Many men, at some point in their lives, decide to grow a beard. Knowing how to maintain and care for that beard can make all the difference between looking sophisticated and sexy to looking like you were raised by wolves. The good news is that growing a beard and caring for it is not hard, and with a few simple tips, you’ll be looking and feeling your best.
Step one for growing a beard is leave it alone. Don’t shave, don’t try to shape or style it. Just leave it untouched for 4 to 6 weeks. After that, your beard should have grown in evenly and will be long enough to work with.
At this point, it might be a good idea to enlist some expert help. A good barber can help you pick the right style and length of beard for your face shape and do the initial shaping. Once you find a look you love, you’ll just have to maintain it.
Remember that your beard and mustache are always growing, so you’ll need to invest in a good beard trimmer and a pair of grooming scissors to keep everything under control. Also note that the shorter the beard style you choose, the more often you’ll need to trim it to keep that tight style.
When you shower, be sure to wash and condition your beard just like you would the hair on your head. Since the skin on your face is more sensitive than your scalp, you may want to consider a beard wash/conditioner for a little extra TLC.
If your beard hair grows neatly downward, consider yourself lucky, as for others, it may stick out or be rebellious. Once your beard is completely dry, smooth on a few drops of beard oil to soften the hair and use a beard comb to gently remove tangles. You may also want to try a beard pomade or mustache wax to help create and maintain the shape you want.
If you love grooming your own beard and want to help others look and feel their best, Shore Beauty School can help you turn your passion into a career. Check out our Barbering Program to learn more.