Growing and grooming a beard is similar to getting a new pet. First comes an adjustment period where you’re comfortable, followed by a slight change or two in your routine, and finally a blissful coexistence when it’s impossible to imagine life without your furry friend.
The key to beard longevity is proper grooming and care. Trimming and shaping beards is an age-old art form. “No tool is a good substitute for an experienced hairdresser,” says Matty Conrad, founder of Victory Barber & Brand. “Learning some necessary skills and grooming techniques will always be paramount when deciding on a beard.”
Once you understand the basics, it is important to have the best tools and beard kits on hand at home to keep beards looking sharp. Caring products are also important to keep your face happy and healthy all round. We consulted grooming and skin care professionals to find out their preferred tools in the field.
John Masters Organics Exfoliating Facial Cleanser
First things first, prime the canvas for each beard with a top grade detergent. “To get healthy facial hair, you have to have a clean slate,” says Ryan Turner, a dermatologist in New York City. John Masters Organics Exfoliating Facial Cleanser “contains plant and herbal extracts, as well as essential oils, and is great for removing impurities,” he says. “Jojoba pearls provide gentle exfoliation without scratching the skin, and ginseng helps tighten and brighten the skin.”
Proraso beard balm
The early stages of beard growth can cause itching and irritation in some people. A balm that soothes the skin as it familiarizes itself with its new canopy can work wonders. Proraso, an Italian brand founded in 1908, has been a go-to for bearded men for generations.
Once stubble gets into a bushier shape and texture, the best way to trim them is with adjustable hair clippers. “Because of their wide-set teeth, clippers are perfect for trimming most of the beard,” says Conrad. “The guards make sure you have precise control over the length when using them directly on the skin.”
BaBylissPro GoldFX Clipper
Conrad’s most popular high-end option is BaBylissPro, a favorite of many professional hairdressers. “The lithium-ion battery offers a lot of power to cut a thick beard like a hot knife through butter,” he says.
Philips Norelco 5000 series beard and stubble trimmers
For a more modest price, Conrad suggests Philips Norelco’s wireless and adjustable 5000 series. Says Conrad. “It won’t get as smooth a result as a professional clipper, but it will do in a pinch.”
Electric trimmers are best for fine-tuning beard edges and outer contours. “These are designed to cut edges and outlines,” Conrad notes. Don’t confuse them with hair clippers, however, as they are not designed to cut the bulk of a beard. “The teeth are pretty narrow,” says Conrad, which means they are meant for more detailed detailing.
BaBylissPro GoldFX link trimmer
BaBylissPro is again Conrad’s favorite for a deluxe option. “Most hairdressers agree that this is the best trimmer out there,” he says. “It cuts incredibly close and creates super sharp lines. It will be the last trimmer you will ever need to buy. ”
Philips Norelco MG3750 Multigroom All-in-One Series 3000
For a cheaper tool, Conrad likes the Phillips Norelco multigroom trimmer. “You can’t beat the price in this case, and it’s surprisingly effective,” he says, noting a sacrifice in longevity with the compromise on price.
Shaving your neck and cheeks smoothly gives an otherwise tufted face a sleek, sophisticated look. A foil razor or a simple straight razor are best for “getting hair down to the skin and making sure that there are no unsightly stubble, especially in men with coarse hair,” says Conrad.
Braun Series 9 electric shaver
An electric razor is a quick and easy way to remove stubble without the need for shaving cream or a brush. For an investment piece with an attractive worktop, Conrad suggests the Braun 9 series. “This is definitely one of the most comfortable razors in the world,” he says. “The dock is perfect for keeping it clean and charged.”
Gillette Mach3 men’s razor
A proven classic with standard razors is also always an option. “Gillette Mach 3 is still my everyday favorite,” says Conrad.
Merkur long-handled razor
Some classic tools never go out of style. “If you’re feeling nostalgic, you really can’t beat a classic razor,” says Conrad. Mercury makes a great choice.
To maintain a healthy beard, it is necessary to take care of the hair itself and the skin underneath. “Hair that grows from your face is coarser and has different needs” than the hair on your head, says Conrad. “There is usually much less natural oil on the face than there is on the scalp, which can make beards and skin feel dry and itchy.” A good cleanser needs to gently detoxify while moisturizing the beard and skin generously, says Conrad.
Victory Barber & Brand hair and beard wash
Victory Barber & Brand’s hair and beard wash can be used on both the face and head as it is formulated with activated charcoal to detoxify the skin and baobab oil to care for the hair.
Victory Barber & Brand Beard Oil
Beard oil keeps hair and skin hydrated and smells fresh. A good beard oil “should penetrate your skin and hair without leaving a shiny finish or greasy residue,” says Conrad.
Victory Barber & Brand’s beard oil is made from organic, microfine care oils and contains essential oils with aromatherapy benefits, says Conrad. It’s also very focused, so a little goes a long way.
Jack Black Beard Grooming Set
Turner likes Jack Black’s beard oil for its nourishing blend of natural ingredients such as kalahari melon oil and marula oil, which are high in fatty acids. “Brown algae and carrot extract protect against the harmful effects of free radicals,” he adds. Jack Black’s beard care set also contains moisturizing cleaning and care products.
SheaMoisture aftershave elixir
For areas that are frequently shaved to the skin, a soothing aftershave that prevents breakouts and irritation is a must. Turner recommends SheaMoisture’s aftershave Elixir. “It’s great for those prone to acne or folliculitis that is caused by shaving,” he says. “The combination of witch hazel and tea tree oil also makes a powerful cleansing and antimicrobial duo.”
SheaMoisture Complete Beard Kit
Shea butter and essential oils are the key ingredients in the SheaMoisture Complete Beard Kit, which includes cleanser, nourishing oil, detangler and a soothing balm.
Zeus 100% wild boar bristle beard brush
A beard brush to tame the mane is also attached. “I always advocate a brush rather than a comb because it makes the hair less stretched,” says Conrad. “It can help smooth out the shape without the beard puffing up.” He notes that natural bristles are better than plastics because they help distribute natural oils and beard oil throughout the beard. Zeus is a premium and affordable option.
Every Man Jack Beard Set
With a beard comb, nourishing oil and beard butter, this set – according to an editor of Underscored – is particularly beautiful because it doesn’t “smell like conifers, because every other company believes that all men want to smell like forests. ”
Zeus Deluxe Beard Care Kit
Zeus is also a go-to for beard shampoo, conditioner, and oil. Zeus Deluxe Beard Care Kits are available in sandalwood, verbena-lime or vanilla-rum scents to make your nose smile.
King C. Gillette Complete Beard Grooming Set for Men
The King C. Gillette line from Gillette, named after the company’s founder, offers sophisticated beard care products from the brand, which has trusted men’s grooming for more than a century. The complete men’s beard kit includes a double-sided razor, shaving gel, beard and face washer, balm and oil.
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