Many men will suddenly decide at some point in their life that they want to see what they would look like with a beard, however growing a beard is not as simple as just putting the razor down for a couple of months! It will require its own routine including products such as beard oil and at the very least the razer will be needed for neckline shaping.
Let’s Start from the Beginning
When making a start on your beard journey it is a good idea to start afresh, making sure that you have a complete shave. Starting by washing your face and beard thoroughly to remove excess oils and even applying a pre-shave beard oil in order to soften the hairs before shaving. Finally using your favourite shaving cream or foam, lather it up and shave your whole face closely and precisely, making sure your razor is sharp and clean.
Picking a Style for your Face Shape
Once your beard has grown out a bit, you can pick a style for your face shape, beards can work wonders to help chisel face shapes. The goal is to have the beard make your face look as oval as possible, so when working with a circular or square face it is ideal to keep the sides of the beard trimmed and have a little more length around the chin, this will help to extend the face. Whereas if your face is more rectangular or oblong then the opposite will work better for you, growing the sides out a tiny bit more than the chin area will help to keep your face looking symmetrical and detract from any length.
It is important to avoid the beard looking unintentional, having an unkempt and unruly beard could do the opposite of what your hopes for having a beard are; far from looking like a sophisticated businessman with his perfectly groomed beard. One of the most vital parts to keeping your beard looking groomed and intentional is avoiding having a neckbeard, maintaining a defined neckline will help to keep the whole beard tidy even if it is overdue a trim. When starting out it can be difficult to pinpoint where exactly to stop your beard, many use the method of putting two fingers above your adam's apple and drawing an imaginary “U” shaped line towards each ear and then clean shaving everything below this point. Depending on how much time and precision you wish to put into the neckline, you could create a gradual fade. This is done by trimming the first inch or so above the now established beard neckline at a slightly lower length than the rest of the beard. Some even choose to create a more subtle graduation by putting the trimmer at an even lower level and doing the half an inch closest to the beard neckline at that level.
Regular and continued maintenance is vital when growing out a beard and even once you have established a thick beard. Regular trimming and beard grooming will make a difference to how it looks and grows, and is easier to do if you use beard oil to soften the hairs first; as hairs often grow at different rates it is helpful to take a comb and direct the hairs upwards and against the direction of growth. This is useful when trimming because you can get a more even length all over; however make sure you keep your desired beard style in mind. It is recommended to keep up with your beard grooming routine every two weeks in order to maintain the same length consistently. However the moustache will take more upkeep than the rest of the beard due to the location, to groom you should comb the hairs down over the lip and take some specific hair or beard scissors to trim the hairs to the desired length.
The Importance of Beard Oil
Nourish the beard, signs of a well kept beard is one that looks neat and is soft to the touch. It is vital for you and your skin and even your partner will thank you for it too! It is a good idea to wash it with a shampoo dedicated to beards, this will help to ensure the natural oils are not stripped from it and will keep it nourished. Most importantly a beard oil is essential in maintaining the health of the beard and also the skin underneath! Many neglect the delicate skin under the beard due to not being able to see or feel it but this is important and can be maintained with the natural and nourishing ingredients in a beard oil.
There are many barbers that will groom your beard for you, maintaining a regular appointment at the barbers for your facial hair can be excellent for those without the time or even the skill to keep their beard looking great. You can put all your faith in the barber that they will shape your beard perfectly for your face and keep it soft and nourished with all the best beard oils and shampoos.
Overall it is recommended to grow out and maintain your facial hair for three months before you can experience the full effects of having a thick and luscious beard. For many years they have been known to unite men and be a talking point, many have said that they help to boost confidence, help you to stand out and even assist in defining career paths.
Beard oils contain extremely nourishing ingredients vital to beard care and beard grooming; oils such as argan, avocado and jojoba all have properties known to absorb into the skin quickly and moisturise both the skin and beard.
Take a look at our natural and nourishing beard oil by Eco Masters here on Lè Luna UK; designed to help style the beard and reduce itchiness that may occur when growing a new beard.