As barbers closed their doors up and down the country due to the Coronavirus outbreak, we’ve witnessed the nation’s men turn into something resembling Chewbacca – and it’s not a pretty sight! Beard guide styles.
Most have taken to the clippers and attempted a trim themselves at home. But, if you’re usually one to heavily rely on your barber for that bi-weekly fresh fade, then it may be a tad overwhelming when faced with doing it yourself. Luckily for you, we’ve put together our top at home beard grooming tips to avoid disaster whilst you await the big barbershop reopening! Thank us later...
What do you want to achieve?
This is a very important first question and hopefully, you already know the answer! Many may have used the current lockdown period to attempt to grow a thick, full beard. In this case, maybe you need to know how to maintain it and keep it looking soft and luscious. Or, you may be into the sharp, fresh faded look and want to keep it this way. Now, this is a little harder to achieve if you have never done it before, but, practice makes perfect!
Keep it nourished
Nourishment is especially important if you are growing your beard, but also to keep it looking healthy and neat if you prefer the shorter look.
Wash your beard! You wash the hair on your head so why would it be any different for your beard? Use your usual shampoo and conditioner.
Kinds of beards
Dry your beard. You can just do this with a towel or if you are feeling a little extra, give it a blow dry.
Apply beard oil or balm. Only do this on dry hair.
Comb into place. This ensures the product is evenly distributed but also styles the hair the way you want it.
Subscription boxes are a great way to keep your look maintained when stuck inside. Harry’s offer a great beard-grooming delivery service, bringing shaving and grooming essentials right to your doorstep.
Patience and precision
This is key, especially if it’s your first time. Shaving or trimming your beard can be daunting if you haven’t done it before. Taking it slow and being patient will hopefully result in less accidental slips or mistakes. It will also allow you to be more precise and create any neat or sharp lines that you want to add back into your face.
A beard trimmer is best to use if you have a shorter beard and just want to keep it tidy. For longer styles, you may want to get the scissors out to get rid of any longer, stray hairs. Finally, for the close shaven, stubble look, a razor is best to create those sharp, neat lines around the cheeks and neckline.
TOP TIP: Remember that less is more! You can’t reverse what you take off so go slow and trim the hair one length at a time to ensure you get the results you want.
An extra pair of hands
A mirror can only show you so much and it is always best to get a second opinion. Be sure to give your quarantine partner a shout to help you. They can check you out from every angle and make sure your at home efforts are even and symmetrical, and that you haven’t missed anything. If you trust them enough, you may even put the job in their hands entirely and sit back and relax!
All kinds of beards
We hope you achieve a beard almost as good as your pre-lockdown one and are feeling fresh and ready to face the world (when we are allowed)!