A well groomed beard is a great look for any man, but a lot of guys with beards, or growing a beard, are making it harder on themselves than it needs to be to achieve a healthy and full looking beard.
Here are 5 things you should STOP doing to your beard, right now.
1. Using Harsh Chemicals
Many beard products, and general grooming products on the market, contain harsh chemicals that can damage the hair and irritate the skin.
I'm sure you've been there.
Avoid products that contain alcohol, synthetic fragrances, and other harsh ingredients, and opt for natural products instead.
This is critically important for us here at Live Bearded and you'll never find any of these harsh ingredients in our products.
Cheers to that!
With a super computer in your pocket, there is no excuse for you not to check ingredient list before you put them on your body.
And just because you can't pronounce the word, doesn't make it bad. Do your research!
2. Wishing your Beard Was Different
Now we've heard this a LOT.
I wish my beard was fuller, straighter, curlier...
We've heard it all. Too often we want what we don't have, and it does you no good to sit and dwell on all the things your beard isn't.
Now every guy out there has something they don't love about their beard. Even the beard you wish you had.
We encourage you to rock what you got, and do you best to make your beard the best it can be.
Groom it. Take care of it. Wear it with confidence.
Here at Live Bearded, we believe you should rock the beard style that gives you the most confidence, whatever that is.
A chin strap isn't the best look in my personal opinion.
Too often we see guys with their cheek lines too low, and more importantly their jawline too high.
It's going to leave your beard looking more like a chin strap than a beard.
When it comes to trimming your cheek line, keep it as high as naturally possible and only trim away the hairs that are rogue above the bulk of your beard.
And for the jawline, which is more important, trim where the head connects to the neck typically a fingers width above the adams apple. This will ensure you grow a nice full beard.
4. Heat Damage
Beard straighteners and blow dryers are widely used by men looking to ditch the curls for a straighter looking beard style.
We fully support this and it can be done safely...
You want to avoid excessive heat, and avoid applying beard oil PRIOR to applying the heat or you'll fry your beard.
5. Only Applying Beard Oil to Your Beard
Beard Oil is likely the first product every beard guy works into his beard grooming routine, and rightfully so. It's the foundation of a great beard.
However, many guys apply beard oil all wrong by only putting the oil on the beard hairs themselves.
Beard oil was designed for the skin under the beard, and should be applied and massaged into the skin, and then worked through the hairs.
The moisturizing of the skin will create a healthier environment for your beard to thrive, and promote healthier, better beard growth.
If you've done any of these don't worry, we've all been there. Just stop and you'll be on your way to a better beard!
We hope you found this video helpful.
It's our mission to help Beardsmen look, feel, and be their best.
Reach out if you need anything at all as we are here to help.
And as always, Live Bearded, brother!