We all know those guys who grow their beards out and never touch it because they’re convinced that taking care of your facial hair is unmanly. How they got that idea in their heads, I don’t know but it’s definitely not an uncommon belief. We’re here to set the record straight. Beard grooming styles.
Not only is it not unmanly to groom your beard, looking like a bum with poor hygiene isn’t doing you any favors.
Don’t associate using specialized products with imagery of women’s magazines and girly obsession with hair. A man rules over his kingdom and there is no possession more prized than a majestic and healthy beard.
If you’re ready to look like a professional adult who’s not ashamed to have people thinking he cares about his appearance, then you’ll be happy to know that there are several tools, products, and techniques to add to your arsenal and daily routine. The difference it will make for your appearance and interactions with others is night and day to that of an unkempt beard.
Get ready to learn about the qualities to look for in a set of trimmers, shears, brush, and comb. Discover the world of beard oils and balms to assist in keeping your hair healthy and styled throughout your day. Learn not just about the various styles available to you, but how and why you should choose a specific style.
Continue and you’ll come to understand how less is more when it comes to washing and trimming up. And of course, we’ll show you two easy ways to enhance your beard’s appearance in ten minutes involving your cheek line and neckline. A gold mine of information awaits you below.
There are two items that are a must-have for any beardsman, and those are a set of quality trimmers and shears. Sometimes you’ll see these referred to as clippers and scissors, respectively. Don’t accept anything less than the highest quality, unless you want compromised results and to have to re-purchase again later. If you buy quality, you only have to buy once.
A set of beard trimmers should at minimum have attachments to allow you to vary the depth of your trimming. These attachments may be numbered one through six, for example, or will tell you precisely how long of a cut they will provide. They are standardized, so if they are numbered you can find a guide online. Just know that they are usually fractions of an inch. Some will feature depth settings as low as one-millimeter increments for close beards like stubble or a boxed beard.
In this day and age, there’s no reason to purchase a pair that isn’t rechargeable and wireless as well. For short to medium length beards, trimmers are not optional. Most will feature bare blades or at least a flip-out attachment to help you line your edges, cheek lines, and neckline as well. A great example of a very acceptable set of trimmers is the Philips Norelco QT4070.
Shears are useful for men with long or short beards. They are for precision cutting and can allow you to clip just one unruly hair at a time without the danger of hacking out an entire portion of your beard with an accidental slip of the trimmers. It’s a rite of passage to accidentally destroy your beard and have to start over, but you might as well avoid that scenario if you can.
Purchase a pair of shears that is sharp with a tight bind between the blades so that you will cut the hair instead of pull it out. While any pair of scissors can cut hair, I’d purchase a set of salon-quality scissors or some designed specifically by an experienced beard-company. A great starting set that you may never abandon are the Sanguine beard scissors.
When you set out to purchase trimmers and shears, don’t cheap out. It takes months to grow a beard, and only one small malfunction to destroy it. You can avoid equipment malfunctions by purchasing trusted products, but that doesn’t stop you from making a mistake yourself. Always take your time when trimming and cutting. Anyone can use scissors, but let’s talk about how to go about trimming your beard with beard trimmers.
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It’s not obvious how to go about using a beard trimmer, especially with all of the misinformation out there. Some people will say that you should cut with the grain of your hair in the direction of the growth, but the goal is to cut each hair at an even length. This means that you should cut against the grain so that each hair stands up fully as it is pulled through the attachment. This results in an even beard depth and well-groomed appearance.
Beard trimming style guide
Before you just start hacking away, consider what your plan is exactly. Then before you execute that plan, step backwards in terms of length. So if you think you want a one-inch length on your beard, start with a two-inch trim first. This will keep you from over-estimating and from over trimming and setting yourself back in time on the order of months. Remember, you can always cut off a little bit more, but you can’t add any back. Goof ups with the bare blade sans-attachment can set you back all the way to the beginning. We can’t reiterate enough to be very careful and take your time.
To cut against the grain, start at the bottom of your neck or cheeks and drag the trimmers upwards. Most hair grows out of their follicles in a downward direction and this will take care of most of your beard. There may be portions on your neck or cheeks where the hair growth pattern comes out sideways. That’s okay, just cut that area against the grain. It sometimes helps to stretch the skin wherever you are trimming so that it doesn’t bunch up and recede away from the clippers. This will result in uneven lengths. Just start with a longer length than you anticipate wanting and you have no reason to be afraid. Just be especially careful once the blade attachment comes off and you’re cleaning up your lines.
One last consideration concerning your beard trimmer is maintenance on it. No, you don’t have to take it apart and oil the gears and cogs, but you should clear it of residue and small hair clippings after every use. Allowing these to pile up can eventually clog or separate the blades from one another, resulting in the unfortunate excruciating pain of pulling your hair out instead of cutting it. Most trimmers will come with a small brush with fine hairs to get in all of the crevices. Some will also provide a small bottle of oil. Place one drop on the blades once a month and turn it on so the oil distributes itself between all of the shears. This will keep your blades sharp and sliding properly for ages to come. Just like the appearance of your beard, a little care goes a long way.
The first step to growing a beard of any length and style is to grow a full beard and let it blossom for a month or two. Then you can begin shaping and designing it into your masterpiece. If you’re an experienced beard grower, then you likely have a plan, but those new to the realm of beardsmanship will need some guidance on the various styles and current trends.
There are countless styles and sub-styles that have come in and out of style over the decades and centuries. Depending on your personality, you may want to choose a style that is trending or go for the exact opposite. Of course, it’s always safe to choose a classic such as the Full Beard.
Don’t just choose willy-nilly. There are factors to consider before dedicating yourself to one style. The first is always personal preference, but nobody is forcing you to wear a style you don’t want. But others may have preferences, such as your boss at work or your lady friend. Consider their needs and desires as well as your own.
In addition, you should be considering other aspects about yourself as well. Think about things like whether or not you wear glasses, your hair cut style, the type of clothing you prefer to wear, and the shape of your face. Consider your upper lip, the prominence of your chin, the roundness of your cheeks, and the amount of fat on your neck. These will affect the way each design style looks on your face.
To learn more about some of the current beard styles trending in 2015, check out our article here. It will walk you through the looks and methods to achieve those looks that people are finding cool or handsome right now. It also shares with you some other products we’ve come to trust that will help you in your bearded quest to perfection.
Like any hair of a certain length, you’ll need to brush or comb it to bring it to its optimal appearance. For beards, the best style of brush you’ll find is a boar bristle brush ( we like this one ). There are several reasons for wanting this style of brush. The first is that the bristles are stiff and thick enough to not bend under the pressure of your beard hair, which is likely more thick than the hair on your head and a bit curlier.
It also benefits the health of your hair and the skin beneath it. The bristles will massage and exfoliate the skin beneath your beard, helping to remove any dryness that can lead to flakes in your beard. It also picks up and distributes the natural oils (or your beard oil or balm ) all throughout your beard so that your hairs receive an even coating that ensures they retain the moisture and nutrients they need.
If your beard hair is thinner or straighter than most, you could enjoy using a comb if that is your preference. You can look at this EQLEF sandalwood comb to see what a beard comb features. This particular comb is meant to be carried with you in your shirt or jacket pocket and features two sides of teeth so you aren’t fiddling around with it having to flip it over all of the time.
What’s great about a comb built of sandalwood is that your beard oil or balm will wipe clean from it easily but that it also becomes more conditioned by these products over time, improving its combing abilities and its fragrance. A comb made of wood will also not gather static electricity, which will frustrate you to no end as it keeps disrupting the styling you’re putting in place.
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Trimming, shearing, brushing, and combing are not the only things you should be doing with your beard. These will get you most of the way, but if you want supreme facial hair, you’ll need to go the extra step and take care of that glorious mane of facial hair. This means using specialty products for styling, moisturizing, conditioning, and cleaning your hair.
First of all, don’t shampoo your beard daily. All you’ll achieve is stressing it out, leaving it dry, brittle, and hard to tame. Unless otherwise needed (you messy eater, you), an appropriate frequency of washing your beard is about once per week. Don’t get me wrong though. You should still be rinsing it out every time you shower or bathe.
There are specially made soaps and shampoos for beards you can try, or you can use a salon-quality shampoo for regular hair of whatever thickness or style your beard hair matches. Make sure that you rinse the shampoo fully from your beard every time, leaving no extra residue that will damage and dry out the hair.
For those of us who maintain shorter beard lengths, even as low as a 5 o’clock Shadow, use a quality beard oil based on argon oil or jojoba oil. A popular and respected option is Virtu Beard Oil.
Take a few drops from the eyedropper, rub it between your palms and fingers to warm it, and then run it through your beard the best you can. Spread it as evenly as possible and then allow the brush or comb to finish the job. Make sure you work it into the skin and follicles underneath your beard as well. This will keep your hair and skin moisturized and full of the nutrients it needs to produce the strongest and most pliable hair possible that’s not filled with the flakes of a dry and itchy patch of skin underneath.
For longer beards, the same effect can be achieved with Virtu Beard Balm. The only difference between an oil and a balm is that the balm adds a small amount of beeswax and shea butter. Apply it in the exact same fashion and you’ll notice that when it quickly dries it slightly stiffens the hair (thanks to the wax, mainly).
Quick note on application: use the back of your thumbnail to scrape some balm out (only about a pea sized amount unless you’,ve got a heck of a long beard). Rub it between your palms until it’,s ‘,liquid’, or ‘,wet’, and then apply through your beard.
The idea is that you apply it and then brush and comb your beard into the style for the day and then allow the balm to hold it in place so you don’t end up with an unruly beard later in the day.
Cheap balms will leave your beard too stiff, sticky feeling, and with wax peeling off. If you decide to use a balm, don’t purchase anything cheap or you may end up with the opposite effect you hoped for.
Remember, if you have a couple of crazy hairs that just won’t come under your rule, don’t be afraid to grab your shears and chop them off. It doesn’t take many stray hairs to throw off all of your fine-tuned efforts, so be rid of them if they don’t want to behave.
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There are two parts of a beard that inevitably get overlooked. Most men know to shave a clean neckline, but some don’t bother with their cheek line. Cleaning up both can take a scruffy, bummy looking beard and convert it to a professional and strong accessory.
The worst rookie mistake is to shave the neckline too high or the cheek line too low.
Beard grooming and styles
Both will result in a very awkward look. Remember, just like length, you can always trim off more, but you can’t add any back. So take it easy and step towards your neck and cheek line goals instead of going straight for it. It’s easy to make mistakes.
Generally, you want to create a neckline that comes up to the place where the vertical part of your neck begins to curve and extend out to your bottom jaw. Keep it natural. Don’t create sharp angles or worry about straight lines. Allow your neckline to curve along with the top of your neck. You may find that it’s better to drop your neckline a bit below the joining part of your neck and jaw. This makes sure that as you twist and turn your head, your beard doesn’t raise too high or move independently of your neck, which looks awkward.
When it comes to your cheek line, less is usually more. Your facial hair likely has a natural line that you can envision already. Find this invisible “best fit line” and remove everything above it. You’ll want a fairly straight line here, but allow it to curve up to your mustache and sideburns near the ends. You don’t want your beard looking mechanical or boxed in with 90 degree angles.
For longer beards that reach down beyond the neck to the chest, or at least well enough below the chin to hide a neckline, you can skip out if you’d like. You may decide you like to continue creating a neckline to thin out the bottom and allow a breeze across the front of your neck. Whatever makes you comfortable, go for it. You can be less rigid about it since your beard will hide the neckline anyways.
The above considerations, tools, products, and methods are applicable and useful for every type of facial hair. Depending on your situation and style, you’ll have decisions to make about what style you will grow and craft. Whether you’ve chosen a mustache, a goatee, a full beard, a chin strap, mutton chops, or anything else, you’ll always need access to the tools and products that provide you with all your beard will desire for proper grooming.
So make sure at minimal you’re working with a quality set of trimmers, shears, and a brush. Your mileage may vary with a comb depending on the length and natural thickness of your beard hair, but give it a shot. Long-haired gentlemen will appreciate a beard balm that will help them style their beards will still supplying the same nutrients and oils that a beard oil will provide when conditioning. If you’re using these items and not over-washing your beard, you’ll end up with the most healthy, glorious beard in the town, city, and even state (unless I live in your state).
Proper care is only the first step of enjoying and experimenting with your beard. The world of facial hair is endlessly full of opportunity and entertainment. Make sure you continue browsing our site to expand your knowledge base and frame of reference to get the most out of your beard. Hairless men will envy, ladies will swoon, and all will cower before the strength of your beard.