Everyone from Bradley Cooper to Zayn Malik has been testing the waters of the beard pool; letting their facial hair grow out to match their shaggy new style. We’ve seen trends bounce back and forth with the slide of a razor, or lack thereof, and have seen the latter begin to circulate again this season. Have you dipped your toes into the pool? Read on to find out the top ways to master facial hair.
Opt for a buzz
Having a beard requires a great deal of work, so instead of concentrating on both hair and beard, keep things easy and nix one of them. A buzz cut is a great look to rock because it accentuates the beard and gives off major manly vibes. A buzz cut and a scruffy beard also keep a great hair-to-beard ratio, just make sure one is longer than the other.
Keep Things Trimmed
You’d be surprised how much keeping the hair around your nape, ears, nose, eyebrows and cheeks neatly trimmed makes a huge difference in your overall appearance. Whenever you have a special event, an interview or a hot date, you’ll want to use a combination of a razor, small scissors and the occasional tweeze to keep hairs in check.
Seek Professional Help
While the occasional trim is fine to take care of at home (especially if you’re in a rush) you’ll want to go see you barber or stylist every 3-6 weeks to ensure an even grow out. If you’ve never had your beard professionally trimmed, you don’t know what you’re missing. Your barber or stylist is able to see the direction of hair growth, meaning they can manipulate your shape in ways you are unable to see. Plus, sometimes it’s just nice to treat yourself!
From shave gels and creams to beard oil, your beard (and the underlying skin) need just as much love as the rest of your face. Be sure you are using quality products that keep your skin safe, nourished and moisturized no matter your beard style. Our picks: Protective Shave Foam and Beard Serum.
As always speak with your stylist or barber – they know your hair the best. For more helpful styling tips, tricks and inspiration be sure to stalk American Crew on Bangstyle and check out their latest techniques on Instagram @AmericanCrew.