Over the past decade, I have tried countless products, routines, and techniques to try and find the best beard grooming routine.
And along the way I've messed up more times than I care to admit.
But, with all that trial and error, I've found what really works for me, and I know it can help you too.
Now, for me, I like to hit the gym first thing in the morning, so I don't technically go through a beard routine when I roll out of bed.
But I also don't want to look completely disheveled, so I do a few quick things before I head out.
First thing I do...
First, I splash some cold water on my face and beard, and then I really work my hands through my beard and skin and really massage the hairs to get the bed beard to go away.
Wax on, wax off.
Now I'm a side sleeper, so this really helps reset my beard a bit without having to shower since I'm heading to the gym.
Then I grab my comb, and comb from the bottom up to separate the beard hairs and get them to stick out all crazy, followed by some downward strokes to get them to cooperate and lay down.
The final step for me is to hit it with some mustache wax so I'm not eating my mustache at the gym, and I'm out the door.
Yeah sure, I put on deodorant and brush my teeth, I'm not an animal jeez! But that's all I do for the beard.
After I crush a workout, or it crushes me, I hit the shower to get ready for the day.
I take cold showers and you should too, but we'll save that for another video.
If you don't want to, I get it, they aren't the most comfortable. I do recommend to at least use cold water when you condition as it'll help lock in the conditioner into your beard hairs.
My Beard Grooming Routine
Since I get sweaty every day, I wash and condition my beard every day. Whether you use hot, warm, or cold water, that's entirely up to you, but do make sure you rinse thoroughly to get all the wash out as leaving wash in your beard all day can cause damage.
After I'm nice and clean, I pop out of the shower and towel dry my beard. The goal is to get about 90%. of the water out before I start applying products.
If I'm in a hurry and I have a blow dryer available, I will snag it and use it on low heat to expedite the drying process.
If I do so, I like to comb up first with the blow dryer following the comb, then down to get the hairs to cooperate.
From here, I apply beard oil to the skin underneath my beard, followed by beard butter to the hairs. The comb up then down technique comes back into play one more time to help distribute the product and get the hairs to not only fill out, but then also lay down leaving your beard looking intentionally groomed.
Now for some of you, you might be done here. For me, the final touch is in the mustache.
I grab my mustache wax and apply from the middle out, twisting my thumb and index or middle finger as I work the wax to the outside of my mustache to give me my classic handlebar style.
If you like the idea of having a handlebar but your hairs are a bit unruly, try this same technique but use a blow dryer as you twist your mustache to help train the hairs to curl up and out.
And that's it.
This entire process truly does only take about 5 minutes from start to finish.
Beard grooming doesn't need to be a overcomplicated process.
Keep it clean. Keep it moisturized. Keep it styled.
It's amazing what just a few minutes a day can do to give you more confidence in yourself, and help you stand out of the crowd.
I hope you found this video helpful.
Drop a comment and let us know what your morning routine looks like and if you have any questions or need any help creating a routine that works for you, don't hesitate to reach out anytime.
And as always, Live Bearded, Brother!