With a great beard comes great responsibility to properly maintain it — especially for bushy ones. This beard is a bit on the longer side and is full and thick. For the man who thinks the bigger the beard the better, The Cheat Sheet has you covered. Get ready to easily maintain that facial bush.
1. Embrace the shape of your face
As no two faces are alike, it’s important to create a beard shape that follows your face’s natural curve. Your biggest concern with the style is keeping your facial mane in check so as not to look like you unintentionally spent several years walking through the desert. Thus, you need to carefully tread the line between manicured and hermit as you strive for furry greatness. The key is to land somewhere in the middle. Tony DeAngelis, head barber of Brooklyn’s slickest barber shop Blue & Black, spoke with Details and recommended that you consult your barber on your beard and tell them “to follow your sideburns to make sure they connect with your beard.” He also suggests not going too high unless you’re down with sporting a chinstrap and trim to fit a general shape. Don’t forget to trim regularly to keep frizz under control.
2. Keep it clean
Big, thicker beards are more prone to feeling gross and icky because your hair now provides a lush, wet environment for things like bacteria and fungus to grow, says GQ. Although you can use the same shampoo you use on your hair, try something beard specific so that it doesn’t over dry your face and strip natural oils away from both your hair and skin. Billy Jealousy Beard Wash is perfect to rid your beard of gunk, while also softening and detangling beard hair.
3. Go crazy with the conditioner
The longer your beard the more attention you need to pay to your conditioning habits. Sandy Poirier, celebrity stylist and owner of Shag, a salon in Boston, recommends a thick, heavy-duty conditioner to keep your beard form getting too wiry looking. “Let the conditioner sit there,” Poirier says to WebMD. Consider the leave-in kind that you don’t have to rinse out or try Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Dry Oil liberally so you don’t need to worry about overdoing it.
4. Keep your oil in check
If you already have that bushy beard, then you know that the skin underneath is prone to itchiness and dryness. DeAngelis suggests using beard oils that feature argan or jojoba. “These oils don’t leave hair or skin oily, so everything looks natural,” he says. Try Dude No.1 Beard Oil from MCMC Fragrances, that comes in a roll-on applicator that has a jojoba base and an alluring warm and woody scent.
5. Brush that baby
If your beard is long enough to run a brush through, then you should be doing just that. The longer it is, the more likely it’s going to get tangled and stuff will get stuck in it. Solve this issue by running either a brush or comb through your hair several times a day.
6. Don’t forget about the hair in your mouth
You probably won’t forget about this one, but we have to warn you about it anyway. A big, bushy beard lends itself to some pesky hairs getting in and around your mouth, which is why it’s so important to clean up around your lips.