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.

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.

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