Beard Care Basics

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Beard Care Basics

Whether you’re new to the beard life or you’ve been living it for as long as you can remember, there are always improvements to be made. Working in the hair care industry, we’ve come to realize that most men assume that beard care is a no brainer. Sure, you can get by with minimal effort, but will your beard really be looking its best? In short, no.

There’s actually a lot that goes into a nice beard, from look to feel and everything in between. What it mostly boils down to is the products you use, and the ingredients they contain. As a general rule of thumb, you should always avoid products that contain chemicals such as sulfates, parabens, silicones, and alcohols. Instead, opt for formulas that rely on nature-made ingredients, such as sunflower seed oil, aloe vera, and Rose of Jericho.

Skin Care

When it comes to nurturing a great beard, it all starts at the roots. That’s right, the skin underneath your beard needs just as much TLC as the hair itself. When choosing products, search for those that understand this necessity. Beard care products that nourish your hair and skin will make all the difference in both look and feel.

If your beard ever feels itchy, that’s likely because you’re not hydrating the skin beneath it. This doesn’t mean you should start lathering your beard-skin with lotion, because that would wreak havoc on your beard-hair. Instead, choose moisturizing products, like our Resurrecting Wash and Rinse. This product combo is great because they both contain sunflower seed oil, which is known to be one of the best products for beard care due to its high contents of Vitamin A and E. Vitamin A helps the glands on the skin produce sebum, an oily substance that moisturizes the skin and keeps hair healthy. Vitamin E reduces bacteria that contributes to product buildup and dry skin.

An itchy beard can also be due to a buildup of natural oils that can get trapped in the follicles, which is the result of an insufficient washing routine. Having a proper shampooing/conditioning routine is the most basic step towards achieving your beard goals.

Texture Maintenance

While you may think the texture of your beard is out of your control, that’s far from the truth. While genes of course influence the thickness of your hair, the feel can be dramatically improved with the help of a great product. If your beard is wiry and dry, you should consider using a hair treatment from time to time to get it feeling soft and supple again. Not only will this make your beard rest more comfortably on your face, but it will also save your special someone’s skin too.

Our Resurrecting Balm works miracles on dry, coarse hair by instantly revitalizing each strand with healing ingredients Rose of Jericho, Sunflower seed oil and Pure Aloe Vera. In addition to making your facial hair irresistibly smooth, this intensive treatment will give your beard the light, naturally clean smell of essential oils. In addition to using a treatment for texture maintenance, it's also important to use conditioner just as often as you use shampoo.

Styling

Having a well-nourished beard doesn’t automatically mean it’s looking its best. To ensure that your beard is reaching its full potential, you’re gonna want to learn how to style it. For some, this may just mean regular combing and wet-shaping, but for best results, a product is required. A nice styling product can lock in your desired look for the whole day, from early morning meetings to late night drinks.

Our Finishing Salve fights frizz and helps maintain shape, preventing your beard from the constant bed-head look it might have without the help of a specialized product. Not only does it help with styling, but of course the ingredients work to promote hair growth, prevent itchiness, and aid in cell regeneration.

Shaping

Last but not least, shaping plays a key role in beard care. Whether you go to your hair stylist for regular beard upkeep, or you prefer to do the heavy lifting yourself, it’s essential to regularly shave, trim and brush your beard. Beard shaping is somewhat of an art, and very few can do at home what a specialist can do at the salon.

Making sure the growth looks clean and controlled is no easy task, and ideal shape actually varies greatly depending on your facial features. Whether you like to fade from cheek to beard, or prefer a sharp contrast, there are secrets to success that can only be learned in cosmetology school.

What you should know if you’re shaping at home, is that your face shape should determine your beard shape. You should also be sure to trim stray hairs (like the ones that hang over your lips), brush in one direction, pay attention to your neckline, and don’t forget about your sideburns.

Nobody likes a frizzy, wiry, untamed beard. Even the bushiest, grizzliest of beards can benefit from some basic care. In summary, your beard is only as good as the products you use, so don’t skimp because your beard is a huge part of your first impression. While it may seem like a lot to take in, beard care effort can still remain minimal for maximized results with just a bit of focused attention.

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