We have a lot to tell you about the beard, how to take care of it, which products you should use to keep it healthy and attractive, as well as giving you our advice and finally, telling you some facts about beards so that you can wear yours proudly. This our complete beard guide for you, so keep reading:
How to have a perfect beard? Useful tips from RebelsBarber
To achieve a perfect beard, you must take care of it as it deserves and this requires a lot of commitment, but also satisfaction for a manly and neat appearance. So, let’s check these useful tips we have collected for you:
How to have the perfect beard: TIPS
Choose the beard cut that best suits you
If you are new to growing a beard, we recommend you investigate a little about the different types and forms of beards, here on our blog, in fact we have an article about this topic; so you can choose the style with which you feel most identified. You can also come directly and our barbers will be able to guide you without problem.
You must be patient with your beard growth
While your beard grows, you should be very patient. Do not be obsessed with the small gaps that may be on your face where hair does not gro (yet). Keep in mind that as soon as your beard has grown, you can shape it to make it appear lush and even. You can come to us for caring and maintenance.
The most important thing to have a perfect beard is to take care of the skin where is growing. You should keep the skin clean and hydrated, and provide it with the nutrients that will help grow healthy and strong beard.
The basics you need for the beginning of your journey: beard soap/shampoo, specific beard oil for your skin type (sensitive, dry, combined), and a treatment to help the growth of facial hair.
You must wash your beard
The beard must be washed every day, this is important on a hygienic level since a clean beard is a healthy beard. Its washing requires some important steps so that it grows without any problem, you must have a special shampoo or soap… but remember, you do not have to use them every day, about 3 or 4 times is fine. The other days use plenty of water to keep it hydrated.
Then you must dry your beard
Excess water and moisture damage the hair cuticle, as well as the hair follicle. To remove moisture from your beard after you have washed it, use a towel. Do it carefully, wet hair is more delicate than dry. To finish, you can use a dryer on medium temperature.
This will help you to regulate the fat on your face and your beard, with which you will achieve a healthier and more balanced skin.
In addition, a brush will help you train the hair follicles so that the facial hair grows in an even direction.
Help your beard grow strong and healthy
When you are starting to grow a beard your skin tends to change, it is important to have a good treatment for the growth and nutrition of your beard.
The skin is already used to shaving, it is suddenly covered with facial hair and it takes some time to adjust to the new situation.
The solution is to clean and hydrate the skin daily with specific oil that helps hair growth.
Moroccainoil is a line of specific products for hairdressing, which you can find in RebelsBarbers for the care of your beard, as well as hair treatment. It is one of the most appreciated products thanks to its properties and its variety of products. This products is great to help with your hair growth.
Use products for your beard
This is important to keep your skin and hair healthy and strong. Therefore, beyond styling, you must have beard oil and beard balm, and a good brush. All of these will help you keep it perfect and nourished.
In addition to hydrating, the balms help to style and shape the beard; they work as a very gentle fixative that gives a natural look to your beard.
Sparrow Pomade is water-based pomade that provides shine and styles hair. It is special if you want to give a touch of hydration to your beard and at the same time enjoy its softness. Is not oil, is not balm, but it has some of their elements, and it is great for your beard.
Finally, you should have a napkin and your oils or essences on hand, for when you eat or smoke and thus maintain a pleasant aroma and an impeccable appearance.
Beard care: shampoo and soaps
When we talk about beard care, we are not only talking about a bear looking good or well-shaped, also, a healthy beard, that smells and feel good, this is why shampoo and soaps are a very important element in the process.
Our beard hair is not like that of our head. It is thicker and curly hair and also the skin underneath is not like that of the scalp, so we need different care.
Cleaning the beard
It is not just about aesthetics, it is more a matter of personal hygiene. There are many types of beards, but all are exposed to the environment and absorb any dirt from the air, in addition to the sebum on the skin itself. Food remains, tobacco smoke or anything likely to get trapped between the hairs.
It is also normal, in times of cold or extreme weather conditions that our skin under the beard suffers.
We must opt for specific shampoos and soaps to wash the beard, these being less aggressive than shampoo for the head or body soap, less harsh and more natural, since they are usually formulated with organic compounds.
KINMEN, has for you line of beard care products. You can use the beard shampoo, a softening balsam, shaving cream and an after shave balsam to take care of skin irritation. This is one of the products we use at RebelBarbers for your beard.
Why is frequency important when you wash your beard?
The beard has natural oils (coming from your own body) that intervene in its growth, strength and shine, so that a too high frequency of washing can destroy these natural oils and play against us.
To get rid of all traces of dirt from the beard, it is necessary to wash it regularly, although the frequency will depend on the type of skin of each person:
If you have oily skin, the ideal is that you wash your beard daily with a specific soap, which takes care of your skin and keeps it hydrated without letting the oil damage the appearance of your beard and your skin. With this daily hygiene, you will be able to eliminate dirt, excess fat and avoid the peeling of the skin, as well as the proliferation of bad odors.
In the event that you have dry skin, it is important that you choose soap that in addition to cleaning hydrates and nourishes the skin and wash your beard two to three times a week. This way you will be able to remove dirt and prevent both the skin and the beard hair from drying out.
Correct washing for our beard is three times a week, using soaps or shampoos, and the rest of the time just wash it using only water. This does not mean that for everyone the frequency should be three times a week, because each beard is different.
Method for washing the beard
As the PH of the skin and the scalp are different and, therefore, facial hair and the hair of our heads should not use the same products to wash them, and you must have a method that helps keep your beard healthy:
- Apply the product and spread generously throughout the beard, sinking the fingertips and letting them reach our skin.
- Apply from roots to ends and in all possible directions. If you have a new beard, you can rub with a little more emphasis, since new beards tend to flake the skin a little more and also, this helps to better stimulate the follicles, achieving better development and growth.
- We must rinse the beard with plenty of water, in several directions and completely to avoid leaving remains or residues that can cause itching or flaking once the beard dries.
- Another thing to keep in mind is the water temperature that we use for both washing and rinsing.
- Using very hot water can make our skin too dry.
- Use warm water to wet and wash the beard. Warm water is better than cold water for washing. In addition, it will also open our pores like hot water without such aggressive consequences.
- Once we remove all the shampoo or soap, we can move to colder water to gradually close the pores and also add shine.
After properly washing the beard, you need to dry it, to avoid that the water that remains between the hairs can irritate our skin.
The best way is to gently wipe the entire area with a clean towel. It is important that this is done gently, because when the hair is wet it is more delicate.
Beard care with oils
Beard oil is a great ally, no matter how long yours is. Many do not know them, but these oils are in fashion thanks to their properties and the positive effects on men’s beards, which today are a must-have.
Next you will learn what they are, because you must use them now.
What is beard oil and what is it for?
Beard oils combine natural oils and essential oils which have the property of hydrate, and repair both facial hair and the skin itself that hides behind the beard.
All the ingredients are carefully combined and selected to take care of the beard, give it a healthy look avoiding the appearance of dandruff, flaking, redness and itching in the beard and neck area, a consequence of a lack of hydration and common during the initial growth of the beard.
In addition, beard oils provide control to the always rebellious facial hair, providing softness and facilitating the combing of the beard, to be able to control the loose hair so it always remains perfect.
Remember that hydrating the beard and skin is not only good, it is necessary; here are some benefits of using beard oils:
- It gives your beard good smell and freshness.
- Hydrates and repairs facial hair, so it has a long life, looks healthy and grows strong.
- Provides shine and natural softness to the beard so that it always looks perfect.
- Avoid flaking, redness and itching on the skin, scratching under the beard will be a thing of the past, keeping the skin hydrated thanks to these oils you will avoid redness, itching and the so hated flaking and dandruff that occurs on the skin.
When should you start using beard oil?
Beard oil can be used on beards of any length, even if you have it completely shaved, it may seem contradictory, but nothing further, the benefits of these oils continued use are appreciated in any type of beard, helping to maintain a healthy skin and beard.
These oils are ideal for all skin types, and can even be used as a supplement both before and after shaving; before shaving it helps to naturally soften the beard, and as an aftershave, because of the soothing and antiseptic properties they provide.
Schmiere is oil specially made for facial hair care due to the natural base of a blend of almond and jojoba oils. It provides your beard a soft and shiny touch, so if you want to try it, just ask and our barbers will gladly use it with you.
How to use beard oil?
We always recommend applying the oil after showering, because it is the best time of the day, since your pores are open, it would be enough to dry well with a towel.
Put the drops in the palm and distribute well between both hands, it will be enough to take 2 to 5 drops depending on the length and thickness of the hair. Apply over the entire beard with a gentle massage, start first by reaching the skin behind the hair with your fingertips, and then we continue massaging until covering all the facial hair.
Comb or brush your beard to remove knots, loose hair, stimulate skin circulation (which promotes growth), and style your beard for a more groomed look.
Beard oil or balm: Are these products the same?
When you make the decision to grow a beard and decide it’s time to start caring for it. It may be one of the most frequent questions in every bearded man who starts using this type of product, oil or balm? They are the same? They are similar but they are not the same.
Beard balms are created through a process of mixing, heat and cold ingredients including essential oils, shea butter, cocoa butter, and beeswax; while beard oils are made through a mixture of base and essential oils and in some cases fragrances.
The beard is not just facial hair, nor is it as many say “makeup” for men. The beard is a symbol of respect and virility and in recent years they have become a fashion that no one wants to miss… in addition to all the advice and data that we have collected and provided for you, we want to tell you about some things that you probably did not know about the beards.
About these products
The balm is the right choice for medium or long beards. It is useful for those sparse beards or those men with fine facial hair. Beard balms are generally made from butters and waxes, so unlike beard oil, the balm will absorb more slowly and will give us fixation.
Avoid using balms that contain artificial sealers like petroleum jelly or artificial silicones, as these can irritate your skin and damage facial hair. Beeswax or lanolin will take care of your beard and your skin to the maximum without irritating it or causing damage.
Beard balm that you use should contain natural moisturizing ingredients such as coconut oil, or jojoba oil. Without these hydration elements, sealers will work on dry hair, making it brittle and tending to break.
Among the products we use at RebelsBarber, Uppercut Deluxe is one we really recommend. This is a very light balm, with a cream consistency; it is a product that provides just the right amount of hold to give a healthy look and help with combing and styling the beard. This balm is water-based, oil-free, so it has a shine-free finish.
Reuzel aloe balm helps keep your beard soft and manageable, as well as helping to keep it groomed for longer. Also available at RebelsBarbers.
How to use beard balm?
Wash your beard with a good specific natural shampoo or soap, and dry your beard. Take a little of the balm by sliding your finger over the surface, start with a small amount and so you can see how much goes well with your beard.
Spread the product on the palm of your hands and apply it on the beard, we recommend you start with the neck, the lower area and then continue applying for the rest, first massaging with the fingertips to reach the skin that hides behind your hair, and then sliding your hands in movements up and down until the entire beard is covered with the balm.
Beard oil is a product that is recommended for all types of beards, but it is especially useful during the early stages of beard growth.
One of the benefits of beard oil is to soften and care for facial hair as well as the skin behind it, eliminate itching, repair the hair and improve its conditioning so that the beard grows healthy and strong.
The oil, being liquid, is absorbed by the skin and hair much faster than the balm. The oil will leave your beard soft, silky and shiny. It will also help us to eliminate those undesirable knots and tangles. But you should not confuse this with styling; the styling feature of beard oil is not the same as that of balm.
How to use beard oil?
First, wash your beard with a good specific natural shampoo or soap, and dry your beard. Put a few drops on the palm of your hand and distribute well between both hands. Apply over the entire beard with a gentle massage, we recommend that you start first by reaching the skin behind the hair with your fingertips, and then we continue with a gentle massage until cover the entire beard.
Finally, comb to remove knots and loose hair and thus give the beard a more cared-for appearance.
Can I use the beard oil and balm at the same time?
Of course! But you need to be careful with the amount you use. Keep in mind that the oil is absorbed quickly and that the balm gives us fixation and nourishes our beard.
The best combination is to apply a small amount of oil to the skin and use the balm to hydrate and fix the beard. That is, oil for the face and balm for the beard.
Things you didn’t know about beards
- How much does the beard grow per second?
The beard grows 5 nanometers per second, which is the same as: 0.0000005 cm per second. The funny thing is that this unit is known as ‘Beard per second’.
- How many hairs do men have in their beards?
Men have about 6,000 to 15,000 hair follicles on the face and neck, a genetic set number.
- How long could your beard be if you never cut it?
Throughout his life, a man could cut and trim up to 8 meters of hair approximately.
- 45% prefer not to grow a beard
This is the percentage of men worldwide who have chosen shaving as their facial identity. According to studies, they prefer a hair-free face for aesthetics and comfort.
- Your beard can be a scarf
According to the Birmingham Trichology Center, the beard prevents colds by acting as a scarf. Therefore, we understand Vikings and other bearded men in cold weather; they are just protecting themselves from a cold!
- Beard serves as a sunscreen
The beard also works in summer, according to studies by the University of Sothern Queensland (Australia). It also keeps the face hydrated, because it keeps water in the skin, and protects it from the wind.
- Why did men start shaving?
Many years ago the beard was a point of attack for the opponents who faced each other at the moment of the fight. In times of Alexander the Great, shaving was mandatory in his army because he realized that the enemies grabbed his soldiers by the beard to make them fall from the horse.
- Beards are antique
Egyptian queens also wore beards, false, yes, as a symbol of power. While The Egyptian pharaohs shaved their entire body (head included) as a method of hygiene, except for a lock on their chin. In Greece, facial hair was considered a symbol of virility. They only shaved as a sign of mourning or as punishment for showing cowardice.
- Afraid of beards? Pogonophobia
There are pogonophobic people: it is a pathology that some people have. Fear of facial hair.
- A beard for every face
The Gillette firm estimates that there are about 18 different types of beards and these fit four different types of face. There is a type of cut according to your facial oval. And this study includes the mustache, the goatee and even the sideburns.
- How strong is beard hair?
Men’s beard hair is 1,000 times stiffer than skin. If it is dry, its strength can be compared to that of copper wire.
- The 3-day beard
Many women say they like bearded men, but according to some studies, women like a 3-day beard much more than a long, bushy beard… although it is all a matter of taste.
- The beard and the army don’t get along
Many armies in the world demand a complete shave, more than something aesthetic, it is a strategy.
- Kilometric beards
There are several men in India with long beards and also very long nails. This is a religious thing for them and it has certainly garnered worldwide attention.
- A beard requires more than a wash
Taking care of your beard is an important task or you may have a bad smell, dandruff and very weak and dull hair … an attractive beard requires that you come directly to RebelsBarbers.
We hope this guide can be very useful so that you know what products to use to care for your beard, where to go and how to take care of it wherever you are … and above all, to appreciate it and wear it with pride.