My face is as smooth as a baby’s bottom. Not sure if you knew that about me. I couldn’t grow a beard if my life depended on it, sadly.

The thing is, every now and then, I get emails requesting articles about facial hair care… but I know nothing about it.

So when Albie from Percy Nobleman offered to do a little write-up about beard care in the winter time, I gladly accepted.

If you’re currently in possession of some killer facial hair and you want to keep it healthy throughout the cold months ahead, this article should help you out.

Take it away, Albie…


Given the temperature that accompanies the winter months, growing a beard is much more commonplace than usual.

If you’re considering growing a beard over the winter, or are already in the process of it, then here’s a guide to nurturing the growth of your beard and keeping it in good nick.

The Winter Beard Paradox

Before I begin, I want to explain to you what I call the winter beard paradox.

Growing a beard is perhaps most tempting at the start of December. You’ve started to take a liking to your Movember Moustache plus it’s getting colder by the day, so throwing away your razor and letting your facial hair sprout and grow to its heart’s content is a natural option.

Despite having a warmer neck and face, there is still a problem. Because of the cold, your beard is more likely to get dry and damaged, and there are measures you need to take to counteract this.

Luckily, the skin about our neck produces natural oils that help moisturize your skin and beard, but each time you give your beard a deep wash in the shower you strip it of a lot of its natural oils.

You could just not wash your beard, but winter (especially around the holidays) provides many opportunities to get it dirty. Think about it, you’re going to be eating and drinking a lot, and sharing that Boxing Day cigar with Uncle Tim sure isn’t going to make your beard smell nice!

So trust us, you will need to wash it, or at least give it a good rinse everyday. Luckily there are other things you can do, both during its wash and after, to help keep your facial hair soft and moisturized.

The Wash

Unlike most shampoos, a beard wash is specifically designed for cleaning your beard without eliminating the natural oils. A beard wash should be used just like a shampoo. Just a few drops should still foam and lather well, and you’ll want to leave the lather in your beard for a few minutes before rinsing it out.

After using the wash and drying your beard, you’ll notice that running a comb through it is now much smoother, which in turn makes styling and shaping much easier too.

The Comb

Having a good, sturdy comb is essential. It’s important not to over-comb your beard, but giving it a quick one-two each day will quickly make you look a lot sharper and eliminate any chances of it looking scruffy.

I personally prefer a wooden comb as they are stronger than plastic and nylon brushes, and will last a very long time.

The Conditioner

After the wash and quick comb, you’ll want to work some conditioning oil into your facial hair. Beard oil is the daddy of all beard-grooming products and applying it is definitely the most important part of your daily beard maintenance regime.

You’ll want to start with one pump, rubbing it predominantly into the roots of the hair on your face and neck. Don’t worry about washing it out; you’ll want to leave it in, as it will condition your beard over the course of the day.

On top of this, oil will keep your beard soft and moisturized and provide a nice sheen. You’ll find your beard getting less and less coarse the more consistently you use it.

Extra Tips

If you adhere to these guidelines you’ll be well on your way to growing an awesome beard that isn’t too difficult to manage. Here are some other great tips to keep in mind once you’ve attained your full beard.

  • Unless you want to grow it indefinitely, take a trim at a local barbershop or do it yourself with some beard scissors if you’re feeling brave. This helps to get rid of any split ends and makes shaping easier.
  • Beard balm is a good alternative to oil if your beard is much longer and you’re looking for a bit of shape and hold (it contains beeswax). It’s also good for travelling as it comes in a sturdy tin rather than a bottle.
  • Use mustache wax to keep your ‘stache in place, or strategically in parts of your beard that are being particularly stubborn.
  • Make sure the products you use are filled with natural ingredients

Any questions for Albie?

I hope this little primer helps. By the way, Percy Nobleman has a line of beard care products which you can check out here.

Anything else you may want to know about taking care of your facial hair? Let us know in the comments below.

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13 Responses

  1. joble on

    Thanks, good guide!

    Albie badly needs an editor, though. A couple of spelling corrections:

    “in good knack” -> “in good nick”
    “it’s hearts content” -> “its heart’s content”
    “each time your give” -> “each time you give”
    “it’s natural oils” -> “its natural oils”
    “if you’re beard is” -> “if your beard is”

  2. Percevial M. on

    My facial hair is very coarse and tangled. I haven’t been able to grow a longer beard due to issues with ingrown hairs that usually get infected. If I wanted to grown a longer beard, will washing and conditioning it help deal with coarseness, tangles and the itchiness I tend to experience as it gets longer?

  3. Dan on

    So you’re telling me that a guy who sells beard wash and beard oil thinks it’s important to use (and of course buy) beard wash and beard oil? Sponsored post?

    • Barron on

      Not sponsored. In fact he didn’t even ask me to include his shop’s link in the post, but I did anyway. You can use any product you want, or none at all. It’s up to you.

      By the way “sponsored” content is always marked as such. Go here and you’ll see labels for Feature, Review, Giveaway, etc.

      http://effortlessgent.com/articles/

    • Alex MIller on

      I don’t sell beard oil, and yeah, its absolutely important. I can definitely tell the difference.

      Now, if one’s “beard” simply means they have a week’s worth of stubble, then sure, you might be able to take it or leave it.

  4. Nate on

    I agree with the need to get a trim. I was 3 months into growing my beard and after getting my hair cut short, #2 on the sides, my barber insisted that I let him trim my beard. I resisted at first but eventually gave in. I couldn’t have been happier with the results! I was transformed from survival expert to stately gentleman.

    A week before I was walking down the sidewalk and a homeless person said “look out, wild man coming this way.” Always listen to your barber.

  5. Cameron Smith on

    Great article about the proper ways to take care of a beard. Nice skin and/or a well-groomed beard can make a huge difference in someone’s appearance. All the best beard oils, shaving products, and beard products come from http://www.detroitgrooming.com Definitely the best stuff out there right now!

  6. Jake Gfesser on

    My problem is that when I let my beard grow out I get beard dandruff. I am wondering if its the products I am using or how I am using it. I feel like I have tried everything with no avail. The profile pic I am using is the current length but unsure if maybe what I am using is just not a fit. Any insight to this would be greatly appreciated.