The first beard my husband grew felt like a little adventure. He documented the entire growth process by taking photos at different angles and he experimented with different facial hair products. We heard a lot of mixed reviews about his beard and beards in general, too. His grandmother was not fan, his mom was torn, and his sister flat out hated it…. but I kind of fell in love with his beard. I was really sad when he shaved it off 5 months later.
To Beard or Not to Beard
My brother-in-law is barred from growing a beard. It’s a no-go zone for my sister-in-law. New growth beards are scratchy, and patchy, and some men just look funny with facial hair. I totally get it, but I’m personally in the give a beard a chance camp.
I think beards get a bad rep. One of the most searched terms related to the word beards is “beards are gross”, but that’s just not the case all the time. Beards require upkeep. It’s just a fact of life when you have a beard. When beards are kept, I think they’re super flattering, intriguing, and not at all gross.
This past weekend we celebrated my husband’s birthday. We had a big date night planned, so I took that opportunity to follow along with him on his “getting ready” journey. Clearly I’ve seen him get ready before, but I’ve never really taken the time to study it. I actually learned a thing or two that day.
The one unsavory thing I’ll say about my husband’s beard is that, occasionally, a crumb gets stuck there. In addition to that, though, there’s the typical sweating and build up just from skin. It’s important to wash. John washes his every day in the shower with his face wash.
Twice a week, after washing, John conditions his beard. The most common complaint I hear from my girlfriends is “but beards are prickly!”
I’ve never even thought my husband’s beard was prickly! I firmly believe conditioning is what makes his beard so silky and soft.
My golden rule when it comes to skincare is MOISTURIZER IS KEY. It’s the same for that skin underneath a beard, but working lotion into skin covered in hair isn’t always ideal… greasy beard much? That’s where beard oil comes in.
After his shower, John rubs a couple of drops of his favorite oil into his beard. The oil helps moisturize his skin AND his beard. Double whammy.
The first time John grew a beard, the first couple of months were iffy. He wanted to grow his hair to a decent length before sculpting at all. That got hairy. Buh*dum*psht
In all honesty, though, as soon as his mustache hair started curling around his lip, I knew something had to be done. He caved and trimmed his facial hair about a month and a half into it and he looked like a brand new (dapper) man. It made ALL the difference.
Ever since, he has kept his beard very neatly trimmed and styled. I think a lot of men think that growing a beard means no maintenance. If more men worked to maintain their beards, I bet a lot more ladies would be on board. And honestly? It doesn’t take much work to keep it in shape.
John uses The Perfecter: Beard Boss Stubble and Detail Kit by Remington and it’s pretty much a do-it-all kind of tool. Not only does it come with 5 snap on combs and an adjustable metal comb to guarantee your ideal beard length, it’s 100% waterproof. That makes it so easy to clean, plus it’s made out of non-slip material, so it handles like a dream. The foil shaver is perfect for those days when he doesn’t want to do a traditional shave to clean up the edges – it cleans the neck and jawline up perfectly.
Trust me when I say a perfectly trimmed beard is the fastest way to learn to love his facial hair! The Perfecter: Beard Boss Stubble and Detail Kit is available at Walmart and on Walmart.com.
After all the grooming was said and done, we ventured out for the best date night. As usual, I couldn’t keep my hands off his beard… and he didn’t mind. 😉 When he finally decides to shave this beard off, I think I’ll be a little bit sad, but it will grow back. I think each and every beard just keeps getting better and better in true Beard Boss fashion.