Keeping Your Beard Maintained

We’ve talked a lot about beards from Finding the Right Beard for Your Face Shape to the Pros of Growing a Beard. If you have made the choice to grow your beard out and have found the look that suits you and your needs, you’re going to need to know how to take care of it. While a beard might seem like an easy look to keep up, there is actually a lot more than goes into keeping it up than you might think. It’s not just about the hair on your face either; you have to also take care of the skin underneath. When making a first impression it is very important you look your best and keeping your skin and beard in good shape will only help you.

Start by keeping up with regular trimmings. This can be done by you at home or even a professional. Keeping your beard trimmed at any length will help prevent split ends, much like keeping the hair on the top of your head does. Once you’ve determined the amount of hair you prefer for your beard you can use a comb and trimming shears to keep it in shape.  Make sure to invest in a decent comb. Using a comb during trimming will help keep everything even and, if used outside of trimming, it will encourage the hairs to grow straight out instead of a potential curly mess. When you’re trimming your beard or even shaving keep your face as relaxed as possible. This will ensure that your beard will be even for any and all expressions.

If you are of the mindset of needing to remove the beard hair during upkeep instead of keeping the hair and skin healthy, you might be inadvertently putting yourself at risk for irritation, infection, and razor burn. To avoid these skin irritants, make sure your pores are open beforehand and sealed afterward. You can open your pores with hot steam from a shower or even running hot water in the sink. Once you’ve finished your upkeep routine, splash your face with cold water to seal your pores and provide an extra wake-up boost. After you’ve splashed on the cold water, consider applying a beard balm. Beard balms are a styling agent that add volume and shape to your beard. This is not to be confused with a beard oil. Beard oils serve to moisturize and condition the beard hairs as well as the skin underneath.

Now, something you might not consider (but really should) is exfoliating. This isn’t something just girls do. Exfoliating will scrub away all the dead skin cells as well as the build-up dirt and oil. Try and pick up something that specializes in keeping your beard and your skin moisturized for a two-in-one effect. You’ll also want to shampoo that beard. How many times has food gotten lost in that chin mane? If you spread some of the lather you’re already building on your hair to your chin, you won’t be wasting more shampoo than you already need. If you really want a soft beard you can pick up beard specific conditioners as well. You won’t need to use this more than one or two times a week, really.  

Beard Transplants

Men with baby faces know all too well the struggle to be taken seriously in the workplace. While some men can hide their softer features with a beard, there are some men who don’t have the luxury. This isn’t their fault, they have the genetics to blame for being unable to grow a beard. They can take solace in knowing that men that cannot grow beards are less likely to go bald compared to the beard-full counterparts. Of course, that isn’t always a comfort overall so here is an idea if you’re really craving the rugged look that comes with a beard: Beard Transplants. This isn’t as widely known as, say, hair transplants which take hair from the back or the face and implanting it into the follicles on the scalp.

SOURCE: Foundation for Hair Restoration

Beard Transplants take hair from the back of the head, where hair grows the thickest, and implants them into the follicles on the face.Dr. Jeffrey Epstein, a dermatologist at Foundation for Hair Restoration, has found that hair from the back of the head grows very much like beard hairs and make the perfect temporary substitute. While the color of the hairs may differ from what grows on your face, the difference isn’t noticeable enough to be worrisome. You won’t even have to settle for the goatee area as the hairs can be transplanted to the neck and sideburns if you are so inclined to go out that far.


SOURCE: Foundation for Hair Restoration

A decade ago, dermatologists only executed these procedures maybe five times a year. Nowadays, these specialists perform these procedures over five times a week. Beard transplants are done using single hair follicles transplanted to the face. A decade ago this wasn’t possible as hair transplants were done using plugs. These plugs, once placed on the face, would leave the patient with a cobblestone-like skin in the aftermath. The follicle transplants leave the patient with a more natural looking beard in the end that can be shaved and re-grown to the wearer’s liking.


SOURCE: Foundation for Hair Restoration

Now, if you’re wondering about the costs, these transplants can run up to $7,000 for one procedure. This might seem costly but if your goal is the single look you go in looking for, it’ll be the only amount you’ll spend. Be warned, the transplanted hairs will fall out after two weeks. However, within three months your face will grow a natural beard that you can shape to your liking. If you’re looking for something fuller, later on, having started from a smaller look, you might have to shell out another $4,000 to achieve it. If you’re struggling with a baby face this might seem a small price to pay. Just make sure to bring in a reference for the look you want so you won’t be at the mercy of the surgeon. Also, keep in mind that you might have to take a sick day as these procedures can take two to five hours depending on what look you’re going for.


SOURCE: Foundation for Hair Restoration

Make sure you consult your dermatologist if you’re thinking of looking into getting a beard transplant. While there are many speculated home ‘cures’ for those who struggle to grow a beard, this transplant is, by far, the safest and proven route to go.

Matching Your Glasses and Beard

A while back we talked about finding the right beard for your facial shape. The overall effect your beard should is to increase how symmetrical your face looks by rounding it out and elongating the shape. If you wear glasses, you may want to consider how those will also change the shape of your face. On top of that, you’ll also want to pair your glasses with your beard if you choose to have one. The overall effect can change your look dramatically.

As pointed out before, having an oval-shaped face holds a lot of possibilities. This facial shape means you can rock any kind of beard you decide to grow out. Pretty much any style is going to suit this shape. In the same regard, any style of glasses is going to do the same for you. Any shape, style, or thickness is going to suit you and your beard just as well.

If your face is more square shaped you’ll want to consider a goatee or mustache. Any look that keeps your facial hair short and close to your face is going to be more suitable as they draw away from the angles of your jaw. Try out some frames that are rounder as they will add to that effect. Glasses with more angles are going to emphasize that square shape.

Now, round-shaped faces should avoid beards that are fuller on the sides as they will make your face look rounder. Go for styles that are short on the side and longer down the middle. This will thin out your face. With this facial shape, you want to go for those angular and geometric shapes to thin out your face as well. You’ll want to avoid oval and round shaped glasses.

Longer facial shapes will require fuller beards. This’ll hide the length of your face and round it out, making it look more oval. Look for glasses that have wide frames with a strong top line. You might think these are dad glasses but they are certainly coming back into style and will add to your look.

If your face has a rectangular shape aim for beards that are longer on the sides and shorter in the middle. Try out a full beard or an extended goatee. Create the illusion of a round face with your beard. As for glasses, try out round and thin frames. Thicker frames will take away from the effect and emphasis your beard.

Lastly, we have those with diamond facial shapes. The look you’ll want to try out is keeping your sides and centers short with everything else rounded out. This is another look that will round out those sharp features and elongate your face. The glasses you want to try out should have wider, angular styles.

Your personal style is just that: personal. While these beard and glasses pairings are suited to a shape of the face, it doesn’t always mean that they will work for you. Try out looks that you think are best and if you need a starting point, there are always references like the ones above.

The Best Beard for Your Face

Thinking of growing your beard out? There are many things that you need to consider when taking this step forward from the time you have to manage your look to the actual style. When picking the type of style that is best for you, you definitely want to keep your facial shape and structure in mind. Your facial hair should work to give your face an oval appearance, even if it isn’t your natural facial shape. Every person has a different facial shape and you want to play to the strength of that shape to make your face look as symmetrical as possible. When determining this shape, there are four features you want to measure: Forehead, Cheekbones, Jawline, and Facial Length. Based on these measurements, you want to note what was the longest and compare it to the descriptions and suggestions below.

Square Face–  Men with thicker, wider jaws and short, angular chins would fall under the category of having a square face. This isn’t to fret, these facial shapes are seen as the strongest and boldest of the shapes to be found. When it comes to the type of style you want to look for, you want to keep in mind that you want to keep the hair narrow to avoid making your face seem wider than it is. Narrow styles lengthen your chin and accentuate your jaw. Try a goatee, circle beard, or even a traditional mustache. Need some inspiration from a well-known face? Brad Pitt and Dwayne Johnson both have square facial features.

Round Face– If your cheekbones are wide and your chin is short you might have a round face. Styles to shoot for should be shorter on the sides and longer on the bottom. These help to narrow out the face and create that oval effect. Good looks for round-faced gentlemen are goatees and the Dick Van Dyke style. Celebs with this facial structure include Jeremy Renner, Mark Wahlberg, and Leonardo DiCaprio.

 

Heart Face– Did you find that your cheekbones were wider compared to your jaw and chin? You might consider that you have a heart-shaped facial structure. Heart-shaped faces should bear in mind that your face may appear smaller than other shapes. It wouldn’t do you much justice to try for a full beard as it would only further shrink the size of your face. Instead, aim for a perma 5-O’clock shadow or similar stubble. You want to keep more facial hair below the chin to give the narrower appearance. Tom Hardy is a perfect example of someone with a heart-shaped face.

 

Long/ Rectangular Face– Wider jaws and squared off chins with longer facial length indicate a rectangular or long face type. Aim for facial hair that is fuller around the cheeks and neater on the bottom, avoiding looks with a pointed chin. The goal is to draw attention away from the length of the face while making it look fuller. A full, but narrowed chevron mustache or full beard would suit this structure well. Clint Eastwood, Robert Downey Jr., and Idris Elba are all men with rectangular facial shapes that make it work.

Oval Face– Last but certainly not least, if your cheekbones were wider compared to your collar bones and your chin was proportionate with your forehead you are the lucky ones. Men with oval faces have relatively proportionate facial features and this is only going to work in their favor. Most any facial hairstyle is going to work as it is only going to accentuate the features you already have. Try and aim for short styles, though, or even go cleanly shaven if you need a fresh start. Kevin Hart and David Beckham have the oval facial structure.

 

At the end of the day, you want to look on top of your game. Following the shape of your face and working your style around the features you already have are going to give you and your style a boost. However, how you choose to look is up to you and what makes you feel good about yourself.

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To Grow a Beard or Go Clean-Shaven? The Pro Clean-Shave Thought

Beards have been very popular lately, enough for someone to coin the term “lumbersexual.” As far as terms go, “lumbersexual” isn’t quite as bad as “man bun,” but that doesn’t mean it isn’t still cringe-worthy. It shouldn’t be surprising, though, that facial hair has made a comeback. After the horrible things that happened to men’s fashion in the late ’90s and early 2000s, an over-correction was bound to occur.

In an attempt to get away from the pedicures and tight pink shirts of the “metrosexual” era, urban men moved way too far in the other direction, chasing a masculine aesthetic from a time when men were men and the infant mortality rate was through the roof.

The recent trend may have been one of growing facial hair in an attempt to emphasize your masculinity, but you may actually be better off going clean-shaven.

First, while popular culture has embraced beards on men, the business world is much less progressive. Yes, there are some office environments where facial hair is commonplace and an employee won’t stand out if he decides to grow one, but in general, the business world is a more conservative environment than Hollywood or the fashion industry.

There’s also limited evidence to support the idea that men who interview for jobs with beards get hired less often than men who interview clean-shaven. It could be that interviewers view clean-shaven men as less lazy for being willing to shave beforehand, but displaying a willingness to conform to traditional expectations is also probably part of it as well. Either way, if you’re interviewing for a job, it’s probably worth shaving.

Business executives also tend to be clean-shaven, indicating that you may limit your ability to move up in your company if you hold off on shaving.

From a dating perspective, you’re also likely better off with a clean-shaven face than with a beard. In the same way that well-done classic hairstyles for women are going to attract far more men than flash-in-the-pan trends like shaving the sides of their heads, following the beard trend may only work for you while beards are still popular. Barring certain trends, women have been shown to find clean-shaven men the most attractive.

There’s also the problem that comes with a trend becoming so popular that it feels like everyone is following it. The more common an attractive trait becomes, the less attractive it becomes, as well. A few years ago, men with beards were much more rare than they are today, leading the way for women who were frustrated with boyfriends who kept stealing their favorite honey apricot lavender moisturize to find those few bearded men exceptionally attractive.

Now, though, many social circles are inundated with beards, mustaches, and a few days worth of scruff. Growing a beard isn’t nearly as unique or rare anymore, which means you have to grow an even bushier beard or bigger mustache. The alternative, of course, is to stand out in the sea of beards by rocking the clean-shaven look.

There’s certainly nothing wrong with keeping your beard if you like it and want to do so, but at the same time, there are quite a few compelling reasons to do so. So what do you think? Is it time to embrace the clean-shaven look?

To Grow a Beard or Go Clean-Shaven? The Pro Beard Thought

Chances are, in this day and age, you have been contemplating growing out your beard. Many men think about doing this, but few are brave enough to do it. For those who do, they end up being very happy with their choice to give in and grow the beard. It may not be easy, but if you make it through the journey it will be worth it. Are you still on the edge? Below are a few reasons why you should take the plunge and join the bearded family.

For starters, it’s something brand new! Beards are a great way to switch up your appearance and add freshness to your look. Beards are an easy, as well as inexpensive, way to give your face a brand new makeover. Men can choose from a variety of different styles and ways to grow out their beards. Consult a barber to find out which beard shape will work for your face. If this is the first time you are growing a beard, the short length full beard is recommended.

Second, women love beards. Looks don’t mean everything, but having a beard has been proven to grab the attention of the ladies. Many bearded men will tell you that they saw an uptick in successful dates once they made the decision to grow a beard. The millennial generation has especially been known to appreciate a good beard. If you look at any major fashion line, or trendy gentleman’s website, you will notice that men with beards are pictured more than not.

This may come as a surprise, but there have been health benefits found in growing out your beard. Beards are known to trap allergens and keep them from entering your airway in the same way your nose hair does. This may sound out of the box, but if you suffer from allergies, this may be a helpful solution. You can also get extra protection from the rays of the sun, which will lower your chance of skin cancer. This may not be the main reason to grow out your beard, but it is an added benefit.

A beard adds to your look in many different ways, but most of all it adds to your masculinity. Beards have also been known to make men look smarter (according to their women counterparts). Studies have shown that men in the workplace with beards are perceived have more authority and knowledge in their workplace.

If you are now sold on the idea of growing a beard, now is the time to start! The next time you pick up a razor, think about all of the benefits a beard could add to your life. In order to start your beard, make sure you start with a fresh shave. In order to grow your beard faster, many beard experts suggest exercising, raising your vitamin D levels (by taking supplements or getting some sun). Once you have a substantial amount of hair grown, take a trip to your local barber shop to get a nice trim and consultation on next steps for your beard.

Grooming on the Go – Part II

We had discussed some tips for grooming while traveling in the previous post, now we are going to go further with a few more tips. It is essential to keep up any grooming habits you had at home while you are seeing the world. It will keep up your appearance in foreign places, as well as make you feel better all around. Now, on to some more guidelines!

When staying at a hotel or guesthouse, you may not feel comfortable shaving, or your back-to-back meetings may not spare enough time to do it correctly. Your shower time is a good opportunity to shave without skipping part of the process. The prep work is just as vital as when shaving your face. Start by warming your body in the shower and cleaning up thoroughly down there. If you are a hairy type, use shampoo.

A warm skin minimizes shaving incidents because it provides a closer shave. If you begin the shave without taming the mane, you will expose yourself to irritation and razor burns. Trying to work your razor among long hair can cause nasty cuts. Don’t forget to do a pre-shave for every part of the body that will face the blade later. You can trim them using a clipper after warming up then proceed with the razor. Regardless of your accommodations while traveling, you can make the most of the circumstances and ensure your grooming doesn’t suffer.

Hydration is a huge part of a great shave. Dry skin is likely to cause burns when it comes into contact with a sharp razor. When traveling, you may not have the luxury to moisturize your body properly to prepare it for man-scaping. Increase your water intake to compensate. Depending on your type of trip, your days may be filled with all sorts of activities. All that sweating will deplete your body fluids faster than you can replace them.

Of course, the climate present will matter also. Gauge the environment you will interact with in advance. Will your face be exposed to a lot of germs? In some instances, a simple wash with soap may be sufficient, but in others, you may have to use antiseptic to scrub off the dirt. Say, for instance, you are traveling to supervise a construction site. When shaving, you will need a thorough wash.

Good grooming is for more than just your appearance; it is for your health. A shave rids the body of bacteria and other germs that may be hiding in all that hair. Shaving for most men is a ritual- you have to use the right products, techniques, and preparations. When traveling, though it may be necessary to compromise on some of these norms. However, never forget to carry the appropriate products and tools on your travel; they make all the difference.

And there we have it, fellas. Now you should be prepared and understand what to do when traveling and seeing the world as a well-groomed man. Enjoy yourselves, and stay groomin’.

Grooming on the Go – Part I

Men are realizing the need to take care of the bodies, and that includes good grooming. Man-scaping has become a popular term, and it refers to body shaving, particularly the pubic area. Shaving the groin region may not be a favorite part of your weekly body care activities, but it needs to be done. Keeping it clean “down there” is not just healthy; it complements your personality during intimacy. The general cosmetic appearance of the private region matters to a lot of women, and a clean-shaven body highlights your best features. Traveling is one activity that can derail your grooming efforts, but only if you let it.

A little stubble occasionally may not be a problem, but when you are meeting new people, especially from another region, you want to leave an impression. Good grooming on your travels also ensures you stay fresh. Man-scaping while on the road may not be very easy, particularly when you don’t have the right tools with you. For a man who travels constantly, knowing a few tricks can help with your personal cleanup routine.

The devices you use for shaving will influence the results you get. Invest in a superior quality kit to avoid burns and rashes. Know your type of hair and the kind of scissors and razor it needs. If your budget allows it, you can buy a separate travel kit, so there is always one for the road. Otherwise, ensure that the shaving kit is the first in your suitcase. Never make the mistake of improvising.

For one, the razors and clippers you use to clean up the groin should never touch any other part of your body, as Men’s Health Magazine advises. The bacteria in your pubic region are different from any other of the body, and you want to avoid transferring them. So, while on your business trip, don’t think that you can get away with using the scissors for your head on the groin area. You may end up with irritation, burns, and rashes. Given the strict airline regulations on what you can carry, check first which tools will make it past security, such as electric and disposable razors.

The lotions, aftershave, and creams you use when shaving matter a great deal. Again, airline restrictions make it difficult to carry your preferred grooming products. However, small containers can make it through baggage check but consult the airline you are using first. You can transfer a little bit of everything you need into small containers to suit the regulations. If you have been manscaping for a long time, then you already have specific products as part of your grooming essentials. Make sure these come along.

Don’t risk switching products while traveling, especially for someone with sensitive skin. Even though your trip may force some compromises, don’t let your skin suffer because of it. For this reason, find more than one brand that works for your body; if possible, an international one. The point is to have a backup product you can turn to in a foreign country if the main/usual one is unavailable. Shaving products will be part of your man-scaping for a long while, probably your whole life, so choose wisely. Read reviews before deciding on the right shaving kit.

 

Caring for the Skin Under the Beard

As we get closer to fall, we get closer to the cooler weather and beard season. Now, we have talked about how to care for a beard before, and spoken on keeping your skin healthy, but what about both? You know how important general maintenance is in keeping your beard looking and feeling its best. However, it’s just as important to practice good skin care, as it can prevent some common (yet avoidable) issues, such as rashes, itchiness, ingrown hairs, as well as skin irritation. Another issue than can arise from inadequate skin care is an infection called folliculitis, which usually occurs in areas on the skin where the hair follicles have been damaged by shaving. Good grooming practices, such as the ones listed below, will keep all of these issues at bay while keeping both your beard and skin happy and healthy:

In the beginning stages of growing out a beard (or even just stubble), applying conditioner is absolutely key to keeping your skin free of dry patches, itchiness and redness. The hair on your face is not the same as the one on your head, so it’s a good idea to get a separate conditioner meant just for beards with nourishing oils. Use it in the shower, make sure to rinse well, and avoid this common beginner mistake. Your beard and skin will love you. With cooler temps comes dryer skin, and then you’ll be experiencing the terrifying “beard itch.” For those of you that have experienced it, you know how awful it can be.

This is a must if you want to keep the skin under your beard free of dry skin that can turn into flakes or dandruff – a look no-one wants. Exfoliating your beard means rigorously massaging it and the skin beneath with a facial cleanser to remove dead skin cells and allow your skin to breathe in fresh air. Instead of mistakenly focusing on anti-dandruff shampoos and conditioners that just deal with the symptom, exfoliate in order to focus on the root cause itself. You will be flake free in no time.

You read that right. Facials are for everyone – men or women. Men with beards frequently adopt this technique in order to keep their beards and skin, moisturized, hydrated and free of preventable issues. You can opt to get them done (at home or professionally) once a month or more, depending on your needs. Regardless of the method and frequency you choose, your skin and beard will stay nourished and happy.

So while beards will continue to rise in popularity, a well-groomed beard that takes your skin into account is what you should really be striving for. Your beard will remain healthy and full, and you can reduce common skin issues such as inflammation, itchiness, dry flakes, or even infections. Incorporate the 2-in-1 tips mentioned above and soon your beard will be the envy of the town!