How To Wash and Style Your Beard
Taking good care of your beard is mandatory, there’s no way around it. Without proper maintenance, its texture and appearance will rapidly worsen, no matter how long and full it was originally. I repeat, a good-looking beard needs proper care.
Fortunately, developing an effective beard grooming routine is easier than you think. You won’t need a lot of products, and tools can be quite basic too. The thing is, it may take some time. It’s a process of trial and error until you figure out what works best for you.
But I’m here to help: in this article, you’ll find my best tips for washing and styling your beard, including:
- When and how to wash your facial hair
- Choosing the right cleansers
- Easy styling hacks and products
How To Wash Your Beard
Step 1: Get your beard wet with warm water: Water temperature is important when washing your beard. Extremely hot water dries out your follicles and restricts beard growth. Warm water opens your pores and helps to increase the circulation of blood, making the wash more effective.
Step 2: Lather Up: Squirt a small amount of your favourite beard shampoo, enough to fill the centre of your palm and build up a lather.
Step 3: Massage Into Beard: Using your fingertips, massage the shampoo into your beard and the skin underneath. Use a scrubbing motion and work from the neck upward, into the moustache and back down. This method ensures a deeper clean and hair follicle stimulation, to improve beard growth.
Step 4: Rinse well: Use warm water to rinse out all the soap residue. Run your fingers through your beard to rinse it out and do it until it is completely clean. Pat the hair down with a microfiber towel and
What You Need
Murdock London Beard Shampoo
For a well-balanced wash, we recommend Murdock London’s Beard Shampoo. It has been formulated using an advanced pH-balanced formula that remains gentle on the face. Get it here.
Beard Shampoo: Why It’s Different and How to Choose One
Many may wonder: what’s the difference between beard shampoo and regular shampoo? Others don’t see the point of using anything at all but good old water and soap. Let me explain.
Water only should not be among your options. Your beard gets much dirtier much faster than the hair on your face. The fact that you eat, drink, and continuously touch your beard with your hands can make it very antihygienic not to use a proper cleanser. Not to mention the ‘toasty’ smell that a smoker’s beard can develop.
It’s not unusual for men to grab the first shampoo they find on the store shelf. Some even prefer the 3-in-1 formulas so that they can save time and space in the shower with only one product. Unfortunately, these formulations tend to be filled with harsh chemicals that dry facial hair or silicones that lather it making it shiny on the surface but ultimately prevents it from absorbing the natural protective oils that the skin produces.
And soap — that’s just a no-no. Do you know that ‘squeaky clean’ feeling that soap causes on your hair? That means that the hair has been stripped of its nutrients and will probably feel dry for days after washing.
Beard shampoos are specifically formulated for facial hair. Most are made of natural ingredients and are free of parabens and silicones. And some target specific issues such as beard dandruff. Finally, all good beard shampoos will have an ideal pH for facial hair, somewhere between 4.5 and 5.0.
When choosing your beard shampoo, look for a product that mixes most or all of the above:
- A short ingredient list free of harsh chemicals
- A gentle formulation
- A pH that won’t create an imbalance on your face
- A product that works on the areas you’re looking to improve
Why You Should Wash Your Beard
If you’ve ever had your hair done (cut, dyed, or simply styled) you’ll know that even the work of the best professional won’t stand the test of time. The same can be said for your beard. Your facial hair is, like all parts of your body, alive, and goes through changes rapidly.
I’m not just talking growth there. Sun damage, cold temperatures, pollution, and stress can all have negative effects on your beard, including:
- Split ends
Fortunately, you can prevent or fight all of the above with a targeted beard routine. Taking care of your beard means extending the time between barber appointments. And if you’re more of a DYI type of guy, by dedicating a few minutes a day to the maintenance of your mane, you’ll save yourself time in the long run and always look on point.
Washing your beard can have several benefits, such as:
- Removing pollutants
- Getting rid of dead skin cells
- Stimulating blood circulation
How Often Should I Wash My Beard?
It’s possible to overdo it. Just like the hair on your head, your beard should not be washed with soap, shampoo, or other cleansers too often. That’s because excessive cleansing will risk stripping the hair of its natural protective oils and cause dryness.
For most men, a couple of times a week is the sweet spot. But again, not all beards are the same so you may prefer a different frequency.
What about those who get their beard dirty every day? I’m thinking of construction workers, for example. In that case, of course, a daily wash is necessary but try to use the gentlest shampoo possible. More on this further down.
How to Style Your Beard for the Best Look
Washing your beard often is highly recommended. However, you tend to lose some natural oils the more you wash your beard, which is why beard oils are important. Oils and balms help condition, rejuvenate and style your facial hair. The specific beard style you choose depends on the shape of your face, personal preferences, and the texture of your hair.
What You Need
Beard Oil and Balm Collection from BeardMajor
BeardMajor formulates all-natural beard products made in the UK. Their non-greasy, light-weight beard growth oil is formulated to nourish and protect the beard, prevent itching and promote growth, combined with their all-natural beard balm, which acts as a leave-in conditioner to soften and style the beard. Get it here.
Beard Styling Products
The world of beard grooming and styling has changed dramatically from what our fathers were used to. Nowadays, there are plenty of options and formulations to help men with basically any beard issue they’d like to focus on. Here are some examples:
- Beard oil. This is one of my absolute favourites because it can be used for several purposes. Beard oil is usually made of natural ingredients like essential oils and protects, softens, and nourishes your hair at the same time. A real must-have that can be applied as needed, even multiple times throughout the day. It will also leave a pleasant and subtle scent on your beard.
- Beard wax. One of the thickest products out there, wax is the ultimate styling buddy (so much so that it’s used in beard competitions). Even the most rebellious mane will stay in place with wax. Ideal for longer beards.
- Beard balm. Balms have the styling property of wax, but with a gentler touch. Although the hold is softer, balm adds a moisturising and conditioning element.
Combing and Brushing
This is particularly important for medium to long beards. Combing and/ or brushing your beard will eliminate knots minimising the risk of breakage. However, be extra careful if combing before drying: hair is at its weakest when it’s wet so make sure not to pull hard.
There are tens of types of combs out there in various shapes, materials, and purposes. Brushes, on the other hand, are mostly indicated for longer manes.
Yes, you should trim your own beard regularly. Whether you’re sculpting a gloriously long beard or just taming a few flyaways, trimming is one of the best ways to extend the life of your latest big styling chop.
One major tip. Never trim your beard while wet. Styling should always be done on dry hair because that’s how your beard looks like normally. The risk of overdoing or asymmetrical results is significantly higher when the hair is wet.
These are just a few examples. There’s a world of products for you to explore out there. It’s just a matter of time until you find the perfect combination