It's no secret that beard grooming is very important and makes the difference from a hippy caveman to a sleek gentleman. Beard grooming affects how your beard looks, feels, smells as well as keeping your beard healthy and hydrated.
Without some sort of beard grooming routine, your beard will be in trouble and you will end up looking like some hippy, or Tom Hanks from Castaway (WILSONNNN).
It is no secret that all you need for a proper beard grooming routine is a couple minutes in the morning and 3 important tools;
If you are someone who sports stubble, or a short beard, then you will only need to use 2 of the following products, a quality beard wash and beard oil.
Step 1: Use A Beard Wash
Do you really need Beard Wash or is it con? This is a question we get asked quite often when it comes to beard wash.
Let us ask you a question...
Would you use shower gel for the hair on your head? Most of you probably wouldn't right?
Why? Because you know shower gel is designed for the skin of your body and not your head hair.
Would you use hair shampoo on your body? I think we could all agree that we wouldn't do that neither right?
So why would you use head hair shampoo on your beard?
Now incase you don't understand, I'll explain;
The hair on our heads is different to the hair on our cheeks and chin (the beard). Our beard hair and the skin beneath the beard is much more fragile and sensitive when compared to the hair and skin on our heads.
Typical store-bought hair shampoos contain strong, harmful chemicals that our head hair/skin can handle but our beard hairs can not, nor can the skin beneath our beards.
So what happens when you use hair head shampoos on your beard?
The chemicals from the shampoo strips away most of the sebum from the skin beneath our beard as well as the natural oils in our beard hairs.
Once the skin and beard hairs have there natural oils stripped away, there is no moisture left, which drys your beard out and causes not only damage to the hair follicles but also the skin beneath your beard, meaning you'll most likely develop beard dandruff and beard itch at the very least.
Your beard growth will drastically slow down as the conditions for beard growth rely on natural oils and hydration, which won't be there no longer due to the chemicals drying your skin out.
So you see how important a beard wash is?
A beard wash is designed to give your beard a great wash, removing grime, dirt and excess skin cells, just like your store-bought typical head hair shampoos, but beard wash unlike head hair shampoo, is designed to not strip your beard and the skin of its natural oils, thus your beard will not dry or get damaged.
Our skin and beard need their natural oils for the beards overall health. A hydrated beard is a happy beard, a happy beard = a healthy beard, a healthy beard = more beard growth brother.
Step 2: Use A Beard Oil
Beard oil is the holy grail of your beard. Now most men, get confused with beard oil. They believe it is for your beard hairs, when in fact, it is actually for the skin beneath your beard. Our skin naturally produces an oil called sebum.
When we grow a beard, the skins natural oil sebum gets pulled away from the skin. Therefore, as our beard hairs grow, the sebum gets pulled along with the beard hairs, leaving limited sebum left on our skin.
This causes the skin beneath your beard to dry out, making the skin unhealthy. This is what causes problems like beard itch, skin irritations, beardruff (aka dandruff), rashes and so on.
Beard oil is designed to replace the natural oils our beard hairs pull from our skin. Beard oil will deeply hydrate your skin, meaning you will not suffer from dry skin and the possible problems that come along with dry skin beneath the beard.
A big reason why we should prevent dry skin under our beards is that dry skin, slows down beard growth and makes the beard unhealthy.
If the skin doesn't have the oils and nutrients it needs, then beard growth slows down and the beard hairs, lack nutrients as they grow.
Therefore, it is essential that every bearded brother has a high quality beard oil in his arsenal.
Step 3: Use A Beard Balm
So, of course you want to make your beard look on point, well there is no better product for that than a beard balm.
Beard balm is an amazing multi-purpose beard product. They provide great deep conditioning properties, which will soften your beard hairs by penetrating your beard hair strands, supplying the beard hair with all kinds of awesome natural minerals and vitamins, due to the nutty butters and essential oils beard balms contain.
Another great perk of a high quality beard balm, is because the main ingredients are usually nutty butters and beeswax, they are thick in consistency, meaning you can apply some style to your beard. So all them stray hairs that stick out the side of your beard, can be managed much better by a beard balm.
If you have a beard that is naturally curly/wavy, a beard balm will help you tame the waves and curls by deep conditioning the hair, which will help them relax and straighten out.
So a good beards-men will always have a quality beard balm in his arsenal also.