How To Handle What Your Father Gave You

Posted on September 10 2015

Welcome! If you are reading this, you have been patient enough to grow a beard, accepted the itch which comes with it & now understand very well that your beard demands as much attention as the hair on your head.

As far as common sense goes, we all know that we need to wash, condition and comb the beard in order to keep things on the right side of chic.

In this article, we have collected some basic tips by reading various articles floating around on the web, listening to our dads and uncles and those-who-came-before-us talk about their personal experiences & yes, by hours of comparison between the majestic beards of Gandalf The Grey & Gandalf The White from our beloved Lord of the Rings.

 
  • Choose The Right Beard
The first & most important thing is to find a beard style which goes with your face & helps define your jawline. A square shape can help you achieve that perfect jawline if you have a round face. Other styles that you can choose from are Full, Old Dutch, Jawline Beard, Circle Beard & Goatee to name a few.

  • Know When To Wash

Unlike our face, which needs to be washed twice a day, you do not need to wash your beard every day. This can differ according to the hours that you spend outdoors or the weather of the country in which you live. In a country like ours, you should probably wash your beard once in two days. The reason for this is that our body produces natural oils which keeps the beard happy & healthy. If we wash it everyday, chances are we may be stripping it of the natural oils which are important for a healthy beard.

 




  • Know How To Wash

    Use a mild cleanser. Body washes and regular soaps may strip your beard of its natural oils making it dry and scruffy. Your choices are to use a cleanser formulated specially for face & beard or to use a shampoo. However, if you choose shampoo, make use you use it just for the beard hair & use a face wash separately for the rest of your face. Once washed, pat the beard dry & use beard oil for a happy & healthy beard. A dab of virgin coconut oil rubbed between your palms and lightly applied on your beard also does wonders!

     

    • Know Why To Exfoliate

      You exfoliate every time you shave. Since shaving is off the table in our case, the exposed part of our face needs to be exfoliated as it scrubs away dead skin cells & unclogs the pores on your skin keeping it healthy and clean. It also helps expose your beard hair follicles.

      • Know How To Exfoliate
        To exfoliate, get your face wet, massage your face in circular motions using a small amount of exfoliator. Do not scrub too hard. After about half a minute, rinse clean. Make sure you use a moisturizer to save your skin from getting too dry. An ideal time to exfoliate can be once a week.

        Long gone are the days when "beard maintenance" only meant not shaving. With good care and a modicum of grooming, a bearded look can look just as neat and professional as a clean shave.

        Hope we were able to add something to the lives of our fellow beards-men.

        Feel free to add your tips in the comments section. We look forward to hearing from you!

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