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Because the hair on your face is somewhat different than the hair on your head, caring for your beard requires a modified set of instructions. Luckily, the tricks of the trade are easy to learn and put into practice. Use these tips to keep your facial hair healthy and looking good.
The key to a fantastic looking beard is to keep it clean and well-conditioned. For this important task, simply use the same shampoo and conditioner on your face as you do your head. If your beard is gray, conditioning is key because grey hair can grow thicker and more bristly than colored hair. The conditioning will help soften the beard. For unruly beards, a dab of beard conditioner (such as Craig's Beard and Stache Butter) will tame those whiskers.
Comb It Out
In addition to cleaning and conditioning, keeping your beard well maintained is essential. Use a fine-toothed comb to keep your beard smooth and free from tangles by running the comb through the beard in the direction of the hair growth.
Seek Professional Help
To give your beard the best shape possible, have it trimmed periodically by a professional barber. Finding a good barber can be tough these days, but they're out there. After your barber has professionally shaped your beard, you can maintain it easier at home.
Invest in the Right Tools
Investing in quality trimmers is crucial to keeping a well-groomed beard at home. Choose a trimmer with an adjustable trimming guide for mistake-proof trimming. Stay away from scissors as you'll have a hard time getting an even trim. If you really want to go all out, buy two clippers. A full-sized clipper (like those a barber uses to cut your hair) will make overall trimming easier, while a small fine-toothed trimmer will cut closer and allow you to get a clean outline. For trimming, we recommend the Andis Headliner PLS.
In addition to a good trimmer, it's also recommended that you invest in a wall-mounted mirror with a telescoping arm. This will prevent you from having to lean across the bathroom counter and ensure you can get close up.
Use a Shave Oil
A clear shaving oil will allow you to see what you are shaving and will help ensure clean lines around your beard. For this purpose, we suggest using The Gentlemens Refinery Pre Shave Oil.
If your beard is graying or a dramatically different color from the hair on your head, there are dyes specifically formulated for facial hair that are safe to use at home. Follow the instructions on the package carefully to ensure good, even coverage. Never use beard color immediately after a shower.
The essential oils produced by your skin will help prevent staining of the face, but these oils are stripped away by showering. Avoid using color treatments designed for your hair as these are not formulated to handle the tougher hair on your face. Just for Men makes brush-in color gels that work well.