There are many dos and don’ts when it comes to styling and maintaining your beard. No matter if you're a novice when it comes to facial hair or a beard aficionado, mistakes are still easy to make. Never fear! This post can talk you through the basics, so you never get caught out, and have a beard to be proud of. This will give you the confidence you're making the right kind of statement wherever you go.
Don’t Trim Your Beard When Wet
Trimming your beard when it’s wet is an absolute no-no. This is because the water weighs your beard down, meaning it won’t form its natural shape when dry again. When your beard dries, it will return to its normal form, shrinking slightly, and sit in a different place. Trim the beard after it's fully styled, dry and ready for the day.
Know How to Trim Your Neckline
All too often, people make the mistake of shaving the beard to the jawline. This isn’t the best idea, as you're removing both the width and length from your beard. Rather, trim at the point where your head connects your neck. This gives your beard a much fuller appearance – simple!
Don’t Go Overboard When Trimming Your Top Line
A top tip when it comes to trimming your top line is to keep it as high as possible. This refers to the line from your sideburn down to your moustache. Aim to keep it as high as possible for a natural look. This gives you the width that creates a better, fuller beard.
Don’t Trim Your Beard Too Often If Growing Your Beard Out
A common mistake made by many guys who are trying to grow out their beard is to trim the beard too often. It can be tempting to make alterations once a week or once a fortnight, to keep it in good condition.
If you are looking to grow your beard out, reign it in! Keep the scissors away and don’t trim it for at least 2-3 months. You can tame and shape the beard, but you’ll be amazed at how much more it grows by keeping the trimming at bay.
Letting it Grow Wild and Uneven
If you want to achieve a long, lumberjack beard it will still need a little attention from time to time. You have to trim back the wild hairs that have a mind of their own. Another good tip is to make sure the beard is well conditioned with a good beard oil. A common mistake is to assume if you trim your beard, it will look thinner. However, it’s actually the opposite. Trimming those straggly ends will make it look thicker and healthier.
Avoid Cheap Beard Combs
There is a science behind a good beard comb. Those that are cheaper are often manufactured on a large scale. What does this mean for your beard? There will be natural snags and abrasions left on the comb from manufacturing. These snags and abrasions can cause damage to your beard over time. An all natural, antistatic wood beard comb is a great way to keep your beard in tip-top condition.
Beard Oil is Not for Your Beard
It may shock you to learn that beard oil is not actually for your beard. Beard oil should be used to nourish the skin underneath the beard. The longer your beard gets, the harder it is to keep both your beard and skin well nourished.
To avoid your skin and beard drying out and becoming irritated, it’s best to use beard oil every day. A good tip to is to use the beard oil at night before you go to bed as well as in the morning after washing. For the best results apply the beard oil to the skin beneath your beard.
Don’t Wash Your Beard with Soaps or Body Washes
Avoid body washes and soaps when dealing with your beard, they often do way more harm than good. We recommend using an all-natural beard wash to avoid stripping your beard of natural oils.
Regular hair shampoo is also an option but only use this every 2-3 days to avoid removing those natural oils.
Not Keeping it Clean
Your beard needs to be washed more regularly than the hair on your head. Your beard is prone to getting dirty, it catches food crumbs and absorbs everyday smells. If you’re a smoker please be aware that smoking stunts your beard growth as well as holding in the smell of tobacco.
Don’t Expect To Grow New Follicles
Unfortunately, you cannot make beard hair magically appear. This can be frustrating if you have a tell-tale patch where less hair grows. There is no way to increase beard growth in areas where follicles are not actually present.
One handy tip is to grow out the beard around this area and use this thicker fuller hair to cover those patches.