When you’ve built a business in male grooming like we have, the third Friday in August is a special day. It’s National Men’s Grooming Day — a date in the calendar all about encouraging men to take pride in their appearance. As well men should.
Now, we’re not experts in all male grooming — tips on styling your hair, manscaping or trimming your eyebrows you’ll need to find elsewhere — but what we can school you on is beards.
So let’s celebrate National Men’s Grooming Day with some mighty fine beard grooming tips. 33 of them no less.
- Patience is a virtue when it comes to beard grooming. If you're growing a beard for the first time, you should leave your beard to grow for at least one month, preferably two, before styling.
- Beard oil is the most important grooming product of all. It keeps the skin moisturised and the beard healthy. Apply it daily to your chin, cheeks and bear hair.
- Your face won’t be suited to every beard style so don't be afraid to experiment. If a full beard isn’t the right look, keep your beard trimmed and close to the face. If you struggle to grow hair on your cheeks, think about going with a moustache or goatee.
- Never use regular shampoo on your beard hair. It’s designed to strip sebum oil from the skin — oil that your beard thrives on. Stick to a good beard wash.
- Unless you make a regular habit of getting food all over your face, don’t wash your beard every day, otherwise, you’ll be taking away the natural oils. As a rough guide:
- For oily skin, wash every 1-2 days
- For normal skin, wash every 3-4 days
- For dry skin, wash weekly
- Unless you’re experienced with clippers, use scissors to trim your beard. Scissors give you more control.
- Find a trusted barber and visit monthly for a trim to maintain the shape of your beard.
- Beards haven’t gone out of fashion. They never will. They’re bigger than fashion.
- Don’t trim your moustache until you’ve tamed it. When it’s long enough to style, brush the hair out from the centre on either side every day to train it. Then, use moustache wax to keep it styled.
- If you really want to curl the ends of your moustache, put some moustache wax on your finger tips and twizzle the ends of the hair. Then, curl the hair around a pen to get that full Hercule Poirot look.
- Use a combination of beard oil and daily brushing to rid your beard of dandruff.
- Invest in a good beard brush or moustache comb. Here’s our guide on which you should use.
- Having a beard doesn’t mean you’re a hipster. Beard on, brother.
- A combination of washing, conditioning, moisturising, brushing and trimming will help you deal with an itchy beard. Check out our guide.
- Don’t worry about making mistakes. Beard hair grows back.
- Never trim your beard when it’s wet. It might not look right when it drys.
- Blow drying isn’t as bad for your beard as people might have you believe. Using a hairdryer at a distance of 15cm with continuous motion has actually been found to cause less damage than letting the hair dry naturally.
- Straws and napkins are your best friends. Keep both close to hand when eating and drinking in public.
- Having a beard in summer won’t make you hotter. Don’t feel the need to shave it.
- There is no magic product to make your beard grow faster, but exercising, eating right, not smoking and looking after your skin. Here are some more tips growing a thicker beard faster.
- A high protein diet promotes healthy beard grow. Stock up on eggs, beans, yoghurt, seafood and white-meat poultry.
- The longer the beard, the harder it is to maintain. But don’t let that put you off.
- Beard oil and beard balm don’t do the same job. Oil works more for moisturising the skin underneath the beard, balm conditions and tames the beard to make it look thicker. Here’s a blog post we wrote on the differences.
- Talk about your beard and get advice for anything related to beard care by talking to other beardsmen in our Facebook community.
- Brush or comb your beard every day to train it to grow in a downward direction.
- A good night’s sleep is great for beard growth. Getting in 7-9 hours reduces stress and increases the growth hormone in the blood, speeding up cell reproduction for better, faster-growing facial hair.
- Your beard won’t grow back quicker if you shave it off. It's a myth. Put down that razor.
- If you suffer from patchiness, try growing your beard so that the patches get lost amongst the longer hair.
- Your beard neckline should resemble a “U”. Above the Adam’s apple is a good baseline for your beard. Trim all hair below that point and create a “U” shape from the back of the ears, behind the jawline.
- Put on your natural “resting” face when trimming your moustache so that it’s even with all expressions. And only use scissors — they offer a more natural finish.
- Stick to beard products that use natural ingredients. Chemicals like silicone, which is used to make hair look shiny, don’t offer the nourishment your beard needs.
- If grooming isn’t really your thing, keep your beard short.
- Stock up on the grooming essentials: moustache wax, beard oil, beard balm, scissors, comb/brush and soap.
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