Step 1: Choose Your Best Beard Style
Picked Your Beard & Grown It Out?
Cool – you’ve now complimented your hairstyle by picking the best beard style for your mug, we need to make a plan for your ultimate natural fashion accessory.
Like the hair on your head, your man man isn’t just going to take care of itself, and this hair grows at a much faster rate than your regular hair.
It’s neither cost-effective of time-smart to visit your barber three to five times a week, so we’re going to set you up with the ultimate beard grooming guide, arming you with all the techniques on how to trim a beard and what products you’ll need.
Let’s get going!
Step 2: How To Trim A Beard
This section is somewhat ambiguous.
See, part of rocking the best beard style has to do with how its maintained.
If you buy a sports car, but you let it get so mucked up your neighbors think you drive through sewage pipes for a living, the entire point of owning a sports car is moot.
A beard that looks great on one man could totally foul another man’s style.
Thanks to the infographic you just used to pick a beard that compliments your facial structure and hairstyle, it’s time to select the other half of the equation: choosing the right beard grooming tools.
Let’s start with technique first:
Time to pick a beard trimmer.
Now, while a little further on in this guide we’ll serve you several options of beard oil and beard balm to choose from, for the trimmers, we’re giving you two options to choose from.
One’s a true “good enough” tool that will get the job done according the spec.
The other is the Cadillac of beard trimmers.
Option #1: Philips Norelco Multigroom Series 3100
This puppy has 5 tools for all-in-one facial styling, including a full-size trimmer, beard comb, stubble comb, detail trimmer and nose trimmer.
The self-sharpening blades made of finely ground “real man” steel, so despite the deceptively low price, you’re getting long-lasting performance, from your investment.
Ah yes, the Cadillac. More than twice the price of option #1, but so many other cool features. Like not having to hear your significant other bitch at you because you left a mess after grooming. The vacuum feature on this baby totally sucks (in the good way of course) and catches cut hair.
20 settings and cordless, it’s also great for road trips.
Step Three: Pimp Your Man Mane
To say that beard balm and beard oil is one and the same is about as erroneous as saying there’s no difference between white wine and red wine.
It’s like saying that nothing sets Star Wars apart from Star Trek.
So then, what exactly is the difference between the two?
Let’s start with beard balm. This product is essentially a pomade for beards and it’s what you get when you when you heat and then cool a blend of sealants and moisturizers.
Beard oil, on the other hand, is much like any essential oils you’ve seen in natural food stores. This product is mix of plant-derived oils and since we already mentioned essential oils, some varieties are naturally fragranced.
Beard balm is simply a leave-in conditioner that moisturizes, conditions, softens and helps style your beard.
Beard oil is hydrating to the skin and helps soften and tame beard hair, which means it also does double-duty as a styling agent.
So let’s start with the beard balms:
Option #1: Smooth Viking
Smooth Viking Beard Balm includes avocado oil , safflower oil , sweet almond oil , jojoba , pumpkin seed oil , argan oil and shea butter for the best results possible.
Option #2: Honest Amish
This product gets a ton of point just for product design alone. Gotta love that label on the lid of the canister. Honest Amish uses a proprietary blend of hair strengthening botanicals infused in a base of virgin argan, avocado, grapeseed, virgin pumpkin seed, and apricot kernal oils. The blend also includes fruit and nut butters
Option #3: Wild Willie’s Beard Butter
This Georgia-based company prides itself on the fact that they source their organic, natural ingredients from locals. Just as the Colonel has his secret blend of herbs and spices for Chicken, “Willie” claims to have some proprietary blend of his own. Devoid of all chemicals, preservatives and artificial colors.
Now let’s move on to the beard oils.
Option #1: Art Naturals Organic
A perfect balance of finely crafted Organic Jojoba and 100% Moroccan Argan Oils that combine to give your beard ultimate moisture. Considered one of the ultimate beard-tamers on the market. Why no the Beard Whisperer, then?
Option #2: New Wild Willie’s Beard Oil
Wild Willie returns and just to show how serious he is, the company’s signature beard oil comes in what looks like a beer can (safety tip: avoid this product while getting tanked).
Option #3: The Gentlemen’s Beard Oil and Conditioner Softener
Gentlemen’s Beard Oil Conditioner Softener with Vitamin E and Evening Primrose oil reduces beard itch that can come with a brand new beard. Plus it helps with “bearddruff”. Credits itself with being flaking’s greatest enemy.
Option #4: Premium Beardsman Spirit
How can you not love copy that reads like this: “With subtle hints of eucalyptus, cedar, and pinewood, a few drops is like stepping into a lush green forest. Its clean yet bold manly scent will leave you smelling like a true beardsman!” Need help with your beard and a complimentary walk through the woods? This is it.
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