Beard Grooming and Maintenance 101

They say the state of a person’s beard reflects his personality. Growing facial hair has never been out of fashion, although we see a resurgence of beards in the past few years. More men are now looking for tips on how to maintain their beards given the busy lives that they lead. Read on if you want to learn how to maintain a beard the right way.

How to grow a proper beard

The time that it takes to grow a beard depends on the person’s sprouting level. The first few weeks could be a bit awkward and unseemly. Co-workers might think you are just too lazy to shave. In order to make it clear that you intend to grow and maintain a proper beard, remove the hairs that grow on the “neck beard” area with a fresh blade or high performance trimmer. To help you deal with the itch, immature whiskers can be softened with products labeled “beard wash.”

How to trim a beard

You might be the kind of person who would rather leave the beard trimming activities to professionals. This is actually the best approach. You can get your hands on trimmers and scissors, but if you have any doubts at all about your ability to trim the beard properly, and then do not even attempt it. It does not subtract from your manliness.

However, if you insist on a DIY approach, then start by purchasing the right tools. Do not settle for anything less than a pair of professional barber’s scissors. If you would rather use a beard trimmer, find a cordless and rechargeable unit. A wide-toothed comb for the beard and a fine-toothed mustache comb must also be on your list of items to purchase. To complete the list, you can add a three-way mirror and a magnifying mirror.

Proper trimming with a comb requires that you comb through the hair strands and cut only on the outside of the comb. If you are doing it for the first time, take the precaution of cutting just enough. The best way to come up with a symmetrical beard after a do-it-yourself trim is to start from the ears working down toward the chin. If you have a mustache, work on the mustache first, combing it downward. A mustache must be trimmed from the middle moving laterally toward the side of the mouth.

With a beard trimmer, you usually get a trimming guide that is removable and adjustable. This implement is quite useful so that you end up with an even trim. You may set it to the length that you desire and it will keep to this measurement. If the beard has reached the desired length already, the trimmer is the preferred tool over a pair of scissors. When you trim, make sure that the neckline of the beard is clearly defined.

Professional beard trimmers do not trim when the hair is still wet since wet hair has a longer length than dry hair. You do not want to end up with a beard that is trimmed too close so do not work on a wet beard.

Source by Jim Gilbertson