It’s official: the male grooming world is obsessed with facial hair. So popular has it become that, according to a recent YouGov survey a beard now graces the chin of 61% of 16-39-year-olds, with 44% of those opting for a full beard. But while men are more experimental with their face furniture than ever before, there are some beard styles that are considered true classics thanks to their versatility, ease of maintenance, and ability to flatter a variety of face shapes.
Jason Fellows, Head of Education at Ruffians Barber in London said: “In 1997, GQ magazine published an article that said there were a quarter of a million men in the UK who would lose their jobs if they grew a beard. Luckily a lot has changed since then and it’s great news that so many employers are happy about facial hair. But it’s incredible that almost 1 in 10 men in some industries are still dictated to about their chin follicles.
“It seems so illogical. I can understand it if the beard is dirty and unkempt but a neat, clean beard is just as smart as a neat haircut and looks just as good with a sharp suit as a pair of jeans. I wish I knew what employers have against them.”
How To Maintain The Beard
A truly epic beard is the product of self-restraint. When you first start growing, resist the urge to trim or style, and leave it untouched for the first 4-6 weeks. This will allow the hairs to grow in evenly (some grow faster than others), and help you pick a style that suits its length and thickness. “With that said, every guy’s hair grows at its own speed..healthy lifestyle, good diet, and exercise can help speed up the process a bit,” adds Art Department celebrity groomer, Scott McMahan, who has worked with Josh Brolin, Future, Matt Dillon, Lakeith Stanfield, and many others.
As you may have already guessed, this is a type of oil you use in your beard to balance its hydration naturally. Washing regularly keeps the dirt at bay, but it also strips away some of your beard’s natural oil. As a result, Beard Oil was developed as a leave-in conditioning product designed to balance the natural oils in your beard and on your skin.
We don’t use any silicones, sulfates, or parabens in our oils to give you the best possible outcome for your beard. Silicones aren’t inherently bad, but they coat your beard hairs and prevent them from getting the nutrients they need, plus they require more effort and chemicals to wash out. On top of that, they mask dry hair and split ends so you only have the illusion of conditioned hair.
Learn to Train Your Beard
A regular trim will maintain your chosen shape, but it’s not the only way to keep your beard in line. A daily rubdown with a comb or beard brush will wrangle stubborn hairs, training them to grow in a downward direction. You can even up the ante with a soft-hold styler, like Jao Bomade Beardscent, which lends some extra sculpting power while taming any flyways