Just like a 3 piece dinner-suit, the resurgent popularity of beards in all their many forms, is actually a part of the fashion cycle and has gone on for centuries. Beards have also had their own journey – in some eras they were considered quintessential to the culturally refined man; in others, typical of the ruffian. Interestingly, what was old a while ago is new again, and most men are sporting various types of beards – making us feel like the book ‘One Thousand Beards: A Cultural History of Facial Hair’ has sprung to life.
If you too want to sport facial hair, remember this: a beard if done right reflects a sense of style and confidence and if done wrong, you’ll look like an extra from ‘Lord of the Rings’. Follow these tips to on how to style and groom your beard well…
Pick a style:
The first step is choosing what style of beard you want to sport. Pick something that you’ll be able to manage easily. Also make sure it is one that will suit your personality or sense of style. Rounder faces do well with sharp lines that are great to blur out the curves, for instance; a squared off goatee. On the other hand, angular faces look better with fuller, longer facial hair that adds contours to the face.
Also read: How To Grow A Full Hipster Beard
Keep it neat:
Once you’ve picked your style, it’s important to groom it so as to ensure it looks exactly like it’s supposed to. There’s a huge difference between a man who has grown a beard and one who just hasn’t bothered to shave. Daily grooming is essential, so use a razor to clean-line the top and bottom edges of your beard. Go over each area only once. Using a single blade safety razor is a good idea if you want to grow an even beard.
Cleanse and condition: Shampoo! For the beard! Most men would balk at the idea of shampooing their fur…but once the idea seeps in, so will the lather. Just like the hair on our heads needs care, facial hair needs some TLC too. If you don’t shampoo and condition it regularly, it will soon end up looking like a dead animal’s fur. A gentle moisturising shampoo (or a baby shampoo) is good enough to take care of it. Make sure to fully rinse off any lather to avoid irritation.
Moisturise: Apart from keeping the skin under your beard clean, you must also moisturize it, otherwise your body may overcompensate by producing extra oil, which further causes breakouts. Apply a dab of moisturizer and massage it into your skin.
Get the right tools:
Invest in some quality clippers or trimmers to take care of those nagging loose, flyaways. It’s best to visit a salon and let a professional give you the first trim.
Also read: Essential grooming tips for men
Follow these steps (along with a healthy diet) to maintain a soft and neat beard that flatters rather than flunks.