You want to grow your beard, complete with a moustache but do you know how to maintain it? Grooming is an important part of growing your beard, it is important not to neglect this. Just like you need to look after the hair on your head, you also need to look after the hair on your face. You can work the maintenance of your beard into your daily routine, it shouldn’t take you long each morning, but the result will be a healthy, shiny looking beard.
These 8 easy steps will help you achieve the perfect beard!
Wash your beard regularly
An important part of your beard maintenance is washing it regularly. You don’t need to necessarily buy a special beard wash, your regular hair shampoo will work just fine. Just like the hair on your head, dirt and sweat get caught in your beard and washing it regularly will leave it smelling fresh and clean.
Wash it effectively
Washing your beard regularly is one thing but are you washing it effectively. Just like with anything you can’t just pour soap on it and expect it to be clean, you need to actually make sure you clean it correctly and effectively. Part of this means using the right products. Ideally, you want to choose a sulfate-free shampoo to wash your beard with 2-3 times a week. Make sure you rub the shampoo in nicely to clean it properly!
Apply beard oil
Regularly washing your beard is important and necessary to keep it clean but it does also dehydrate the hair and strips it of the natural oils. Enter, specially formulated beard oil. This oil was designed to balance your natural oils in your beard, hydrate the hair and skin around your beard and leave your beard looking shiny and healthy. You might need to try a few different beard oils before you find the right one to suit your needs. This is one of the most important steps when it comes to maintaining your beard.
Style your beard like a pro
Are you styling your beard? It might sound a little overwhelming to start with but it doesn’t need to be. To effectively style your beard, all you really need is a proper beard brush, comb, and a hairdryer. Once you have washed your beard, you can apply some beard balm and then run the comb through it to remove unwanted curls. The balm will also help you to style it into the shape you want while drying it. Work your hands through your beard to get the right look and make sure any products you are using reaches all the hair. If you have a larger, fuller beard you will need to get a rounder brush to style with. It might take some time to perfect the perfect style, so keep at it.
Don’t forget to style your moustache
You are going to need to add in an extra step to style and maintain your moustache. It is important to remember this step. If your beard is looking amazing, you want your moustache to match it! Moustache wax is a great product to help you achieve a neat and healthy-looking moustache that will last throughout the day. You might also want to consider trimming your moustache every 3-4 days just to prevent stray hairs from making it look untidy.
Pick the right beard for your face shape
Beard styles are like hairstyles, you need to pick the right one for your face shape. Chose a style that suits your face shape, it will look better and ultimately so will you. You might also want to consider your lifestyle and the time you have available to style a beard. Even if the style suits you but you have limited time to style it properly, you might want to reconsider a lower maintenance option.
Get regular trims
Regular trims are not optional when it comes to maintaining your beard. You can trim your own beard using a pair of scissors. Every few weeks look in the mirror and trim any split ends or stray hairs. Run a comb through your beard before this, it will help to see which hairs need to be trimmed. When you are trimming keep in mind the style you are going for, are you trying to grow it long or keep it cropped? If you are going to do this yourself, invest in a good pair of scissors and trimmer.
It is going to take a few weeks to get your beard looking like you envisioned it to look, have patience. If you are starting to grow it from scratch, avoid trimming or styling it for at least the first 4 weeks. This will allow the hair to grow quicker and more evenly. You can then start to style and trim to achieve the look you want.
If you do not maintain your beard properly the hair will become dry, you will get split heads and your overall look will be negatively affected. Make the time to wash and trim your beard regularly. Add some beard oil and balm to achieve a healthy, shiny look and keep working on styling the beard until you have found the perfect look for your face.