Beards can totally change your appearance and are a great way to further express your personal style. Whether you’re going for a corporate or castaway look, it’s important to support that look with regular attention. Here are my five beard care commandments to ensure you put your best face forward.
Brush Your Beard
To keep your beard looking nice and neat, you’ll need to brush and comb it on a daily basis. I use a natural, boar bristle brush for my beard, which stimulates the skin and promotes blood flow to the hair follicles. Then, I use a natural wood comb to finish it off.
Trim Your Beard
Even if you’re trying to grow out your beard, you still need to trim it periodically for maintenance. I trim my beard a few times a week, because I like to keep it at a certain length and keep it looking sculpted. I don’t use clippers on my beard, because it doesn’t give me the look that I want. I just trim it with scissors to manage unwanted flyaways and take a little bit off the sides and bottom. One of the most common mistakes is shaping your beard to your jawline instead of your neckline. Find your neckline by placing your finger on your Adam’s apple and go from there!
Oil Your Beard
Beard oil helps nourish the hair and keeps it soft and smooth. I oil my beard at night before I got to bed, and I also oil it after I get out of the shower in the morning to help my hair and skin retain moisture. I use Every Man Jack hydrating beard oil in Cedarwood—it smells awesome. Avoid beard products containing alcohol, as they can dry out your hair and skin.
Wash Your Beard
Although beard hair is coarser than head hair, it’s still hair and needs to be washed. A little bit of conditioner won’t hurt either. I wash my beard three times a week to keep it clean and polished.
Take Supplements for Your Beard
If you’ve never tried growing a beard because you think you’d have trouble, supplements can help. I take LuckyVitamin Pure Collagen powder twice a day as my new protein supplement. I used to take whey proteins and plant proteins, but now I’m sticking with collagen. It’s a great protein source, and you get all the added benefits of healthy hair and skin. I also take two tablets of LuckyVitamin Hair, Skin & Nails formula daily. It’s got a great dose of biotin, plus 24 other ingredients to help support hair growth.
So, those are my five beard care commandments. I used to be a guy who thought he couldn’t grow a beard, and look at me now! You too can grow a thicker, healthier beard by following these easy tips.