How to take care of your beard and mustache

I thought I would write a post on beard and mustache care, this is something I get ask quite a lot especially from those just starting to grow.

When you first start off growing a facial hair you need to prepare your skin.

The first step is to exfoliate the skin in the area. Doing so will help stop a lot of irritation and ingrown hairs.

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This needs to be continued until you have at least a centimeter or 6/8 of an inch growth.

Once you are up to this length, the hair will still be coarse so you will need to start the softening process. Also around this time the hair will be sucking all the nutrients from your skin, making it dry and flaky.

To stop this from happening I use a beard wash from The Beared Chap, which is my personal favorite on the market.

Good beard wash will be 100% made from natural ingredients and contain oils to nourish the hair and skin. This will not only clean your facial hair but start the process of softening too.

When you hit a growth of around three centimeters or an inch this is when you start to use your oils.

Beard oils again put the nutrients back into the hair and skin, it is all so a must for those not using a proper wash to clean.

For those not using it, I recommend an anti-dandruff shampoo but you will definitely need the oil after as it is likely to strip your hair dry.

When applying oil only use one drop per two centimeters of growth or you will end up with oil everywhere. Here is a video I did to show my personal process. 

Another tool to use at this stage would be a wide toothed comb for your beard and a fine-toothed comb for your mustache. This will help train the hair to grow in the right direction and even out the oil/balm/wax over your hair.

For your mustache, at this length, a wax can be used to train and shape the hair.

Once your hair doubles in length, this is when you can use a balm to help keep your beard in shape. I also would recommend purchasing a hand brush to help untangle and shape your beard too.

Trimming your facial hair.

Some recommend only having this done professionally. Others won’t let anyone else get near their beards with scissors or trimmers.

If you’re going to trim your beard yourself, you’ll need the right tools. You will have to decide whether to trim using scissors or a beard trimmer. Personally, I use a beard trimmer for my beard and scissors for my mustache.

When considering beard trimmers, a rechargeable cordless model is the best choice. Dealing with cords in the way can not only be annoying but restrain your steady hands.

Do not trim a wet facial hair. Wet hair is longer. When it dries you may find you’ve trimmed too much.

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.  Until you’ve mastered the use of your trimmer, it is best to adjust the guide for a longer beard length setting at first.

To trim your mustache, first comb it straight down. Start in the middle and trim first towards one side of the mouth, then towards the other.

After you’ve trimmed your facial hair, then you should maintain the shape of your beard.

Use the trimmer with the adjustable trimming guide removed (be careful) to keep the neck and cheek line well-defined.

Alternatively, you could carefully shave the lower portion of your neck and cheek line with a straight razor. I would only use this after a good amount of practice.

Miscellaneous stray hairs can be removed with a trim razor. Plucking them is not recommended.