• Beard Maintenance Essentials For Beginners

by Mr. Spruce

So you’re embarking on a great adventure to beardsville, it sure is nice not to have to worry about shaving for a while. However, as the days and weeks go on, your face is starting to look more like Tom Hanks in Castaway rather than Chuck Norris is almost anything.

Sure, you may not have to shave but, as any hirsute fellow will tell you, having a beard doesn’t mean you get a free-pass in front of the mirror in the morning. There’s plenty of face-maintenance to be done.

So how do you get your new-found face fuzz under control? Well, read on to find out!

Washing

Good beard maintenance starts in the shower. There are various schools of thought on this but in our experience, over-washing can be detrimental. Shampooing your beard puts quite a lot of strain on the hair because it strips out the natural oils and can leave the skin dry and tight. Try to wash with shampoo only once or twice a week and always use conditioner afterwards. Of course, wash with water daily to keep your beard fresh and fee of debris.

Trimming

Trimming is necessary, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. Sure, you can go without trimming but you will very soon end up looking like you’ve walked out of the wilderness after a lengthy period subsisting wholly on berries. If you want to keep yourself looking neat and presentable, then reach for the scissors. We recommend a good quality pair of barber’s scissors to attend to split ends and trim any unruly whiskers. Don’t overdo it but keep it neat and shapely.

Combing

Combing is essential. A decent beard comb won’t cost you much but it can make a world of difference to your face furniture. Try to get your hands on a good saw-cut handmade comb which will glide through your beard but create very little static. If you already have a longer beard, a good boar’s brush comb will work wonders to keep the bushiness at bay. The other added benefit of brushes and combs is that they help to distribute the natural oils to all parts of the beard, keeping it nice and shiny and healthy looking.

Oiling

Using conditioner in the shower is a good start, as is moisturising your face, however, for proper beard maintenance you’re going to need a good beard oil. If you’ve got a beard or ‘tache of any length you will likely have experienced the dreaded beardruff. Nothing spoils a good beard more than an endless snowstorm of beard dandruff flowing lazily from your face. And no amount of conditioner or moisturiser is going to fix that.

Beard oils are designed to replenish and complement the oils which your skin naturally produces. They are specifically formulated to moisturise the skin, prevent beardruff and soften the bristles. If you’re not currently using a beard oil; try it out. You’ll never look back.

Styling

Who was it that said “There are more beard styles that there are grains of sand on the beach”? Probably no-one. But there are a lot. The style of your beard or ‘tache is as individual as you are and it is great to watch your facial hair develop every day and experiment with different styles as you go. Why not get your hands on some beard balm or moustache wax to see if a big set of handlebars or a nice French Fork would work for you. Styling products are a great way to tame the beast and add a touch of class to the face fur. Have some fun with it and see where it takes you!

Hope this helps. Please let us know in the comments below if you have any other great tips to add and please sign up for our newsletter if you want to receive more great articles like this directly to your inbox.

Warmest regards,

Mr. Spruce

Worthy & Spruce. Purveyors of dapper grooming and advice for the responsible gent.



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Mr. Spruce aka Andy. One half of Worthy & Spruce. Blogging about all things gentlemanly, and many things not. Tired but tireless dad, business dude, consumer of coffee, and deliverer of timely quips.




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