Think back to when you first decided to grow a beard. Odds are you saw a guy with a pretty spectacular beard and thought ‘Hey, I could pull that off.’ I highly doubt anyone started growing a beard because they saw somebody with a misshapen, scraggly beard. So that begs the question, is your beard living up to the expectations you had back when you decided the beard life was for you?
For many, the answer is no but a lot of the problem lies in not knowing what is out there for beard care. Once you know the products and educate yourself on the benefits, it is as simple as establishing a grooming routine. Frankly, having a beard is a responsibility but, done properly, a sharp beard looks great and makes a statement about just the type of person you are. So, what is a good grooming routine, you ask? Say no more:
Let’s start from the beginning. Ever notice that washing your beard with bar soap or shampoo causes your skin to get super dry, or worse, flaky? That is because your beard wants a better cleaner. The problem standard soaps and shampoos have is that they are loaded with chemicals that destroy your beards natural moisture. A great soap for beginner and expert beardsmen alike would be an all natural soap like the one offered by BEARD Du Sud. Unlike store brands, the nourishing soaps are made from only natural products like organic goats milk, avocado butter and raw beeswax. Recommendations call to wash at least twice a week, but I’m at around every other day. This is a must and is the root of proper grooming because your beard cannot thrive without moisture. There is a bonus too, the soap can be and should be used when wet shaving (especially for those of us that keep our beards tight to the jaw).
2.Oils, Balms, Waxes
So now, do you want a balm or a wax? Well, that depends. Think of these like you would think of hair care products such as gel and mousse that have different levels of ‘hold.’ Take BEARD Du Sud’s Beard Balm Pomade: Spreadable like butter and it will allow you to shape and style your beard with ease and create that hold with comfort. In comparison, you have the Moustache Wax which will give you a much more sturdy hold and allow to more creativity with shaping like Rollie Finger’s famous curled ‘stache. It’s really up to you on looks.There are many benefits of beard oil in terms of both science and aesthetics, but this is a quick daily hit that will make your beard not only look better, it will feel better too. Therefore a daily application of ‘The Explorer’ should set you off on the right track. It is a must to incorporate a beard oil like this one into your repertoire to enhance moisturizing and promote healthy growth. Now, another reason why beardsmen love beard oil is due to the comfort and looks. A beard oil like ‘The Explorer’ will give your beard a light shine and a wonderful subtle woody scent (it’s made with herb and pine oils). The added bonus is a soft feel that kind of takes some of the beard’s density and coarseness away. Honestly though, a poorly maintained beard can be a weight to carry around, so I think you’ll thank me for the comfort alone.
3.Combs & Brushes
I’ll be honest – you need both. I say this because they have different, but important applications. While most of us have bought a little comb at the drug store, that same lot of us aren’t exactly satisfied with the results. The cheapo plastic comb gets tangled, broken bristles, and, worst of doesn’t do a very good job of straightening or giving control. A proper beard comb is the wallet comb. Besides being super sleek looking, it is much more practical for grooming. The walnut wood grain allows you to move easier and the wide gaps make for less tangling. What is not good for is spreading the beard oil we discussed earlier and that is why I suggest a brush. The Beard Palm Brush with Boar Hair Bristle is ideal. Most brushes these days are made from boar hair or horse hair, the best ones are anyway. You’ll see synthetic bristles sometimes but the boar hair is top of the line. It allows you to spread the oil and brush your beard without discomfort on the jawline.
I know, I know… you have a trimmer. And that’s great, we all need our trimmers. But what sets a good beard apart is design. Trimmer’s can only cut up to around .75” so, to my friends with the longer beards, you better grab some shears. Get this set, ergonomically designed so you won’t cramp up like you would with standard scissors. Plus, just like the comb, they look pretty darn cool.
So let’s recap. Wash every few days, oil daily using the boar’s hair brush, balm or wax for shape and style, carry your comb for on the fly adjustments, and trim as needed with the real deal shears. That’s it. Change the game up and have the beard that you envisioned when you started growing it.
One last note, I highly recommend a starter kit if you are new to this so that you get all the necessary components and the best value. As you may already know, BEARD Du Sud offers an excellent starter kit that is definitely worth checking out.
A special thanks from Team BEARD Du Sud to guest writer Shawn Burns for this epic write-up. For more great reads on bearding, visit toolsformen.com and get your beard game on par.