So you've started growing that beard. You've perhaps moved on from the dreaded itch. You've even got a beard you're proud of. Your next thing now is how to groom a beard. Having a beard grooming routine is essential to keeping it clean, itch free and looking amazing. Here are the critical tips on how to groom a beard and keeping it in tip top shape.
Imagine never washing your hair, it wouldn’t look or feel good, would it? It's the same with the beard. We recommend washing your beard at least 2 to 3 times a week, more often if you work in a dirty or dusty environment. Make sure to use beard shampoo/wash/soap and not the stuff you use on your head hair. It's designed to strip the natural sebum oil from the skin, oil that your beard thrives on.
- Dampen your beard with warm water
- If you're using beard wash, pump it three times in the palm of your hand. If you’re using beard soap, get the soap wet and rub it in your hands until you get a nice lather
- Apply the wash or soap to your beard, working it in with your fingers so you’ve got a lather
- Rinse off thoroughly with warm water
Washing is great on its own when you want to groom a beard, however, to really take it to the next level you should also condition it. A beard conditioner really does soften the beard and leaves it feeling so soft.
- Pump the conditioner three times in the palm of your hand and rub your hands together
- Apply the conditioner to your beard, working it into the hair with your fingers.
- Leave in the beard for around a minute. Rinse off thoroughly with warm water
After you clean your beard with wash or soap, towel dry your beard so it’s still a bit damp.
Now grab your Mo Comb and brush that precious fluff of yours. It is important to comb from top to bottom and from side to the centre. This way, you are taming and educating your hair to grow in the desired direction. You can read about the benefits of combing your beard here.
Next, and most important step when you groom a beard is to apply a hydration product. You have three options to pick from: beard oil, beard balm, and beard butter. All three have varying levels of hydration and
Beard oil is the perfect product to keep your beard healthy, hydrated and shiny. It will promote hair growth, and moisturise your beard and the skin beneath. Depending on your facial hair length, use 2-4 drops and massage it into your beard and the skin beneath.
Next up is beard balm. The difference between beard oil and beard balm is that balm will not only condition your beard, but it will tame it as well. If you have a long mane and you would like to give it a little bit of volume, the go for the balm. Simply scrape out a pea sized amount of balm into your palm and apply it onto your beard from beneath.
Finally, the dark horse of the beard grooming world, beard butter. A luxury beard hydration product, beard butter is somewhere in between beard oil and beard balm. Beard butter has a creamy like consistency and combines Argan and Jojoba oils with Shea butter and Cocoa which leaves a light hold and a matte finish. Like the balm simply scrape out a pea sized amount of balm into your palm and apply it to you beard massaging into your skin. For larger beards you may want to use a bit more.
Finally, grab your Mo Brush and get to work. Use a downward motion to start smoothing your hair out.
The biggest advantage of a bristle brush is that it will condition your beard. Natural boar hair will reach hairs at every level of your beard giving you a very effective and even brush per stroke. This will distribute beard oil, balm and butter evenly, and trap the products in your beard.
So there you have it, the ultimate guide on how to groom a beard. Make the above part of your daily beard grooming routine and we guarantee that you'll look and feel beard awesome.
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