Do you love to grow your beard? Beard fashion is currently at it’s highest with many men opting for a longer beard, even if it is much to their partners dismay! A well-maintained and groomed beard can be a real fashion statement but how do you know when it’s time to give your pride and joy a much-needed trim? Follow the steps below to maintain optimum beard health and cut it when it needs it!

It’s not manageable
If you find that even after you have tried styling your beard and taming it with plenty of products and it’s still not playing ball it’s time it got a good trim. The biggest tell tale sign of a beard that needs a cut is loose ends and different lengths of the hair. Your best bet is going to a barbershop and getting the split, rugged ends nicked off.

Yes you can trim it yourself
Of course practice makes perfect and there are a few special tools you shouldn’t be without when it comes to trimming your beard. If you’re going to trim your beard yourself you will have to decide whether to trim using scissors or a beard trimmer. If it’s scissors you want, consider purchasing a pair of professional barber’s scissors. If you opt for a good electric beard trimmer, a rechargeable cordless model might be a good choice along with a good wide-toothed comb.

Keep your beard clean
Just like your hair you need to keep your beard clean and fresh with specific products. Wash and shampoo your beard regularly just as you would your hair.
After shampooing you can also use a specialist beard conditioner to give it a smoother, softer texture. After you have washed and conditioned your beard you should then gently pat and wipe your beard dry with a towel. Blow-drying is not really necessary and can be harsh on your skin and remove the natural oils from your beard.

Use beard oil
After washing your beard and every morning during your daily grooming routine it is a good idea to use a good quality beard conditioning oil to prevent the hair drying out and looking brittle and rough. Beard oil not only makes your beard feel softer but also keeps the hair and skin behind it nice and healthy – the end result is a soft, full and healthy looking beard.

Gents, when it comes to your beard you need to make sure you give it plenty of TLC, attention and maintenance. A well maintained beard could mean the difference between looking like a style icon or style disaster so it’s best to go with the former! Wash it regularly and invest in a good beard oil to keep it healthy and decide if you want to trim it yourself or go to the barber.

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