With great beard comes great responsibility
One of the barbers I work with, Keith, tells this story:
A man his my chair was telling him about the time he started his beard. He wasn’t into doing it, but then his wife said “you know how you like it when I put on my bikini? A man’s beard does the same thing for a woman!”
That’s pretty big… a woman I know says that kissing a man without a beard is like drinking champagne without bubbles.
A man’s beard says a lot about him and his lifestyle… not from a financial standpoint, but it tells who the man is… It’s kinda like if you want to know how a person lives, look inside their car. If the car is trashed out with fast food bags and wrappers, it gives you an idea of how they live their lives.
When a man has a dirty and unkempt beard, it tells a story long before their personality gets to be seen, and mars that first impression.
Here are a couple daily things you can do in between barber visits to maintain your beard until the next beard trim…
Trimming the edges
Keeping your beard’s growth at bay takes a moment, but this one step will do wonders for your beard in between your visits to the barber.
Take a small pair of scissors and stand in front of the mirror. Look for hairs which are sticking out outside the main body of the beard, and use the scissors to trim them down.
Only do this for the long hairs sticking pretty far out.
Going after the hairs which aren’t too far out of the main body of the beard can open a can of worms. What often occurs is that the beard’s wearer is working so hard to make it perfect that by the time they have gotten all of the small hairs sticking out, they have actually whittled the beard down shorter than desired and often into a different unbalanced shape.
Use a beard wash – specifically
For most men, beard hair is built differently than the rest of the hair on the head. It is different structurally, and it is also much curlier and coarser. A beard wash is designed for the beard, specifically.
Let me put it this way: If you are reading this, you probably don’t use bar soap or body wash in your hair. Why? Because shampoo and conditioner are specifically made for washing and maintaining hair, and you notice a difference between the two.
Using a beard wash instead of shampoo in your beard will be the same difference as using shampoo instead of regular soap on your hair.
Sure, there are many things which you can do with your beard to make it more presentable and pleasant for everyone around you. I am personally a big fan of beard softeners.
However, if you simply do these two things, you will notice a big difference in how your beard looks and feels.