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How to wash my beard properly

As you might already know, your beard is not just a close companion but also quite a reminder. Whether you had a bagel and cheese for breakfast, or simply took the train to work, your beard will make sure you won’t easily forget about it. This is why, along with obvious hygienic reasons, is why washing your beard is such an essential part of your beard maintenance. Washing your beard properly also keeps your pores clean and clear, which promotes hair growth. Here are some things you to know, if you want to do it right.  

 Frequency

As men, we have naturally oily skin, so washing your face every day is a good idea.  But as for your beard, unless you work outdoors, or exercise often, 2-3 times a week is enough. You shouldn't wash your beard on a daily basis, since it will strip the natural oils that keep your hair shiny and happy. At the rest of the week, wash your beard with plain water.  

Water Temperature

Don't use hot water. It will dry your hair follicles and may interrupt hair growth. Lukewarm water is the best option. It opens up the pores and stimulates blood circulation, without drying your hair. Cold water will close your pores, so you can use it only as a final step.  

Soap or shampoo

Both your beard and facial skin need care. A simple bar soap is too aggressive and will strip the oils from your beard, and a store brand shampoo might be good for your hair but not for your facial skin, which is much more delicate than your sculp. The best option is a wash that is designed both for beard and skin.  

Technique

Make sure you clean more than beard hair edges. Use your fingertips and deeply massage the soap into your beard. If you are still growing your beard, better scrub harder. It stimulates the hair follicles and encourages hair growth.  

Drying

Dry your beard gently by dabbing it with a towel. Leaving water on your skin and hair can dry it out, because most tap water contains hard minerals. If you want to use a dryer, avoid damaging your beard and skin by keeping the heat on a cold-medium setting and the fan at a low or medium strength.
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Combing Your Beard – A Fuss Or A Must?

beard grooming tipsBrushing your beard might sound unnecessary, or just too much of a hustle. But if you don't want to look too shabby, you'll realize sooner than later, that combing is an essential part of your grooming routine. WHY?

Combing Benefits

  • Using a comb or brush on a daily basis eliminates tangles and knots
  • Combing your beard removes loose hair and stimulates follicles, which encourages healthier beard growth
  • The comb helps applying oil or cream to the entire beard
  • During the winter, combing your beard is especially important to calm stray hairs and keep you from looking too scruffy

Combing Tools

  • Wide teeth Comb – For longer beards, to help clearing out those tangles and knots, without tearing lots of hair
  • Fine teeth Comb – For fine hair beards, to help shape and maintain facial hair
  • Small standard comb- For mustaches and shorter fine hair beards
  • Natural hair bristle brush – a fine brush, cut in different lengths, to reach every level of your beard. Some men find brushing a much more pleasant experience

When to Comb?

  • Don't comb straight after showering. Combing a wet beard can cause serious hair loss and breakage
  • Don't comb your beard after using a dryer. It can cause hair loss because the heat weakens the hair roots
  • The ideal time to comb your beard is when you apply beard oil or beard balm. It's easier to comb your beard with a moisturizer, since it insures all the hairs will be covered and nourished, and your hands will stay clean

Tips

  • Take your time and brush your beard slowly and gently. That way you'll be able to untangle knots with minimum hair loss and tear
  • Brush your beard with the grain. Start from the tips and slowly go higher towards your face. If you don't like your natural growth, comb it from side to center, so your beard will adjust its growth to your desired direction