Ditch the Itch – 3 Ways to Eliminate Beard Itch
If you have a beard, you know that beard and itch go together like some twisted friendship no one quite understands.
If you’re planning on growing a beard, you need to understand that the itch is almost inevitable. You need to be prepared for the sensation that’s going to have you questioning the hair on your face and reaching for your razor.
But does it have to be that way? Are we meant to sacrifice a little bit of itch for amazing looking beards?
Fortunately for you we’ve suffered through enough beard itch to discover the best ways to prevent it and keep it away.
It’s time to ditch the itch for good.
What Causes Beard Itch
The Art of War teaches us to Know Your Enemy. So why is your beard so itchy?
The culprit is likely dry skin. When you grow a beard, your growing more surface area on your face that soaks up moisture and natural oils. Your face can only produce so much, and now it’s trying to support both your skin and your beard.
You now have hair that traps dirt and grime, so your face is also letting the things that are harmful stick around. This can irritate the skin, especially if you’re skin isn’t familiar with being this dirty.
Growing a new beard? Your face is itchy because the hair is growing in. When you shave, your hair is cut on an angle. Those mini points are now poking out and irritating your skin. The only options of relief are to shave (nope) or take care of business like a true beardsman.
The Tools to Help Prevent Beard Itch
Now we understand that you’re itchy because your skin is dry, your beard is a bit grimy, or maybe you just need to soften the stubble. So, what do you need to solve these problems?
Find yourself a nice beard soap or shampoo, something that is good for your face. Please don’t wash your face with head and shoulders shampoo. Find something that is as much a face wash as it is a hair cleaner/conditioner.
Once you have a clean face, moisturize your skin. Oils and balms are great for hydrating both the skin and your beard. Oils and balms will soften the hair as it grows, keeping irritation at an all-time low. They have added benefits of making you smell great and look good, too.
Brushes and combs tame the beast. A tame beard means less itch.
How to Use Them
Oil or balm? Brush or comb? Do I wash every day?
First, rinsing your beard every day is fine, but only shampoo your beard every couple of days. With all the dirt and grime, there’s also some natural healthy oils in your beard. You want to keep them.
Use oil to moisturize and scent your beard. Use balm to smooth and style beard. We admit that balm works better with a longer beard, but both are great for your skin and both work wonders in reducing beard itch. Don’t be afraid to use both! Apply some oil fresh out of the shower while the hairs are damp and put the balm on to style your beard before leaving the house.
Brush short hair, and comb long hair. Or vice versa. Whatever floats your boat and feels good. Just get to know a great barber and keep it trimmed. A well-groomed beard is an itch-free beard.
The itch doesn’t stand a chance.
5 Ways to Grow Your Best Beard
The question most people ask before they begin growing a beard: How can I grow a beard
Well, that answer depends on everything from the person to the steps they take during growth.
For us, we’re more concerned about helping you grow your best beard.
Growing your best beard takes patience and care. Absolutely there are steps that can promote
growth, but the most important thing to consider is doing it right.
Here’s how to grow your best beard that would make any man jealous.
If you’re committed to not only growing a beard, but maintaining a good looking, healthy beard
that feels amazing, you’re going to need to give your face some TLC.
The following tips below are great for promoting growth, keeping the skin hydrated and smooth,
while getting you through the trial and tribulations of achieving Perfect Beard status. But, it’s all
useless if you don’t set a routine for yourself.
Schedule some time morning or night to go through your beard regiment – whether that’s balm,
oil, brush, or talking sweet whispers to your beard. Whatever works.
Ask anyone with a beard (*waves), the first stages of growing are tough. There are some new
sensations going on that you’re not used to. You’ll look different, your face will feel a bit greasier
than usual, and you will most definitely want to shave.
Search for the right products (cleanser, oils, moisturizers) that can help tame the unpleasant
sensations so you can enjoy the pleasant ones. Like how your beard looks better every day.
Clean Up Your Diet
We’re not suggesting a complete overhaul, unless that’s what you’re into. We’re only suggesting
that you understand the science behind the fuel you put in your body, and the effects it has on
your skin and beard.
Consuming whole foods rich in vitamins B5, B12, C and Niacin are going to help promote the
growth of your beard and leave you with healthy skin. Aim for fruits, vegetables, and organic is
Additionally, it’s beneficial to understand that consuming high sodium, processed foods can
dehydrate the skin. Your body combats this by creating extra oil. Foods like refined carbs and
sugar, and even too much red meat can cause an increase in inflammation, that also creates skin conditions that aren’t ideal for healthy facial hair growth.
Let it Be
You’ll want to play around with it. You’ll want to shave certain parts. You’ll want to trim it here
For now, just let it be.
The best thing to do with a new beard is let it grow out. Allow it to get unruly. Let your wild side
loose and get a bit out of hand. You’ll establish a great base and develop the habits you need to
care for it.
Then, find yourself a great barber and let them give you the beard you want that shapes
perfectly to your face. A majestic beard like yours is like a blank canvas for them, and they’ll
know just how to treat you.
Finally, through all the growth and itch, through all the patience and dedication, it’s mostly
important to take care of your beard properly.
Try some different products to discover what is best for you, not only in how it cares for your
beard, but how you smell and feel.
Oils and balms keep your face moisturized and beard soft, plus they leave you smelling great.
Brushes and combs help keep things under control, and keep you looking great – an important
step to removing any doubt in your mind that growing your beard is a good idea.
Now enjoy that beautiful beard. You’ve earned it!
4 Elements to Matching Your Beard with Hair Styles
There are dozens of styles for your beard and even more styles for your hair. So, what hairstyle goes best with your beard?
That’s a loaded question with too much to consider for one single blanket answer. However, we have some things to consider that will help you match your beard and hairstyle.
If you want to have the perfect beard that matches a slick hair-do, consider these four elements and you’ll be on your way to magazine worthy style.
Contrast – Example: Long Beard with High Fade or Undercut
Long hair, long beard, long fingernails, long clothes – where does it end? Eventually it doesn’t look good anymore and begins to scream ‘I stopped caring’.
Contrast is essential for style. From clothes to your beard, contrast draws attention and leaves an impression.
If you’ve worked hard to grow the perfect long beard, you want to look your best and make a statement. We recommend contrasting your long beard with a high fade and comb over pompadour.
Work just as hard growing out your hair? Go for an undercut that keeps your locks long, but still
disconnects your beard from your hair, drawing attention to both.
Balance – Example: Full Beard with Slicked back Hair or Short Curly Hair
The purpose of contrasting different looks is to maintain balance. When styling your beard and hair together, you want to balance out the strengths of both.
A great example is people with big, bushy, full beards. Big full beards paired with big untamed hair might give you that ‘Robin Williams straight out of Jumanji’ look. It’s difficult to pull off. By balancing this with clean cut hair styles, you’re balancing unruly with controlled and it works.
If you have curly hair, cut it short so it balances well with a big beard. Slicked back looks great with a big beard, and so does medium length hair with that intentionally tousled look.
Shape of Face – Example: Short and Medium Beards with Faded Short hair or Straight Long Hair
The shape of your face is important when deciding what you can pull off with your beards and hair styles. Unless you have a chiseled jawline, growing long-straight Fabio-esque hair won’t look right. Growing a short-cropped beard or scruff can make up for what your jawline lacks.
Cheek bones, chin, proportions are all things to consider when growing out hair on your head and face. A well-groomed medium beard and faded short hair can help you lengthen a round face. Or shaping out your beard and cleaning up around your ears can accentuate your cheekbones.
Consider the features and shape of your face and play with styles that compliment them.
Confidence – Example: Moustache or Goatee with Blow Dried Pomp and Medium Fade
Confidence is the secret ingredient to looking good. No one knows how your hair and facial hair grows better than you, so you can take advantage of what works well for you.
If your hair is thinning up top, go for styles that make you feel confident in yourself, not styles that will make you feel disappointed and defeated. Stick with the close-cut hairstyles paired with strong beards.
Same goes if you have a hard time growing a full luscious beard. Stick with what you do well. A full head of hair with meager beard growing ability is the best opportunity to pull off a stylish moustache or goatee with jealousy evoking hair-do’s like blown back pompadours.
The purpose is to do what makes you feel great.
If you haven’t already become acquainted with a great barber, we recommend doing so. They’ll be able to take all of this into consideration and give you the beard and hairstyle you’ve always wanted.