How to Maintain a Healthy Beard
For centuries one of the marks of being a man has been that of a great beard. As easy as it may come to some, the fact of the matter is that beards require as much patience, care, and attention to detail as a fitness regime. Sure, you could just let it grow the way it does and hope for the best, but with the right tools and techniques at your disposal, you could be rocking the mug of a rock star in no time!
A Beard-friendly Diet.
Before even thinking about the nitty gritty of beard maintenance, it’s all about the prep work. A building is as they say, built on a solid foundation. As anything health-related, a good diet and regular exercise is more important than any tips in a practical sense. That said, there are a few things that your beard will love you for more than others. Vitamin B9, B5. And B3 are (that are commonly found in meats and proteins) will aid beard growth like no other.
Keep it Clean.
Much like the hair that sits on your head, your facial hair loves to be kept in peak condition. Over the course of a day, a plethora of things can get caught in the fine hairs of your beard. Food, dust, and many other things like to find themselves in the nooks and crannies of your face, and regularly washing and conditioning your beard prevents such from happening. Just like your head hair, shampoo (and even condition) your beard regularly for optimal growth trajectory!
Now to the good bits. Your method of choice in the way of trimming largely depends on the type of beard you want and your utensils. Scissors and razors are your best bet when it comes to the perfect trim. Although a clipper may be enticing, the fact of the matter is that with a good scissor and a solid razor, your chances of beard split ends reduce dramatically. Pay close attention around the moustache area and the neck, where it may be a good idea to ever so slightly stretch the skin to receive the perfect trim/shave.
Tidy the Neckline.
We decided to give a special mention to the neckline for one main reason. That being, much of the clean look of a well-groomed beard comes down to how you choose to handle the neckline. A ‘neckbeard’ as some people affectionately refer to, can come off as untidy to some, and should be considered when you’re deciding what you’d want your beard to look like. A good rule of thumb to keep in mind is to shave about two-fingers width above the Adam’s apple, for a ballpark range as to where to shave.
Now that you’ve got a few notches on your beard trimming belt, go on and try out a trim! We know that a lot of the finer details really comes down to your personal preference, but with a good foundation of knowledge you’ll be well on your way to growing a beard fit for a knight! The key is practice, practice, practice! And don’t worry if you muck it up a couple of times, it DOES grow back you know!
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