Beards. Many of you will want one, but not all of you can have one.
Follicularly-blessed friends are lucky — the presence of a good beard has the potential to add an air of brooding mystery to your aesthetic, making you all the more interesting compared to the others. So go ahead, grow one! Just do it right.
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Yes, there is a correct way to grow a beard. It goes beyond just neglecting to shave — sure, that’s an option, but just you wait until that awkward phase of hair growth kicks in and you’re all scraggly and stuff. Then you’ll get it.
If you’re wondering to yourself what the correct method of embarking on your beard growth journey is, we’re here to answer that question for you. Frankly, it’s pretty simple — you just have to keep up with some relatively light maintenance while your follicles flourish, like …
BEST FOR MANUAL TRIMMING
Sanguine Beard Trimmers
This pair is perfect for getting rid of scraggly hairs thanks to its high-quality blades and enhanced comfort.
BEST FOR COMBING YOUR BEARD
Kent Beard Comb
Stimulate natural oil production in your hair follicles with this beard comb set from Kent.
BEST FOR MITIGATING THE MESS
Mobi Lock Beard Bib
If you find yourself making a mess every time you trim your facial hair, this product is a great time-saver that’ll keep your sink drain clog-free.
BEST FOR ELECTRIC TRIMMING
Philips Series 7000 Vacuum Trimmer
The Philips shaver’s vacuum and comb length dial features help it edge out the competition.
BEST FOR CLEANING UP EDGES
Wahl Micro Groomsman
The Wahl Micro Groomsman makes finer detail work on your facial hair a way less stressful experience.
BEST FOR NECK CLEAN-UP
Merkur Safety Razor
It may take some time to get the hang of it, but this Merkur safety razor is essential to keeping you out of neck beard territory.
BEST FOR BRUSHING YOUR BEARD
Seven Potions Boar Bristle Brush
Keep your beard looking its healthiest and promote hair growth at the same time with this nifty brush.
BEST FOR WASHING YOUR BEARD
Jack Black Beard Wash
Preserve your beard and the actual face that lives underneath it with this conditioning facial hair cleanser from Jack Black.
BEST FOR EXFOLIATING
ManCave Olivestone Face Scrub
This exfoliating facial scrub is great for removing dead skin cells and grime that could cause ingrown hairs without being overly rough.
BEST FOR CONDITIONING
Hundred Beard Co Beard Oil
Beards need beard oil and this lightweight formula will condition your facial hair without making it a greasy mess.
BEST FOR BEARD HEALTH
Honest Amish Beard Balm
Get that conditioned, healthy beard oil effect with less grease buildup when you use Honest Amish’s beard balm.
BEST FOR STYLING
Proraso Moustache Wax
A mustache routine cannot be ignored — tame it, shape it, and keep it looking neat with this handy mustache wax from Proraso.
BEST FOR BATTLING INGROWN HAIRS
Berber Treat Kessa Exfoliating Glove
Soothe and heal irritated ingrown hairs with this exfoliating glove.
BEST FOR STORAGE
Herschel Chapter Travel Bag
If you’re planning any sort of travel, you’re going to want to take your new beard products along for the ride and Herschel’s travel bag is a convenient way to do just that.