The world of facial hair is thick and full of secrets...secrets we plan to unearth in the next 20 seconds. Interested to know how to obtain a Fu Manchu moustache? What about how to get rid of ingrown hairs and razor burn of the face? Buckle up, beauties and beaus - you're about to find out everything you wanted to know about a man's face.
There’s no secret trick to growing a beard...
Sorry, Charlies - facial hair is genetic. This means if you’re growing slim to none, it’s probably going to stay that way.
...meaning no, shaving more often will not make your facial hair fuller.
If you’re shaving more often, you’re most likely just feeling the prickly sensation of hair growing back more frequently.
Never rush shaving. EVER.
Are those nicks really worth the minute you saved by shaving too fast? Slow down and take your time to add water to your shaving cream for an extra smooth shave - your comfort and appearance are at stake, after all.
Hot and cold towels are powerful allies...use them.
Use a hot towel to open up your pores prior to shaving, and a cold towel to close them once you’re finished - this will keep ingrown hairs, redness and nicks to a minimum.
If your stache or beard needs more hold, don’t be afraid of moustache wax.
Haven’t you heard of moustache wax? Lovers of the handlebar and the Fu Manchu couldn't do it without the help of this styling aid.
Gray beards are NOT more coarse.
If anything, follicles shrink in size as we age. Santa is most likely not conditioning or brushing properly.
There’s a right way to cleanse your beard.
Shampoo is meant to clean your hair - NOT your face. You’ll be needing a separate specialized beard cleanser that is made for someone specifically with facial hair. There’s also no need to wash your beard every day like your face - doing so will strip it of oils that will make it soft.
Yes, you do need beard conditioner.
If you’re going to be kissing anyone, you don’t want to poke their face with coarse, abrasive facial hair. A beard conditioner or oil is not only going to make your beard soft, but also bypass the initial itchy stage and keep the hair less bristly as you gain some length.
Got razor burn? Meet your new best friend...
Anyone who shaves will most likely experience razor burn at some point. It can occur as a result of shaving too closely, too harshly, too quickly, or on skin that's not softened by warm water enough. Tend Skin is the best product to use to treat razor burn, ingrown hairs, and general redness - we swear by it.
Do NOT shave your neck all the way up under your chin.
This can easily give the appearance of a double chin when there isn’t one. About an inch below the jawline is a good cutoff for neck beard length.
Approach ingrown hairs carefully.
No picking! Your nails are ridden with dirt and will cause infection. When treating, follow these steps: put a hot towel on your face, disinfect the spot with that Tend Skin we talked about, grab a pair of sharp tweezers, and pluck. Grab the hair as closely to the base as possible - if you yank from the top, you’ll likely split the hair in half.
If you can’t grow full facial hair, don’t force it.
The truth of the matter is that if you can’t grow enough facial hair, it’s probably not going to look the way you want it to, and you should stick to shaving or keeping it minimal. We promise, this will save you a ton of trouble and disappointment.
Posted by Sadie Upwall
Project Manager and Editor for the best little beauty business in town.