Beard Grooming Tips Every Guy Can Work Into His Routine

Beard grooming tip
A beard can enhance your personality and have a profound effect on your appearance. However, failing to properly groom a beard can make you look creepy and repulsive. So, whether you hate shaving or just like the way a beard looks on you, here's a complete guide to beard grooming.
He that hath a beard is more than a youth, and he that hath no beard is less than a man; and he that is more than a youth is not for me, and he that is less than a man, I am not for him. ~ William Shakespeare

The above mentioned quote just shows how much pride men take in growing and maintaining a beard. The beard has been a testament to the heroic, sturdy and robust image of men for a long time now. Growing a beard was, and is still, considered a symbol of masculinity and self-confidence in various cultures. In a more modern world, beards are considered as fashion statement and have become highly popular.

However, not everyone can carry it off. When it comes to beards, there's a fine line between sexy and creepy. The trick, here, is to maintain the beard in such a way that it is neither too manicured and manscaped, nor too wild and overgrown. Proper beard grooming can give your personality a touch of elegance and attractiveness. Moreover, long, bushy, and unkempt facial hair is not only unhygienic but also very repelling! Grooming a beard is not a skill that can only be mastered by an expert, in fact it is fairly easy once you know how to go about it. With some dexterity and deft movements of your fingers, even you can achieve the perfect groomed beard and give new dimensions to your outward appearance. Let us take a look at some tips and guidelines that will help you groom your beard.
Trimming
Trimming is important, while some only have this done professionally, others choose to do it themselves with the help of scissors or trimmers. If you are one of the latter, then these guidelines should help you out.
Maintaining a good beard requires the right tools. You will need:

>> A pair of barber scissors

>> A trimmer

>> Slated/pointed tweezers (for ingrown hair)

>> Wide-toothed comb

>> Fine-toothed comb (optional, for the mustache)

>> Multi-blade razor
Equipped? Good. Although trimming depends majorly on the beard style you would like to keep, some common tips are always good to consider.

** Never trim your beard when it is wet. Wet hair is longer, so when it dries, you may find you've trimmed too much.

** Start trimming near the ear on one side and go down to the chin. Then repeat on the other side. This is to maintain a balance between the two sides of your face.
** When you use comb and scissors, comb through the beard and cut the hair that juts out of the comb. (This technique will take some time and practice to perfect.)

** Trimmers come with adjustable settings, which help you in deciding the thickness you want. If you are using it for the first time, you might want to adjust the guide for a longer beard length until you get a hang of it.
** Always move the beard trimmer vertically upward, and ensure that the trimmer just cuts the extra-long hair of the beard.

** Use the razor to remove stray hair. Do not pluck them out.
Cleaning
If you have a long beard, there's inevitably food in your beard after a meal. Dust or dirt that gets accumulated can make the beard coarse and hard. Thus, it is necessary to keep it clean and tidy.

> Wash and shampoo your beard regularly. Use mild shampoo, as it is easier on the skin.

> When you use a shampoo or conditioner, make sure that you properly apply it to the hair follicles in the beard and massage gently down the face in circular motion.

> You may use a conditioner after shampooing. However, be sure to rinse thoroughly, otherwise it will result in flaking.
Drying
Many people tend to ignore this, but drying the beard after washing is extremely crucial.

> Dry the beard with a clean and dry towel.

> Gently pat and wipe, avoid pressing or rubbing the beard aggressively, as it may cause irritation or result in split ends (yes, it's true).

> You may use conditioning oil to make your beard softer.

> Comb your beard and mustache with a wide-toothed comb to remove tangles.
Massage
You can occasionally apply eucalyptus oil on your beard and massage the skin surface. Even olive oil is an excellent natural healer, and has a soothing effect. While massaging your beard, use fingertips only.
A man should grow a beard at least once in his lifetime, even if only as an experiment. After all, you don't have to do anything to grow a beard, it is only the grooming part that needs a little attention. If you already have a beard, then the above mentioned tips should help you look fresh and presentable at all times.
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