This is a picture of my husband and me. One of my husband’s most notable features is his big beard. At first, it started out as a goatee, which my husband maintained for several years. My husband then decided that he didn’t like shaving anymore, so he grew out his beard. I don’t mind it as long as he maintains it well.
Maintaining a big beard means keeping it clean. This mean more than picking out the bits of food that almost always seem to land in it whenever he eats. It is a matter of taking care of the facial hair and skin beneath it.
What to Use to Wash Your Beard
Some men use facial soap, which is great for cleaning skin, but not necessarily hair. Others use traditional shampoo, which is good for cleaning your hair and scalp, but not the skin on your face. While you can use facial soap or shampoo to wash your beard, the best thing to use is beard shampoo. This product is specially formulated for facial hair, which is different than the hair on your scalp.
My husband received a bottle of beard shampoo from Beardsmen Spirit in exchange for a review and this blog post. My husband used the shampoo several times and told me that enjoys it. He said that he likes using the beard shampoo for his facial hair better than regular shampoo because it makes his beard feel a lot cleaner. The “Bold Forest” scent come from the eucalyptus and tea tree oil, which help nourish and protect skin.
When telling me about the beard shampoo, my husband stated he has to use beard oil or a beard conditioner after shampooing his facial hair because the product tends to strip the natural oils.
How to Wash a Beard
- Wet your beard with warm water. It is a good idea to do this in the shower.
- Place a small amount of beard shampoo into the palm of your hand, like you would traditional shampoo.
- Rub your hands together to distribute the shampoo. Then rub your hands in your beard so the shampoo starts to lather.
- Use your fingers to spread the shampoo to your skin, mustache and the lengths of your beard. Keep your mouth closed and take care to avoid getting the shampoo up your nose.
- Rinse your beard with warm water to remove all the shampoo.
- Dry your beard with a towel.
- Close the pores on your face using a facial toner. Or, splash cool water on your face before drying your beard.
- Apply beard oil or conditioner to your beard. Since you closed your pores in the previous step, the conditioner or oil is less likely clog them and make your skin breakout.
How Often to Wash a Beard
Shower daily. Wash your beard twice a week. Like the hair on your head, washing facial hair too often will cause it to dry out, become brittle and lose its shine. On the days that you shower but don’t wash your beard, simply rinse it with water. However, if you sweat or get your face dirty, you may need to shampoo your beard more often.
What are your favorite beard care tips?
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