How To Love Your Beard Well
Dreaming up an impeccable beard is one thing, actually accomplishing that task is quite another. While to most people who haven’t patiently fought through the long season of growing out the perfect facial fro, it may seem like an easy, care-free task. In actuality though, a great beard takes some TLC (tender love + care).
Four low maintenance steps to add to your morning routine:
1. Wash - The last thing you want is to wash your face and leave your beard feeling less than ideal. In order to keep that from happening, you should use a natural face wash on your skin in addition to a beard soap. You could use the cleansing wash on your beard but more than likely it will dry out your hair.
Try this: Wash your facial hair like you wash your scalp. Gently scrub with your beard soap, massaging the skin under your skin and rinse thoroughly. It isn’t necessary to wash everyday just like it isn’t necessary with your hair. You should cleanse your skin normally though to keep from dirt and grime build up, especially if you sweat regularly.
2. Condition - You can condition your beard every time you shower or every few days if you like. Once again, the step here is to treat this like you do the hair on your head. Super hot water dries out your hair, so keep the water lukewarm to still open up the hair follicles to soak up the product. Then, use a natural conditioner or a conditioner specially made for beards.
Try this: Every few days, put a few drops of conditioner on your man mane in the shower. Let it sit for a minute or two (possibly while washing your body), then be sure to rinse thoroughly. Rinsing thoroughly is key or your hair will feel heavy!
3. Hydrate - You want to regularly moisturize your skin but also, adding oil to your beard and to the skin below is important for hydration. Putting on a natural moisturizer
will help regulate oil production on your skin (Argan oil is great for this), will keep your skin from drying out and getting cracked, and will stimulate your cells to promote hair growth. It is really important to use a natural beard oil that will hydrate your hair just like the natural oil your body produces.
Try this: After styling or ‘doing’ your hair, apply your beard oil. The oil is a bit heavy and using it before styling your hair could make your hair greasier than ideal. Apply 4-6 drops of oil after each wash and use multiple times a day if needed. This should soften your facial hair and keep it super healthy and fresh.
4. Style - Here is where you will incorporate balm and a comb or brush. First, balm is a lot like beard oil, only with added wax. Use this to style, soften, or add extra hydration to your beard. Then use a comb or natural brush to comb through, shape, and style as desired.
Try this: After letting your oil soak for some time, apply your balm and comb and style to your liking. If you want to really tame your hair, use a blow dryer to heat the hair with product already applied.
Add these steps in, and your facial hair should take more shape and feel softer. Plus, if you have beardruff, your facial hair is probably soaking up the oils from your skin and leaving it dry and flakey. Getting into this good routine of cleansing, conditioning, and putting some good beard oil on will help keep you free from flakes, soft, and style ready.
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