Your face is your first encounter with the world, and how you present your beard is no exception. A clean, stylish and well-cared for black men beard care can either get people to take a second glance or look away. It takes some work to keep your beard stylish, but in the end, definitely worth it. Here are some easy tips to keep in mind.
Frame Your Face
First, assess your face. There are certain haircuts that aren’t going to work with your face, and that’s true of beards. A long face should have a hairstyle that falls to the side and/or across the forehead, creating width. If you have a long, or even oblong face, you want to grow the sides of your beard out longer too–creating the same illusion. Square and round faces do better with a beard that’s short and trim on the sides and fuller at the bottom, creating a look that lengthens the face.
Clean and Soft
A dirty beard isn’t going to win you any points, so you’ll want to keep it clean. Your hair and scalp are different from your face and beard so start with a beard shampoo and conditioner that will also benefit your skin underneath it. There are many products made with natural and organic ingredients like argon and jojoba oil, that will be gentle on your beard. Scrub and condition your beard several times a week, and follow-up your treatment by gently patting it dry. Vigorous drying can lead to a frizzy beard or worse, split ends.
Understanding Black Men Beards
There are several tools that can help trim black men beards: clippers, razor and beard or mustache scissors. To start, trim your beard using clippers with a bigger guard to prevent cutting it too short and ruining all those months of patient grow-out. The most universally flattering technique is leaving hairs a little longer around the chin and shorter on the sides of your face. The mustache should be kept as short as the hair on your cheeks and temples. But if this is your first foray into facial hair and you feel nervous about different lengths, don’t mess with the adjustments on your clippers and just do a simple and short even length all around.
Once that’s taken care of, you’ll want to clear those hairs off your upper lip. Try running the clippers widthwise across your face so the guard doesn’t get caught in your nostrils; or use a pair of beard or mustache scissors, which might be easier to maneuver for first timers.
From there, you’ll trim your neck and create a neckline. Your Adam’s apple is a good reference point as the lowest point for a beard line to dip. From there, extend up in a soft curve towards your ears to create a “U” shape. Take your clippers down a notch or two below your jawline, and even further as you get closer to your Adam’s apple to create a taper. You can even go down to bare clippers for the final quarter inch.
Finally, clean it all up with a wet-shave razor to remove any stray hairs from your cheeks and around and below your neck, making sure you follow the natural lines of your beard. Use oil, gel, or creme for a smoother shave, but avoid cremes that lather since it makes it difficult to see what you’re doing.
If all of that’s too much and/or if you’re a visual learner, get your first beard trimmed by your barber. If you’re a DIY type, turn to Youtube for some visual cues on what to do.
After feeling satisfied with your new trim, moisturize your beard to keep it healthy. Rub some beard oil into your beard, then run a beard comb through it to soften the hairs. This also helps distribute the oil and style your beard back into place. If you’re going to trim your beard, comb it against the grain, so it’ll stand up and show any uneven hairs which you can take care of as you put the final touches on your trim.