Regardless of the beard style, a healthy beard is a happy and attractive beard. Therefore, taking good care of your beard and using the best beard products is essential. Your beard will appreciate the care you give it, from trimming to conditioning.
Why It's Important to Take Care of Your Face Hair
There are a few significant advantages to caring for your facial hair.
First off, it improves the appearance of your mustache and/or beard. Just like when you don't take a shower or wash/groom your head hair, when you try to get away with no grooming at all, your facial hair will seem scraggly and untidy.
Many men experience "bed beard" in the morning, which is the equivalent of "bed head" and refers to beard hair that has been rubbed against all night. It's evident when the hair is all slanting in one way; it appears untidy and unprofessional, even with a short-to-full beard like mine.
Don't sport your facial hair in the same way that you wouldn't leave the house with a mess of greasy hair going five different directions. You want your beard to be perfect because it contributes to your first impression.
Second, maintaining your facial hair involves caring for the skin beneath it as well. This aspect of grooming frequently goes unnoticed because men are famously lousy at taking care of their skin. Which is terrible because your beard's skin is softer and less durable than your head's skin.
We advise that when caring for it, "The primary goal is to prevent dry, itchy skin and excessive oil buildup." You will make your beard much more soft/comfortable rather than itchy by maintaining clean facial hair and hydrating the skin beneath it.
The Ideal Beard Grooming Routine
Every beard and the skin beneath each beard is unique. Your routine will be different from someone with a greasy beard in a humid area if you have dry skin and a scraggly beard.
The secret is to pay close attention to how your facial skin feels. Use extra oil or balm if it itches frequently. Give the hair additional balm and a good comb if it's particularly unruly.
Here are some pointers on the particulars:
It might require a bit more effort, including some watering down and/or using a stronger styling balm, if you wash later in the day and need to have a respectable beard before then.
How quickly your hair grows and how long of a beard you want to have will determine how frequently you should trim your entire beard. It's better to trim your beard when it's dry because water or oil may cause strange effects and your beard might not turn out the way you expected once it dries.
Always start with the largest size guard when using an electric trimmer and work your way down. You don't want to unintentionally remove more hair than you intended to and waste weeks or months of growth. However, those size guards can only go so far; depending on how long your beard is, you might have to cut the rest with scissors.
Of course, you can also get your beard trimmed at a barbershop.
If you would like to know more tips on growing an awesome beard, check out our How To Grow A Beard: Our Best Tips article.