Growing a beard takes some degree of commitment since beards don’t take care of themselves any more than a lawn does. Though you are freed from the daily chore or shaving, beards do require some upkeep.
- If you’re just beginning the journey, persevere through the itch. This is the point where the uncommitted give up. If you stick with it, it gets better after a few weeks.
- Your beard will need to grow for a few months before you can really shape it. That’s true even if you plan to keep it short and close to the face. If you take the trimmer and scissors to it too early, that mistake can take weeks or months to correct. You need about an inch to an inch and a half of hair before you shape.
- Know when to admit defeat.Not all guys can grow a beard. It’s simply a matter of genetics. If your beard is still patchy and scraggly after several months, you might as well get rid of it and figure out how to make shaving as pleasant as possible.
Now that you’ve got a beard, you might be (or should be) wondering how to take care of it.
- It’s a bad idea to wash your beard with the same soap you use on your body. That will dry out both the beard and the skin underneath it. Instead, use a moisturizing shampoo at least a few times a week to prevent the hair from becoming brittle. Use a thick, heavy-duty conditioner to keep the hair from getting too wiry. Leave the conditioner on your beard a few minutes before you rinse it out. You might even consider leave-in conditioner—the kind you don’t rinse out at all. If you use products on your beard, be sure to use the kind that won’t clog the pores of your skin.
- Trim it.Even if you grow your beard long, it will probably still need a trim every two months. If you’re keeping it short, trim your beard every other week or so.
- Use the right tools.An electric trimmer will work fine for the edge of your beard on your face. But for shaping the bulk, scissors and a comb provide the best results. Using scissors also means it’s less likely you’ll trim off too much by accident.
- The neck fade is key to a nice-looking beard. Here are a few tips on how to do a professional-looking fade. First, trim your entire beard to the desired length before you begin fading. Start your neck fade with a #2 or #3 guard. Trim from the Adam’s apple to where the jaw meets the neck. Then use the #1 or #2 guard to trim from the Adam’s apple upward about an inch or so. Anything below the Adam’s apple should be clean-shaven. Tidying up the cheeks requires a delicate touch. With the guardless trimmer, get rid of the outliers, but don’t create a line so sharp that your beard looks like it has been etched on your face. Finally, clean up your mustache by trimming any hairs growing over the lip.
A beard draws attention and makes a statement about a person. Good grooming is worth the effort. If you prefer not to do it yourself, those of us here at Cut Rate Barber Shop look forward to the opportunity to provide you with professional beard care. Make your appointment today!