It’s your duty as a modern beardsmen to take good care of your beard.
Don’t let it go wild without even putting a drop of oil on it for months. Believe me you don’t want to find yourself in this situation, I’m a living proof of that.
You can check out my trimming and beard oils guides, so you get a clearer picture of what I’m talking about:
- Trimming Guide: Learn how to control the beast and get rid of split ends
- Beard Oils Guide: Everything you need to know before making or purchasing your first beard oil
When I reminiscence about the past year or so, I must admit how the whole process of growing out a strong and powerful beard is quite a fulfilling journey every man should try at least once in his lifetime.
Like anything else in life you need to be smart and learn how to shape up your beard the best way you possibly can.
Sometimes it’s just genetics and there’s nothing you can do about it, but in most cases you are the one controlling your own beard destiny.
I’ve learned the hard way how by just growing a beard and washing it when you’re in the shower you aren’t doing enough and you’ll face various problems down the road. You’ll need to face reality and accept the fact you must nurture your beard on daily basis if you want to maintain a healthy fresh look.
If you decide to simply grow your beard and stay away from grooming, get ready to face problems like:
- Ingrown hair – Happens when your beard is all over the place and some of your longer facial hairs push the new ones towards your face.
- Split ends – Damaged facial hair means you’ll most likely start experiencing split ends, which may affect your overall beard appearance.
- Change in pigmentation and texture – If you don’t feed your beard with the right stuff, it will quickly start changing it’s natural appearance.
- Dry and thin beard – You don’t necessarily have to lose in color and diameter, but you’re still not in the safe zone. Dry beard means thin beard.
- Tangled beard – Closely connected with ingrown hair and split ends. Tangled beard will also affect the direction and the shape of your beard.
- Dry skin – Your beard isn’t the only thing that will dry off, your skin will be affected as well, which can lead to even bigger problems like beard dandruff (beardruff), itchiness (skin irritation), acne and smelly beard.
Trimming every once in a while isn’t enough.
If you want to have an astonishing full beard, you’ll need to get used to taking care of your facial hair on daily basis and getting familiar with the topic of beard grooming on a whole new level.
That’s why I’ve dedicated this section of the site solely to beard grooming and I’ll try to cover the usual topics like combing, brushing, washing and beard oil usage. I’d like to share all the cool tips and tricks that helped me grow a powerful full beard.
Don’t be surprised if your better half becomes jealous and starts nagging you about all the products you have stocked on your side of the bathroom countertop. You’re a man and you must share your virile beard with the world, so you become more confident with yourself and the things you got going on.
Hope you ready to take control of your beard:
I believe these guides and the knowledge shared in this article will address and help you solve all your beard related problems.
Hope my experience will show you how to nurture your beard the right way and help you avoid dealing with issues like thin, tangled and dry hair.
My goal is you to provide you with all the necessary tools to turn your beard from a nasty debris filled playground for bacteria into a powerful lion-like mane.
You’ll notice how I’ve classified the content by solving the most common grooming problems the modern beardster faces on daily basis.
These detailed how to guides filled with useful tips you can apply immediately are here to pinpoint the exact issues you need to fix and show you how to get there step by step.
This should be enough to guide you towards a powerful manly beard underneath your chin.
It would be my honor to aid you in any way during this process, so don’t hesitate to send me a question through the contact page or just drop your two cents in the comment section at the bottom of the page.
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The truth is there’s no hidden secret that will strengthen your beard and give you the shape you’ve always wanted.
The cold simple truth is you need to nurture your beard using specialized or homemade products and get familiar with your granddad’s pair of scissors and that trimmer you got for your 18th birthday.
All it takes is only couple of minutes in the morning and/or at night and you’ll have a lustrous looking beard in no time.
There are three simple rules you must obey if you want to have a powerful beard:
- Brush for direction.
- Oil up for moisture.
- Wash for disinfection.
This is what I do devotedly and you’ve seen the beard I have grown in the past year or so.
It’s pretty cool, isn’t it?
Well, you can do it too bud, just follow my routine and you’ll be walking down the street with that huge beard you rightfully deserve.
Here are the four simple steps I follow and are a part of my beard grooming routine:
How to wash a beard?
Step 1: Don’t burn your beard and face – Choose the right water temperature as you don’t want to dry out your skin and your beard’s facial hair follicles with hot water. I suggest you go with lukewarm water as this is the temperature level that promotes better blood circulation while allowing your skin to open up its pores.
Step 2: Foam up before you apply – Create some lather in your hands before you apply the beard wash on your face.
Step 3: Rub it in – Make sure you’re covering the full length of your beard from its base to the tip because you want to get rid of all the filth and bacteria you’ve accumulated during the day.
Step 4: Massage your face – If you want to get rid of all the debris you have under your beard and make sure your skin is clean, you’ll need to massage your face beneath the beard. This also improves blood circulation.
Step 5: Rinse – Make sure you get everything out. You can use cold water while you’re doing this.
How to dry a Beard?
Step 1: Use a microfiber towel – Using a regular cotton towel may damage your beard at its most sensitive state and leave unwanted lint behind. With a microfiber towel you’re also doubling down on drying time while removing dirt and debris better than any other material. Static is also low, so you avoid that funky bushy look. This is also the reason why you’ll need to use a wooden comb and brush.
Step 2: Use a blow drier – Great deal of people stay away from blow driers as they think this automatically damages their facial hair. As long as you’re using low to medium heat and you keep the blow-drier 5 – 7 inches from your face, all is good. The best way to shape up your beard is by combining cold blow-drying and brushing.
How Often Should I Wash and Condition My Beard?
Washing your beard with a product means you’re changing its pH value and contrary to popular belief shampoos and soaps dry your hair. Even those cute baby shampoos that promote low pH levels, stabilize after usage and still manage to dry your skin and facial hair.
Natural organic products, although with higher pH value, are better for your beard and skin as they keep both your face and hair moisturized and only enhance the effect of other beard products such as oil and balm.
That’s why it’s important to wash your beard with product (shampoo or soap) only couple of times a week.
DIY Beard Wash
There are literally hundreds of recipes online showing how to make your own soap at the commodity of your kitchen. I’ve chosen this charcoal face soap because of the fact that it uses active charcoal as its main ingredient.
Send me some cool recipes you may have in the comment section.
Beard Brushing & Shape Up
There are three things that you’ll need if you want to keep your beard nice and tidy while shaping it up towards your desired beard style. These three little secrets will put you in a position where you don’t need to worry about how your beard looks all the time and focus on more important stuff like friends and family in your free time.
Apply oil right after you wash your beard
This is probably the best time to spread that nutritive oil throughout your beard. Just wait for your beard to become damp or go through it with a towel and start massaging your face.
Boar bristle brush for even oil distribution
Once you apply the oil with your bare hands, get your boar bristle brush and spread that oil from the root to the top of your facial hair follicles. It’s also great way to shape up your beard.
Blow dryer + Small brush = Perfect shape
Your beard is oiled up and ready to go! Or is it? Use a small diameter brush with soft endings to shape up the beard of your dreams. You’ll need the help of a blow dryer set on medium heat.
Beard Nurturing & Maintenance
You must use oils
It’s not just a trend or something that big organizations try to push down your throat. Your beard and face will suffer if you’re not using oils and/or balms.
These products are your best source of natural oil that supplements your body’s sebum production.
Your beard gets longer every day, but your facial hair follicle is still producing the same amount of oil. If you’re not supporting your body, you’ll have issues with dry beard and skin, which results in itchiness and beardruff.
Don’t neglect your beard
You’re growing out a powerful yeard and that’s great. You don’t want to hear anything about trimming, but at least apply beard oil or balm and brush regularly.
You’ll have tons of problems if you don’t.
The perfect scenario includes a shape up using scissors at least once a month or maybe even six weeks. The key here is to trim and brush your beard regularly because you don’t want to end up shaving off your beard due to ingrown hair and split ends.
Here you go. Every little thing you need to know about beard grooming. If you have any questions just drop a comment bellow or use the contact page to reach me. I’ll get back to you ASAP.
Meanwhile you can check out some of my articles filled with useful information that will hopefully save you a lot of trouble down the way.