As more and more men are embracing their beards, we have noticed a few habits arise that seem to be detrimental to the health of your beard. In addition there are some trends emerging that are frankly just embarrassing and emasculating, the exact opposite of what a beard should do for you.
Avoid these four beard pitfalls and blunders so that you can keep growing your best beard ever.
Without a doubt this has to be the first item on the list. Flowers, glitter, ornaments or basically any other item you see on willitbeard.com should be considered strictly out-of-bounds when it comes to a gentleman’s beard. You’re men. Act like it.
There are only a few rare exceptions when it comes to this rule. The first is that if you have substantial length and can band or braid your beard, this will do. The next is that if you want to add burning fuses to enhance your intimidation factor, well that is just reckless, but we’d like to see it. If battleaxe wielding dwarven warriors, badass vikings, and Blackbeard himself can get away with these things, then we will acquiesce to this request.
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, we will step off of our soapbox and continue with the genuine advice.
Time and time again we’ve seen good grooming intentions go wrong with excessive beard maintenance. First a 100% perfectly maintained beard looks a bit obsessive, but worse if you get too crazy about keeping your beard perfectly manicured, you will inevitably make a trimming mistake and will end up having to cut your beard off. Just let it go. Part of the allure of the beard is that it is inherently a bit rugged and unruly anyway.
We are obviously not saying that you should put in zero effort when it comes to maintenance either, but some basic trimming, shaping, and some beard oil go a long way to keep you looking respectable. You will also reduce the chances for “accidentally” having to shave your beard off.
This goes along with the previous subject, but if you are tired, inebriated, or are in any other way inhibited in your ability to focus on your trim, then do not do it. One excuse I hear quite often from guys that have excellent beards and then suddenly shave it is that they “got bored.” In these situations my response is always the same. “So you cut off your manhood?” The truth is that they started messing with their beards without focus, end up making a mistake, and have to cut their beards off. It is just not worth it.
If you're going to trim make sure that you give yourself plenty of time, are clear headed, have a plan for what you're going to do, and most importantly, stick to the plan. It is really easy to get carried away with your trimming so err on the side of caution and make sure are comfortable and clear about what you’re doing.
We know it's cool to stroke your beard when you're deep in thought, and that you need to comb it out from time to time. However, you should really try to limit how often you touch your beard.
First, excessive handling can lead to overproduction of sebum, skin oil, which may cause skin problems and may cause your beard to look and feel greasy. You use our beard oil to make sure those things don’t happen, so why would you want to inhibit that?
Next, too much touching, washing, combing, and brushing can damage your hair cuticles and cause protein loss. This will give your beard a dull, wild, and unhealthy appearance. Again, this is the opposite effect we are looking for.
Finally, constantly playing with your beard may cause you to start picking at certain spots. This will eventually lead to hair loss and holes in your beard, which look terrible and will force you to trim it back. It can also irritate your follicles and can lead to the development of ingrown hairs and possibly infected follicles. These are all problems that no one wants to deal with, so just keep your fondling under control.
We hope that these tips will help keep your beard looking healthy, sharp, and overtly masculine.
Until next time, keep growing.Redbeard Grooming Co.