If you’re over the age of 25, or close to it, then by now you’ve probably engaged in the all-to familiar routine of keeping your facial hair in order. Whether it’s a simple mustache, Goatee, the Hollywood 5-O’clock shadow or an all out fully grown man beard — making sure it’s properly maintained should obviously be a top priority. But hey, who the hell are we to give you advice on doing that? Well we’re not experts on the subject but we do know someone who is, and that would be Eric Eric Bandholz, founder for Beardbrand and the proud owner of a full, lustrous beard.
There’s something about Eric that stands out (which you can tell from the image above), that makes him stand out from the crowd more than most. Yes, it’s his luxurious beard, and it’s the kind you don’t see that often if you find yourself strolling through downtown Chicago. More often than not, you’ll find the clean cut guy dressed from head-to-toe; briefcase in one hand, hot Latte in the other, and of course outfitted in an ensemble the likes of which include garments from notable labels such as Ralph Lauren’s Black Label or pieces from Independence. But like Bandholz, there’s a modern man who just decided “the hell with it”, grew his beard, didn’t think twice about it and kept his style prowess intact all in one fell swoop.
Growing the manliness that you will be proud to show-off is relatively simple, but making the extra effort it takes to keep all the little follicles in line is process. One you can’t learn by watching Grandad or a step-by-step video on Youtube, it is a challenge you must take head on so that it becomes an exercise in futility — and eventually a part of you that can be passed down through generations.
The Run Down On Maintaining Your Beard
From The Man Himself Eric Bandholz
Part I: The Science: Hair are little dead pieces of you slowly coming out of your body. If they lived a good life, then they will exist as a good hair — otherwise your beard will look like shit. So to have the best beard you will start with a healthy diet and foods high in protein.
Part II: Health Matters: If you eat a perfectly balanced diet, you won’t need to take any vitamins or supplements. However, if you suspect your diet is less than ideal you may want to consider adding these beard-assisting supplements: biotin, fish oil, and a multivitamin. Or you could simplify your life and take the Vitabeard vitamin. Keep stress and smoking to a minimum and you will be living up to your full beard growth potential.
Part III: Stay Clean Men: Once you’ve got your beard growing at its best, you’ll have to take care of it to keep it that way. This starts in the shower: you have to resist the urge to shampoo your beard everyday. Shampooing beards puts a lot of strain on beards because it strips out the natural oils that keep your beard healthy and moisturized. I try to shampoo only once or twice a week and always use conditioner after a wash. Bluebeards makes a beard wash specifically formulated for your beard.
Part IV: The Science: Immediately after the shower, while your pores are still open, is the best time to add some beard oil to your face and beard. Beard oil is a leave-in conditioner that will help keep your beard soft, shiny, and prevent against beard dandruff. Personally I use Spiced Citrus Beard Oil (shameless plug — it’s my line of beard oils), but I have also heard good things about Frank’s Beard Elixir.
Part V: Smooth Strokes: For your combing needs, try to get a saw-cut and handmade comb like a Kent comb. These combs will glide through your beard like a hot knife through butter and create little to no static. If you are a brush person, avoid the nylon brushes and go for a boar’s hairbrush. The hairs help redistribute your natural oils rather than stripping them away.
And there you have it, just in case you needed a little push forward to point you in the right direction. Besides the breakdown from Eric, if you’re in need of a visual presentation, check out the video below.