just makes me think about my project which is going to be on this year itself. That is opening my big salon. A bit more comfortable with 2 or 3 working stations. A welcome desk and products on shelves. That’s my dream and my motivation to work hard and to achieve more in life. I get back on track to get
motivated by thinking of that beauty. That’s it.

 

How to trim your tache

Relax!

It may only be a small strip of hair, but the moustache deserves more attention than most give it, namely when it comes to trimming. One key to a successful trim, is to maintain a normal facial expression when trimming. Rather than straining and stretching your face, by being relaxed and natural will ensure your moustache is even with all expressions. Scissors are imperative instead of electric clippers, because they allow you a more natural result. Check out this barber designed, 5 ½ inch length trimming scissors which are perfect for the job due their size and balanced weight. They’re an essential tool for your bathroom cabinet in keeping rogue hairs in check between trips to your barber.

Want the perfect curl?

First of all, you need to thin the hairs behind your curl out. Hey push it in all directions and often make it appear bulky and untidy. Brush the hairs straight down first to determine how much length and bulk need to be trimmed. Once the length has been determined, the bulk can be reduced by combing the hairs away from the face and removing the top layer. If you’re looking to maintain that dapper curl at the end of you tache then between finger and thumb gently pull the hairs at the front away to keep them safe. Using your scissors carefully trim the hairs behind them. This will avoid your curl being pushed and clumped in all directions by these back hairs, allowing you to style your curl more easily. Once these hairs are out of the way it will be easier to trim the curl to keep it looking neat. Finish off and maintain that well-earned look with a good clean and natural Moustache Wax

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Charlene Rhodes – Louisiana USA

Introducing you to barbers from around the world to share their hints, tips and stories with you. This week we’re fortunate to be able to chat to Charlene “Charley” Rhodes from the barbershop Just 4 Him Haircuts in Larose, Louisiana.

Charlene Rhodes

Charlene RhodesWhat got you into barbering & how long have you been in the game?

What first got me into the Barbering GAME was when I moved to Austin, Tx about 8 years ago and I got a job at an amazing barbershop similar to Just 4 Him. But it was Co-Ed, Birds Barbershop on East 6th st. I’ve been pursuing that barber passion since but collectively I’ve been doing hair for 14 years.

What was your biggest mistake/learning curve when training?

Ignoring facial shapes and trying to give everyone the same cut, I realize now 7 years later that was a HUGE DEAL and very important to the work and customer service we do here at Just 4 Him.

With new barbershops popping up all over, what do you think makes a successful barbershop business?

Having a successful business comes in 3 big parts 1. Education 2. Customer service 3. Pleasant and loyal employees/ independent contractors. Just 4 Him wouldn’t be successful without the knowledge we are instilled with by our owners, educators and positive attitudes and lifestyles.

Just 4 Him Haircuts
Franchise owners and wives of Just 4 Him Haircuts

What are you finding is the most popular style/trend recently?

Natural beards, enhancements are great until it’s time to wash it. I try to use natural beard oils and washes to help my clients grow full beautiful beards.

The barbershop is the perfect place to relax and discuss all manner of topics. What’s the funniest story you’ve come across when chatting to clients?

Funniest thing is hearing all the insane things these men go through when it comes to Louisiana Baby Mamas, the lengths they go to smh, include: fighting being number one, running trucks into houses, stealing cars, releasing alligators into their yards and sending their nudes to their entire family.

Just 4 Him Haircuts

Guys growing out beards have been popular over recent years; do you think this trend will continue/what’s your opinion on them and the styles?

Oh yes absolutely, females love beards and have since the dawn of time, my most favourite is a simple length to accentuate the clients face, with a sharp line.

Men’s grooming is only getting more popular, what new products or techniques would you like to see improved within the industry?

More Beard products to promote healthy beards, lather machines that don’t cost over 100 dollars and more cordless clippers that work amazing and don’t die fast.

What one bit of advice, if you could back in time would you give yourself when you were just starting out in barbering?

USE A BARBER COMB

What’s your favourite tool to use in your shop?

100th anniversary Wahl cordless clippers!

I’m obsessed with the new patent pending 100th anniversary Wahl cordless clippers! You can also use them with the cord and they cut like butter and do not get clogged easy. My other favourite for my guys with beards is a special Nola branded beard oil I have made special for me by my good friend, Idyll Hands NOLA, it has all organic ingredients and even promotes healthy beard growth without any after feel or smell. Absorbed easily and smells amazing.

 

 

5 Beard Maintenance Tips Every Man Should Know

No “great beard” is an accident. If you meet a well-groomed guy whose whiskers are well defined and looking healthy, it’s because he’s putting in the time to make it that way. Growing a beard is one thing, but how he cares for it determines how great it looks—even if his beard is patchier or thinner than others.

Guys with good looking beards avoid dry or irritated skin that would otherwise bother them so much with the itch that they’d end up shaving it off. Their partners don’t suffer from stubble rash and instead love running their fingers through the soft hairs every chance they get. Their neck and cheek lines are shaped just right to complement their head size and shape (see our related blog here)

Achieving this on your own comes down to three main things: minding the edges, trimming as needed, and nourishing both your skin and hair. Here are a few tips from our barber friends from around Europe to help.

Beard Care Also Means Skincare

If you’re a prime candidate for irritation, infection, and razor burn on and around your neckline then you need to take your time shaving around the beard. Any proper shave takes time, especially when it comes to pre and post-shave care.

Even if you’re just maintaining facial hair and shaving around certain patterns, be sure your skin is clean. You need to make sure the pores are open beforehand with warm water and properly sealed after with cold water to avoid irritation.

Using a well-balanced beard oil afterwards will replenish the natural oil the skin produces called sebum oil and will help keep both your skin and beard healthy, nourished and soft to the touch.

Photo Credit: James Crawley

It’s all about “U” when it comes to the beard neckline

It’s tough to know exactly what you’re supposed to do, and it’s easy to get it wrong. You often find random hairs that creep up into the cheeks, other guys grow a neckbeard.

This gets pushed up when wearing a shirt and tie making the whole beard look untidy no matter how sharp you dress. But there is one really easy way to work out where to start.

Take your index and middle finger, and place them together above the Adam’s apple to determine the baseline for the bottom of the beard. It’s helpful to set a line from this point straight across the neck with your trimmer or razor first, then trim the hairs below.

Next, from this point above the Adam’s apple, shave a “U” shape from the back of both ears, behind the jawline. This is your neckline, and will create a well presented and distinguished shape.

Once you’ve done it once it will be a lot easier to maintain in future. To help you out, try our beard shaping tool to keep those lines symmetrically straight and curved beautifully just the way you want it without the risk of freehand mishaps.

Fade Your Own Beard Neckline

Assuming it’s not an extremely big and bushy beard, in which case a faded neckline is pointless so skip this tip. To blend your bare neckline into your beard, in the same way a barber fades the sides of your haircut, all you need to do is follow a few simple steps with your trimmer.

Put a 1 guard on your clipper and close it all the way. Trim roughly one full inch into the beard up the neck. This will create a soft contrast, then you can take the guard off and trim halfway up into the 1-guard line for a steadier contrast. The result is a graduation from bare neck to full beard over the course of one inch.

Relax Your Face While Trimming the Moustache

It may only be a small strip of hair, but the moustache deserves more attention than most give it, namely when it comes to trimming. One key to a successful trim, is to maintain a normal facial expression when trimming.

Rather than straining and stretching your face, by being relaxed and natural will ensure your moustache is even with all expressions. Scissors are imperative instead of electric clippers, because they allow you a more natural result.

Check out this barber designed, 5 ½ inch length trimming scissors which are perfect for the job due their size and balanced weight. They’re an essential tool for your bathroom cabinet in keeping rogue hairs in check between trips to your barber.

Got wood?

A comb is a must too but avoid metal and plastic as they have harsh micro edges that tear those tightly knitted hairs causing a frayed and damaged beard. Start by back combing first getting right underneath before combing your beard down to its natural shape.

The reason your beard is so itchy around the 2/3 weeks growth stage is because when you shave, you are essentially creating little spears on the tips of each hair. They finally get long enough and poke at your skin. Your neck is very suspect to this because of the angle where the neck meets the head.

If you get stuck then speak to your barber first. They have a wealth of experience to help guide you with your style of beard.

Keep up these maintenance tips and you’ll be the envy of your mates.

How your beard can make you more money

Success favours the well-groomed.

Whether it be at the Oscars, parading down catwalks or your average suited and bearded commuter off to the city, beards are more than a fashion statement.

Science suggests that facial hair from designer stubble to full a Grizzly Adams is imbued with social messages, and can play a significant role with the well-groomed man feeling more confident.

study in 2016 by the University of Chicago and UC Irvine revealed that well-groomed and presentable men can expect to earn up to £11k more than those that look like they’ve been shipwrecked. This makes looking after yourself worth roughly 20% more on average to your income than not.

Steve Jobs grew a beard relatively late in life. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has one. So does Marc Benioff of Salesforce.com, Reed Hastings of Netflix and Richard Branson of Virgin Group. Also, Former CEO of SAP and Hewlett-Packard Leo Apotheker plus Scott Thompson, who was CEO of Yahoo.

A well-kept beard forming part of your attire will enforce the feeling of extra confidence about yourself and fully realise your potential and abilities. This is primarily because you know you are looking your best.

Confidence is the key to success in all walks of life, and your career is certainly part of that.

Co-workers will struggle to trust someone who has doubt in themselves. As well-presented men visibly exude their self-assurance, they have a great advantage over those who don’t care about their appearance. Making a lasting impression quickly will set the foundation for being held in high regard at the outset giving you a significant competitive advantage over others at work

Making impressions is very important in business.

Grooming yourself well doesn’t just mean putting on your best-looking suit but going through a good ritual of personal hygiene. By using professional revitalising products on your facial hair will strengthen the feeling of being confident which in turn makes you comfortable as well.

Men who display a top level of personal hygiene demonstrate that they are able to take good care of themselves which is important in any competitive working environment.

A well-kept beard is traditionally associated with giving the appearance of wisdom and maturity. You don’t look either extremely young or extremely old, but have a healthy balance of maturity and knowing you are taking care of yourself.

Keeping your beard healthy and well kept can set you apart and place you valued highly in an association.

Whether you have a week’s worth of heavy stubble, a month-long beard or the formidable full beard embrace your bearded status. Revel in your rugged looks and join the professionals.

Good grooming is an integral and impeccable style a must. If you don’t look the part, no one will want to give you time or money.

Make your way over and check out our range of beard care products and start making that professional difference to your grooming habits.

Got the secret to a beautiful beard? Tried any other beard growth techniques that have worked for you? We’d love to know! Comment and tell us what’s on your mind.

Winter grooming

From harsh cold wind and rain, to the office heating on full blast, when winter arrives usual grooming routines no longer cut the mustard. No matter how dazzling your Christmas jumper is, flaky skin, lank hair and unkempt facial fuzz won’t make you the Prince Charming of the office party; so here’s our guide to what you need and what to avoid this season to keep you looking fresher than newly fallen snow.

Facial Scrub 
Skin is often left dry, dull and flaky due to the constant changes in temperature during the winter months. This is due to skin cells failing to regenerate rapidly enough, so look to invest in a good exfoliating facial scrub. Using it at least two to three times a week will keep skin smooth and moisturised.

UV Rays
Be warned that harmful UV rays can be equally as damaging to the skin in winter. Taking some time each day to use a quality SPF moisturiser will help guard against them and keep you looking the dashing gent you are. However, with the shorter days, we tend not to get much sunlight- so adding in a daily Vitamin D supplement can really help!

Central heating
Central heating may be keeping you toasty, but secretly it’s sapping moisture from your skin. A dehumidifier is the best way to ensure the air stays moist. Alternatively, you can opt for the cheaper option of placing a few bowls of water around the house or office; which will also help if there’s an alien invasion a la Signs.

 

Omega 3 fatty acids
You will find nasty shaving nicks fail to heal properly if your diet is deficient in foods containing fatty acids. It also leaves your skin dehydrated and more prone to infection.

Getting in some oily fish such as salmon and mackerel, or taking a daily supplement, will top up your stores and keep your skin happy.

 Alcohol

Alcohol dehydrates you from the inside out. Keep topped up with plenty of water as this will help your skin battle the problem. This will also likely keep you strutting your stuff for longer too, and probably reduce your hungover the following day.

Keep an eye on your skincare products that contain alcohol too. Be sure to check the label as they often can dry out your skin, and with the differences in temperature that’s not helpful.

Beard Care

Because that manly beard of yours sucks moisture away from the surface of your skin, it’s already battling to avoid becoming dry, dehydrated and prone to the dreaded beard dandruff. Throw in varying temperatures and excessive eating and drinking you need to help it out with some reinforcements. Massaging your beard and the surrounding area with a good-quality beard oil will promote healthy growth, as well as keeping skin soft and well-hydrated underneath as it increases blood flow.

A firm holding beard balm will offer your beard and skin beneath it protection too. Our natural Bees Wax and Shea Butter also locks in the moisture for longer against icy chills. All in all, keeping you looking the coolest looking guy this winter.

Whatever the weather, look after yourselves gents: you deserve it

 

Time, it grows on you

Any guy trying to grow a beard who has seen the film Evan Almighty may have looked on in envy as Steve Carell’s beard grew quicker & thicker than he could shave it off. But unfortunately creating a thick, full-on beard is like watching artificial grass grow.

Most guys fall at the itchy beard hurdle in the early stages of starting to grow a mighty beard. The reason for the dreaded itch is because when you shave, your beard hairs can retreat beneath the skin. When they grow out that can make your skin irritable. This kind of itching last around 3 weeks, though for a lot of guys this can be shorter. To help you understand the best way to put your beard on the fast track to be long and luxurious, let’s first delve into a little bit about what it is that makes your facial hair grow naturally in the first place.

The Genetics of Facial Hair

If you happen to be one of those guys whose facial hair moves at a snail’s pace and it doesn’t grow as full and luscious as you would like it to, there’s nothing wrong with giving your facial hair a little push in the right direction to grow faster.

So, whilst we can’t get you looking like Brad Pitt we can answer what gives some guys the ability to infuriatingly grow incredible beards without trying. The simple answer is they have a fortunate combination of genes.

You see, you were born with teeny tiny hair follicles all over your body, including of course your face.

Now as it happens the hair follicles on your face are the last ones to be activated, and this generally only occurs when you hit puberty otherwise you’d come out the womb like this fella.

Now, these hair follicles have everything to do with how quickly your facial hair grows.

So, if your dad sports a pretty awesome bushy beard but you struggle to get a whisper of hair growth, you might want to keep an eye on the postman for any similar features between you both.

 

Fortunately, though, even if you didn’t luck out in the gene pool there are ways to grow and maintain an impressive beard.

It’s just going to take some patience and a bit of work but the results will come sooner by following these simple techniques.

Eat your way to bushy glory by increasing Folic acid (and folate) food. Check out our post titled Diet & love your beard.

Wash your beard around 2-3 times a week with a decent shampoo that is meant for beards. Avoid over washing with other products meant for the hair on your head and use just warm water on other days to rinse your beard clean.

Beard balm used every morning before you start the day will treat dandruffsoften your beard, moisturise your skin, and keep your beard hairs in place for the day ahead.

Groom it like a prize-winning pony and care for it daily with a good comb or brush to promote the growth of healthy hair in the right direction.

Investing in a beard oil with high-quality natural ingredients is key to getting that healthy look and feel. By using regularly, it will increase the speed of growth and applying it before bed after a warm water rinse will do wonders whilst you sleep.

So, a bit of time and love and your beard will love you back developing strong and proud as will your look. Make sure you check out our range of professionally made beard oils and balms. Designed by our in-house herbalist and aromatherapist team to look after you and your beard for life we’re here to look after you.

Got the secret to a beautiful beard? Tried any other beard growth techniques that have worked for you? We’d love to know! Comment and tell us what’s on your mind.

Diet & love your beard

If you think about it what you eat and drink and how that it affects your skin and your sweat every day then it has a huge impact on your beloved facial hair. Remember how those 8 pints and that greasy kebab with garlic mayo and chilli sauce the night before seeps through your pores the following day fuelling the need for a hot shower? Well, then how do you think that is going to affect your hair growth?

By eating and drinking the right foods will increase healthy and effective hair growth with the most prominent ingredient being folic acid.

By being mindful of what’s on your plate and increasing the amount of folic acid intake in your diet, you could see a significant difference in your facial hair’s growth.

Folic acid (and folate) is a water-soluble vitamin B. Folate occurs naturally in food and folic acid is the synthetic form of folate. Food sources include dark leafy greens, cereals, pasta, beans, mushrooms, organ meat, orange juice, tomato juice and more.

Also, biotin is helpful in beard growth because a deficiency in it can actually lead to hair loss! Also known as vitamin H, biotin is one of the B complex vitamins that help the body convert food into energy.

Biotin can be found in liver, fish, cauliflower, beans, oysters, carrots, bananas, egg yolks, soy flour, and more. Other foods that can help to stimulate facial hair growth include beef, potatoes, Brazil nuts, raisins, gelatine, and sorghum.

So, make sure you’re getting enough of these foods in your diet every day to give your beard the nutrients it needs and you’re on the path to bearded glory my friend.

A good supply of all the vitamins and minerals you need to encourage optimal hair growth. Vitamins A, C and E will all contribute and can be found in the likes of sweet potatoes, oranges and spinach respectively, while B3 and B7 are also important (avocados are a good source). If ever you needed an excuse to fill that plate up a little bit more, then this is it.

Got the secret to a beautiful beard? Tried any other beard growth techniques that have worked for you? We’d love to know so comment and tell us what’s on your mind.

 

 

Why and how to use beard balm for the best result

Is your beard long, dry and unruly? Or maybe you’re a bit earlier on in your beard growth journey, and the unbearable itchiness is driving you nuts?

No matter how manly the man he still needs to moisturise and condition his skin and beard regularly.

Where image is everything beard balm offers the perfect solution, and using one with high-quality natural ingredients is key to getting that healthy look and feel to your lions’ mane,

Used every day when preparing to go out the door will treat dandruffsoften your beard, moisturise your skin, and keep your beard hairs in place.

But you’ve got to use it correctly and to talk you through it, we’ve put the following guide right here for you.

All beard balms are made up of beeswax, a butter, and a combination of oils.

The wax is what gives the balm its hold but don’t expect to be creating the kind of hair styles you would find in a Tim Burton movie. However, a noticeable difference in look and feel awaits and here’s what you should be doing though.

Stop over washing.

It can be tempting to keep washing your beard to calm the itch. However, overdoing it is stripping the natural moisture and oils your skin produces leaving it dry and brittle. 2-3 times a week is recommended with a decent shampoo that is meant for beards. You could also try conditioning beard wash treatments some of which will recommend daily use if you do prefer more frequent use.

However, every evening you should be using warm water to wash your beard of the build-up it accumulates during the day. Now that your beard is washed you can comb out any knots with ease. No knots mean a longer, more even looking beard then it’s time to use a 100% natural beard oil.

Start to Massage & Moisturise.

So, you’re up had your coffee and it’s time to get ready for the day ahead. Take a pea size amount of your chosen beard balm aroma from our professionally made range and rub evenly on your fingers. Starting at your neckline run your fingers through your beard in an upwards motion getting deep into the roots and nourishing your skin. You want to get right underneath your beard and take the time to massage the balm up from your neck to your jawline then cheeks spreading evenly and carefully. Don’t forget to take the time to run your fingertips around your mouth line and under your bottom lip. These are often overlooked and usually are the areas that dry out first. You can then work on your moustache and apply more balm if needed or use a stronger wax to compliment your style of choice.

Continue to be a boar.

Using a good boar bristle brush will help distribute your beard balm nicely through your beard so make sure you add one to your wash bag. Especially in the early —months of growth keeping the knots out and your hairs guided into the direction of your chosen style makes a big difference in taming them.

Finally

Before you go to bed at night, rinse your beard with warm water and apply your favourite beard oil again. When you wake up, do the whole routine over again.

Unlike shampoo, beard balm can and should be applied every day. Be sticking to the plan you’ll notice that your beard becomes softer.

A lot of men mistakenly believe that having a beard is easier than shaving every day, but it takes just as much work to properly maintain.

Got the secret to a beautiful beard? Tried any other beard growth techniques that have worked for you? We’d love to know! Comment and tell us what’s on your mind.

 

How do I decide what beard style I want?

The decision to grow a beard may seem like the easiest choice for men who can’t be bothered with the monotonous routine of shaving every day, but before you throw away the razor you need to know beard maintenance takes just as much thought and care.

The shape of your face should make you stop and think about whether or not you can pull off the style you’ve got your eye on. Like the hair on your head your genes will have an influence on how well your hair grows, so getting the right amount of growth and style of beard to suit your facial features is worth planning in advance.

To help you with this decision we’ve put together a basic blueprint for you to avoid a facial faux-pas.

Prominent chin

A full well-groomed beard works well to compliment a prominent chin.

Keep it full and thicker at the sides to create the illusion of added width if you so desire.

Curved facial features

Invest in a good beard trimmer to create a neatly trimmed beard whilst keeping hard lines along the cheekbones will suit you well.

This style will help slim your face if that’s what you’d like to achieve while squaring off slightly around your neckline will create a more oval face shape overall.

Elongated facial features

Longer faces are better suited to short-trimmed beards, as this enables them to avoid elongating the face even further with more length to your features.

Try to avoid anything too angular, as your face has strong masculine lines already.

Oval shape

Having symmetrical face features allows you to be more versatile.

You can pull off a neatly-trimmed goatee, or a full-on Viking look if you want to as you have nearly all styles available at your fingertips.

Smaller in size

You may want to avoid a full on large beard here if you want to avoid hiding too many of your features further.

A neat goatee with a bit of length could be the way forward or keep some length at the sideburns and square off below the jawline to add some girth.

Larger in size

A larger face can cope with a large beard but keeping it neat and trimmed is important if you want to avoid enlarging your face further.

Keeping it trimmed well at the sides will help do this and will give you the strong facial features of Geoff Capes. 

Square jawline

Having a strong square jawline creates undoubtedly an iconic look, and should be embraced rather than buried. However, if you’re not a fan of your facial feature, then keep the hair fuller on the chin, and shorter at the sides in order to slim the face.

A full-bodied beard you will cope with also. If you are proud of your manly features then keep the edges squared-off so as not to lose your natural shape. However, your strong jawline gives you the luxury of being able to pull off any type of beard you fancy.

The hair on your head style will play a vital role too so if you’re still unsure speak with a reputable barber about your concerns and ideas and they can help you on to the path to groomed awesomeness.

Got the secret to a beautiful beard? Tried any other beard growth techniques that have worked for you? We’d love to know! Comment and tell us what’s on your mind.

Dave Smith