Though timeless in its style, facial hair has enjoyed somewhat of a renaissance over the past few years, with a great number of men opting to grow theirs out. And with Movember in full swing, it seems like a good time to talk about some common facial hair care do’s and don’ts. Whether you use disposable razors and soap or straight razors and beard conditioner, if you care about your face and the hair that comes out of it, the following points are worth bearing in mind.
Let It Grow
Over a decade since its inception, Movember has become one of the most immediately recognisable annual charitable causes, with money being raised to help fund research into numerous men’s health issues such as testicular and prostate cancer.
More and more men are growing and maintaining magnificent moustaches in and outside of the charitable month, yet many are keen to avoid an overtly laboured or heavily styled look. To this end, it’s best when trimming your moustache to keep a light touch and allow the hair to grow up to the base of your nose area for a natural look.
Whether it’s a full beard, a moustache or even a goatee that you’re aiming for, the best results necessitate the right tools. If you use scissors, it might be worth buying a professional-quality barber’s pair, even if you own a beard trimmer or razor, to help shave those hard-to-reach places. A regular razor can also be invaluable for such difficult places as well as being useful for tidying up areas you might want fully clean-shaven such as your neck or mouth, depending on your chosen style.
For those with pronounced facial hair it may also be worth investing in a dedicated beard shampoo or conditioner as well as a variety of combs of different widths. Suppliers such as Henry Tibbs tend to stock a fairly comprehensive range of men’s shaving and grooming gear.
If you own an electric razor, then the chances are you have a fairly good idea of the results you’ll get with it. However, it’s a good idea to be cautious when it comes to selecting a setting, especially if you only intend to trim a little. It’s less time-consuming to go over it again than it is to wait for your hair to grow back.