It’s on your face, dude. Care for it.
Your beard is a battleground.
Sure, you can stop shaving and get points for style and being daring. But no one warned you about itch and irritation, hygiene and maintenance! A beard worthy of the name requires attention if it’s to command respect. And for this reason, many men would prefer to avoid the responsibilities and maintain a smooth face – facial pacifists, you could say.
That’s a damn shame, if you ask us. We’re certainly not going to tell you that you must have a beard, but we will tell you this: A well-groomed, well-maintained beard is worth the effort.
A First-Time Beardsman’s Guide to Beard Care
A man’s beard grows in three distinct stages: stubble to scruff, short to medium and medium to long.
From Stubble to Scruff: Beard Itch and Dry Skin
Put badly, the early stages of a beard can be gnarly.
When you shave, your razor cuts a sharp edge on each hair and these hairs curve back into your skin causing irritation. Plus, your skin can dry out during this phase.
Frankly, beard itch is a good reason to avoid No-Shave November – or any other month of beard cultivation – unless you’ve got the right game plan.
Like any fight between man and nature, intelligence and resourcefulness are your best allies. You can try budget beard creams and remedies, but you’ll be disappointed. You can spend more than you should on “luxury” beard products, but you’ll quickly realize the price tag doesn’t match the performance.
We would certainly recommend starting every day with a good beard wash as an essential step to clean and exfoliate your beard at every stage.
We also recommend products specifically designed to soften your beard and stubble to minimize that dreaded “beard itch” and help you tame and keep your beard smooth and looking great, especially in the early days of growth.
Beard Softeners are used in the shower (like a conditioner) to turn stiff, sharp stubble into soft and touchable hair. They are usually followed by a good beard cream to moisturize and soothe itchy, dry skin.
From Short to Medium: Unruly Hair
At this point, you’ve endured the right-of-passage that is the stubble-and-scruff stage. Your fledgling beard won’t fight you as much as it did before, but it still requires measured care. Facial hair is tougher than the hair on your head but the underlying skin is more sensitive. As a result, you need to care for your beard differently than you would your hair (dandruff shampoo just won’t cut it on your face!)
To present an appealing, presentable beard, you’ll need to enhance your regimen. In addition to creams and softeners, as your scruff lengthens, consider a quality Beard Oil to nourish and condition your facial hair for grooming and growth. Maybe even a scented beard oil to help keep your beard smelling fresh and clean.
The short-to-medium length phase is a chance to develop the habits necessary to achieve a healthy, handsome, hygienic full-grown beard.
From Medium to Long: Shaping Your Image
You’ve reached the point where your beard is the face you present to the world. The experimental stages of stubble, scruff and whiskers have given way to personality and professionalism.
Beardsmanship calls for a further addition to your regimen: Beard Balm.
As facial hair grows, it has new and mature needs: moisture, conditioning and management to help lay down that unruly beard and help you style it to your own choosing. A good balm conditions and moisturizes your beard while allowing you to dictate the shape, whether cascading to the chest or hugging your jaw.
Trend or lifestyle, a Well-Groomed Beard is a relationship.
Each stage of your beard’s evolution demands a specific plan of attack. Beardsmanship is not a fad or a game. It’s an outward expression of an inner sense of confidence and control.
All of us at Cremo Company are here to help.