Gray Beard Care: 101
This post is for the hirsute hunks, those guys with gray beards looking to keep them stylish and fresh. It seems every guy has a beard these guys. And until the clean shaven look is back in fashion, here's how to keep your beard looking it's best:
1. Use a trimmer!
It doesn't matter if you're just working the salt-and-pepper stubble, or growing out a full Rip Van Winkle, you always need to shape your facial hair and keep the ends tidy. So an electric trimmer is essential. Adjust the setting for your desired length, use the side razor for edging, and a moustache comb for a nice uniform groom. A fancy Philips Norelco 7300 BeardTrimmer has a handy built-in vacuum, but a more basic Philips Norelco Multigroom 3100 will do you just fine. And for the love of god, please trim your nose and ear hairs while you're at it!
2. Use a brightening shampoo!
There's nothing more unattractive on a man than a yellowing white beard. If you're lucky enough to still have hair on top of your head, that's probably gray too. So pick one of our favorite gray hair shampoos and use it on your face as well to keep your beard looking white and bright.
Like all hair, your beard hair needs moisture. And since grey hair tends to be more wiry, it's even more important to use a conditioner in the shower. Just remember to rub it on your beard and leave it in there for a couple extra minutes, since gray hair needs an extra moisture infusion. Any old hair conditioner will do, but if you want the Cadillac of hair conditioners try this one from Alterna.
And the last step, apply a few drops of beard oil and comb it through your beard at least once a day. Either dry or preferably on a damp beard just after you get out of the shower. It will soften the hair and prevent split ends. We love The Gentlemen's Beard Oil. It contains a mixture of essential oils including vitamin E and evening primrose which help nourish your skin and prevent itching. (Helps with "bearddruff" too! ) They make a nice unscented beard balm as well. You won't believe the difference that using a beard oil makes in how soft your beard will get. The people that you kiss will love you for it!