Beards are big right now – in some cases literally! But taking care of them can be a bit of a pain. For one thing, especially for beardy newbies, it can be hard to know just exactly what you need to ensure that your beard stays clean and lush. The best thing you can do is to build your own beard grooming kit. That way, for just a little initial outlay you will always have everything you need right there at your fingertips.
But what exactly should be in the kit?
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Have you ever read the children’s book, The Twits? If not, it’s about a man with a beard so dirty birds start living in it.
You might not have exactly the same problem, but if you don’t keep your beard clean its soon going to become a greasy mess, full of food bits. Beard wash is specially formulated to – get his – wash beards. It will clean the hairs without stripping them of essential oils, making this an essential ingredient for your kit.
Whilst beard wash is formulated to not strip away all the oils in your beard, nonetheless it is going to make the hair feel pretty tough and brittle. That unfortunately is simply a by-product of cleaning hair.
To counter this however, get yourself a good beard conditioner. It will work to return moisture and a certain softness to your face fuzz, making it feel smooth and strokeable instead of irritating and course. So if you ever want anyone to touch your face again, get a good conditioner into your kit bag.
In addition to a conditioner, a good beard balm is really going to help lock in moisture for a long time, leading to a beard that is always soft and smooth. It’s basically like a leave-in conditioner. You massage it into your beard in the morning, and all day it works to make your beard silky smooth. Some of them even double as skin moisturiser too.
Ok, yes – we have just been talking about how you need to keep your beard clean and conditioned to stop it getting greasy. And now we’re suggesting you pour oil on it.
No, we’re not mad, and beard oil can really be an invaluable part of a well-put together beard grooming kit. It basically serves the same purpose as the balm we mentioned above. However, you only need to put a few drops onto your beard to get the desired result. Some people find this easier to work with rather than the balm, which can get a little heavy.
Finally, a good old-fashioned, fine-tooth comb.
This is going to help de-tangle your beard and also comb through the beard oil, making sure it’s all smoothly distributed.
And that’s it! All you need to ensure that your face fuzz is always in tip-top condition.