In the 15th century, most European men were clean-shaven. 16th-century beards were allowed to grow to an amazing length (see the portraits of John Knox, Bishop Gardiner, Cardinal Pole and Thomas Cranmer). Some beards of this time were the Spanish spade beard, the English square cut beard, the forked beard, and the stiletto beard. In 1587 Francis Drake claimed, in a figure of speech, to have singed the King of Spain’s beard.
Well, that wraps it up, friends. We want you to take all of your beard grooming products seriously, and beard balm is no exception. Like any product, there are a lot of pretenders on the market. The balms we’ve reviewed, however, are the real deal and would make a great addition to your beard grooming kit.
You didn’t think cold temperatures affect the health of your beard? Well, think again. Just like your skin gets dry, your beard gets dry as well. After all, it is a living organisms as long as it is attached to your face. Low temperatures can have a devastating effect for the quality of your beard! Why? Because the effect of dryness is, guess what? A rough hard beard!
Multi-use beard trimmers have a wider range of length settings that enable you to trim your beard, head, and body. The Panasonic ER-GB40-S, for example, has 19 length settings and is effective for trimming your chest and other parts of your body (you’ll find it listed in our beard trimmer reviews).
That said, finding the right trimmer to execute this not-really-shaving look is a challenge. You want one that will last for years while still holding its charge, preferably with a lithium-ion battery. The blades should be sharp — for morning efficiency, mostly — and the tool should feel good in your hands without seeming cheap, or getting too easily clogged with hairs. My last trimmer recently went kaput, so I decided to check out all of the options on the market to find the best replacement. After researching more than 30 trimmers, and testing a dozen from major electronics brands and digital upstarts alike, these five stood out. And not just for simple things like having the most power, or the strongest blades, or ample battery life, but for otherwise being a cut above the rest. (Sorry.)
Most guys tend to believe growing one is difficult. Not at all. That’s the easy part. Controlling it is a whole different beast. Ideally, you want to keep it neat and trimmed. And the only true way of accomplishing this is by practicing proper beard maintenance, which requires commitment and the right grooming tool: a beard trimmer.
Hey guys. My beard is pretty thick and most of the time pretty unmanageable haha. My hair is somewhat coarse, wirey, curly and generally kinda just grows all over the place. It tangles and mats up and pulls and catches something fierce. I can hardly brush it with it catching and pulling. Even when damp or after fresh oil it still pulls. Plus I have a hard time getting oil to the skin bc of the thickness I have. Not to mention under my jawline doesn’t seem to want to grow down. It’s kinda like kudzu vine. It’s just wraps around itself and doesn’t provide and length. The hairs from above the jawline and my cheeks grow down and are fairly manageable but the underside not so much. I can brush it down 20 times and it just knots right back up. It’s got thickness and fullness but I’m not able to show my true length (which I could be proud of if I could display it) any recommendations on how to try and tame this “briar patch”?
Congratulations for joining us at the finish line! We hope you’ve learned some useful information today. There are a multitude of options when it comes to maintaining a great-looking beard. With the right products and the right techniques for using them, we believe that your beard will be a source of pride, confidence, and the envy of many. Beard on, friends!
Take a look in the mirror and see if you can spot any ingrown hairs. In general, they will have some redness around them, maybe a little bit of pus. If the problem is minor, take some tweezers and pluck out the offending hair; the itchiness in that local area should resolve, and you can always apply some anti-itch ointment like Neosporin Eczema Essentials Hydrocortisone Anti-Itch Cream. The hydrocortisone aspect will reduce inflammation around the ingrown hair area while the anti-itch part will sooth residual itchiness while the spot heals over the course of a day or so. (Remember that products containing cortisone and its relatives are a type of steroid, which is why they are so great at reducing inflammation; the double-edged sword with these topical treatments are they can actually thin skin long term, so be careful not to overuse.)
There’s simply a ton of convenience wrapped into this unit without having to insert and replace a lot of attachments. The settings make it easy to create stubble and help the Series 3500 rank as a top beard trimmer for short beards.
One of the most common questions we get asked is, “How do I make my beard thicker or fuller.” Well, our suggestions are normally based around maximizing your own beard’s genetics. You do that by boosting your natural testosterone – which means eating right, exercising and living weights, taking appropriate supplements like biotin and fish oil, and lowering your stress and other poor habits. Check out the above section for some tips and tricks to boost testosterone and the right foods to eat.
The key to proper overall growth is a balanced and healthy diet that your teen takes on a regular basis. Make sure that your teen’s diet is rich in essential minerals and vitamins. Ask him to eat a mix of fruits, vegetables and meat to get all the nutrition he needs.
Raise your testosterone levels to speed up facial hair growth. If you’re currently going through puberty, or have gone through puberty but haven’t started growing your facial hair yet, there are some simple things you can do to stimulate testosterone levels and encourage hair growth. The effect won’t necessarily be fast, but you’ll get hair growing if you do some combination of the following:
One thing that I find important when I select a beard oil and it isn’t mentioned in your post is the container an oil has and the dispenser. There are so many cases of beard oils that I’ve used and made a mess while I was trying to get it out of the bottle. This is very problematic since you waste oil and not to mention, you need to clean after yourself once you’re done. As for the container, it’s crucial to have a dark bottle, preferably in glass, so that heat, light and oxygen doesn’t oxidise the oil while keeping its shelf life unaffected. My two cents.
This is no ordinary, run of the mill brush. There aren’t any plastic bristles to snag your beard and pull out your hair. A boar’s hair bristle brush is made from, well, a boar’s hair. It’s great for training your hair to grow in the direction you want, and provides a ton of benefits to your skin and hair. The bristles have a scaled texture that is perfect for sweeping away dust and grime, evenly distributing the oil of your skin, and stimulating circulation in your scalp and face.
Although it’s an average weight for a beard trimmer at only one pound, the sleek design doesn’t give it as good of a grip and its design doesn’t fit as well in your hand as other models we have reviewed.
Any barber worth his salt keeps this stuff on hand. A beard thickener is a spray on product, which gives professional results. Use this in areas where you have thin, patchy growth to give the appearance of a fuller beard. Just be sure you don’t overdo it, otherwise you might end up Amish on the scale of awesome. Also, choose a color, which is closest to your natural so you don’t end up with a weird leopard print effect (unless that’s your thing).
Schneidman recommends putting on beard oil first thing in the morning after showering or cleansing. “This way, your hair follicles and pores are open and can easily absorb the oil,” he adds. “Caring for skin, particularly cleansing and moisturization, is crucial, especially if you live in a cold or dry climate. We tend to think ‘more is better,’ but just a few drops of most things is plenty.”
Traditional Jews refrain from shaving, trimming the beard, and haircuts during certain times of the year like Passover, Sukkot, the Counting of the Omer, and the Three Weeks. Cutting the hair is also restricted during the 30-day mourning period after the death of a close relative, known in Hebrew as the Shloshim (thirty).
Mustaches look great on their own or as a complement to that dazzling beard you’ve grown. Like a beard, however, a mustache can look a little less than its best – i.e., droopy, unkempt – without the proper care.
Beard oils may claim to make your beard grow faster, stronger and thicker, and that may well be an added benefit, but it’s not the whole story. David Pirrotta of David Pirrotta Brand Management (a distributor for grooming brands including Grown Alchemist and Sachajuan) put it this way: “Think of beard oil as cologne, but one that doubles as a hair and skin moisturizer on top of adding shine and body to your beard. Quality beard oils will soften your facial hair, as well as moisturize the skin, reduce itching and create the conditions for healthy growth and smoother beard trimming.”
This oil softens and soothes hair, especially thick or long beards. It locks in vital moisture to avoid dryness, counteracting frizz (and preventing you from looking rough). This is particularly helpful for men who consistently stroke and play with their beards, which can lead to split-ends and build-up of dirt. For best results, apply after a hot shower.
“it was a break from the past for a clergyman to abandon his clean-shaven appearance which was the norm for late medieval priesthood; with Luther providing a precedent [during his exile period], virtually all the continental reformers had deliberately grown beards as a mark of their rejection of the old church, and the significance of clerical beards as an aggressive anti-Catholic gesture was well recognised in mid-Tudor England.”
Beard oils are manufactured with the intent to emulate the natural oils produced by the skin, known as sebum. Carrier type oils generally contain vitamins A, D and E, as well as a high concentration of linoleic acids and low concentrations of oleic acids. Natural and synthetic scents may be added to the oil in order to enhance its properties and aroma. Natural scents (essential oils, absolutes, and extracts) are derived differently than synthetic scents and contain different chemical compounds that enhance their functionality. This can give beard oils properties such as antibacterial, deodorant, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging. Beard oils making claims to be therapeutic must be approved by the FDA.
Never, ever, give up on your beard after a couple of weeks simply because it looks patchy, scraggly, or like another adjective you prefer. Impatience claims the lives of too many beards, as does the often-inevitable itchiness that comes in the initial stages of facial hair growth.
Another cause could be that you are trying to dye your beard. The chemicals in hair dye dry out the follicles and your skin. Using it frequently can cause a lot of damage to your beard. That doesn’t mean you can’t dye your beard. It just means that you need to properly take care it each time you do it, and on a regular basis. You also don’t want to be using a shampoo meant for your hair in your beard. They don’t have the same ingredients, and it can really damage your beard as well.
The formula that makes Beard Balm work is its combination of grape seed and coconut oil and lanolin and beeswax that makes for a long-lasting moisturizer that enables you to shape any type of beard. The beeswax is collected from pesticide-free fields in Michigan.
Overall this is quite a masculine scent. If you aren’t a huge fan of floral/girly scents, this option is for you. There are actually a few scents available; timber, citrus and spice, pine tar, and original (grapefruit, lime and fir needles). The scents aren’t overbearing and feature no artificial perfumes.
According to the Shia scholars, as per Sunnah, the length of beard should not exceed the width of a fist. Trimming of facial hair is allowed, however, shaving it is haram (religiously forbidden).
Round face? A more square beard can help define your jawline. “Everyone should aim to trim in tighter on the cheeks and leave hair a little longer where a goatee would be,” says Olvera. For inspiration, tips, debunked myths, and more, check out our modern man’s guide to beards.
I just put in membership for the dollar beard club by Uncut Beard Company. This is my first beard oil and mustache wax. I was wondering if you have used this brand before. How good a quality are they and how is the product compared to other major brands. They seemed to be the cheapest as to where a .5oz bottle of oil at just a healthy $dollar$! Any thoughts?
This product is great whether you have coarse or fine hair, and will help stimulate the growth of the healthy-looking beard that you desire. It will be straight and soft, without the tangle of split ends.
In Greek mythology and art, Zeus and Poseidon are always portrayed with beards, but Apollo never is. A bearded Hermes was replaced with the more familiar beardless youth in the 5th century BC. Zoroaster, the 11th/10th century BC era founder of Zoroastrianism is almost always depicted with a beard.
Grow it out whenever you want. While lots of men like to grow out their beards in cold months for insulation purposes, it’s a common misconception that beards are more uncomfortable in hot weather. In fact, beards help protect from UV sun rays, and work to cool the skin during hot weather, trapping sweat close to your face, cooling as it evaporates. While the itchiness associated with beards is typically less desirable during hot weather, it’s not something that will do much to keep you warm.
The ER-GB40-S is good for wet and dry use and fully waterproof. You can use it in the shower or over the sink, with shaving gels, lotions, and foams, and its cordless option means you can use it almost anywhere. We think it’s the best cordless beard trimmer on the market.
Coconut oil seems to win the battle of natural oils. Due to its many properties that it comes with, the great scent and the ease to formulate, it is a great ingredient for an all natural cosmetic product.
Now that you’ve chosen your go-to beard oil, it’s time to take it for a spin. And, really, there’s not a lot to applying beard oil – put a couple of drops of it in the palm of your hand, then use your fingers to gently rub it on and inside of your beard.