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So you’re on your way to growing a full and healthy beard. Nice work! Unfortunately, the work doesn’t end there. In fact, it never actually ends. Healthy looking beards require regular maintenance and care.
But don’t panic - it’s definitely not rocket science. Just a few things to keep in mind that you can easily incorporate into your everyday lifestyle. We get many questions from our customers about this daily, so we created a simple and straightforward guide on maintaining your beard.
- Consistency is key - try to incorporate most, if not all, of these steps in your daily grooming routine
- Some steps like using a beard wash are essential, while others like beard trims can be done occasionally. The more steps that you do though, the better!
- Take your time incorporating these steps into your grooming routine. They don't have to be all at once, especially if you're new to growing a beard. Start with the first step, then maybe the next week incorporate the next step and so on
1. Always start with a good beard wash
It’s always best to start with a clean beard. Beard washes not only remove dirt, residue buildup and excess oils but also condition the hairs, making them easier to work with. Any products you apply afterwards will also absorb more efficiently which means quicker results.
2. Trim where needed
You’ll start to notice not every hair grows in the same direction as your beard gets longer. This is where a beard trimmer or beard scissors comes to the rescue. But which one should you use? Here’s an easy breakdown:
- Beard trimmers: Best for medium to more dramatic trims. Use these if you want to trim longer beards to make them shorter in length. We recommend starting with a longer clip to prevent trimming too short on your first run, then slowly working your way towards each clip until you get the length you want.
- Beard scissors: Best for minimal trimming. Use these if it’s only a few stray hairs that need a bit of snipping to keep your beard looking tidy and kept. These can also be used after the beard trimmer to refine any stray hairs you might have missed.
That said, these are completely optional to use. If you’ve washed your beard and you like what you already see, feel free to skip this step.
3. Use a beard brush
Work the brush through your beard to remove any loose hairs leftover from trimming. Doing this also distributes the natural hair oils throughout the area. When you’ve combed it a few times, the next step is keeping the hair conditioned with beard oil or beard balm.
4. Apply beard oil or beard balm
Should you use beard oil or a beard balm? Generally, this decision comes down to personal preference as both do a great job of hydrating and conditioning beards. However, as a rule of thumb, beard oils work well with short beards, whereas beard balms suit longer beards. Here’s a quick rundown on how to use each:
- Beard oils: Place a few drops of beard oil into the palm of your hands, then rub them together to spread the product. Apply by running your hands through your beard. Don’t forget the skin underneath to prevent dryness and flaking.
- Beard balms: Take out a pea-sized amount using the back of your thumbnail, move the product to your palms and rub together to spread it evenly. Apply by running your hands through your beard. Don’t forget the skin underneath to prevent dryness and flaking. Due to the thicker texture, you might need to put a bit more time and effort in applying the product throughout your beard.
To ensure these are evenly spread so all the hairs benefit, it’s a good idea to use your beard brush again to distribute an uneven product. Just a few combs through will do, and you’re done! Do these easy steps daily and you’re on track for a healthy and luscious beard.