Growing a beard is an expression of freedom with a sense of wildness and unkemptness, but it’s also a commitment. Beards don’t take care of themselves any more than your lawn or your car. They need some upkeep.
Whether you’re just past the stubble stage or trying to tame a 2-foot giant, here are some of our favorite beard grooming tips:
- Shampoo: A lot of guys don’t think to wash their beards – or if they do, they use the typical bar soap they’d use on their entire body. Bad idea. You’ll dry out your beard and the skin beneath. Instead, shampoo at least a few times a week. Our favorite? Aveda Rosemary Mint Shampoo for its pleasant aroma and clean feeling finish. Bonus: it’s formulated with peppermint to naturally awaken your senses and energize you for the day ahead!
- Condition: Beard hair is wickedly coarse, so you need to take precautions to keep it from getting too wiry. Instead of a normal conditioner that you have to wash out, we love Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil. The hydrating power of buriti oil will instantly moisturize your beard by 41%. Just run a few drops through your beard, and you’re out the door.
- Trim it: Ever heard of split ends? Even long beards need to be trimmed every so often to keep you looking fresh and groomed. For a long beard: trim every two months. For a short beard: trim every few weeks.
Pro Tip: Have the right tools. An electric trimmer will work fine for the edge of your beard on your face. But to shape the bulk of your beard scissors and a comb will work best.