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8 Tips to Maintain Your Beard

First of all, it takes time!

A truly amazing beard is the result of discipline. When you first start growing, resist the urge to trim or style, and leave it untouched for the first 3-5 weeks. This allows the hairs to grow in evenly (some grow faster than others), and help you pick a style that suits its shape.

Match Your Beard to Your Face Shape

Like any wild animal, a beard should be in-tune with its surrounding environment. Check out this handy chart after the first month of growth, and choose a final style that complements your face shape. Your beard will look better, and so will you.

Know How (and When) to Trim

Pruning is essential to a well-groomed beard—even if you plan on growing it out. Invest in a quality trimmer, and find the right technique to suit your master plan.

Wash It Regularly

This is especially important in the early stages of growth, when trapped food and skin cells can exacerbate the itchiness. Scrub your beard several times each week with a specialized cleanser, and gently pat it dry: An overzealous toweling can lead to frizz and split ends!

Use Beard Oil

This is a crucial factor, and we’ll say it again: Nothing tames a beard like regular use of beard oil. We have multiple oils to choose from, in a range of manly scents, but all of them will condition hairs to make them softer and shinier.

Learn to Train Your Beard

A regular trim will maintain your chosen shape, but it’s not the only way to keep your beard in line. A daily rubdown with a our detangling comb will wrangle stubborn hairs, training them to grow in a downward direction.

Don’t Forget the Mustache

Unless you’ve chosen a chinstrap—and we really hope you didn’t—growing an epic beard also means growing a mustache. To keep it looking neat, trim the area around your philtrum(the area under your nose) with a pair of grooming scissors, and keep it naturally sculpted with our mustache wax.

Fuel Up

You can’t build a house without bricks, and the same applies to facial hair. Your beard is made from protein and fat, but it’s also heavily reliant on Vitamins B5, B3, and B9. That means lean meats, nuts, egg yolks, milk, and plenty of leafy greens.

 

This article was originally sourced from birchbox.com

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