Beards 101: Growing and Grooming
With an epic beard comes great responsibility.
Many men are fortunate enough to grow a full on beard, but many make the mistake of thinking they look good in one. Chances are you probably do, I mean who doesn’t love a beard? The real question is if you’re taking care of it properly. If you’re clueless, we’re here to break the basics down for you. Whether you’re embracing your inner caveman or a small beard, here’s what you need to know.
1. Patience is key.
This is probably the hardest to do. The key to a full grown beard is resisting the urge to trim it right away, especially when you first start to grow it. Resist the urge to style/trim it for a few weeks, let it grow!
2. Your beard should match your face shape.
Photo via Birchbox
Take a look at this chart, it breaks down some common different face shapes. Find a style you think matches yours and one that you want to stick with.
3. Trim trim trim.
A well groomed beard is taken care of, this obviously includes trimming. Even the most Galifianakis inspired beard is trimmed. It’s also important to invest in a good trimmer. Luckily for you, I did the research. Below are three of the best trimmers in the market.
• Panasonic ER-GB370K Men’s Electric Beard Trimmer: $99.95 via Amazon
• Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 9100 (Model BT9285/41): $88.99 via Amazon
• Wahl All-In-One Grooming Kit 9854-600: $33.59 via Amazon
Nothing is a bigger turn off than a beard that smells dank as hell. Hygiene is important so make sure you’re scrubbing and washing your beard regularly. If you’re looking for a special “beard shampoo” here’s a list of three worth checking out.
• Beard Wash: $10 via Mountaineer Brand
• The Art of Shaving Beard Wash: $18 via Sephora
• Maestro’s Beard Wash: $12.99 via Target
5. Embrace it.
Don’t pay attention to what others will have to say about your new look, love it and you’re set. Beards do sometimes change people’s perceptions of you, but I guarantee you they’re more positive than negative, it takes serious skill to be able to grow a beard. Most importantly, always remember that confidence is sexy.
Photograph via CAKE