As a fellow beardsman and product developer at Age of Beard, I know the struggles of the beard life first hand. Growing a beard is one of manliest and most exciting things you can do. But with great growth, comes great responsibility. This article will help you maneuver through the beard growth process like a champ, but most importantly, I will provide beard tips, recommendations, and a guide to help you find the right beard style.
There is nothing more exciting than growing out your beard for the first and seeing how you can look like a totally different person with this new found manliness growing from your face. Letting the facial hair roll is a rite of passage that all men should experience, whether you can grow a lumberjack’s beard or a simple mustache…you must experience it, mainly because the ladies love it! and that
is a fact.
Once you are deep into the growth process (takes a good 3 months or so), you will do what the vast majority of men do, google “best beard styles”. See, at this point you will have realized that growing a beard will naturally lead you to styling your beard, therefore learning that there are beard styling products, just like there are products for shaving and body care, you will need to do some maintenance to build a vigorous and healthy looking beard. Beard styles are plenty, but which beard style best fits you? And what products are right for me?
Well, for some giggles, let’s go ahead and look at this famous internet chart:
Don’t lie and say you haven’t seen it! we have all seen it, and as funny as we may think it is…there is some truth to it and you know it. See, even with so many beard styles, not all of them are right for you.
First, we need to figure out a couple of things by asking some questions. 1) What is your facial hair like? Is it smoother than silk? Or courser that a tumble weed? 2) Do you tend to have dry and flaky hair? Or maybe dry and flaky skin? 3) Are you rash and itch free? Maybe you want to shave that beard faster than you grew it. 4) Did you go ahead and style that beard like a pro, but now find that it itches and encourages ingrown hairs more often? These are all great questions that we will explore in this article.
WHAT IS YOUR FACIAL HAIR LIKE?
We have all figured out by now that not all facial hair is created equal. Now, for those of you that don’t have any of the issues mentioned thus far…blessed be thy beard, but even you will need to wash it, comb it, and apply product like beard oil and beard balm in order to keep it shiny, healthy and smelling good for the ladies.
There are many benefits to using our all natural and organic beard styling products, as they help is different ways by not only helping you achieve a great looking beard, but they are also great for your hair follicle health and skin.
But, for the rest of us that are stuck with coarse and curling hair, here are some tips on your beard styles journey.
Curly Hair: figure out at what point does your beard hair start to curl. If your beard hair curls right around your jaw line, shorter and tighter beard styles will suit you best. A typical short and professional beard will be the best way to go, and if we are judging from our serious chart above; Hollywoodian, Duck Tail, Friendly Mutton Chops, Klingon, Short Boxed Beard, and Chin Curtain will be the easiest to maintain while looking sharp.
Now, how do you fight the beard curls with a longer beard? Try this grooming routine: 1. Wash your beard with beard soap (our beard soap is detergent free!) 2. Leave it a bit on the damp side 3. With our boar bristle brush and a blow dryer, start brushing out those curls 4. Apply a bit of our beard oil and proceed to repeating the previous step 5. Once you have straightened out those curls a bit, apply beard oil and then you must use beard balm in order to attain a better shape. Note: our beard balm has a great hold with great conditioning power.
Coarse Hair: Coarser beards can be a bit rough on both your girlfriend and your face. These beards tend to cause rashes or redness due to the hair pushing into your skin and causing irritation. The best thing to do is simply finding ways to soften your beard. A softening/straightening routine with certain beard styles can truly do some good for those with coarse hair. Start by finding a beard style that keep hair away from pointing into your problem areas (irritated, red, rash filled). I truly recommend a good barber for this one.
These are some of the beard styles best suited for this type of beard; Hollywoodian, Mutton Chops, Old Dutch, Friendly Mutton Chop, Balbo, Sparrow, Klingon, Chin Curtin, Hulihee, and Anchor will work great and keep hair in the right places.
Now, how do you soften and straighten a coarse beard? Try this grooming routine: 1. Wash your beard with our beard soap (our beard soap is detergent free!) 2. Dry your beard 3. Use a small hair straightening iron, key being small, and start (lowest setting if possible) from one side of your beard working towards the other side by sections 4. Once you have straightened out that coarse beard, go on to applying a combination of our beard oil and beard balm in order to further soften and moisturize your beard.
Flaky and dry Hair: A lot of men suffer from the infamous beardruff (beard dandruff). Beardruff will show up as flaking and dryness, but it can easily be dealt with once a proper routine and beard style is in place. For this type of beard, it really doesn’t matter what kind of beard style you have, so go nuts!
Now, how do you fight the beardruff and dryness? Try this routine in order to keep away the flakes and dryness: 1. I strongly recommend that you wash your beard with our beard soap (our beard soap is detergent free!) 2. Dry your beard 3. Thoroughly brush your beard (make sure to use our boar bristle beard brush!), and then comb it a few times in order to help your natural beard oils move from the follicle to the rest of your hair 4. At this point make sure to use either beard and/or beard balm in your daily routine in order to fight back the flakes and dryness. This will help revitalize, condition, and moisturize your hair on a daily basis.
If it's your first time buying our beard products, we highly recommend starting off with our beard kits. Our beard kits come with everything that beard needs to look amazing, and most importantly, healthy. These kits are perfect for beard styling, grooming, and gifting.
We really hope this article helps you find some guidance in the beard growth process! Always remember that a proper routine, a fresh beard style, and our awesome products can help tame the toughest beards out there.
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