In its most simplest form, a beard, is just a bunch of hair growing out of your face. If your aim is to look like a neanderthal that just crawled out of his cave in the morning, hitting stuff with a stick…then don’t read on. A beard left to its own devices will achieve that goal for you. If, however, you want a magnificent man mane, let me show you how to take care of your beard.
Like the famous ogre quote about being like an onion, beards are essentially the same. Beard care happens in layers. No quick fixes. No magic pill. Little habits that you add to your daily routine and grooming habits will compound and leave your face with a beard one of those neanderthal men would hit you with a wooden stick for.
The Essentials – Food and Exercise
Let’s get the less cool stuff out-of-the-way first. Food. Your beard is a part of you, a really awesome part of you. It’s alive. In order for your beard to grow healthy, it needs proper nutrition. Because it is not just your beard, it is your face as well. Eat your vegetables, eat healthy meats, eat whole grains. Lay off the junk food, or at least keep it to a minimum. And beards, they be thirsty! Drink a lot of water throughout your day. On top of that, its not going to hurt to be taking a multi-vitamin on a daily basis. In short, the healthier you are, the healthier your beard is going to be. The healthier your beard is, the more awesome you’ll be.
Exercise is also essential to the facial hair forest you got growing. Exercise for a man aids in the production of testosterone. A key ingredient to a full and healthy beard. If your not already, get an exercise routine going. And not just running around showing off your pecs and thighs in your shorty short running shorts. Get yourself some weights and lift them up and down a bunch. Lifting weights is like bonus points for testosterone production. In short, again, a healthy you is a healthier beard.
Give Your Beard a Wash
Beards attract not only the ladies and men suffering beard envy, but they attract sweat, dust, spit, food, germs, oils from your face, just about everything. A great part of your daily beard regimen is to wash your beard in warm water or give it a good rinse in the shower. There are a lot of products out there targeting men and their beards, but they aren’t necessary. Water is the key ingredient we’re looking at when we’re wanting to keep our beards clean.
A couple times a week it is helpful to use a mild shampoo (or a fancy beard wash product) to gently rinse through your beard. You don’t want to do this every day. Non-water products dry out your beard, strip your face of healthy oils, and result in a beard that is…less-beard.
If you’re the kind of person that showers in the morning, awesome. Just give yourself a little face massage with your fingertips just before you get out. If you take your shower at other times, use your sink to splash water on to your face and rinse it that way. A simple and core layer to the beard care onion.
Once your beard is rinsed and still warm from your rinse, you’re ready for the beard sexy time. Find yourself a good beard oil. Something simple without a lot of ingredients. Find a scent you like and that is, at a minimum, manly scented. A beautiful beard that smells like roses just ain’t that cool of a beard anymore. With oil bottle in hand, get a few drops in the palm of your hand. Rub your hands together and then get handsy with your face. Rub it in real good. Use your finger tips to massage the oil into your skin. Don’t get too rough. A gentle massage is what you’re looking for.
A good rule of thumb for the amount of oil to use is 2 to 3 drops per inch of beard length. Play around and experiment to find what works best for you. Also, try out different oils. I find that I need at least a few days to get a good feel for an oil.
If after a few days your beard is still dry or lacking glow, increase the amount of oil you are using. You don’t want an oily beard, so if after increasing the amount of oil you’re using doesn’t do the trick. Try a different one. It took me 3 beard oils before I found one that works for my beard and me.
Brush Your Beard Like a Man
Beard brushing is sure to cause a little controversy. Every man (you know, male humans with beards) has there opinion about how to brush and tame the hair on their faces. I think we’d all agree that a badger hair beard brush is going to be not only necessary, but a wonderful part of brushing your beard. Beard brushes help smooth out and tame stray and straggling hairs. It also feels wonderful. Outside of saying its an important part of taking care of your beard, I’ll leave you to finding another article or YouTube video that better demonstrates how to use a beard brush.
What you’ll likely find is that brushing your beards a process as well. I use a hair brush, a badger hair beard brush, and a pocket comb as part of my daily brushing routine. I went through a few iterations and experiments before I found what works for me and my beard.
Brushing helps to evenly spread natural oils from your face as well as the beard oil you massage in. Taking a brush to your face also adds volume to your beard. This is where you train your beard to grow a certain way and keep it from matting to your face. Find what works for you and brush that beast of a beard!
Trim (Scary, I Know) Your Beard
Scariest part of growing a beard. It is inevitable that you’ll end up with split ends, patches of beard hair that grow faster than other areas, or singe the hairs of your beard when you’re playing with fire. It happens. Before I go much further I should say, that if you have any doubts about trimming or cutting parts of your beard, its okay to hold off and let it keep growing until you work up the nerve to cut your man locks.
If you can manage it yourself, its a fairly simple and terrifying process to use a pair of hair clippers to trim the bit of your beard that needs it. If you need more than a very simple trimming, I’d recommend going someplace that has experience with beards. They’ll be able to clean it up and leave it looking better than when you went in. They’ll be able to shape it however you’d like. And possibly even give you suggestions for what’d compliment your face.
Skipping the trimming layer of beard care is no good. Split ends will get worse, long stragglers can twist up and get themselves tangled with their beard hair brothers. A small and light trimming on a regular basis is your best bet.
Happy Sexy Beard
So, you’ve got a face full of hair that’s been washed, oiled, massaged, brushed, and trimmed. There’s really not a better feeling, or a more manly one, than having a beautiful bush of hair growing on your face. If you keep up the healthy eating and working out, you’re going to feel great, you’re going to look great, and most of all, your beard is going to be sexy, wonderful, and hairy.
Here’s to beards!