Better Man Beard's Guide to Better Beard Maintenance
We at Better Man Beard believe that proper beard maintenance shouldn't be a Herculean chore or a parasitic adventure that leaves your pockets bled dry. In fact, we’re here to let you know that effective beard maintenance can easily integrate itself into your current routine, and best of all, it won’t break your bank.
We’ve already given you the steps on how to give yourself a beard facial at home, but what about that oh so important daily upkeep? How many times a week should you wash your beard? Is it alright to use standard shampoo? Can you use a standard brush and comb for your beard? Isn’t it a bad idea to put oil on your face?
Without any further ado, here’s a list of beard care routines you should be doing and how often if you’re currently experiencing beard itch, beardruff, or any other beard-related issues.
Apply Beard Oil
Contrary to popular belief, applying the correct amount of beard oil is not likely to cause acne. One of the most common issues with our fellow beard wearers is that the skin underneath can get dry and itchy. Beard oil helps prevent this by moisturizing the skin and beard, and should be applied during your daily cleanup ritual and after each wash.
Better Man Beard’s Beard Oil comes in Original and Spruce, of which the latter’s wintry blast is beyond refreshing during the hot summer months. Both are made with organic and natural ingredients, so there’s no worry about preservatives or waxy, cheap ingredients becoming a part of your complexion.
Simply add a couple of drops to your fingertips and slowly work it through your beard. Add a couple more drops if your beard is longer. Just make sure that each strand gets coated on all sides and come through for even better coverage.
Speaking of which…
Combing Your Beard
Frequency: Daily and Often
Do note that “combing” is different from “brushing.” Brushing can actually cause damage to the hair and follicles if it’s done more than once daily. Likewise, using a cheap comb in place of a sandalwood beard comb can rip strands right out of your beard, damage the skin beneath it, and/or generate static electricity.
Not only does our sandalwood beard comb smell great, but it also has two sides with properly spaced teeth to better navigate tangles painlessly. Brushing is something that can be done multiple times a day, and is a great way to distribute oil after a shower, redistribute throughout the day as needed, and train your beard to lie the way that you would like it to.
Start at the root and work your way towards the end, brushing up against the grain and then brushing it back down. This ensures that every strand is visited and that the whole face has been covered.
Trimming Your Beard
Frequency: 6-8 Weeks
If you’re looking to have a shorter beard, the frequency can be trimmed down to weekly. Just like the hair on our heads, our beards can benefit from regular trims. Doing so removes split ends and keeps hair in the growth phase, which means a thicker, healthier beard for you. Even if you’re trying to grow out your beard, regular trimming every 6-8 weeks will allow you to retain your new length while also encouraging new growth.
Whatever you do, do not trim your beard while it is wet. Much like anything else that’s waterlogged, your beard will sink closer to the ground when it’s wet, making it appear longer. Trim it when it’s wet, and we guarantee that you’ll take off much more than you wanted to. Allow your beard to dry before you attempt to trim it for better results.