If you’ve been itching to get in on the fun of No Shave November but are worried the undertaking would be too hairy, the following beard care tips will have you sporting the facial hair of your dreams.
Wait to be rewarded
If you’ve ever tried to grow a beard before or currently have one, you know that it takes time and patience to fill out and look good.
“A truly epic beard is the product of self-restraint, explains Nathaniel Nagy, copywriter at Birchbox.com. “When you first start growing, resist the urge to trim or style, and leave it untouched for the first four [to] six weeks. This will allow the hairs to grow in evenly (some grow faster than others), and help you pick a style that suits its length and thickness.”
Focus on the foundation
A healthy beard needs a good and well-cared for foundation, which means you cannot skimp on skincare.
According to the experts at Kiehls.com, “Beard care is all about nourishing the facial hair and skin underneath to keep it clean, hydrated, and flake-free, and beard grooming means keeping your beard soft, smooth, and tamed.”
Lather, rinse, condition, regularly
The hair on your face needs the same attention as your cascading or buzz cut locks. To keep your beard looking healthy, polished and maintained, the editors at Esquire.com advise getting into a beard grooming routine, complete with beard-specific shampoo, conditioner and oil.
“While a conditioner does soften your beard, a good beard oil will soften it even further, plus has the added advantage of warding off the dreaded beard dandruff,” explains Esquire.com. The magazine also advises using an antibacterial beard balm to keep your beard free of microscopic interlopers.
According to Beardbrand.com writer Josh Lawson, winter exposes your beard to some harsh elements, so it’s important to take extra care when temperatures are low. Lawson advises a less than hot shower so as not to “strip your beard and skin of their natural oils” and to make sure you thoroughly dry your beard before venturing outdoors.
“If you leave water on your skin or in your beard the hard minerals found in most tap water will stay behind and dry it all out,” reports Lawson, who suggests using all-natural products. “A comb is also your friend during the cold months. It’ll help calm those stray hairs, and keep you from looking too scruffy.”
The Esquire.com editors want you to brush your beard with a proper beard brush daily as well.
Snip the strays
The process of growing a beard is quite uneven. If beards grew in uniformly, there would be no need for a list of tips. But because individual and sometimes clumps of hair seem to grow willy-nilly, you’ll need to trim the strays.
“Beard hair doesn’t always grow evenly, plus, as it grows out, you’re going to want to give it a little bit of shape,” advises Esquire.com. “This is best done with a quality beard trimmer—one with a selection of attachments that you can use to keep from accidentally carving out giant bald spots if (or when) your hand slips.”
With these expert tips, you’ll have an outstanding beard-growing experience during this year’s No Shave November.
This article is presented by Key Hyundai in Jacksonville, FL.