In a previous post, we discussed the variety of options when it comes to different beard styles for different facial shapes. Now that you’ve grown the ideal beard for your particular face shape, and you’ve trimmed it up in all of the right areas to compliment that beautiful mug of yours, we’re going to talk about something else…something that you may not have even considered having to consider before now. The focus of today’s discussion is going to be a relatively simple and straightforward one on how to style your beard. This may seem redundant, but it is actually much more important than you may realize.
Pretty much the least optimal thing that you can do for or with your beard is to simply let it be. Whether that lack of attention is occurring during the growth process, the shaping process, the hydration and nourishment (especially this area, but more on that later), or as we’re looking at today, the styling process. Even calling it a process is making much ado about something that really isn’t an enormous endeavor, but still something that will require a bit of occasional maintenance. First of all, when we talk about how to style your beard, we’re not talking about the shaping any longer, but rather the steps involved in maintaining that desired shape.
Everyone with a beard has woken up from a glorious slumber to see what a completely un-styled and “undone” beard looks like. If everyone were to then just walk out the door and into the world, beards might be a fair deal less popular than they are today. Instead, gents take a respectable amount of pride in styling their beards to be as well situated as the hair on their heads. There are a number of various approaches to keeping your beard styled, but it will depend in large part (as does most every element of beardsmanship) on your personal preference.
For shorter cropped beards, less elbow grease may be required to make your beard street ready, and for some the only requirement for a handsome beard is a good scrubbing in the shower and a drop or two of beard oil. For others, especially as the beard gets longer, more than just that will be required. In the middle grounds, you may need to keep you beard both clean and oiled, as well as offering it a thorough morning brushing to lay all of your now increasingly long hairs in line, and then even periodical combings throughout the day to undo the kinks and twists that your pensive beard fondling has created.
For beards of a certain length, however, there might seem like just no good way to keep those wild, rogue strays at bay. If you’ve felt like that before – that there is just no way around a few, or several wild whiskers – then you should know that you don’t have to live like that. Using a specific kind of product that is becoming increasingly popular, especially amongst longer beards, will help keep the overall shape of your beard precisely as you like it, rather than forcing you to accept the rebellious ways of your beard’s less cooperative strands. Often called beard balm or beard butter, these slightly more substantial salves have the same nourishing effects of beard oil, but are also heavier and more like a light pomade for your beard, ensuring that things stay in line.
Wherever you might fall on the necessary beard style maintenance spectrum, it’s important to remember that all beards fall somewhere on it, and in order to have the best beard that you can, you’ll want to find the best process for keeping your whiskers under your control. So, whether it’s just a matter of a quick run through with a comb, or a little dollop of beard butter to keep your awesomely long beard in check, knowing is half the battle, and the other half is doing. Good bearding gentlemen!