The moment the temperature started to rise, how long did it take you to put away all your heavy coats and sweaters into storage or in the back of your closet? Probably several seconds, right? In the same way your wardrobe gets a little lighter and breezier in the spring and summer, your grooming should also focus on taking away some of the bulk you’ve accumulated during the cold winter months. In other words, it’s time to clean, clip, or shave the unruliness that has taken over your mug. If you happen to rocking a full beard bush, perhaps it’s time for a proper spring makeover to take you into summer. Here are the essential steps to follow to clean up your beard for the summer.
1. Assess the situation
First, take a look in the mirror and see what you’ve got going on. Chances are if you haven’t yet done some spring cleaning, you’re probably rocking some facial hair — the last remnants of hibernation season — on your mug. While that extra facial fur was great during the winter months when any extra insulation helped (and not to mention looked badass), it’s time to reorganize your priorities and take your mug into summer. Now is the time to figure out if you want to shave it all off or trim your facial bush.
2. If you’re keeping the beard…
If the long winter has done anything, it’s probably stiffened your beard thanks to the dry air from the season. This means it’s time to really get in there and clean your beard thoroughly, lathering it up nice at least 2 to 3 times per week with shampoo. Next, it’s time to concentrate on breathing life back into your dried out facial follicles. After you give your beard a nice scrub, rub in some coconut oil to soften the beard and improve hair growth. There are endless amounts of benefits for coconut oil, especially when it comes to your body hair.
For those of you gents with shorter facial scruff, if you find that your beard is dried out as well, simply growing it out will soften it even more. Unfortunately, if you choose to trim, all trimming does is cut the edges of the follicles and create even sharper, scruffier corners. You may want to consider shaving it all off and allowing that 5 o’clock shadow to grow back in as you get into the habit of washing and incorporating softening techniques for the season (and beyond). Otherwise, a fuller beard may be your answer to maintaining softness and heading into summer the right way (if you can’t part with your beard). Otherwise, be prepared to be a little hot with all that extra facial fuzz.
3. Shaving it all off
If on the other hand you’re ready for a spring cleaning, so to speak, then by all means put your razor to your skin and shave it all off. Why not give your face a break from that hefty beard and avoid being overheated with all that facial fur when the mercury reaches uncomfortable levels. Guess what? If you’re unhappy with how it looks or feels, you can always grow it back.
4. Don’t forget to clean out that nose
In the summer sun, you can really see every nook and cranny, and this includes any nose hair that is unabashedly sticking out like a stalagmite. And if you’ve been rocking a hefty beard all winter, it’s very possible you’ve completely ignored the nose hairs that are probably sticking out, and will be much more noticeable if you trim or shave the entirety of your beard off.
Though every man has nose hair; it actually serves a biological function: It protects you from numerous airborne pathogens by creating a barrier between you and the outside world. So, you need it, but you don’t need it to be sticking out in tufts like a 90-year-old man. If you’re tall, be extra cautious about nose hair. When approaching the nose hair, know that plucking your nose hairs is a great way to get an infection. Also, if you haven’t cleaned your tweezers, or — the horror — you’ve borrowed someone else’s, you’re opening yourself up to an infection. Removing nose hair is a gross job to begin with; don’t make it worse. Instead, invest in an electric trimmer that is specifically designed for the task. The Panasonic Nose, Ear, and Hair Trimmer is a great option for snipping those wild nose hairs, and the Philips Norelco NT9119/60 Precision Nose and Ear Trimmer is a similar option.