It doesn’t take a keen interest in style to know that beards are back in vogue. From the chunky lumbersexual offering to finely honed goatees, facial hair is now as important as your haircut and every inch an extension of your personal style.
And much like your haircut, care must be taken in its treatment. From choosing the right style to maintenance and aftercare, this beard maintenance 101 is here to guide you.
From the stables of the fan girl of the beards club, I bring you tips on how to take proper care of your very important facial hair.
Which Beard Style Is Right For Me?
The shape and style of your beards matter and whether they sit right on your face is important too, so you don’t end up looking unkempt and scruffy.
So how do you pick a style that suits?A beard experts says -It’s a mixture of facial shape, hair growth and lifestyle, If you’ve got a long face, it’s better to grow a bit more hair on the cheeks, so it can fill the face out. Inversely, if you have a round face, you want to reduce the width..
It’s all about rebalancing the proportions of your face to achieve the desired effect. However, on occasion, your peach fuzz simply won’t play ball. You need to be aware of your own hair growth, as you may not be able to achieve the look you really want. Men with patchier growths opt for stubble instead; the sporadic tufts will be less noticeable if you opt for a short front-and-sides.
As with haircuts, certain styles fall in and out of vogue. After the bold statement of longer, unkempt beards à la latter-day Brad Pitt, shorter, neater beards are now taking precedence. Shorter styles can help to accentuate bone structure and hide odd features like weak chins or cherubic cheeks a true Swiss army beard.
1. Wash It
For Pete’s sake, wash it regularly. With foreign bodies in your new beard, your skin reacts in a rash as it attempts to repel the invaders in the same way it attempts to push out trapped grease, resulting in spots.
The resulting inflamed skin looks and feels uncomfortable, resulting in frequent handling, itching and an even greasier beard as a result. For longer beards a common-or-garden shampoo should be more than enough for a wash.
2. Scrub it
For shorter, tougher beards less than 2cm long, a facial scrub is the better option. Exfoliating the skin around the beard with facial scrub keeps it looking fresh and clean and the beard itself looking less greasy.
3. Oil it
The beard oil you’ve seen touted by artisan grooming specialists does have a place for longer beards. Beard oil coats the shaft of the hair which restores natural moisture in the hair follicle. This natural moisture is known as sebum, and stops the hair becoming brittle. Finally, apply a moisturiser regularly to prevent dryness from recurring.
Seem like a lot of hard work? Well, all this maintenance has its purpose as the beard is subjected to far more wear and tear than your haircut, dry follicles and irritated skin contribute to beard dandruff, so there is a need to care for it.