A neat facial hair is a sign of good health and grooming habits, and why not? After all, growing a beard and making sure that it looks healthy takes more effort than having a clean-shaven face. Not everyone can grow a full beard too, so that’s a plus.
Here are some tips on how to keep your facial hair neat all the time.
Keep Your Face Clean
Regardless of the type of beard you’re trying to grow, always keep your face clean by bathing and washing your face everyday. If your beard feels itchy, chances are, you have dandruff. There are products in body and hair shops in Singapore for beard grooming such as beard oil, scruff softener, brush or comb, and mild soap or facial cleanser.
Know Your Grain and Lines
These are important when you’re trying to decide how to shave based on the direction of the hair growth to avoid ingrown hair. Grain refers to the direction of the hair growth, while the line refers to the edges where facial hair grows. The grain isn’t uniform on your face, so observe the pattern first before using that razor. To reduce ingrown hair and irritation, shave according to the grain.
Keep a Set of Grooming Tools
Growing your beard requires trimming to maintain a shape, so buy a set of beard grooming tools. Of course, you can always schedule an appointment at the barber, but it will also help if you know how to style it yourself. Here is a list of beard grooming tools you will need.
- Beard wash
- Beard conditioner
- Beard comb or brush (this should be separate from your hair combs)
- Beard oil (pick only lightweight oils)
- Beard wax and balm for frizzy hair
- Mustache wax
- Scissors with micro serrated edges
- Beard trimmer
- Electric razor
- Shaving brush
- Hair dryer
Know How to Trim It Yourself
You will need trimming, fading, and sculpting on areas around the cheeks and neck. Visiting the barber every week will seem impractical, so learn to trim at home when necessary. Check your neck and cheek lines for strays at least twice a week. If your hair grows fast, you might need a trim every other day, but for slow-growing hair, trimming twice a week is the most ideal. For major trimmings, you need to visit the barber once a month to keep an ideal length and shape.
Keep it Styled and Moisturized
You should bathe first before styling your beard, because that’s the best time to add beard oil while your pores are still open. Use beard shampoo on your facial hair instead of the regular shampoo you use for the hair, because it could strip the facial hair of natural oils, not to mention that it could irritate your skin too. Next, check for split ends, bald patches, and gray hair. Once you’re satisfied with the shape of your beard, apply mustache wax and beard wax to tame the frizz.