Beard Manly

Author - Mike Rigz

Best Beard Growth Products and Advice

Best Beard Growth Products

There are a lot of tough stages throughout growing a beard early on. A beard can come in patchy or thin, even oily and itchy. It can be difficult to groom your beard in the early stages or just seem like it’s taking forever to grow. I understand the frustration. It’s hard to walk around with an unfinished project literally on your face. However, before you seek out the best beard growth products on the market, let me give you some personal advice from my life that will hopefully point you in a different direction.

Back in 2016, I was working out hard. I was a regular at Orange Theory Fitness, which is like a modern day boot camp. My friend was tired of listening to me put off excuses about getting back into shape, so one day he just picked me up on the way to one of his classes, and no joke, I signed up for a membership right after getting my butt kicked.

It was a long road to what I was to what I became. I’m not ripped or have a six-pack by any means, but I was depressed at the time and overweight. Working out helped me lose weight and feel great again. Throughout that time I was taking a protein powder (which I’ll explain later in this article) and was determined to change my life. Now I know what you’re thinking, but the story doesn’t end here for me. There was no Hollywood ending… not yet at least.

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Beard Without Mustaches: 5 Tips To Making This Look Work

The first beard I ever tried to grow was during my final year of high school. It was terrible. I was just a teenager and my diet of pizza pops and Orange soda wasn’t helping my cause. My beard came in all patchy, and despite giving it a few months to grow (which didn’t impress the girls) I eventually gave up and shaved it off. However, a few years later I tried again, this time with much more success. However, this time round I could only grow a beard without a mustache. The handlebars that connected to my beard wouldn’t come in strong and my mustache was thin and weak.

Nowadays, I can’t go three days without needing to break open the beard grooming kit, but in my very early 20’s the chinstrap beard was all I could put together. Despite the unique approach to growing a beard, the mustache-missing look worked for me. I had this grungy skater kinda look going on, hey it was the 90’s, back off – lol, and I kept it trimmed nicely.

It was like a modern version of an Amish beard.

Ideally, I don’t think any guy plans to grow this look, they settle for it after realizing one of two things. Either A.) I’m too young to grow a full beard or B.) this is the best it’s going to look.

We all want a kickass full looking manly beard, but you need to remember it doesn’t happen overnight. If you’re having trouble growing a beard you need to be strategic when making an attempt at growing it out. Give yourself enough time to grow it out and avoid trimming it for no reason. Read More

Boar Bristle Beard Brush: Far Better Quality Than You’d Expect

Boar Bristle Beard Brush

What’s amusing about having a beard, is that some guys grow their beards like their living in the wilderness. They get caught up in the manly ritual and forget to do what’s natural to maintain it. I love my beard, but hey, I’m not living in woods, chopping down trees and shaving my neckline with a 10-inch knife by a riverbank. Beard grooming isn’t a sign of being less of a man, in fact, the better you take care of your beard the more it’s going to get noticed, and that’s important for those of us looking for a mate. If you ask me, grooming is not a weakness; it’s strength.

The reason I bring this up is that a buddy of mine was over last week who has been growing his beard for over a year now. I try my best not to critique it, but it was a mess. His beard was frazzled and wasn’t helping his chances with the ladies.

He was over visiting the family and while in the kitchen I picked up and began brushing my beard midsentence. I don’t usually keep my beard brushes laying around, but on this particular day, my favorite boar bristle beard brush was just sitting there in the kitchen. The look on his face while I began brushing made think I had something on my face, other than a beard. He tried to tease me about owning a fancy brush just for my beard but quickly trailed off as I said nothing while promptly handing him the brush to try. This was no ordinary brush either, and now that I think about it, it was probably the best beard brush I owned that I could have passed him at that moment. It was the Boar Bristle Beard Brush from Liberty Liberty Premium Grooming Co. It’s one of my favorite things in my beard grooming kit. I love the handle, which is actually somewhat rare in comparison to most boar bristle beard brushes and the size of the brush, in my opinion, is perfect.

His reaction was priceless. His face went from smug and judgmental, to a look that I could only describe as the equivalent of holy shit. He was amazed how fierce the boar bristles moved throughout his beard, and within minutes his beard looked more organized and even softer. There were no words while he was combing his beard either, just this look like “I was wrong, where can I get one” lol.

Why use a Boar Bristle Beard Brush?

Beard brushes are made up of either boar hair, horse hair or are synthetic in construction. There are also brushes that have a mixture or combination of any of the three. However, the standard for beard brushes starts at the top with boar hair.

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7 Beard Grooming Kits Every Man Would Love

Beard Grooming Kit

Luxury Beard Grooming Kit

The addition of a Beard Grooming Kit is not only a fast track way of upping your beard game, but can be one of the more affordable ways of getting a collection of premium products and goods. A beard grooming kit is a bundle of high-quality items that any guy would love to buy for themselves or receive as a gift. For those growing a beard for the first time or looking for a gift for a loved one or friend, the beard kit takes the pressure off buying the wrong item; as it lumps together a number of awesome tools and styling products like a fruit basket, but for guys. Wow? Did I just describe a manly box of awesome beard grooming kit items to a fruit basket? I really could have thought of a better analogy, but truthfully, it works.

Obviously, a beard grooming kit doesn’t include a basket; the kit usually revolves around a cool, stylish wooden box that can be used to keep all the new grooming care items together. These boxes, or kits, come in a wide range of designs, and most of the time the box itself is as great as the items in it.

For years, I had a bad habit of leaving my beard grooming products scattered around our washroom. There’s a window ledge in the en-suite bathroom of our bedroom where I would leave brushes, balms, and scissors laying about. My wife hated it, as it would be the first thing one would see when you walked into the bathroom. I always stood my ground but secretly hated having all my stuff so unorganized. So, last year when I received a beard kit from my wife for Christmas, she said the gift comes with a project. She asked me to add a couple of small shelves in our washroom to free up and organize my beard stuff. It took no time at all and gave me a little corner of the washroom all for my stuff, including my kickass beard grooming kit.

What’s in a Beard Grooming Kit?

Beard Grooming KitsMost beard kits include a new brush or wooden comb, some creams such as a beard balm or oil along with maybe some grooming tools like scissors. When looking for a beard kit, try not to be fooled by the box sets with too many things. Ideally, you’re after a beard grooming kit with four to five items. In fact, sometimes less is more, as you get more quality beard items rather than a bunch of stuff you won’t use.

When picking a beard grooming kit, always read the reviews and don’t get fooled by brands with a heavy design. Branding in this industry plays a significant role in salesmanship. What you’re really after are reviews of the items by people who have purchased them before. Amazon is perfect for this.

If you’re concerned about the price, add up the cost of all the items individually in the beard grooming kit then factor in the expense of the box it comes in. Most of the time you’re going to get a deal by buying things as a group, but sometimes the box is a lot more than what it’s worth.

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6 Wooden Beard Comb Designs With Style

The Wooden Beard Comb

There’s something cool about having a stylish wooden beard comb that’s hard to put into words. Aside from that obvious satisfying feeling of running it through your beard or the collectible appeal of having yet another elegant men’s grooming product in your possession, there’s a calming feeling, an almost self-medicating aspect to combing your beard. While everyone else reaches for their iPhone or starts puffing on an ECIG, you can take a relaxing moment and zone out from the chaotic world.

Combing your beard, in the right context, can also be viewed as very sexy. You know, that casual moment you break out your comb and stroke your beard when you know the girl across the pub is checking you out. She’s noticing your manly beard and sees that you take the time to groom it. Your high-quality wooden bead comb says a lot about you. You show dedication to your craft. You show you can take excellent care of the things that you’re interested in, and you won’t settle for crappy products.

You may think I’m laying it on thick, but I’m not. Women – and Men – notice all kinds of things you wouldn’t usually think about. Your shoes for example. I remember an old girlfriend told me that she would notice and Man’s smile, then look for a wedding ring right before checking to see the condition of a guy’s shoes. Her logic was that if he took care of his feet, the part of the body that we all use the most, then he was well-kept and clean. He was a “keeper.” Women care about a man being clean, and for some reason, men have trouble remembering that. A scruffy, unkempt beard is not helping your cause. Sure, it’s cool you have a beard, but your Sex appeal goes through the roof if you can present your beard in an impeccable stylish manner.

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Mustache Pacifiers: Your Kid is Awesome

moustache pacifier

Holy crap how am I just learning about Mustache and Beard Pacifiers now? Seriously, these are awesome!

What’s funny is the fact I actually made a fake mustache and eyebrows for my son when he was only a couple months old. I used a sharpie and made them out of paper. We took photos of my son sporting the thick black eyebrows and mustache and posted them on Facebook. The relatives didn’t think they we’re all that hilarious, but to a couple of sleep-deprived new parents, we laughed so hard tears rolled down our faces.  Read More

Beards For Round Faces: Add Length and Character to Your Look

beards for round faces

One of the biggest mistakes I ever made while grooming my beard was not paying attention to the guard I put on my razor. I was in a rush or just distracted and wasn’t focusing on the guard size. As a result, I mistakenly shaved my beard too short right before a good friend’s wedding. I had a nice, full beard and grew a custom to my face. Aside from being pissed off that I had screwed up and cut my beard too short, I also sadly discovered my face was a lot more round than I remembered it. My wife and I have a couple of kids, and I must have put on a little weight from the added stress of taking care of children or the lack of time to go to the gym over the last few years. I never realized I had such a round face until I shaved my beard too short.

Luckily my beard grows fast, and in a few days, it was tolerable. I decided from that day forward I wasn’t going to need the shorter beard guard for my razor and just throw it out to avoid the same mistake in the future. It was right then, and there I realized that growing a beard didn’t just look good on me, it improved the look of my round face.

One of the advantages of growing a beard is you can change the length of your face. If you have a round face, there are tricks to make your face look longer.

What I do now is get my hair cut very short on the sides but and comb my hair up in a spiky look on top (my profile picture is old). I then trim my beard tighter on the side of my face and grow my beard longer at the chin. This trick allows my face to seem longer than it really is.

By focusing more time and effort to your neckline, you can shape a beard for a round face. This may require more time than what your use to, but the advantage is men who have round faces and full beards look more well groomed and neat. Men with beards also seem to have longer faces which is a great trick for those self-conscious about their round face.

How do I do this?

Getting a good Beard Trimmer with a broad range of guards is important. Use your fingers and trace an imaginary curve starting at the back of your ear, down along the jaw line. Now with another finger, draw a line from behind one sideburn to the curved line, and where your fingers meet is how long the beard should be. For some guys, you barely need to trim anything at all, for others you’re practically shaving your throat. Remember to go slow and don’t rush, also don’t go overboard. The goal is to make your beard look neat and clean. Defining lines with help sculpt your face and help prevent it from looking round.

Recommend Razor?

We’ve always said you get what you pay for when it comes to a beard trimmer, that being said you’re going to want to focus on a beard trimmer that will give you the most options with your guards. Check out our article on recommended beard trimmers, but you might also just want to see what you can find on Amazon. Looking for a beard trimmer on Amazon is way better than buying the cheap crap and Wallmart. You should be able to read enough reviews to find the beard trimmer that best suits your needs.

 

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Best Beard Trimmers: 7 Reviewed

Beard Trimmer ReviewsBeard Manly breaks down the 7 best beard trimmers after polling the staff and asking a ton of beard wielding friends. Every guy will have his preference, yet after some research that included surveying a large number of Beard Manly staff members, friends, and just guys in general we have compiled a handful of highly durable and trusted Beard Trimmers we would recommend to you. The following are all top contenders based on trimming power, styling, flexibility and price.

The Beard Oil Benefits You’re Not Taking Advantage Of

Beard Oil 101

Beard Oil BenefitsYou’ve got the goatee or long beard, complete trimmer set, special comb and beard guide, what else is missing?

For the love of beard, get some beard oil for that final moisturizing touch. It’s the final part of the vain man’s beard routine – wash, trim, shape, and rubadub some magic oil. You’ll need beard oil for two reasons: the awesome scent that amplifies your manly charm, and its magical power that makes your beard smooth and soft.

As a beard grower, you don’t want your awesome hair to grow frizzy, coarse and with split ends. Even you will be disgusted to touch coarse and unkempt hair, and how much more other people? Dry hair is caused by lack of vitamin E and B and is very common during winter season. At worse conditions, you’ll get brittle and dull hair, with unwanted dandruff falling off your chin. Proper maintenance and grooming routine can avoid this, and will keep your manly beard looking clean and full of mojo.

Beard oil is usually made up base oil plus essential oils. A huge part of it consists of the base oil from Jojoba, Argan, Grapeseed, castor or almonds. Jojoba and Argan oil are rich in Vitamin E and widely used in hair salons as conditioning serum and moisturizer. Grapeseed oil has similar content, plus linoleic acid that nourishes the skin and helps grow hair faster. All of these aren’t new, for thousands of years, men and women have used these natural oils for taming, moisturizing skin and hair. For essential oils, these are usually the fruit or herbal extracts that add the scent and controls greasiness. These are obtained from distillation process of fruits, mint, and plants. Try the Coffee flavor beard oil, almost everyone digs the aroma of fresh coffee every morning, right? Then why not be that brewing hot cup of testosterone power? Or try piney scents that can be substituted for your daily cologne. For more musky formulas, choose cedarwood, sandalwood or oak scents. There are also citrus mixes like lemongrass, clove-orange or fresh mint oil.

How Do You Apply Beard Oil?

The best time to apply beard oil is after you wash your face and hair, or after a shower. At that time, your pores are open and all the dirt and grime on your hair are gone. Vitamins and other nutrients are absorbed effectively on your hair strands and skin, maximizing its benefits. Because we’re talking about essential oils and not water soluble products, a single drop can go a long way in terms of skin and hair benefits. Do not apply too much, as it will just stay on your skin and make your beard look greasy. Beard oil usually comes in small bottles with a small opening to control the drops. Take one or two drops on your palm and rub your hands and fingers with it, then apply it on your beard surface, the sides, underneath, and the front. Then run your fingers between your beard hair to distribute the remaining oil on your fingers.


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What Does Beard Balm Do?

What Does Beard Balm DoThose new to growing a beard, at some point or another, will ask themselves What does Beard Balm Do? It’s a totally reasonable question, as most guys are simple and don’t use many products on their face. But if you want to take your beard seriously, you’ll need to start adding a few high-quality items to your beard grooming routine to ensure you’re able to grow and maintain a healthy looking beard.

Combing and washing just isn’t enough when it comes to grooming your beard. As your beard grows and shadows your face, beard balm you’ll need beard balm to tame the wild awesomeness escaping out.

Beard Balm is formulated as a conditioner and styling pomade for your beard. It’s made up of moisturizers and sealants that are meant to tame those wild reluctant stray hairs and give your beard a beautiful gleam. You’ll need beard balm especially throughout the winter when the cold weather will most likely cause dry skin and hair.

Beard Balm Pros: 

  • Keeps beard hair soft and smooth.
  • Adds lustrous shine on hair.
  • If you have applied beard conditioner during the shower, beard balm can help seal moisture and treatment products for better absorption.
  • Adds some weight on each strand, which helps in styling and tame unruly strands.
  • Feeds your hair cells with nourishing vitamins to keep it healthy and vigorous.

All beard balms are moisturizers, but not every content on those tin cans are the same. Avoid synthetic sealants like petroleum jelly as it might cause allergic reactions on your skin. Remember it’s not just your beard were covering here that everyone’s going to see. Facial skin is more sensitive than the other parts of your body, and synthetic ingredients can irritate your skin and damage your facial hair.

Many men also say that they don’t need beard conditioning products because beards are supposed to be coarse. No argument on that, beards are indeed coarse compared to the hair growing on your scalp, but this doesn’t mean it all right to leave it unruly, brittle, and hard like a wire brush.

Let’s talk about Argan oil. This one is considered as liquid gold by hair experts and has swept salons for men and women like a gold rush. When Argan oil penetrates the skin and hair follicles, it moisturizes, repairs and stimulates hair growth. It has high Vitamin E content, which is essential for healthy and vibrant skin. While it’s popular on hair conditioner products, why not use it for beard hair as well? Jojoba is another excellent ingredient that has wax-like consistency. Similar to Argan oil, it has vitamin B and E that acts as a hair conditioner. It also has components that prevent acne and can also help in cell regeneration, and repair damaged and coarse beard hair.

Choose a beard balm that has a soft consistency. Some mixes are just too hard to even scrape with your finger, even when you reheat it. There are also perfumed or flavored beard balms. Not that they’re meant to be tasted, but are good substitutes over musky cologne. Try coffee, woodsy fir or sandalwood. Think of it as your beard perfume that doubles as a hair treatment.

How to put beard balm?

No need for the advanced degree on this one, just take out a pinch or more, then rub it on your palm to melt the butter-like consistency. For short beards, a small pinch will do. But for longer and thicker beards, you’ll need about a thumb size lump. You want to spread this evenly on the sides, underneath, front and in between your finger to spread the balm up to the hair follicles. Apply every morning after a shower or whenever needed.

Which is the Best Beard Balm?

There are many different kinds of Beard Balm products to choose from, which is why we typically link to Amazon for your best selection. In the coming months, Beard Manly plans to create a survey or poll to see which brand of Beard Balm our readers prefer the most. Odd’s are the results the results will be fairly even as most will prefer a specific brand for any different kind of reason yet for only $15 a comparing two beard balms that have gotten excellent reviews won’t break the bank.


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