This article was published on December 20th, 2016
Like them or loathe them, beards are a staple of the stylish man. Men are sporting a variety of facial décor and the facial hair game has taken to a whole new level. Contrary to popular belief, good beards don’t grow without effort! They take prepping, care and styling. If you want to grow the perfect beard, make sure you consider these 8 top tips for maintaining the perfect beard!
- Protein:Body hair is the dead cells of what used to be in your body, so make sure what is in your body makes up the right hair. Keep your beard healthy by keeping your body healthy; plenty of oily foods (avocados, fish, eggs) and proteins (meat, cheese, beans) will make for an excellent beard.
- Minimize stress: Stress can do crazy things to your body, one of the often-ignored impacts is how it can affect your hair, and it can wreak havoc on your beard health. From making it dry out to thin out, stress is simply not good for your beard, so keep it minimal!
- Don’t smoke: For the love of gawd, if you have a beard, don’t smoke. Not only is it horribly unhealthy for the hairs, your beard will trap the smell of smoke and you will not be able to avoid smelling and tasting like the mouth of an 80 year old chain smoker that has been used as an ash tray. It’s completely unattractive.
- Shampoo minimally: Beards are very good at maintaining themselves. Try to shampoo only once or twice a week to avoid stripping it of its natural oils and drying it out.
- Condition after every wash: Washing strips your beard of its natural oils and can dry it out so use a good quality conditioner after shampooing to make a start on replenishing them.
- Beard oil: Dry beards are the enemy and should be avoided at all costs. Use oil on your beard after conditioning to keep it in tiptop condition. There are a huge variety of products available but coconut oil is always a good choice, natural, amazing smelling and possibly the most multi-purpose product out there! You can even use it to cook your eggs and flavour your coffee after moisturising your beard.
- Don’t fiddle! The most difficult part of owning a beard is resisting the urge to twiddle it in your fingers constantly but this can cause them to dry out and the ends to split, find something else to do with your hands, take up crochet or compulsive masturbating.
- Regularly trim: Once all the above is in order and you have your perfect, healthy and expertly conditioned beard, it is time to keep it trim, make sure to trim at least once a week to get rid of any split ends and those little hairs that manage to grow inexplicably quickly.
Go forth and grow your perfect beard.