As long as there are bears, there’ll always be beards. Grooming Guru Lee Kynaston has a few tips for ensuring yours is bangin’.
01. Dodge dandruff.
According to some archaeologists, facial hair may have originated as a way to keep our ancestors cool when they hunted by wicking moisture away from the skin. Which is great if you’re chasing mammoths in 4,000BC, but not so great if you’re chasing men in 2016, because this wicking action Add to that an accumulation of dead cells that would normally be eliminated by exfoliating and you’ve got a recipe for facial hair fouled by
away with the help of Billy Jealousy Beard Wash (£20 from nivenandjoshua.com) and ensure that the skin beneath your beard is properly hydrated by applying a moisturiser or beard oil (see below), using under the hair.
02. Keep in trim.
Like bonsai trees and rose bushes, beards need regular pruning if they’re to look their best. So keep yours neat and tidy with a gadget like Remington’s Barba Beard Trimmer (£24.99 from amazon.oc.uk), which has a range of cutting lengths and – crucially – a pop-up detailer so you can tidy the hair around the lips and neck. Since hair relaxes and expands when wet – contracting again once it dries – always cut when it’s still damp, or your beard may end up shorter than you bargained for!
03. Dye like a man.
Stubble more colourful beard dye like Just For Men Moustache & Beard Gel (£7.29 from Boots) that’s been especially designed to penetrate facial hair, which is head. It also comes with a special brush so you can touch up problem areas, if you prefer. Or try Root Vanish by Kazumi (£30 from Boots) – a more costly solution, it uses plant-based dyes delivered via a brush to disguise the greys, the day.
04. Thicken things up.
Few men’s beards are perfect – except, perhaps, DJ/model Chris Camplin’s – and it’s those little quirks and imperfections that make each one unique. Recent research has shown that the thickness of a man’s beard is genetically preprogrammed by a gene called IRF4, so there’s not much you can do about that. But you can make it appear fuller by treating it to a blow-dry. Not only will this helps disguise any bald patches by pulling the hair over them. Simply wash your beard, pat with a towel to remove excess water, and use a small brush or comb to gently tease the hair downwards as you dry.
05. Oil and brush up.
Not only will a slick of beard oil make your face furniture smell nice, it’ll also help keep it soft and shiny, and help moisturise the skin beneath too. Invest in a beard oil like Swagger & Jack’s Ultimate Beard Oil (£14.95 from swaggerandjacks.com) and you’ll also be able to use it area beneath your beard – it’s transparency will make it much easier for you to see where you’re shaving than if you were to use a foam or cream.
To distribute the oil evenly use a brush like The Kent Beard Brush (£20 from kentbrushes.com). A bear’s best friend, it’s also perfect for keeping your facial hair tangle free, removing else you might have stuck in your fur. Yes folks, even beards have their Something About Mary moments.
TOP Billy Jealousy Beard Wash
ABOVE Kazumi Root
Vanish LEFT Kent Beard Brush RIGHT Remington’s Barba Beard