So, you’ve finally grown your dream beard – congratulations! You should be proud of the progress you’ve made. But, this is just the beginning of your bearded adventures…
Below, our team of bearded brothers have put together their complete guide to beard grooming with tips on how to style and shape an awesome beard! From beard styling products to brushes, combs and tips on how to shape your beard, our guide will help you to keep your beard game strong for years to come.
How to style your beard
When it comes to styling your beard, there are many things to consider. Firstly, your ability to style your facial fuzz will depend on its length and how full or patchy your growth is. If you’re struggling with patchiness, then take a second to read through our top tips on how to fix a patchy beard. From here on out, we’re going to assume your facial hair is as full and fierce as a lion’s mane!
Before we break out the beard oils, brushes and combs, it’s important to make sure your beard is as clean as a whistle. Before styling your beard, always start by washing it properly with a beard wash and conditioner. If you struggle with dry skin, it might also be worth including our Face Scrub in your pre-styling routine. Enriched with ground olive stones and ginger, our exfoliating scrub will really help to target the skin beneath your beard, removing build-ups of dead skin, oil and trapped dirt. Once you’ve finished washing your beard, pat it dry with a towel. Now you’re ready to get styling…
How to use beard oil
We always recommend starting your beard styling routine with one of our award-winning Beard Oils. Our Beard Oils are formulated with a wide variety of essential and natural oils that help to nourish and rehydrate your facial hair. This is particularly important after you’ve washed your beard, as this is when your hair’s natural oils are most likely to be unbalanced.
For best results, we recommend you apply beard oil to your facial hair every day. If that doesn’t suit you, we suggest you at least remember to pop a few drops in 2-3 times a week, especially after showering.
When applying beard oil, remember to work it right down to your skin, not just the tips of your hairs. This is important to promote a natural, healthy shine throughout, while also making sure the roots of your hairs aren’t neglected.
Depending on the length of your beard, you might need to apply more or less oil. Typically, most beards will need no more than 2-4 drops. For a full breakdown on beard oils and how to use them, read our detailed guide on everything you need to know about beard oils today!
Beard brushes and combs
Now that your beard has been pampered, it’s time to give it a good brush to remove knots and evenly distribute essential oils. But what tool should you use – a beard brush or a beard comb? The answer is both!
While these beard styling tools might seem interchangeable, they’re in fact designed for different purposes. Primarily, beard combs are used to detangle knots, remove build-ups of trapped dirt and evenly distribute essential oils. On the other hand, beard brushes help to remove frizziness, keeping your beard looking tip-top throughout the day. Brushes are also great at encouraging your beard to grow in the direction you desire.
How to use a beard comb
Before you start tugging at your beard, make sure you have the right comb for the job. Our Liquid Wood Beard Comb feature both wide and narrow teeth: the wider teeth make gliding through your beard easy, while the finer teeth are perfect for taming your moustache.
Once you’ve invested in a quality beard comb, it’s all about technique. With a relaxed grip, start by combing through your beard from top to bottom, focussing on evenly distributing the beard oil you applied earlier. You don’t want to rush this process, especially as you’re likely to meet a few knots and snags along the way. When you come across a knot slowly comb over it and repeat to loosen the hairs without causing damage. Finally, be sure to pull your beard upwards and comb the hairs that lie beneath.
How to use a beard brush
A great beard brush provides a dense head of bristles with just enough flexibility to tame facial hair, without causing irritation or scratchiness. Unlike beard combs, brushes are best used to reduce beard frizz and help to soften facial hair.
To really feel the benefits of brushing your beard, you need to make it a staple part of your daily routine. Aim to brush your beard every morning and evening. Hell, if you grab one of our vegan friendly Travel Beard Brushes you can even squeeze in some lunchtime TLC!
When brushing, work with your beard’s natural growth to untangle small snags and reduce frizz. Once you’ve brushed through your beard following its natural growth patterns, you can then concentrate on straightening it out and getting it into shape.
How to use moustache wax and beard balms
Now that you’ve nourished your beard with oils and removed any nasty knots with your comb and brush, it’s time to add a little wow-factor!
Waxes and balms are what separate the boys from the men. When used properly, these beard styling products will help to elevate your facial fuzz to a whole new level of awesome.
Typically, styling balms offer a lighter hold while moustache waxes provide stability that lasts all day and night. As a result, a little wax goes a long way, meaning a small tin should easily get you through a good few months of styling.
It’s often misunderstood that moustache waxes should only be used to style your upper lip. In reality, these nourishing waxes will also work wonders on your full beard, so don’t be afraid to experiment.
Whether you choose to use a balm or our Moustache Wax, the application is pretty similar. Simply work the product between your palms and fingertips, before applying it to your facial hair to create the desired style. It’s worth bearing in mind that accentuating your moustache can really help to add personality and character to your beard.
How to shape your beard
It might seem strange to style your beard before you shape it, but there’s method to our madness! When your beard is freshly washed and un-styled, it’s much harder to judge its length and how it will fall when dry. As a result, guys that shape their beards before styling often find they remove too much hair and ruin the look they were going for. Instead, keep the razor and clippers at bay until the styling products are back on the shelf!
When it comes to shaping your beard, you can either use a pair of clippers, or a razor. For the closest, cleanest result, we recommend combining one of our Safety Razors or our Cut-Throat Razor with our Brushless Shaving Solution. If you’re rocking a long Viking beard, we’d suggest you remove the bulk with a pair of clippers, before switching to a razor for that super clean finish.
The first lines you need to tidy when shaping your beard are the top lines. This is the hair growth from your sideburn to your moustache. To achieve a super sharp line, you want to remove any stray hairs above the bulk of where your beard naturally grows. It’s important that you don’t shave too deep into this line; keeping it high and tight will help to make your beard look longer and fuller when finished.
Next up is your back line: the line that runs down the back of your sideburn, adjacent to your neck. This line is one of the most important, as it really helps to add shape and definition to your finished style. The aim here is to remove stray hairs and create either a sharp straight line – for a more defined style – or a clean curve – for softer, more natural styles.
Now we come to your neckline. This is often the line that most bearded men struggle with, so don’t feel ashamed if you’ve messed this one up in the past! Typically, you should start creating this line either on your Adam’s apple, or about a finger’s width above. Work all the way around your neckline, keeping things as clean and symmetrical as possible. Remember to work with the grain when shaving this area with a razor to avoid redness and irritation.
Finally, it’s time to cut away any stray hairs that have so far escaped your attention and tidy up your moustache. The easiest way to tackle these strays is with a pair of our Beard and Moustache Scissors. These specially designed scissors make removing stray hairs stress free. Better yet, they come with a safety edge, helping to lower the chances of you cutting yourself while pruning.
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