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Movember brings out the beast in many guys. After looking at the mirror and noticing the wonders the beard has done to their faces, they decide the rest of the year might as well be movember. A beard is just about the most on trend accessory a man can pull on any season. This is because its not only for the dapper looking dressed down man, a man with a suit can also wear it and look like “I’m serious but also dangerously endearing”. They bring about this handsome don’t mess with me appeal. A beard done right reflects a sense of style and confidence, the reverse makes you look like someone from some fiction, like the dwarfs from the Hobbit, picture that, now make it worse.

After the decision to grow facial hair, there is need to look for a way to maintain that in a way that the outcome doesn’t look like a joke, here are a few tips on how to go about that.

Trimming a BeardSome recommend only having this done professionally. Others won’t let anyone else get near their beards with scissors or trimmers.If you’re going to trim your beard yourself, you’ll need the right tools. You will have to decide whether to trim using scissors or a beard trimmer.If you decide to trim primarily with scissors, consider purchasing a pair of professional barber’s scissors.When considering beard trimmers, a rechargeable one would be a good choice.You should also have a good wide-toothed comb. Optionally, for the mustache, you might want to have a fine-toothed comb.A good-sized wall mirror is usually indispensable. You might also benefit from a magnifying mirror and possibly a three-way mirror.Do not trim a wet beard or mustache. Wet hair is longer. When it dries you may find you’ve trimmed too much.If you use a comb and scissors: Comb through the beard and cut the hair on the outside of the comb. It will take some practice to perfect this technique. It is better to err on the side of not cutting enough rather than cutting too much.To help maintain a balance between the two sides of your face, you may find it useful to start near the ear on one side and trim down to the chin. Then repeat on the other side.Beard trimmers almost always come with an adjustable and removable trimming guide. By adjusting the position of the trimming guide, you control how closely it will trim your beard. Refer to the instructions supplied with your trimmer for details. Until you’ve mastered the use of your trimmer, it is best to adjust the guide for a longer beard length setting at first.To trim your mustache, first comb it straight down. Then use either the beard trimmers or scissors. Start in the middle and trim first towards one side of the mouth, then towards the other. Normally, you should not shave or trim the top of the mustache. It usually looks best if you let it grow all the way up to your nose.After you’ve trimmed your beard and mustache, then you should maintain the shape of your beard. Use the beard trimmer with the adjustable trimming guide removed (be careful) to keep the neck line of your beard well-defined. Alternatively, you could carefully shave the lower portion of your neck to maintain the neck line of your beard.Miscellaneous stray hairs can be removed with a trim razor. Plucking them is not advised.Keeping a beard cleanJust like your hair, wash and shampoo your beard regularly. A mild shampoo is easier on your skin.After shampooing, you may use a conditioner. Be sure to rinse thoroughly. Failure to rinse sufficiently may result in flaking. Because beard hairs are so coarse, conditioners will have less effect on the beard than on the hair on your head. But a conditioner will still help make your beard feel softer.Gently pat and wipe your beard dry with a towel. Blow drying is not really necessary and can be harsh on your skin.Comb your beard and mustache with a wide-toothed comb to remove tangles. Optionally, you can finish up by using a brush.Based on your preference, you may enhance your beard care routine with the use of beard oils and beard balms. Experiment to see what you like and if you want to make these popular products part of your beard care routine.

Being a product of pop-culture, with artists like Rick Ross making the beard their signature looks, a lot of other guys get into it without having done any research on what it takes to look that way. The society also view the bearded man as rebellious, especially ones with the full beard. It could be seen as an attempt to counter feminism because it is the one thing women can’t do for a fact. Here is a list of do’s and don’t with regards to beard care.

Do’s

If you want to sculpt super-close, there’s no alternative to a straight razor. A number of regular razors come with a single blade on the back for sculptingUse a hot towel to open the pores before you sculpt and a cold towel—or a cold rinse—to close your pores after. This keeps ingrown hairs, redness, and nicks in check.When you have an ingrown hair, put a hot towel on your face, disinfect the spot with some alcohol, take a tweezer, and go at it. Grab the hair as close to the base as possible to pull the bulb out. If you yank it from the top, you’ll just split the hair in half, and then you’re screwed.

Don’t

 Shaving is not a race where its an in and out cycle and you have the desired outcome. Like any other form of art, it takes time. Take the few extra seconds to add water to your shaving cream for an extra-smooth shave, and always go with the grain.Never squeeze ingrown hairs like they’re pimples. Dirt in your nails can lead to infection.

That in consideration, have fun looking dangerously handsome. Better yet, you can go  witness Gillette attempting to break the world record of the most people shaving in a single location on 29th June 2017 on KU Main campus.

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