To beard or not to beard?
That question has passed through every guy’s head as he’s pondered whether or not he can pull off the bearded look.
The truth is that not all beards are created equal; your beard, much like your style is unique to YOU. Don’t compare your beard to anyone else’s.
Read on to see our 5 top beard tips to help you understand the basics of beard care and get ready to BEARD THE WAY YOU WANT TO BEARD…
1. Why Beard Oil?
Sebum Oil is your saviour!
Sebum oil is the natural oil produced by your skin which naturally moisturises and nourishes your beard and head hair. A lot of men find that when they are growing their beards out, their chin gets itchy and it’s not tolerable anymore. That's simply because their skin is too dry as the face produces far less sebum oil than the scalp.
When your beard grows out in length the body can't produce enough oil naturally to keep the skin and the beard moisturised. This is what leads to dry, brittle beard hair and flaky skin.
Disclaimer! Beard oil does not grow you a beard: What beard oil will do is create the optimal skin conditions for your beard to grow out healthier and thicker.
2. Keep it Moisturised
Applying beard oil should be part of your routine. Apply beard oil daily underneath your beard and massage it into your skin then leave it in. It is best to do this after a shower when your beard is damp and your pores are open.
The objective is to maintain the moisture in your beard hair by using oils that replicate the Sebum oil produced naturally by the skin. Natural oils, free of alcohol, paragons, sulphates and other such chemicals would be ideal.
A good beard oil won’t leave your beard looking shiny or oily, rather, it should readily absorbed by both the skin and hair. An all-natural beard oil from our friends at The Beard Gear Co. will reintroduce the needed moisture into both.
3. Keep it Shapely
Some beards are bigger than others. For a longer beard a beard oil may not suffice as not only will more moisture be required but also an element of hold. This is where beard balm comes in.
Ideally you’re looking for a balm that contains the same valuable essential oils as a beard oil, so as to provide the necessary hydrating effect, but also a natural wax, so as to let you pull your beard into shape.
4. Be Thorough
Remember that beard care starts at the skin. In order to ensure that your oil and/or balm is doing it’s most effective work it has to be brushed or combed through the hair, down to the skin beneath.
This should absolutely be part of your beard care ritual, as moisturising the hair without ensuring it gets to the skin would have the product doing only half of its job.
TIP! Beard Brushes are typically used for short to medium beards while beard combs are naturally for beards longer than 5cm’s.
5. Be Ruthless!
Some hair will refuse to stay in place. For these stubborn rebels there’s only one choice. Get scissors specifically for your beard. Ideally, it ones with a shorter snout. This will let you manoeuvre through your beard hair adequately; cutting through the hairs that just won’t get in line.
Now we at Mr. Draper may only know the basics of Beards but we are experts in Style.
What does your beard say about you?
The Classic Gentleman
From the Victorian era of gentlemen - your style is sophisticated & distinguished
The reviver of facial hair fashion - your beard like your style requires effort to look effortless
The Designer Stubble
Popular with footballers - with this sleek and modern look you can be both classy and casual
The Jon Snow
The ladies’ favourite to take the Iron Throne - with GOT having left our screens for good last year, this is your last chance to recreate actor Kit Harrington’s Brit-Indie look