Mens Grooming Guide
Remember, a beard takes time, dedication, and care. Remind yourself and others of this.
This section is dedicated to an overview on how to cultivate your glorious facial hair, what to use, and a few habits to stray away from. We understand that this may be new to some of you, so soak up the knowledge. For the others which this is common practice, this will reinforce the positive routine.
Beard-Growing - What you need to know to get started:
How long will it take you to grow your beard? Likely 4 to 6 weeks if you’re just starting. While you’re transitioning from a 5 o’clock shadow to an established beard, think about what you want your beard to look like, and set a goal for its length. If this is your first time growing a beard, learn what yours looks like before determining a particular style, all the while trimming around your neck and cheeks to maintain clean lines. When it comes to pesky random hairs, if you’re tempted to trim them, don’t. They’re only going to keep coming back. Don’t worry—eventually you’ll get them under control. To avoid an impulse mistake, never make a major cut on a whim. Here’s our rule of thumb: If you think you’d like a cut, wait seven days and then decide. This may keep you from a move you could later regret!
Beard Conditioning - To condition and keep your beard strong we recommend:
- After a shower, dry beard with towel. It’s okay to be slightly damp.
- Apply a few drops of conditioning oil to your fingers and rub through your beard and skin below.
- 2-4 for drops for short beard, 4-6 drops for medium beard, 6-10 drops for long beard
- Apply to dry beard with the steps above, leaving out the shower part.
- Reapply as needed through the day, typically no more than twice is needed.
- Medium and long beards will likely require conditioning oil to be combed through. This should evenly coat the beard as well as the skin.
- Adjust as needed to your skin and beard, there are many types of hair.
- Remember, a little goes a long way, and there shouldn’t be excess left on your beard or skin.
Shaving 101 - To create a simple, efficient, and clean we recommend:
- Wet your face with warm water.
- Once your skin is warmed and wet, apply a small amount of shave oil—a little goes a long way.
- 4-8 drops for face, 8-10 drops for head
- Next, apply shave soap, cream, salve, or foam. Many eliminate this step after transitioning to shave oil.
- Using a sharp razor, shave in the direction of your hair, not against it.
- When you have finished, cool your face and towel it dry.
- Apply aftershave—or better yet, an anti-itch oil which can help repair damaged skin
- Simple as that!
Tools 101 - To cultivate your distinguished beard, here’s what we recommend:
- A mustache comb—the world’s smallest comb and the perfect application for keeping your stache under control
- A pocket-size, 113-146 mm fine-tooth beard comb
- A dual-sided fine/coarse 188 mm large beard comb—for long beards
- A boar brush—for straightening long beards
- A pair of sharp scissors—for trimming split hairs
Beard care 101 - Maintaining your beard is an art, and you are the artist.
- You are proud of your beard, so you care for it well. Imagine your ideal beard.
- You comb or brush out your beard daily, apply beard oil, balm, or mustache wax.
- Periodically trim to reduce the irritation of split ends.
- Occasionally you shampoo it (we recommend an aloe based, hypoallergenic shampoo) to remove dirt.
- Oh, and you avoid the temptation to run your fingers through your beard throughout the day—you let your admirers do that!
Mustache care 101 - There's unlimited possibilities of what you can do
- Determine your end goal: short, full, long and curled... doesn't everyone want a handlebar
- Remember to condition just as you would a beard
- Short: trim regularly
- Long: don't ever trim, use a mustache comb to train your hair as it grow
- depending on your end goal, you may want to trim just below your lip
- Handelbar: get some medium-hard mustache wax, rub between fingers, massage through hair, twist and hold
Can't I use my regular conditioner?
No, it's not recommended. The hair on our head is different than the hair on our face, as is the skin. There’s different growth rates, thickness, hair type, and oils. there are thousands of pores on your face which sweat, shed skin, and grow hair at different thicknesses and rates. Your skin has multiple layers and thickness. Combine all of this, and it isn’t surprising to find that many men have issues with their skin and hair.
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