The Mane Attraction: A Stylish Guide to Beard Maintenance
Ahhhh, the beard. Nature's majestic face warmer and the ultimate accessory for the dapper gentleman. Just in case you've been living under a rock the last few years, I'll let you in on the worst-kept secret around: beard grooming is making a bigtime comeback. Gone are the days of the clean-shaven, the baby-faced masses. And here to stay are the stylish, well-maintained beards. The bearded blokes who understand the importance of proper beard care and maintenance. Well, for the moment, anyway.
So, if you're part of the bearded brigade or considering joining, this guide on beard maintenance tips is for you. Because one does not simply grow a beard, one grooms and maintains a beard, especially if one wishes to turn heads for the right reasons. But fear not, my facial-haired aficionados, because you've managed to stumble upon the ultimate guide to beard care. Here, you'll find advice on beard grooming, beard products, and how to maintain your beaut of a beard – with just the right blend of style and rugged charm.
The Art of Patience.
First things first in beard care, you have to grow your beard. Though it sounds simple, it requires patience and a solid beard growth strategy. Resist the urge to grab those clippers and go to town on your face prematurely. Instead, give your beard a chance to reach its full potential. Embrace the awkward stages. Rock the neckbeard with pride. Understanding the phases of beard growth is crucial. And remember: Rome wasn't built in a day – or, in our case, a perfectly groomed beard isn't achieved just after a five o'clock shadow.
Spick and span.
A clean beard is a happy beard. And just like you, it needs a good scrubbing now and then, which is an essential part of beard grooming. So, wash your face and beard every day – morning and night. Yes, it's a bore, but bad skin and beard irritation are buggers. Washing your face and beard removes dirt, germs, oil, and dead skin (not to mention food that may get trapped in your facial tendrils). This is where a dedicated beard cleanser or beard shampoo comes in handy. Make sure to use a gentle cleanser on your face and avoid using regular soap – this can dry out your skin and beard hair. Remember to rinse thoroughly and pat your beard dry with a towel – a key step in beard care.
The Magic of Beard Oil.
Beard oil is the secret elixir that transforms wiry face shrubbery into a silky, soft masterpiece. It's a vital part of any beard maintenance routine. Beard oil moisturises your skin and hair, tames unruly beard strands, and leaves you smelling like a dream. It's one of the essential beard products that every bearded gentleman should have. The best part? It's incredibly easy to use. Get yourself a fancy wee bottle of beard oil, apply a few drops to your hands, and massage it into your beard, distributing it evenly from root to tip (like you're giving your beard a deep tissue massage). This beard grooming technique is as easy as it gets.
Brush, Brush, Brush.
Just like the hair on your head, your beard requires a little TLC, which is where maintenance tools come into play. Invest in a good-quality beard brush, an essential piece in any beard care kit, and give your beard a gentle brush every day. Brushing helps to detangle those stubborn knots and spreads natural oils evenly. This beard grooming step is not rocket science and doesn't take long, so don't give up on me now
Trim Like a Pro (Not Like Edward Scissorhands).
"Beard trimming is an art form, my hairy compadres. It's a crucial part of any maintenance routine and can be the difference between looking like a distinguished gentleman and resembling a misshapen garden hedge. So, equip yourself with a good quality beard trimmer, a must-have beard grooming tool, and get to work. Start by combing your beard downwards before trimming away stray hairs or split ends. Keep your hair shorter on your neck and cheeks and longer on your chin for an optimal beard style. Better yet – ask your barber for a professional beard trim!
And so, my friend, we come to the end of this guide. Take these tips, tried and true, and conquer the beard game like the champ you are. Remember that a well-groomed beard is a reflection of your impeccable style, your rugged charm, and your ability to rock facial hair like a professional.
And if you’re looking for a few pointers when it comes to choosing beard-worthy products, I’ve got you covered:
Earnest Empire Mens Face Wash – Cleansing and healing with Kawakawa and Organic Aloe Vera, this powerful yet protective face wash will gently dissolve dirt and grime while soothing and toning your skin.
Earnest Empire Lightweight Mens Moisturiser – Featuring Rosehip Oil, Acai and Manuka Honey extract, and fortified with Vitamin E, this nutrient-rich blend of skincare superfoods will leave your skin looking and feeling healthy.
The Bowery B'Hoy Beard Oil – Made in New York and infused with Argan oil & The Bowery’s signature fragrance, this beard oil will keep your skin and hair nourished and knot-free.
Bass Beard Brush – With 100% premium soft natural bristles and an echo-friendly natural bamboo handle, the Bass Beard Brush is your best bet for beard grooming.