Fellas, the moment has finally come. You groomed your beard all winter, let it grow, and maybe even bought a nice oil to add shine to it. Everyone compliments you, the beard adds a certain chisel to your face, and you couldn't be happier.
And now that it's summer, it's time to shed the mane. "There's no way around it," you may think, "I would suffocate in the heat of the first heatwave." But this couldn't be farther from the truth. We composed a short guide on how to groom and maintain your magnificent beard in the summer climate.
And what if you don't have a beard but want to grow a nice one? We've got the tips for you right here. Start scrolling!
If you start with a clean shave, give your beard at least a month to grow. Beards grow 1/2 inch a month on average, and that would be enough to tell you about the shape and directions of growth. After two weeks to a month, you can start trimming your beard. Here's how:
During the first two weeks, you may experience some itchiness, and any calming balm or cream (even aloe vera gel) will help with that. Keep your face clean, and you shouldn't encounter any problems.
Now for some myth-busting before we continue. Your beard will NOT make you feel hotter in the summer. That is a complete myth. If anything, it will even help you cool down because it lets the sweat to evaporate quicker.
Keeping your beard clean is vital at any time of the year and at any length of hair. Normally you would want to shampoo it twice a week, and maybe more in the summer if necessary. A facial soap will do if you don't want to invest in fancy products- just wash your face and beard together as part of your morning or evening routine. Your shampoo can work too.
After you've cleansed, you want to keep your beard conditioned (especially if you live in an area with hard water, this can make your hair brittle). Many 2-in-1 products function both as facial moisturizers and beard conditioners. You can also invest in a beard oil or butter. Don't skip this step, as beard hair tends to be much drier than the hair on our heads. A strong, conditioned hair shaft won't break and will grow quickly. It will also help you brush your beard easier, and your lady will thank you too!
For brushing, we recommend a stiff boar bristle brush or a comb.
Here's a basic grooming routine for longer beards:
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