Beard Care and Beard MaintenanceThe Ultimate Guide
So you’ve decided to grow a beard. You might think that it’s as simple as being patient and letting it grow — but you’d be wrong. There are plenty of elements that go into styling and attractive beard maintenance. Yes it does require patience, but also a proactive approach toward your beard maintenance. This will help you keep split ends to a minimum, keep a clean and orderly yet masculine look, and reduce beard itch. Plus, it doesn’t hurt with the ladies either.
Finding the right beard styles for Your Face shape
There are different face shapes as well as different beard types that do and don’t go well with them. It’s your duty as a beard holder to know which beard types match your face shape and which do not.
Having a square face means that you have a square jawline and hairline. Square faces usually aren’t slim — the points of your jaw line make hard angles and you generally will have a broader harline, creating a square shape.
The best way to figure out if you have a square face? Slick your hair all the way back. If your harline creates squared off corners and you have a 90° jawline and small chin, then you have a square face.
The notorious square face. a leading man jaw would be best served by having a beard that’s fuller on the chin and shorter on the sides. Think a da Vinci-style or Van Dyke beard (pictured at the bottom of this post). Something that really emphasizes the real estate on the chin.
The best way to keep your facial hair in check for this style is to trim your neck occasionally. You’re trying to keep your hair from getting too full on your cheek area, because this will create too much of a blocked off look.
Someone with a round face has a soft jawline and a rounded hairline. If you have round shaped face, you more than likely are already well aware of it.
This is a relatively common face shape and would do best by growing something that’s longer on the bottom and shorter on the sides. You want to maximize the length of the chin while making the cheeks skinnier with a shorter length there.
Again, you want to keep your cheek area in check. A goatee or chin strap style generally works well for a round face (pictured at the bottom of this post).
Oblong or Rectangular Face
“Why the long face?“
A great example to follow of an oblong or rectangular face is Elvis Presley.
In this sort of face shape, the chin is already very well-defined. With that said, you want to have the sides fuller while the chin is on the shorter side.This could mean mutton chops, a full beard, or an extended goatee (see pictures at bottom of post.) This will take advantage of the already well-defined chin while keeping a healthy bearded look.
An oval face is pretty easy to figure out what it looks like — an oval. Your face will be round at the top and bottom, but also slightly long. Your jaw and chin won’t be very defined and your cheeks won’t be too long. Basically, you have a round face — just longer.
The good thing about the oval face shape is that it’s a middle ground between other shapes. Therefore, most of the styles that you can come up with would look good on an oval face. So have fun and go on many bearded adventures on your quest to find the right beard!
As an example of beard types that don’t work with a face shape, you wouldn’t want a long beard with an oblong or rectangular face. By the same token, you wouldn’t want to have a shorter, fuller beard on someone with a round face.
Shaping the Beard
There are some basic tools that are necessary for your beard maintenance kit. You’ll need to have a good pair of scissors, a beard trimmer with adjustable guides, and a razor. The heavy lifting will be done with the trimmers with adjustable guides. For some of it, you won’t need the guides at all. You can simply run the trimmer over the external part of the beard that needs trimming, and you’ll be good to go. For more overhauling work, you’ll need the adjustable guides.
Keep clean lines
For those super close endeavors, you’ll need to get a razor. This will mostly be used for edging up your beard. Once you decide where you want the edge to be, you can commit to it by first trimming the area and then shaving it with your razor. This will give you a nice and defined look. You can also do this on your cheeks where you want your beard to technically begin. When you have properly defined borders, you’ll have a good beard with which to work.
You also want to keep the cheek lines clear, and one pro tip is to taper the length as it comes to the line to help prevent a shelf from forming if you have really thick beard hair. You also want to use your razor to create a line breaking the intentional beard and your neck beard so that there are two distinct portions. Then you can shave accordingly and have your one line to work with.
Sculpting the Shape
Use different sizes with your trimmer to accomplish whatever shape that you’re looking to create. You can choose from a variety of different shapes, but each of them must be intentional and well-defined. The last thing you want is for an ill-defined mess to take shape and give you a frumpy beard. After you’ve done this, go back along the beard with the trimmer without a guard and lightly go over the shape to catch wily whiskers that are shooting out. This way you’ll have a well-defined shape that looks trimmed and neat because it is.
Another option for trimming up your beard is to use scissors. This is mainly for those close operations where you’ve already used the trimmer but now want to get super duper close. One common use of scissors is to trim up the mustache area. Do you want to have a Yosemite Sam-style stache? If so, then don’t bother with the scissors. But if you want something like what David Beckham keeps, you’ll want to pull out the scissors. You can also use the scissors to edge up what you’ve already trimmed, getting a nice and thorough job out of it.
There is a variety of ways to care for your beard. After all, it’s not just about trimming and sculpting — you also have to maintain that bad boy once the beard egg has hatched.
Keeping your beard Clean
Just like the hair on your head, it’s important to wash and condition your beard regularly.
- Use either a mild shampoo or a specific beard wash to cleanse your beard.
- After washing it, use a mild conditioner or a beard oil to soften up your beard. Make sure you completely rinse it out, though! If you don’t, you might see a lot of flaking coming from your beard. A beard is coarse, so conditioner isn’t going to make as much of a difference there as it would on the hair on your head. However, it will still make it feel softer — especially if you use a beard oil.
- Be sure to gently wipe your beard dry and finish up by combing through it with a wide-toothed comb. This will get rid of any tangles that you might have. You can even finish up with a brush if you’d like to.
- Feel free to experiment with different beard oils and beard balms. They can do wonderful things for your beard and can be great additions to your beard maintenance routine.
Growing your beard
Trying to grow a beard for the first time? We know that it can be a little tricky, so here are some tips for you.
- Be patient! Especially if this is you first time, it can take a few weeks for some people to even get stubble to start showing.
- Use the right products. If you’re using good cleansers, exfoliators, etc., then your hair is much more likely to break through the surface of your skin and continue to grow.
- Start taking daily vitamins. These can really help grow your beard. Specific ones linked to beard growth are: L-Arginine and L-Citrulline, L-Glutamine, and Tribulus. Of course, always feel free to talk to your doctor first to see what they might recommend that you take.
- In general, the best way to keep your beard growing is to practice good beard maintenance habits.
Beard Conditioning and Beard Balm
Using beard oil is a necessary way to keep the beard soft and wonderful. It’ll keep it nice and lustrous for the ladies as well as reduce or even eliminate beard itch. If you don’t have beard oil, then regular old conditioner should suffice in a pinch. When the beard is of a certain length, then using beard balm can help to maintain a certain shape. Be intentional about whatever it is that you choose with the shape of the beard and be sure to keep it in place with the beard balm.
Benefits of beard maintenance
- Your partner will love your beard now because it will be soft for once!
- No more itchiness.
- Your skin will be healthier.
Be intentional with the stache.
You need to pin down what parameters fit your face, your beard, and your life. Do you need to keep the stache shorter for fear of poking your lady in the nose? Are you growing the ends out and looking to sculpt them up in a regular Captain Hook? These things are important and will affect your beardage.
Taking proper care of your beard is essential if you’re looking to be the proud owner of a beard. By putting in the necessary time and effort and taking care of your beard maintenance, you’ll be winning at life.
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