The Adam Levines and the Johnny Depps of the world didn't wake up one day with a perfectly trimmed, glossy beard. It took blood, sweat, tears, and an expensive clipper to give them such a stylish stache (okay, maybe not.) But either way - a good lookin' beard doesn't just happen, you know?
Check out these 7 pro beard grooming tips to take that 5 o'clock shadow to another level.
#1 Trim, Trim, Trim
All good things must come to an end... including that fresh haircut and perfectly sculpted beard. Mens' hair grows fast, so if you want to keep up with your look and don't want to break the bank on trips to the barber, you should learn to trim your own beard every two-ish weeks.
Scissors are the perfect tool to trim your beard, giving you full control over the outcome - unless you slip up and cut out a chunk of your stache. For the best results, trim hair after you've showered and combed the hair upward. It's a good idea to start underneath the chin area and work your way up.
Pro tip: Don't be afraid to take a breather and finish up a day later.
For the real pros, a trimmer can do the trick. However, it's important to keep in mind that a trimmer will take more length off your beard - so if you want to keep that long, luscious flow going, stick with scissors. But, if you're ready to take the plunge and knock some length off, check out this tutorial from BeginnerCutz.
Just like the ladies are always talking about the best hairstyles for their face shapes, the right shaped beard goes a long way. Do you have a round baby face with no jawline? A well-groomed beard can make you look as chiseled as Brad Pitt. Maybe you were blessed with an angular face shape and don't want to hide it but still want to let your beard grow. Whatever the case is, pay attention to your face shape to get the most out of your facial hair.
#3 Somebody Needs to Wash His Beard...
Don't you hate when you start to feel up your beard and a dried flake from last night's dinner falls out? Us, too. What is meant to be an extension of your manhood and a fashion statement can easily turn into a hot mess. And while you love the idea of growing it wild 'n free, you've got to put a little work into your facial hair.
Wash two to three times a week with beard wash - no not face wash, not shampoo, not that fancy no 'poo cleanser - beard wash. Any other cleansers may be too harsh, but beard cleanser gets the job done by gently cleaning your hair and the skin underneath it without drying it out or damaging it with harsh chemicals.
Unruly beard hair? Use beard balm. Dry, frizzy beard hair? Use beard balm. It doubles as a styling product and a leave-in conditioning treatment, so you really can't go wrong (unless you scoop out too much - all you need is a fingertip size dollop).
Beard oil provides nutrients and moisture for your beard. Plus, it gives it an awesome shine. Simply take a few drops, lather your beard with it, and comb through to make sure it is distributed evenly.
If you don't maintain your mustache, your girlfriend might break up with you - or worse, you'll end up with a handlebar mustache. Trimming those upper lip hairs is essential to shaping your stache (this includes those pesky nose hairs, too!).
#6 Show 'Em Who's Boss
It's your beard, you're in charge. With a little patience (and the right tools), you can train your beard to do basically whatever you want. Okay - maybe not anything...
Use a Boar Bristle Brush
A boar bristle brush not only detangles and smooths out your strands. It loosens up any dirt and grime that nestled its way into your beard. Plus, brushing through your beard will help distribute the natural oils that your skin produces (these oils are a natural and healthy coating for your facial hair, helping it grow faster and stronger).
Boar bristle brushes also add volume to your beard - but careful not to brush like a madman. Using this tool more than once a day can give you split ends.
If you're not into those speckles of gray in your beard, no worries. There are hair dye kits especially for people like you, so no one will know you're graying prematurely. Our favorite? Just For Men Mustache & Beard
Now that you've got the beard down... let's work on that hair.