5 Tips to Keep Your Beard from Getting Weird


It doesn’t take much neglect to absolutely ruin some beards. It can mean the difference between being stylish and hip, to looking like a 1930s boxcar Willie type without the excuse of being in the midst of the Great Depression. That’s “Weird Beard” and you’ve definitely seen it before. Here are 5 tips to keep your beard tamed and keep that weird beard at bay.

Know When To Grow

This is if you haven’t started growing a beard. And if you already have a beard, you can probably sympathize here. Nothing looks weirder than a beard in transition. It’s not quite full, yet it’s rough at the same time. Like it’s own beardy puberty, it still has some growing to do towards becoming a man. That’s why you should plan the beard growing phase around a vacation or otherwise care-free times when your grooming can take a backseat. We suggest doing this whilst being a successful Hollywood director, if available to you. Know that growing it out will be itchy. This will pass in about two to three weeks, depending on how quickly you grow. When you’re almost there, shape it up with a barber and discuss styling and your end goal. Check out pics online for inspiration.

Become A Clipper Master

To take complete control over your beard, and have the luxury of keeping weird beard away at time of the day, you need a decent beard trimmer. No need for professional grade, but avoid bottom rack. Select the guard level you want. There are generally set sizes (1, 2, 3, etc.) that follow a standard measurement. Once you have the right guard, run your clippers over your beard in the direction of hair growth to smooth out strays and add definition. Going against the grain will give a closer trim, but careful not to go too close. If your beard is on the longer side, a small set of barber scissors for errant strands or unwanted curls is your best friend.

Face Hair Needs Care

Beard hair is different than scalp hair. It’s thicker and coarser. Using a beard wash specially formulated with natural ingredients to clean and soften your beard will leave it so touchable, you’ll have to politely ask people to stop, or – failing that – have to write a stern letter. You want it to leave your beard clean AND moisturized. You don’t want that chemical nonsense: Hormone disrupting parabens, SLS foaming agents that give you the illusion of clean, and you definitely don’t want dyes! Grey in a beard makes a man look distinctive, confident and wise. A dyed beard is a diminished, insecure beard. Dyed beards are the weirdest of beards. Own your greys, and take care of them. Simply wet your beard with warm water, apply a small amount of your beard wash with clean hands, massage and then rinse out.

Beards Need Moisture and Shape

Your scalp creates a lot of oil, which will normally add moisture to your head hair. Beards typically don’t. And considering the thickness of the strands, it’s easy for your beard to become a wiry, dry nest without the proper maintenance. Keep your beard from becoming a dry, bristly, thistly, thirst patch by getting a proper beard balm. It will add moisture and shape and leave a pleasing masculine scent wafting in the breeze. Avoid products with silicone, which just give a sheen without actual hair nutrients. Opt for natural lipids, like shea butter, avocado oil, and cannabis sativa. Simply run the back of your thumbnail across the balm, scooping out a pea size dab. Warm the balm with your fingers and stroke through beard hair. Comb it through for beard excellence.

 

Beard Borders Without Disorder

 

While you may have a beard, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to shave. True, you’ll need to shave less, but you will need to be precise around the neck and cheekbones to give clean lines and beard definition. Use your thumb to create an anchor point above your Adam’s apple. This will be the starting point from which you’ll create a smooth, curved line along the beard toward the hinges of your jaw. Use your clippers to clear the excess brush. Then follow up by using a high quality shave soap and new razor to get a close shave that’s actually good for your skin. Similarly with your cheekbones, you’ll want to know how much you want to remove in advance. The trick is to keep it symmetrical, so err on the side of caution. You can always take away more later, but it takes a long time to grow it back.

 

Taming the Beard Beast: Ingredients Matter

We’ve all been there, groggily waking up, stumbling to the bathroom, throwing on the hot water and while you’re waiting for the water to heat up you notice something.

Your beard looks the same day in and day out.

You’ve accepted this because it’s easy.

You’ve accepted this because there’s nothing else to do.

Shampooing your beard has become a recurring practice in the shower. Because, well, what other option do you have?

Understanding your skin.

To understand why you shouldn’t use any regular shampoo is to understand what happens on the surface of your skin.

Walton Wood Farm definitely knows what is going on on the surface.

Your skin is producing valuable oils. The sebum oil needs to stay intact because the absence is what creates dry skin. (Or worse, beardruff.)

However, most men are not willing to expand into beard shampoo or even beard balm. Walton Wood Farms has done a great job of contouring to men’s needs in this aspect. Let’s see what happens when you stick with shampoo.

Why is shampooing your face potentially dangerous?

The difference between shampooing your hair, your beard and by consequence your face can be harmful. Chemicals found in shampoo such as Parabens, SLS, and dyes have been found to have long-lasting negative effects.

SLS (Sodium lauryl and laureth sulfates) are known irritants. However, the scariest extreme has been that SLS has been linked to certain forms of cancer. So, when you decide that using a shampoo is easy, at what expense are you making this decision?

We’ve all seen the ads that show a perfectly groomed beard.

It’s been cut right, shines, and is generally healthy-looking. Do you really think shampoo can do that? Most people that have fallen victim to irritation never thought it would happen to them. This trap can happen to anyone.

Small ingredients can make the biggest of difference.

So, what makes a beard shampoo and regular shampoo different?

Certainly, it’s the ingredients.

Most shampoos differ in only a handful of chemicals.

However, there is more diversity with a quality beard shampoo and beard balm. Just ask the folks over at Walton Wood Farm.

Some of those quality ingredients are meant to heal your beard from the inside out. So, when your beard is looking immaculate, it is not a show. It is because it is healthy.

Most quality beard products contain argan oil. This oil does several things; it aims to moisturize and nourish.

The moisture content of a product is just as important as anything else. Without a proper moisturization, how can you sustain your beard? When hair is dried out and frayed, what happens? It begins to fall out. It begins slowly, and by the time you figure it out, a full shave is in order.

Argan oil also does a great job of nourishing your beard. Moisturizing cannot happen without the nourishing power of argan oil. The nourishment it provides takes everything back to the basics and set everything up to have the best-looking beard around.

Other ingredients include Aloe and Vitamin E.

These two work together to give your beard the fullest look possible.

Aloe provides even more moisture to really give your beard the color and sleek look it deserves. Along with helping moisturize it also strengthens your hair.

The one-two punch that’ll save the day and your beard.

Your beards thickness goes a long way when it comes to looking full and complete. While a beard wash can help, it is only half of the solution. The other part of proper beard care is life after the shower.

A good beard balm doesn’t just make your beard shine like there is no tomorrow, but does more.

Shea butter is what will give your beard the conditioning and shine it deserves. If your beard balm doesn’t have that, then what are you doing to yourself? A good balm also has also has carrier and essential oils. A carrier oil will support the nourishment aspects of the wash, while the essential oils will further help get the most from both your skin and beard follicles.

When you iron a suit, you don’t go over it just once, you go over the same spot at least twice to make sure it’s taken care of. Why treat your beard any differently?

In summation, shampoo may technically work, but does not sustain your beard. Overtime your beard will begin to look spotty, dry and not kept. Oils will be stripped, irritation can happen, easily and not be just a one-time thing. It can be systematic of a bigger problem that is growing.

To avoid these problems why start in the first place?

Beard shampoos and balms can solve your problems before you run into them.

From beard to blade and everything in between, Shawn is the founder of Tools of Men, a men’s grooming blog that helps men get the most from their morning routine.  Featuring in-depth guides, product review roundups, and common questions that men are too afraid to ask, this site should set you in the right direction when it comes to how to care for your body.

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