Think of your arm or leg hair. If you were to shave it off, it would grow back, but after a certain length it stops. This is when you have hit terminal length. On a beard, different parts of your face hit terminal length at different stages of growth. For example, your sideburns typically hit terminal length faster that the area around and below your chin. This is the reason why beards tend to have an oval shape when left untouched. Your mustache will also hit terminal length before your beard. This is especially true for the middle section of the stache.
Odds are you know whether or not this is a possibility by now-so don’t fight nature if you suffer from boy face. But if you can (and would like to) acquire some facial fur, LA-based Baxter Finley barber Christian Olvera has some tips for doing it right. Hit the sweet spot (natural and groomed—not manicured) and a beard will look great with both a beanie and a double-breasted jacket this fall.
Decide the purpose– Whether you are buying the product to trim your beard, shave your head, or shaving your whole body, or for all the above mentioned purposes. Depending on the uses of the product, you will have to select the product accordingly.
A tool that no self-respecting beardy bloke should be without. A kind of Swiss army face comb, it comes equipped with everything you need for beard styling, whatever style you fancy. Its two combs – each with different sized teeth – will tackle any hair length. Meanwhile, the brush helps get rid of any stray cut-offs or unruly hairs – tidying up the kind of scruffiness that might otherwise be missed. The boomerang shape is more than just a gimmick too. It’s designed to line up against your beard line so you can shave or trim perfectly rounded lines.
One more thing sets utility balm apart from its oil-based cousin: versatility. Beard oil is fantastic for keeping the skin under your beard and your beard healthy, but utility balm was designed to use as a skin moisturizer, too. You can use it as a daily moisturizer, something to keep your tattoos bright, or you can save it for dryer months that require some extra TLC.
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Beard balm is a product that every man with facial hair should keep in his medicine cabinet. It’s a versatile conditioner, generally made from natural ingredients, that not only softens your hair, but also treats and prevents common conditions that beard-growers face, such as itchiness.
Beard trimmers almost always come with an adjustable and removable trimming guide. By adjusting the position of the trimming guide, you control how closely it will trim your beard. Refer to the instructions supplied with your trimmer for details. Until you’ve mastered the use of your trimmer, it is best to adjust the guide for a longer beard length setting at first.
The verdict: Super stylish, super powerful, the Norelco 7000 remains a grooming staple. A specially designed vacuum system captures 90% of liberated hairs in the handle of the unit for quick and easy disposal, keeping your floor and wardrobe mess-free. The contour head attachment works flawlessly in personalising beard styles, gliding gently across the face to reach every area and preventing the trimmer from tugging to avoid inflammation. We also love that it protects the self-sharpening blades to keep the base working efficiently without any oil tune-ups. Adding to its finesse is the turbo button feature, speeding up the blades and fan to cut through thicker hair with faster precision. Up to 20 lock-in length settings are afforded to you, starting at 0.5 and going up to 10mm for modern day Vikings. Great battery power is another virtue of this trimmer, with a single charge generating up to an hour of wireless use.
Shea butter is an excellent ingredient choice for beard balm because it’s a natural hair conditioner and skin moisturizer that doesn’t get greasy. Moreover, it has anti-inflammatory properties, making it great for soothing and preventing dry, itchy skin that often attacks beards during the frigid winter months.
Now to the actual exercises! Focus on resistance training. There have been a ton of studies that have shown these kinds of workouts stimulate testosterone production, and even increases the activity of androgen receptors to absorb it even more. In fact, having a body fat percentage of 8-14% is perfect for getting a ton of testosterone. But if you’re over that’s completely fine too. Really just get to the gym (or stay in your garage, or wherever you’re most comfortable) and just move around those dumbbells. Just lift some weights, and it’ll increase your testosterone. Remember to stick with it though.
Growing a beard all comes down to your hormones, specifically testosterone and dihydrotestosterone or DHT. Regular testosterone is converted to the more potent androgen hormone DHT. The amount of DHT you have in your reproductive system directly affects your beard and hair growth patterns. Men with higher levels of testosterone and DHT will typically have significantly more facial hair than men with lower levels. If your body is genetically prone to be sensitive to these hormones, you’ll likely grow a beard at an earlier age than others.
A lithium-ion battery – which comes with your trimmer – delivers maximum power for high-performance trimming. The battery is designed to provide 80 minutes of cordless use before you’ll need to charge it, which makes it the best cordless beard trimmer on the market.
Beard balm is a styling and shaping aid as well as a leave in beard conditioner. A good beard balm should moisturize your facial hair, provide hold for styling and make your beard look thicker. For best results, avoid beard balms using synthetic sealants like petroleum jelly as they may irritate your skin and damage facial hair. Find a beard balm that contains all natural sealants like shea butter, beeswax or lanolin. These ingredients are natural, help your beard look thicker and are less likely to irritate your skin.
Start with a fresh shave. Just as you need a clean canvas to start painting, when you decide you’re ready to start growing a beard, you need a clean-shaven face. Start from scratch, trimming any facial hair you do have off, then shaving close to the skin. This will ensure that everything will grow as evenly as possible as you’re starting your new beard.
Healthy pores allow for hair to grow faster and more naturally, and this can be accomplished through exfoliation. The Real Shaving Co. makes a great, affordable face scrub that purges dead skin cells and impurities. It’s designed to be used prior to shaving for optimum smooth shave results and to reduce ingrown hairs.
Iconography and art dating from the 4th century onward almost always portray Jesus with a beard. In paintings and statues most of the Old Testament Biblical characters such as Moses and Abraham and Jesus’ New Testament disciples such as St Peter appear with beards, as does John the Baptist. However, Western European art generally depicts John the Apostle as clean-shaven, to emphasize his relative youth. Eight of the figures portrayed in the painting entitled The Last Supper by Leonardo da Vinci are bearded. Mainstream Christianity holds Isaiah Chapter 50: Verse 6 as a prophecy of Christ’s crucifixion, and as such, as a description of Christ having his beard plucked by his tormentors.
Start by rubbing it between your hands until the grains dissolve, then work it through your beard and onto your skin. Not all of it will come off of your hands, so it’s encouraged to put the excess in your hair or on dry spots of your skin. Utility Balm isn’t only for your beard – its deep conditioning effects apply to your hair and your skin as well (to read up on all the different ways you can use Utility Balm, check out this article).
While many brands offer only a single beard oil scent, Beardilizer have a whole range of unique smells, including Gentleman Sandalwood, Ol’ Cowboy Leather and Choco Swag. Our favourite is Sweet Pipe Tobacco, which smells like you’ve taken a pinch of your granddad’s personal baccy blend and smeared it all over your mush. It’s also great for moisturising and will do wonders for your hands as well as your face fuzz.
Professor Edward J Fuzzworthy’s Gentleman’s Beard Detangler Bar is both a beard conditioner and a detangler, which utilizes Tasmian beer—yes beer—and honey to soften your beard while getting out those stubborn tangles.
Lucky Scruff has some night products also, esp the hand made soap for beards. He offers 3 different kinds right now. The beard oils, while the 3 on his main page I didn’t care for, the beard of the month club has some better ones. (Scent wise, the conditioning aspects of the main oils are awesome, but I like the oils that have a scent and I found no scent in the 3 samples)
What you can do, however, is start applying beard oil. Oil makes your beard look and feel healthier (as well as the skin underneath) and is an important weapon in your fight against beard itch. Beard oil is your friend.
Great question Trace. We recommend brushing your moustache through with a boars hair brush and than adding some beard balm. The sealants in the beard balm will help seal in the moisture from the jojoba and argan in the beard oil/balm.
A little goes a long way, so you won’t need too much in order to get a medium hold on your beard. If you experience a firmer texture than you’re looking for, applying a couple drops of beard oil to your beard after styling will help alleviate some of that hold.
I have a particular issue with skin crust forming at the base of the beard over a period of time, despite a daily cleansing regimen. Any suggestions as to handle this and which is the best oil or beard product that nutures the skin and the beard.
Our Utility Balm also functions as a leave-in conditioner, similar to beard oil. Since they have the same function, it isn’t necessary to use both. Check out this article to see which one is best for you. A balm is going to be a little bit heavier than a beard oil, but will provide a longer-lasting conditioning effect as a result of its heavier texture. You should apply it once a day, around the same time you’d apply an oil. Right after a shower is always best for applying moisturizing products because your skin and hair are more receptive to nutrients. If you have a special evening planned, you can apply a small amount again just before you go out.