Most importantly, the decision to grow, and subsequently keep, your beard is yours. The only opinion that really matters is yours. So, go for it! If you like it, keep it. If not, then shave it off. At the very least you will have given it a try and you’ll know what it was like to grow your beard.
Cleaning up after you finished is already easier thanks to the integrated vacuum system – you’ll love how your sink looks after your shave – and cleaning the trimmer itself involves simply rinsing the blades under water and emptying the chamber.
There may be other gadgets out there, but these are the only tools you need. (I, personally, don’t refer to beard care products like beard shampoo and beard oil as tools, because specific language is important when you’re writing an instructional guide.)
There’s a lot else to like about this oil: it comes in a dark amber glass that extends the shelf life of the oil by protecting it from UV light rays and oxidation; it has a manly scent, and its easy-to-use dropper enables you to put just the right amount of product in your hand.
In 2016 we launched our highly acclaimed Utility Balm. When the industry was settling for beard balms, we decided to shake up the market and build a product that can be used on your beard, body & hair.
The beard develops during puberty. Beard growth is linked to stimulation of hair follicles in the area by dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which continues to affect beard growth after puberty. Various hormones stimulate hair follicles from different areas. DHT, for example, may also promote short-term pogonotrophy (i.e., the growing of facial hair). For example, a scientist who chose to remain anonymous spent several weeks on a remote island in comparative isolation. He noticed that his beard growth diminished, but the day before he was due to leave the island it increased again, reaching unusually high rates of growth during the first day or two on the mainland. He studied the effect and concluded that the stimulus for increased beard growth was related to the resumption of sexual activity. However, at that time professional pogonologists, such as R.M. Hardisty, dismissed a connection. Despite DHT’s relationship with terminal body and facial hair growth, the dominant hormone in facial hair development is likely the male sex hormone testosterone, with DHT more closely associated with beard growth speed rather than density (or “coverage”); moreover, neither hormone acts alone, depending instead on the quantity of androgen receptors on the face. Subjects with a greater preponderance of receptors will develop more terminal adult facial hairs.
Beardoholic attacks the issue of itching, irritated skin with a vengeance with its Natural Beard Oil. Yes, this oil has many health benefits for your beard, but its all-natural formula gets rid of the dreaded beard itch.
There are also two types of hair that grow on your face, vellus (the light, blond, more youthful hair) and terminal (the darker, coarser hair). As you age your vellus hairs will convert into terminal hairs and those are the hairs that become a beard in a traditional sense.
Evolutionary psychology explanations for the existence of beards include signalling sexual maturity and signalling dominance by increasing perceived size of jaws, and clean-shaved faces are rated less dominant than bearded. Some scholars assert that it is not yet established whether the sexual selection leading to beards is rooted in attractiveness (inter-sexual selection) or dominance (intra-sexual selection). A beard can be explained as an indicator of a male’s overall condition. The rate of facial hairiness appears to influence male attractiveness. The presence of a beard makes the male vulnerable in fights, which is costly, so biologists have speculated that there must be other evolutionary benefits that outweigh that drawback. Excess testosterone evidenced by the beard may indicate mild immunosuppression, which may support spermatogenesis.
While properly using a beard trimmer requires a bit of time and practice, you’ll soon get the hang of it. Here are some tips to help you get the most from your trimmer (and the look you hope to achieve):
Clean your beard before you trim it with a moisturizing shampoo. It’s important to trim your beard when it’s clean, to make sure the hairs are softened and untangled for an even trim. Wash your beard in the shower with warm water and soap.
Beard shampoo is the backbone of beard care. It cleanses debris out of your beard as gently as possible while maintaining your beard’s ideal pH balance, unlike scalp shampoo, which can be harsh on beards.
Most new beardsmen trim the neckline too high. The ideal location for the line is where the neck meets the head.So whatever your beard area is parallel with the ground, do not trim; whatever is parallel with the world infront of you, then it’s ok to trim.
Two time world beard champion Jack Passion (photo above) says that in order to grow and maintain a great looking beard focus on your health because if you are healthy on the inside, you’ll grow nice hair. That means eating foods rich in protein and saturated fat to reach your maximum potential. Read the full article here.
Remember that stress is one of the leading causes of an abnormally long telogen (shedding) phase, as is poor nutrition. Check out the relevant topics in the rest of this guide to power through that telogen phase and get back to your hair-producing glory.
According to Bosselman, “Quality oils like this can help to rebalance your skin’s own oil production. It’s a sort of fight-fire-with-fire situation — oils can make your skin less oily. If you’re concerned about an ingredient, Google it with the word ‘comedogenic.’ If it contains a pore-clogging ingredient, don’t buy it.”
If you use a comb and scissors: Comb through the beard and cut the hair on the outside of the comb. It will take some practice to perfect this technique. It is better to err on the side of not cutting enough rather than cutting too much.
Another possible reason for Minoxidil’s hair-growth powers is that it stimulates the enzyme prostaglandin synthase-1 via the immune system. Scientists have long speculated that hair loss is somehow involved with the immune system.
Comb your beard regularly. Most trimmers will come with beard combs, but you can also use the same variety of brush or comb you might use on your hair, and comb your beard downward, with the grain, to make sure it lays nice and flat against your face. This is also a good way of seeing whether or not it needs a trim.
We understand that there are some cases of beard patchiness that will never ever be remedied. However, that doesn’t mean that you need to opt for the completely shaven look either. Although we don’t suggest this to many, the best way to combat persistent beard patchiness is to simply opt for a shorter length of facial hair, going as far as what many simply consider “scruff.” Much like baldness, it’s much less noticeable when your facial hair is already at a short length so the areas that simply don’t grow hair become less apparent in comparison to those that do.
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The big difference between beard balm and beard oil is that balm is thicker and can be used as a styling agent. Some say balm is better during the early stages of beard growth when it’s more scruff than the real thing.
Love him or hate him, James Franco makes sparse facial hair work for him. And if you have any doubts about that, ask the girls in your life: They will assure you, contrary to what you may believe, James Franco has it going on.