So, lockdown has allowed you to grow your most majestic beard to date. It’s looking FIRE, except you just can’t figure out how to tame it and keep it tidy.
When you look in the mirror, you see stray hairs are growing in every direction, sticking out and refusing to cooperate. Maybe your colleagues on Zoom have somehow started to notice and are chastising you to clean it up, or even – gasp – get rid of it. Now, before you do anything drastic, check out these beard grooming tips to keep your man mane looking slick.
The first step is to make sure your beard shape matches your facial features and is lined up properly. You don’t want a wonky-shaped beard! While we’d usually recommend visiting a barber with experience shaping beards, that’s not currently an option. Don’t fear, bud! In chaos, there is also opportunity. This is the perfect time to learn how to shape and trim your beard at home.
A good wash every other day (or every day, if you are more active) is the foundation of a neat and tidy beard. Beard shampoo and conditioner are more effective than regular shampoo and conditioner, as they are better suited to the hairs on your face – they moisturize without leaving a heavy, greasy feeling. After washing, remember to gently pat your beard dry to prevent frizz and split ends.
The key to a tamed mane is beard oil, full stop. Once a day (preferably after a shower), run one or two drops of beard oil – depending on your beard’s length – through your hairs with your hands. Then give it a once-over with a brush or comb to make sure it’s evenly distributed. With continued use, your hairs will be much softer, shinier, and easier to manage.
Don’t fret, shorter bearded brothers! Beard balm is for you. While it’s great for giving long beards hold and shape, beard balm is also an excellent moisturizer for both short beard hairs and your skin underneath.
Combing through your beard daily has two major benefits: your hairs stay neat and tangle-free, and they’ll be trained over time to all grow in the same downward direction. We also recommend investing in a good quality comb or brush, as they’re gentler and won’t split your ends.
Yes – even if you’re growing it out! After around 1-2 months of growing your beard, it might start to look uneven. Wash your beard and comb it through in a downward direction, then give it a quick trim to even out any stray or scraggly hairs.