We would like to welcome barber extraordinaire, Hannah McShane, from Quarter West Barber Shop as our latest columnist. With 2 and a half years of experience, Hannah knows how to make men look and feel great!
“Beards came back into fashion a couple of years ago, and a lot of guys either have one, or are trying to grow one. It’s so popular in the barbershop at the moment, and we’re not sure if it’s the influence of Game of Thrones, or because a lot of women claim to find facial hair so attractive” says Hannah.
If you have a beard, or you’re planning to grow one, here are my top tips you need to know for ultimate facial hair maintenance:
- Beards grow roughly ½ an inch per month, so let it grow for around three weeks before getting it trimmed and groomed.
- When growing a beard, it can itch for a while, and can cause dry skin. Keep your beard clean and moisturised – no one wants a flaky face!
- If you plan to grow a longer beard (and one that you will probably be very protective over when it comes to trimming), you’ll need to shampoo and condition it every now and then.
- This doesn’t make you any less masculine, but just like the hair on your head, your beard needs to be taken care of too.
- Neck beards have become a recent trend of late (I know, I don’t like them either). If you insist on growing one, keep it clean and shaven from the jawline and below. However, no one will be disappointed if you let it get a little shadowy.
- Guys, please don’t DIY your beard! Visit a quality barber for a regular trim to shape your man-whiskers, trust me, it makes all the difference.
- You’ll find it hard to make the extra time to get to your barber for haircuts and beard trims, so save yourself the effort and book them in together.
- Beards look great when you have a sleek haircut to go with them, but remember there’s nothing worse than someone with a quality cut and a tinted beard five shades darker than their natural hair colour. Embrace the natural fiery amber highlights on your chin, most men have them anyway.
Having a great beard, and a great haircut, means you’re two-thirds of the way there. Don’t forget your sideburns. If your barber doesn’t fade them in or trim them properly, they’ll look disjointed.
“Those are my top tips for beard maintenance, but overall the takeaway message is this: get a barber you trust, look after your beard, be organised and make your appointments, and keep that beard clean and fresh”.
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