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.
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.
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.
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.
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.