What’s underneath your beard is just as important as the hair itself, and a good skincare routine sets the foundation for the fantastic facial hair of your choice. Make sure you’re using a foaming cleanser, washing the entire face to clear and blocked pores and follicles, so that hair can grow through freely. Lather up for around a minute, and really get in there, every morning and evening. Depending on how much oil your skin produces, use an exfoliating product to really lift the dead skin cells once every few days, to make sure your facial hair is free to live its best life on your face.
Once the skin underneath your facial hair is soft and clean, it’s time to focus on the health and condition of the beard. Conditioning your facial hair will ensure that it’s soft and touchable, and will help you avoid that prickly stubble that can be irritating and sore. A beard oil is your best friend for this purpose, so rub a small amount through the hair every morning to hydrate and to soften the feel of it. There’s nothing worse than the prickly burn of razor rash, so be sure to follow up any trimming or shaving with a hydrating moisturiser.
While you may be more than happy to let your facial hair take its natural course, there is something to be said for the effect a nicely trimmed and shaped beard has on a mans face. Keep the length of your moustache to just above the lips, by using small scissors to carefully trim the hairs. Decide what kind of style best suits your face by looking at the natural growth around the sides of the mouth. Try to avoid too much overhang around the edges of your mouth, unless you’re connecting your mo to the rest of your facial hair. If a mo is your only facial hair then keep it the focus of your face by making sure the rest of your neck and cheeks are clean shaven and neat. When shaping a beard, try to avoid letting the hair go too far down your neck – use your Adam’s apple as a guide to how far down it should go.
Every mans facial hair is as unique as the guy himself, so how you choose to style your look is really up to you. Your beard should match your face shape, for example if you have a rounder face, go for a shorter, more rounded look to elongate the face. If your face is more angular, consider a more structured beard with a little more effort in the shaping of the beard around your neck. Of course, the shape and style you can achieve also depends on your natural hair growth, so learn the cycle of your hair and adapt to it. The biggest tip for styling – products are absolutely your mate. Don’t shy away from using multiple products such as oil, pomade or wax to achieve your desired look.