Bearded privilege is the term used to describe the fact that some people can grow beards and others can't. It's both a tongue-in-cheek term and a reminder that not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to grow a beard. If you can, consider yourself lucky. And if you hear complaints from people about your beard, just remember that they're probably jealous.
If you want to grow a proper beard, some upkeep is involved. First, you need to make sure your diet is on point. A healthy diet of protein, vitamins, and minerals will help your hair grow strong and thick. Second, you need to be patient. It takes time to grow a great beard, so don't get discouraged if it doesn't happen overnight. But if you’ve been doing all these to no avail, then it’s time to improve your beard care in the following ways:
The key to a soft beard that doesn't make you want to shave it all off is to use a conditioner formulated for beards. A good beard conditioner will moisturize your beard and keep it healthy, making it more comfortable to wear. A conditioner can also help with styling during beard care, so you don't look like you just came from living in a cave in the woods for eight years!
Beards can harbor many bacteria, so it's important to wash them regularly. An antibacterial beard balm can help kill bacteria and make the beard softer. Daily brushing will also help distribute the beard oil you use (as well as your natural face oils) to keep your beard healthy.
Oiling your beard is important for several reasons. First, it helps to keep your beard soft and manageable. No one wants a beard that feels like straw, and beard oil will help to avoid that. Additionally, beard oil helps to keep your skin healthy beneath your beard. And lastly, good beard oil will make you smell great.
The last step in good beard maintenance is to trim it every so often. Your beard hair doesn't always grow at the same rate, so trimming it evens it. You may also want to trim your facial whiskers intermittently to give them a certain shape. It's best to use a beard trimmer with different attachments to avoid accidentally shaving off large patches of hair.
Beard shampoo is different from regular shampoo because it is specifically designed not to dry the hair and help soften it. This is crucial for basic beard care because regular shampoo strips it of its natural oils and makes it dry.
Arm Yourself with the Right Tools
Aside from the conditioner, brush, and shampoo, here are other cleansing tools you need for good beard care:
- A clean, dry towel free from dirt and moisture.
- A scrubber to remove dead skin cells and leave your skin feeling refreshed and invigorated.
- A moisturizer with and without SPF. The SPF will help protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays. The one without an SPF is useful after your beard has grown in.
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