If you haven’t noticed that beards are bang on trend, where on earth have you been? From short and sharp to bold and bushy styles, facial hair tops the list of men’s must have accessories for this year. With this trend set to be around for a while, I have constructed this guide on cultivating a stylish beard.
Step 1: Choose a style
If you thought all you’d have to do is sit back and let your facial hair grow, your wrong! Pulling of a beard takes thought and care. Start by deciding which beard style you wish to grow. There are plenty to choose from:
- Medium to long stubble
- Full beard
And there are many, many more. Have a look at some images and determine which one would suit your face shape and overall style. Don’t be afraid to experiment. If you don’t like the style you’ve chosen, shave it off and try a new one. It really is the perfect accessory; versatile, affordable and it looks classy on every man.
Step 2: Assemble your kit
Next up, you’ll need to purchase a few products and tools in order to help grow and maintain your beard. If you want a seriously impressive beard, I would advise buying a good quality items or ready made kit. You may wish to look at this website gingernutsshaving.com for a range of shaving tools and products. Your kit should also contain items for maintenance such as:
- conditioning oil;
- beard scissors;
- styling wax; and
- a dedicated comb.
Step 3: Start cultivating
Put down your razor for the time being and start growing. For the first two weeks of growing, you may suffer from itchiness and your beard may look patchy and scruffy. Unfortunately, you just have to ride it out. Use a beard oil or other moisturizing product to make the hairs softer and more comfortable.
After about a month of beard growth use your tools to begin shaping your beard into your chosen style. If you are going for a natural style like a full beard, you should still tidy things up at this point. Use your razor to neaten up edges around the neckline and cheeks. Use your beard scissors to trim any inconsistent hairs.
Step 4: Maintenance
Now that your beard is in the style that you want you’ll need to establish a maintenance routine. Natural beards are low-maintenance but do keep on top of washing, trimming, combing and smoothing the hair. For higher-maintenance beards, use your trimmer to keep everything tidy and at a suitable length. Wax should be used to give structure to these styles.
All beards have a nasty habit of storing debris and smells. Carry a comb with you and a scented beard oil at all times in order to keep your facial hair clean.
The last thing I would say: make sure you have lots of fun with your beard. The world of facial hair is certainly a lively and creative one.