Trying to get that all so suave beard, but it’s just not working?
Can’t figure out why. Bradley Cooper, Ryan Reynolds, literally everyone else seems to be getting it right, why not you? The answer is simple. Just like the hair on your head, you need to pick the right style of beard to suit your face shape.
Get it wrong: disaster! Get it right… and wow!
1. Find A Style To Complement Your Face Shape.
2. Trim Regularly
Trimming your beard regularly is essential to maintain shape and keep it healthy. Invest in a good quality trimmer and pair of scissors. There are so many beard trimmers available on the market; it can be confusing choosing the right one for you. To find the perfect trimmer, look for:
To keep your trimmer in top condition, always clean the blades after use, dusting away hair, then applying a few drops of clipper oil to prevent the blades from rusting.
For long beards and moustaches, I love Beardbrand Beard Trimming Scissors (£44.95). Made from high quality Japanese steel, these scissors are ergonomically shaped and designed to give you more control when trimming.
3. Brush Your Beard
It’s simple, but so many men don’t do it. Regular combing or brushing will control stubborn hairs, training them to grow in a single direction. Not only does this protect against scratching, irritation and ingrown hairs, but it stimulates the scalp and beard follicles, encouraging healthy hair growth. Use a miniature comb for the moustache and a wooden comb for the beard; for thick coarse beards use a boar bristle brush. Mo Bro have a fantastic selection available.
Mo Bro's Wild Boar Bristle Beard Brush (£15) and Wooden Grooming Beard Comb (£5)
4. Wash It Regularly (Not Just In the Bath Or Morning. Take The Time To Nourish It Especially.)
Your beard is a magnet for debris. Grime, oil, dead skin cells and trapped food can lead to an itchy beard, not to mention an unattractive one. Washing regularly using a gentle cleanser such as Seven Potions - Woodland Harmony Beard Shampoo From (100ml / £11) will leave your beard and skin feeling nourished and squeaky clean, removing residue without stripping your natural oils. Made with more than 95% natural ingredients, including soothing Aloe Vera, it will protect against dandruff, split ends and itchy skin; and has a lovely subtle musky scent.
Gently pat your beard dry, as over-towelling can lead to frizz and split ends; and avoid applying everyday shampoos as they strip the skin’s natural oils and moisture in the strands.
5. … And Condition It Too
Use a beard oil regularly to tame those unruly hairs. I love Art Naturals Organic Beard and stache Oil and Leave in Conditioner (50ml / £13). Not only is it gentle and suitable for all skin types, but it’s cruelty-free. Made from 100% natural ingredients, it contains a special blend of organic Jojoba Oil, Moroccan Argan Oil and Vitamin E to condition and soften facial hair. This un-scented, hydrating and anti-inflammatory formula eliminates itching, skin flaking, soothes redness and fights acne. Whether you have coarse or fine hair, it works wonders, stimulating hair growth and repairing split ends.
6. Don’t Forget The Moustache
Keep your beard and moustache tamed naturally with a strong hold wax like Mo Bro's Moustache Wax (25ml / £8). Formulated with anti-inflammatory Beeswax it soothes and hydrates the underlying skin, whilst the long-lasting wax acts as a barrier, keeping dirt and grime out and leaving your facial hair feeling super soft and perfectly styled throughout the day.
Available in 7 scents or unscented, there’s something for everyone. My favourite is vanilla and mango – fragrant but not too sweet. Warm a tiny amount in between your fingers before applying.