Essential Beard Care for Movember and Decembeard
Beards are probably the most interesting features about a man’s face. While an unkempt beard has certain attractiveness, a blizzard of dandruff on your beard is not appealing.
Failure to take care of your beard may leave you looking shaggy. Here are simple steps to help you take care of your beard.
Trim Your Beard
It would be advisable to have your beards trimmed professionally. If you are going to trim the beards yourself, make sure you use the right tools. A beard’s trimmer or a professional barber scissors may be a good choice.
Trim your beard when it’s dry. Wet hair is longer and you may end up trimming too much. If you are using a comb and scissors, comb the beard first and cut the hair outside the comb. You may not have the perfect cut to start with but you can perfect the technique with practice.
Balance the Sides of Your Face
To make sure that both sides of your face are balanced, start near the ear on one side and trim down to the chin. Do the same on the other side making sure that the hairs on both sides are even.
Keep Your Beard Clean
Just like your hair, your beard needs regular washing and shampooing. Use a mild shampoo which is gentle on skin; using a bar soap dries out the skin beneath leaving you with dry, brittle hair filled with dandruff. After shampoo, use a good conditioner to prevent your beard from getting too wiry. Invest in a good leave-in conditioner, which you don’t have to rinse out.
Once your face is dry, you can apply a bit of aftershave to the shaved area. Choose nice scents, overpowering scents tend to irritate most people. Manly scents such as orange, sandalwood, tobacco or juniper could work for you. Keep in mind that the products you rub on your beard will get into your skin, hence you may want to consider using noncomedogenic products. These are products that don’t clog your pores. You may also want to consider using products that will tighten the pores.
Use a Good Moisturizer
Use a few drops of beard oil to the skin and slowly work it to your beard. Good oil will prevent the ends from being sharp and will condition the hair to grow strong. It will also prevent you from getting dandruff, which is sometimes embarrassing, especially when your chest is covered in them.
Wax Your Beard
Waxing in this step does not refer to hair removal. There is a special kind of wax applied to beards to prevent it from curling under your lip. It also holds the beard in place and prevents the hair from going to different directions.
To keep your beard looking good, repeat the steps and trim your beards regularly to prevent split ends.
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