Beard Care Techniques And Products For Keeping Facial Hair Healthy
Take good care of your facial hair and your facial hair will take care of you.
When you take care of your beard and moustache it shows the world you exude confidence, health and purpose in life. These are qualities every man should strive for.
Before we can talk about styling your hair with different products we first need to ensure that your hair’s health is being taken care of correctly. Without healthy hair and skin you may as well shave that beard off and do something else. Health is everything and no amount of styling product or effort can cover up a dry, unnourished beard or moustache.
Washing Your Beard
This should be common sense but we’re going to go over it anyway because it really is step one. Wash your beard. Use something other than just water. At the very least you should be using a soap or shampoo but this isn’t going to be the perfect product. Regular shampoos are not made to treat and handle that beard on your face. Sure, they work great at cleaning the hair on the top of your head but there are differences between the hair growing on the top of your head versus your facial hair.
Everyone forgets that your face is under that beard. And that face is a whole lot of delicate skin that needs special attention. Your facial skin needs a wash or soap that will not overly dry it out or do any harm. Dry skin is the enemy of your beard. It causes flakes and itch. An itchy beard that you are constantly scratching is a messy annoying beard. To top it all off a itchy and dry beard will soon begin to fill with flakes and dandruff from the scratching. Nobody wants that.
Use something like our Suavecito Beard Wash to prevent all that nonsense. Not only does this beard soap get rid of all the crud you don’t want in there like, dirt, grime and sweat but it will not dry out your hair or skin. That’s a big deal. Most soaps out there strip moisture away from the skin only caring about getting everything clean. A good soap will clean away everything completely but gently without getting rid of that moisture and natural oil your hair and skin requires.
Conditioning Your Beard
Can’t have one without the other and after you’re done washing you must follow it up with a quick conditioning treatment. A lot of people miss this step and it’s key. This is the other half of the master plan to a healthy and vibrant beard. A good conditioner made especially for your beard will eliminate itch, beardruff and a whole host of other problems. Even if you are using a great soap like the one recommended above that does a gentle job you are still going to want something to add extra moisture to your skin and hair. This is one of those times where you can overdo it just a tad bit. 110% in this case is in your best interest.
A nice soft beard is easier to manage and style. It feels better. It looks better. Your life is better. At some point someone will be touching your beard and really, you don’t want a dry scratchy thing in the way of your time to shine do you?
Your beard deserves its own special conditioner that is made specifically for facial hair and skin. Not all conditioners are created equal and what works for the top of your head doesn’t automatically mean it will work for your face and beard. You want something that will go to work on your facial hair helping to improve that healthy shine you want and eliminate the itch you hate.
Washing and condition. Think of these two steps as an investment. When you put the work in here, it pays off in the future. A healthy beard is a joy to work with and style. When it comes down to those days you don’t have the time or forget to style, your base line beard is already leagues ahead of the unkempt over-applied-beard-waxed thing the next guy is rocking. It pays off to do the work now. Just do it and get yourself some good soap, a good conditioner and use them.
Styling Your Beard
So now you have your base line beard dialed in. It’s lush, healthy and looks great. It doesn’t matter what length it is, we can still use something to get the look perfect. There are a whole host of products out there doing different things. We want to break down some of them and give you a nice overview to figure out what you need.
Way too much beard oil ↓
Beard oil is basic, easy and fast. It should be a staple in every bearded man’s washroom. A good beard oil will do a couple things that are super important to your well being and health. It will provide protection throughout the day. Think of beard oil as a suit of armor for your facial hair. Protection against the heat of the day and resulting dryness goes a long way when used everyday. Again this beard of yours is an investment and you want to keep adding to the bank. It will pay off.
You will also want to use it as it keeps everything soft and moisturized throughout the day making your hair easier to manage and style when needed. Facial hair touch ups throughout the day are a real thing and you do not want to have to work with dry hair.
Facial cologne for the man who needs a little something extra can also be said about these oils. Coming in an almost dizzying array of different scents and fragrances, beard oils have something for everyone. Depending on your mood you can change the scent as often as you need. Of course, even if you are not into the general heaviness of a cologne a subtle scent can go a long way when you are out and about in the world.
Beard oil is easy to use and should be used every day. Always use before you brush your beard or mustache. If you are using a styling product such as a wax or balm, daily use of beard oil only makes that process better. Think of it as a base coat for your hair. When you add in something like a wax or balm on top it will work a hundred times better. Your hair will be much more receptive to another product and it will be able to be worked in much easier.
It should be used as staple and if you don’t use anything else for “styling” you should be at least using a beard oil regularly. You would be a fool not to.
Beard wax is for men that need some ass kicking power in their routine and for their beard. These waxes are the heavy hitters of the beard styling world and work with even the most unruly and thick beards. If you want a uniform looking beard that is as much as a piece of art as your well styled hair on top of your head you will be using a beard wax in the morning.
Beard waxes come in all sorts of different types, scents and holds but the main draw to all of them is their holding power and longevity. A good application of a wax in the morning will last for the entire day.
Like the, all purpose beard oil, these waxes work to also protect your hair from the elements. It is a another protective barrier you can wear all day. A nice layer of wax on the beard will keep moisture and natural oils contained and away from the elements of the day.
As we’ve said before and will most likely say again, no matter what you are trying to accomplish with your beard, using a beard oil base everyday will make your life easier. After your shower, pat dry your beard and apply a light layer of oil. Go about your routine and after the oil has had a chance to work itself into the hair and face go for your beard wax application. The wax will be easier to apply, the hair will be easier to sculpt and thus giving you a great day.
Beard wax is not for everyone and having a use for it depends on what you want to accomplish with your beard. If you are looking for a sculpted styled look for the day you will want a wax. If you are working with a hard to manage length or very unruly hair where just an oil won’t cut it, wax it is.
The beard balm is the balanced middle ground between an oil and a wax but no substitute for either. Beard balm provides moisture, protection and styling power for your beard for easy day to day use. It is easy to apply, giving you time to get the rest of your routine in the morning finished. You should treat it as if it were as commonplace as brushing your teeth. It is just a thing you do.
A good beard balm will keep your flyaways at bay and smoothed out. It will increase the shine of your hair giving it that rich and healthy look. Your skin underneath will be nourished and moisturized getting rid of itch and flakes. Think of a beard balm as a beard oil but with an added level of styling power. A balm will give you a great balance if your beard doesn’t require the power of a wax and is just untame enough to need something stronger than an oil.
Use it after your shower and before you head out the door. While your beard is still slightly damp but not wet, apply a good amount ensuring you get the product deep into the hair. You not only want it to evenly coat the hair but also hit the skin. Use a brush or comb to make sure the balm is evenly distributed throughout your beard.
A good beard balm will work with you for the full day and provide you with moisture and some styling power that will be reworkable. These products will be pleasant to wear when you want to be able to run your fingers throughout your hair.
You may be thinking at this point that everything above applies to the moustache and all methods are going to be same to ensure your moustache is well taken care of. And you would be right. The way in which you want to keep your moustache healthy is the same as the rest of your hair on your face.
However, a moustache wax specifically made for your moustache is going to work wonders for that stache. It is going to have an incredible holding power and it’s going to tend to be on the heavier weight side of things. Moustache waxes are strong and for good reason, the moustache needs holding power like nothing else. To get those twists in your whiskers or that handlebar perfected you are going to need something more powerful than a beard wax or even a hair pomade.
Some find the consistency of the product a little hard to manage. It’s thick and getting to spread evenly throughout your hair can be a pain. Heat is your friend. Either use a blowdryer to warm the wax in the container or using your fingers to rub the wax to break it down to manageable consistency. Once it is broken down it will be easier to apply and work through the hair.
Moustache wax will provide you with the ability to style your hair however you want while also providing that protection you know you need by now. Lock in that moisture, natural oils and everything your hair needs with a protective layer that will not give up just because it’s sunny out. Again, your health is the most important thing here and it is not just about style. Health is style. Remember that. Keep that hair under your nose healthy, clean and styled. It’ll pay off.
Conclusion: TLDR: Too Long Didn’t Read
If you have a beard, take care of it. Use the right products. Wash and clean your beard and always make sure it is properly moisturized. Dry hair and dry skin is the enemy. Use a beard conditioner if you don’t style everyday. Use beard oil or a balm everyday if you need a little style. Brush your hair daily, twice daily, thrice daily. Never brush without a small application of beard oil. Otherwise ouch!
Short beards/ thin beards - Use something light like a beard balm or oil to maintain the hair’s health and look. These products give your hair protection and keeps everything moisturized.
Long beards/ thick beards - Always use a beard oil as a base each and everyday to maintain moisture and feel. Beard wax will be the heavy hitter you need if you want to style your hair. Brush often.
Moustaches - Everything we talked about above applies. Keep it clean. Keep it moisturized. Use a specially made moustache wax for the days you want to look extremely dapper. Use a balm or oil daily to keep everything tidy.