Here’s the big misconception...
Having a truly epic beard is not as simple as just not shaving...
Ya sure to just have a beard it is, but to have a truly epic beard you need to follow a few easy steps...
This article is meant to be a guideline of simple daily steps for you to follow to dramatically improve your beard.
There are things you can do beyond what we cover here which we will get into detail later, but these are the absolute MOST important that will have the biggest impact on your beard IMMEDIATELY.
Your morning beard routine should start the same way every day...
Wash your beard when you shower.
No different than the hair on your head, your beard needs to be washed regularly using your beard wash or equivalent.
Depending on your profession (work indoors/outdoors), you may not need to deep wash every day but use some common sense here.
Make sure to avoid bar soaps or any soap that will dry out your beard and skin, this will only damage your beard.
Allow your beard to dry before you comb. Combing it while it’s wet will result in hair loss and none of us want that! If you are in a hurry, you can hit it with a blow dryer but make sure the hair is not still hot from the dryer before you comb.
APPLY OIL - Yes, beard oil is necessary fellas.
Oil acts as the foundation for your beard, ensuring your beard hairs stay moisturized which will help promote healthier and fuller growth as well as reduce breakage and eliminate beard itch.
Oil should be applied from under your beard working it into the skin, and then throughout your beard, not just simply put on the outside of your beard! The oils need to get to the root of the hair to really be effective.
COMB IT OUT - the single MOST IMPORTANT step to having an epic beard!
Yes, there is a proper way to comb your beard!
Begin by starting under your beard and coming upward and outward, starting at your neck and working your way up to your chin and cheeks. This will separate all of the hairs so they appear fuller. I mean, who doesn’t like a fuller beard?
Once you’ve worked your way up to your cheeks and your entire beard has been brushed up to add fullness, simply comb the beard straight down to style your beard just the way you want it.
You can hit the stache with a quick comb pulling the hairs out to the side away from your mouth and boom, you’re out the door in no time.
Some of the benefits of combing your beard daily with a high quality beard comb are:
- Prevent ingrown hairs by training the hairs to grow in the right direction
- Train your mustache to stay off your lip
- Evenly distribute oil throughout your beard so ensure perfect coverage
- Adds appearance of fuller beard while still having hairs lying in one direction
- Shaping to your desired styling preference
But what kind of comb is best?
Plastic vs. Wood
Sure plastic is cheaper, but it is literally killing your beard. Beard hair is a thicker, more dense hair. Plastic combs create static which will electrify your hair, leaving it unmanageable with flyaways and leave your beard with what we like to call beard frizz. Not a good look.
Plastic combs also have imperfections and jagged bits of plastic left on the comb, though hard to see with your eye, will cause snagging and result in split ends and damaged hair.
For these reasons, plastic combs should be avoided at all costs. So you guessed it, wood is the clear cut winner.
Wood combs are anti static and will glide through your beard like a hot knife through butter, all while distributing oil much better than plastic.
We suggest slightly wider teeth to reduce snagging even further. The last thing we want to do is snag and pull out the hair we have worked so hard to grow!
We can’t stress the importance of your beard comb enough. It is the single most important tool EVERY bearded brother needs to have on him at all times.
There are tons of options on the market, some good, others not so good.
We started Live Bearded with one purpose, to help as many bearded brothers grow the best damn beard possible. A good quality beard comb is the most critical tool every bearded brother needs and we want to make sure every brother has one.
We have helped thousands of brothers grow a better beard and we want to help you too.
Live Bearded Brother!