Despite numerous claims that the resurgence of beard ownership was nothing but a short-lived phase, facial hair still its retains cultural cache and may be set to become even more commonplace in 2016.
With more and more men of varying ages stepping out and growing their own beards for the very first time, and the beard trend predicted to continue throughout the year, it seems like an opportune moment to talk about some key facial hair care guidelines – in part for established beard owners but mainly for first-timers or beginners.
As you’re no doubt aware if you’re reading this, the internet is a treasure trove of invaluable information pertaining to just about anything you could think of, and not least beards.
With that in mind, it’s fair to say that both old-timers and newcomers can find plenty of useful advice from sites such as http://www.beards.org/, which given its apparent age and Google ranking is pretty much the flagship website about beards online, though innumerable other sources are available.
Community-minded sites such as Beards.org are predominantly made up of user contributions and as such remain among the least biased – that is to say without commercial motivation – sources of information available online.
Hygiene and Cleaning Routines
If you’re just starting to grow your first extensive beard, you might be surprised to learn about facial hair hygiene and the necessity of a proper cleaning regimen. Although this may be an obvious point to most beard veterans, it warrants repeating. For the best results you’ll need to experiment with the frequency of washing and shampooing, but also make sure to pick a mild or even specially formulated beard shampoo such as those sold by retailers like Henry Tibbs and others. This will help your facial hair and your skin to retain more moisture and natural oils, improving its appearance.
Beard Health and Styling
There are a great number of complementary products for care and styling that may be of use to you, including beard oils, waxes and creams. Most oils for beards and similar are intended to be used sparingly – just a few drops – but the benefits are numerous, hydrating both the hair and skin.
Pogonophiles unite! 2016 looks to be another great year for beards.