How to Keep Your Beard Neat and Tidy
So you’ve spent the season growing out your facial hair, and it’s really coming along nicely, except you just can’t keep it looking slick. The hairs seem to have a mind of their own, growing in all directions, refusing to stay put. Maybe you’ve started getting complaints from those close to you about how it’s looking a bit scraggly, and possibly even some requests to – gasp – shave it off. No need to get drastic! With these grooming tips, your beard will be looking neat and tidy in no time.
Shape it to your face
The best way to keep your beard looking its best is to make sure it’s lined up with your facial features and fits the shape of your face. Unless you’re a wiz with the razor, we recommend a visit to a barber with experience shaping beards so you can get it back on track – or started on the right foot. Plus, your barber can give you tips on how to trim it at home.
Wash it frequently
Hopefully this goes without saying, but a good wash every other day (depending on how much you sweat!) is the basis to a tidy beard. Use beard shampoo and conditioner to help moisturize and prevent dry, brittle, frizzy hairs, and remember to pat dry – rough towelling can lead to split ends.
Don’t be afraid of using products
Beard oil is your secret weapon to a tamed mane. With continued use, your hairs will become softer and shinier and much easier to manage. One or two drops, depending on beard length, is all you need. Rub your palms together to distribute the oil, then use your hands to comb through your beard. Give it the once-over with a brush or comb after to make sure the oil is evenly distributed.
For the shorter beard, or for a stronger hold for longer beards, try beard balm. It’s an excellent moisturizer that works to soften prickly beard hairs, but it’s also an easy way to keep those flyaways at bay and keep your beard shaped.
Grab a brush
Combing through your beard once a day will not only keep your hairs looking neat and tidy, but will train them to grow in a downward direction, as opposed to any direction. A good quality comb or brush is a good investment, as the higher quality bristles or teeth won’t break your hairs and cause split ends.
Trim it regularly
Even if you’re growing out your beard, you should still be trimming it. After around 1-2 months of growth, it might start to look uneven, so a quick cut to get rid of any stray or scraggly hairs will keep it looking tidy. Remember to wash your beard and comb all the hairs downward before cutting to even them out, as it helps give you an idea of what needs trimming.