The following is a complete guide to how to maintain a beard. We break it down for you while providing the fundamentals of combing, brushing, washing, styling your beard, and more. Time to get serious, men.
CARING FOR YOUR BEARD
An awesome beard revolves around properly taking care of it. You can care for your beard throughout the day with beard oil and balm. You can train the hairs with a boar bristle brush and a comb. This will also help spread the natural oil you produce, sebum, throughout your beard. Keeping it clean is as simple as using beard wash and softener a few days a week.
As you may have already guessed, this is a type of oil you use in your beard to balance its hydration naturally. Washing regularly keeps the dirt at bay, but it also strips away some of your beard's natural oil. As a result, beard oil was developed as a leave-in conditioning product designed to balance the natural oils in your beard and on your skin. It softens your hair and smells incredible. It strengthens hair follicles while it moisturizes your skin and hair.
Used daily, beard oil will help you deal with any beard flakes and itchiness.
Regardless of the type of beard you are growing, beard oil is a necessity for most beardsmen. If you're wondering where to start, Beard oil is your first beard care investment when it comes to newcomer hurdles like itchy beards, dry skin, and coarse hair texture.
HOW TO APPLY BEARD OIL
Typically, you want to apply beard oil once a day right after you hop out of the shower. Putting oil on right after you’ve been in water might not sound right, but it actually is! If you take a warm shower, it’ll open up your pores and hair cells, which allows the oil to be absorbed more effectively than it would have otherwise. Just make sure to pat your beard down with a towel before applying it, as this works best with damp beards, not soaked ones.
Depending on the size of your beard, you may need to use a few more drops for major coverage. Huge beards may need 7 or 8 drops, whereas smaller ones may only need 3 or 4. Our 1oz containers may seem like a small amount, but since you’re only using a few drops a day, it should last several months!
Beard Balm is great too, both to keep your beard soft, and manageable, keeping your hair, and skin hydrated and warding off adverse weather, and environmental elements.
The thickness of beard balm is also functional - it has just enough hold to comb down stubborn beard hairs and fly-aways that go against your beard's shape and grooming goals. It can also be used as a low-hold styling agent for your mustache and sideburns for a bit more finish around the edges, keeping you looking your absolute best.
HOW TO USE BEARD BALM
For most beardsmen, a nickel's worth of balm will suit you just fine. If you’re hesitant, then always start with less (a little of this stuff goes a long way) and add more if needed. Our Beard Balm is made from natural ingredients that melt and solidify at varying temperatures, so sometimes the texture can be a bit grainy. Don't worry - that's totally normal!
Start by rubbing it between your hands until the grains dissolve, then work it through your beard and onto your skin. Not all of it will come off of your hands, so it's encouraged to put the excess in your hair or on dry spots of your skin. Utility Balm isn't only for your beard - its deep conditioning effects apply to your hair and your skin as well.
Taking care of a beard isn’t only about making sure it’s clean and moisturized. Sometimes it can grow in strange ways, different directions, or maybe just won’t cooperate. That’s when you can look to some of our helpful tools to train or guide your beard to be exactly how you want it. The essential tool that’s important to keep on you or near you is a comb.
BEARD & MUSTACHE COMBS
Our combs were designed to prevent breakage and snagging on your beard. The combs are made in a way that makes the teeth tapered and smooth for maximum comfort while combing your beard.
We also have pocket combs that have both narrow-toothed sides and wider-toothed sides that are great for combing your beard or mustache on the go.
Our standard-sized comb is meant to be used at home. It has the same components as the pocket comb, but it's larger to give you more control. It should be used when you have more time to focus on your grooming routine rather than on the go. Using these combs can really help spread products through your beard evenly and effectively. Whether you use beard oil or balm, the comb makes sure each of your beard's hairs gets coated with your preferred product.
HOW TO COMB YOUR BEARD
Every man instinctively knows how to comb his beard, right? It’s like we’re born with the ability to run a comb through our glorious mass of facial hair. Wrong!
After all, combing your beard does involve employing specific techniques to make the most of your grooming experience. Your comb should have both wide and narrow teeth arrangements. The wide teeth are for your beard – which is obviously thicker – and the narrow teeth are for your mustache.
Begin by holding your beard comb so that the teeth are pointed upward. Use a relaxed grip – like you use your toothbrush – so that you maintain the necessary amount of control while you’re combing. Next, comb out the beard with an upward motion to “fluff” it away from your face. The goal is to separate the hairs of your beard so you can more effectively get rid of the bed-beard look.
Just a heads up – you’re more than likely going to run into snags during the combing process. Snags aren’t necessarily knots in your beard, but are the result of individual strands of hair growing in different directions and crossing over one another. When you come to a snag, don’t try to force it out. Instead, gently pull it out with your comb. Remember, this isn’t a race. There are no bonus points awarded for combing your beard faster than the next guy.
After you’ve combed your bed-beard out layer by layer, comb it back down into the desired shape. You can even use your hands and some product to apply the finishing touches after you’ve combed it down.
BOAR’S HAIR BRISTLE BRUSH
This is no ordinary, run of the mill brush. There aren't any plastic bristles to snag your beard and pull out your hair. A boar’s hair bristle brush is made from, well, a boar’s hair. It’s great for training your hair to grow in the direction you want, and provides a ton of benefits to your skin and hair. The bristles have a scaled texture that is perfect for sweeping away dust and grime, evenly distributing the oil of your skin, and stimulating circulation in your scalp and face.
HOW TO BRUSH YOUR BEARD
You really don’t need to use a beard brush more than once a day. The best times to brush your beard are first thing in the morning to combat bed-beard, or when you're styling it fresh out of the shower.
Brushing it first thing each day will loosen any grime, dirt, or dead skin cells lodged in your beard from the previous day. Like using a comb, you start by brushing it “out,” but if you have a shorter beard – say, around a half inch – it’s simply a matter of brushing it straight down and training the hairs to grow in the direction you want them to. You can even use your beard brush on your mustache.
Here are some important notes about brushing your beard:
• Be careful when using a brush on a short beard, because you can irritate the skin.
• Brushing acts as a natural treatment for your beard because it helps distribute your skin’s natural oils evenly throughout your facial hair.
• Daily brushing helps to soften facial hair.
• Brushing helps add volume.
• Although there are benefits, too much brushing can create split ends, damaging the facial hair you’ve worked so hard on.
CLEANING YOUR BEARD
You do not need to wash your beard every day – that'll dry it out! We recommend washing your beard about 2-3 times a week, but you can do it more or less depending on your body chemistry and how active you are. Facial hair has a coarser, unique structure when compared to the rest of your hair, so using a specially designed wash is necessary to keep it healthy and clean, without damaging your hair or skin. Using regular shampoo will dry out your beard and skin – causing it to become brittle and break while your skin flakes.
Beard Wash cleans the beard hair and the skin underneath without using the harsher chemicals that one might see in a commercial shampoo from a drugstore. We've formulated ours to work specifically with your body's natural biology, so it's gentle enough for regular use but strong enough to keep your beard fresh and thoroughly clean.
HOW TO USE BEARD WASH
Applying beard wash is an important part of your beard-grooming regimen, and your beard will thank you for it. Beard wash takes a kinder, gentler approach to cleaning your facial hair than the regular shampoo you use on your scalp. It has milder ingredients that make for a gentler lather than you might expect.
To apply beard wash, simply put a small amount in your hand and rub it directly into your wet beard in the shower. You don’t need to apply it every day unless you work in an occupation (construction worker, etc.) in which dirt and grime get into your beard daily. If you spend most of your day in front of a computer, then a daily beard washing isn’t necessary, unless you spill your lunch and dinner on it (hey, it happens).
PUT SOME STYLE ON IT
We’re not all graced with the perfect beard. Your beard might curl up in some places, it might have a wave, or it might just puff out. Fear not, there are ways around this! As we mentioned earlier, there are things you can do to get your beard to sit exactly how you like it.
Mustache wax has a stronger hold than beard balm, so a tiny bit goes a long way when it comes to unshakeable hold. As a result, a little tube of wax can last you a pretty long time. It offers a naturally flexible hold and keeps hair out of your mouth while you eat.
Just scrape a little bit with your fingernail, rub it together between your fingers, apply it to your 'stache, and work it into the style you want to achieve.
HOW TO APPLY MUSTACHE WAX
Mustaches look great on their own or as a complement to that dazzling beard. Like a beard, however, a mustache can look a little less than its best – i.e., droopy, unkempt – without the proper care.
For the “natural” mustache look, get a dab of quality mustache wax on your thumb - enough to cover half a fingernail. Work it between the tips of your index fingers to make it easier to apply. Once it feels tacky and malleable, apply it to your mustache with both hands while working from the center of your ‘stache and moving outward toward the tips. You not only want your mustache to look good, but you also want to shape it so that the hairs are out of your mouth's way for food, drink.
Congratulations for joining us at the finish line! We hope you’ve learned some useful information today. There are a multitude of options when it comes to maintaining a great-looking beard. With the right products and the right techniques for using them, we believe that your beard will be a source of pride, confidence, and the envy of many. Beard on, friends!