Beards are in, Hugh Jackman sported one in his latest X-Men film, as has Ranveer Singh for an upcoming film. Yet while for many men growing beard may be easy, their maintenance and upkeep tend to be slightly more difficult. A few must-have accessories and products to help you manage and beautify your mane are described below in detail.
1. Beard Comb
A beard comb is a must-have tool for anyone who has decided to grow a beard. Yet before you dismiss a beard comb as an unnecessary and frivolous accessory, think again. A high-quality beard comb is not only ideal to style your beard but is in itself a fashion statement. Ensure that any beard comb you buy is not made from cheap plastic but rather is made from more exotic materials such as cellulose acetate and has smooth cut teeth that have rounded edges. A good beard comb should also clear one’s beard of dust when its used and lead to the release of natural oils.
2. Beard Oil
Many experts on the subject of beards have stated that the ideal beard should look groomed and shiny, not shaggy and dusty. Unfortunately, many of us men who are eager to sport a beard haven’t the faintest idea how to maintain the ideal beard. An essential ingredient needed to maintain a perfect beard is beard oil. This oil helps to tame your facial mane while hydrating the skin beneath the hair all the while softening the hair on your beard as well. If you’ve decided to grow a beard, chances are you will need to use beard oil for the regular upkeep and maintenance of your beard.
3. Beard Wax
Another can’t do without ingredient to maintain the perfect beard is called beard wax. This wax is useful when you want to maintain your beard or moustache in a certain style or shape. You should select the right beard wax for yourself based on how you are going to be wearing your beard or moustache. The texture of your beard plays a part when you select the beard wax and so does the style you opt for. For instance, if you want a moustache with twirled up whiskers then you will probably need to use a beard wax that has a medium to strong holding strength. Remember that beard wax tends to build up wherever you apply it and so you must wash off the beard wax at the end of the day.
4. Beard Shampoo
Why does a man need a beard shampoo instead of a regular shampoo? Read on to find out the answer. Every hair follicle on your face at its root has glands known as sebaceous glands that secrete sebum oil without which your beard will frizzled out, become dry and likely break and have split ends. Whereas the regular shampoo you use on your head will remove ingredients such as sebum oil that is necessary for your beard to look its best, a bread shampoo leaves the sebum oils in your beard untouched leading to a fine looking beard. This is why you need a beard shampoo for your beard instead of the regular shampoo you use on your head.
5. Beard Soap
Lastly but not least importantly is a vital ingredient to maintain the upkeep of your beard known as beard soap. The reason that it should be used on your beard instead of the regular soap you use on your face has to do once again with sebum oil that’s secreted by your sebaceous glands. A high-quality beard soap will not only not strip away precious sebum oil from your beard but will actually contain carrier oils that are good for your beard. Such carrier oils are derived from seeds and nuts and are similar in function to the sebum oils naturally produced by your body. Hence a good beard soap will actually soften your beard and is essential to maintain a good quality beard.
So all you manly men, remember if you’ve read this intently you may consider yourself lucky because it’s not every man who can grow a beard. Those who are flirting with growing a beard should try and follow our advice as closely as possible the end result of which will be a gorgeous lush beard that is impressive to you and to those around you.