Best Beards For The Winter Months
Facial hair serves a great purpose by protecting your face from both the burning sun and the freezing cold. Beards are also perfect props for camouflaging those jowls and that turkey neck or double chin you may have developed. Not to mention that growing your whiskers puts an end to that awful razor burn. However, the best part of all might be that the ladies love that masculine impression your beard makes on them.
If your bristles are well maintained, they make you look refined, sophisticated, and macho. On the other hand, if you let your facial hair get all disheveled and messy, women will assume that you are a lazy, dirty, irresponsible guy. So take good care of that beard of yours in order to reap all the rewards it has to offer.
Your beard needs to be cleansed, conditioned, combed, trimmed, shaped and styled, just like the hair on your head. There are endless ways of customizing your whiskers to give yourself a unique facial hairdo tailored to your liking. Yet you also should keep in mind the basic dos and don’ts of facial hairdos.
If you have a particularly full beard growth, you really need to be careful when creating your neckline. First, you have to really study the shape your face and proportions of your neck and head. Take a good, long look in the mirror to determine where best to create your neckline. To a certain extent, this requires a bit of artistic vision since their is no set, objective way to go about it.
If you do not feel completely confident in your ability to give yourself the ideal neckline, then you are definitely better off handing the responsibility over to a professional barber who has tons of experience customizing necklines as well as cheek lines for the best effect. The right eye can give you a neckline which best defines the shape of your face and raises your handsome factor.
DOES IT REALLY MATTER?
Although there is no law requiring a neat, defined neckline, it is the ultimate finishing touch to a well-maintained, sophisticated facial hairdo. The more defined and neat your beard is, the more refined and handsome you look. Although you should be creative in designing your personal facial hair style, it is best to keep the following advice in mind:
1. Take plenty of time so there is no pressure. Apply your shaving cream with a bit of water to
optimize a close shave. Use a straight razor with a sole blade to add minute details and
shape, and always shave with the grain, in the direction of your hair growth
2. Place a hot towel over your face or use the steam from your morning coffee to open up your
pores before shaving along the outlines of your facial hair, and splash cold water over your face
once you are done to close up your pores again.
3. The first step is to place your shaver on number 3 and take off your entire beard. Then switch
to number 1 and clean off the lower neck area by shaving from Adam’s apple up toward the jaw.
Stop about two inches from your jawline.
4. Next, change to number 2 and shave off the remaining two inches between your neck and
jawline. This will create a smooth fade from neck to jaw.
5. Get rid of any stray hairs and ingrown hairs with some tweezers. Do not give into the
temptation to pick at ingrown hairs with your nails because you could transfer bacteria and
cause an infection.
Now finish off by shaving with just the blade (on number 0) any bristles below your Adam’s apple
and …mission completed. Once the shaving is complete, hop in the shower and rinse off your
face. Do not use regular, harsh cleansers and shampoos on your facial region.Invest in a beard
shampoo and conditioner to get the softest, most moisturized bristles possible.
Read the labels of any products you use to look for added proteins that will help “fill in” the
protein filaments that make up your hair strands. Be sure to rinse out all products completely.
STYLE NO. 1: THE FIVE-O’CLOCK SHADOW
With a steady hand, use either a shaver or scissors to carefully trim your entire facial hair to within just a few millimeters’ length. The idea is to deliberately create that short stubble effect of the five-o’clock shadow, otherwise known as “designer stubble.” It is the ruggedly handsome mug of a man who mysteriously has not had time to shave recently. The greater the contrast between your skin and hair color, the more pronounced the impact will be. Women will swoon as they imagine what could have kept you occupied and unable to shave for the past day.
STYLE NO. 2: THE GOATEE
This is a very popular look for the younger generation. Mentally mark off the circle of bristles surrounding your mouth which comprise your “goatee.” Then shave off the remaining area all the way up to your sideburns.
STYLE NO. 3: THE CHINSTRAP
This style, popular with Abe Lincoln, requires that you create a neat outline along your jawline, all the way from your sideburns down toward your chin, where you will have a full growth much like a goatee. You also have the option to keep your mustache. Think of this look as attaching a goatee to your sideburns with straps of facial hair all along your jawline. The mustache is optional.
STYLE NO. 4: THE FULL BEARD
It might seem that a full beard is the easiest style to maintain. Yet it requires the greatest amount of patience, particularly in the beginning. You have to refrain from shaving for many months, not even picking up your clippers for a bit of touch-ups. It takes time to get in a decent amount of facial hair growth all over. Once you are satisfied with the amount of bristles coating your face, you can pick up your beard trimmer in order to add a bit of shape as well as your personal touch.