"The Fall Style Issue"
Are there any general upkeep tips you'd recommend for each length?
Most guys when starting beard growing tend to complain about the itchiness and roughness of the process usually within the first 2-3 weeks. I always say this is a game of commitment. General upkeep begins with allowing the beard to grow without giving up on the goal. In the beginning stages of growth especially the first 6 weeks its important to moisturize. Also a common but for some reason often missed idea of a having a good process of facial hair growing is simply staying healthy - Eating well, hydrating and staying active, all this stimulates growing goodness from within. I say at any length simple is key, just focus on health and nutrition, and of course a great beard oil daily ;)
Are there any products you'd recommend using at each length? (e.g., our style editor uses a softener on his stubble so he doesn't bristle his girlfriend)
I think its quite basic when it comes to the entire process of growing, product wise. A good beard oil used daily on all lengths will help soften and strengthen the hair as it grows and when desired length is reached. As mentioned above most guys complain about itching and redness and this is where beard oil helps soothe and soften even at the base of the hair follicle. Bambargerco.com makes an exceptional oil called Union Beard Oil that with daily use supplies the face forrest with substantial moisture and softening effects.
At what length should a man start trimming his beard?
Trimming depends on the look and shape desired. I say within the first 6 weeks its about keeping the edges around the neck and cheek lines clean of which helps the main area of growth not look so messy. As it grows you will see from time to time what seems to be out of control growing. There will be stages of questioning why you ever started but don't be alarmed this is a process and with process comes great results. Try to just LET IT GROW as you may have heard and only trim very minor spots if needed (neck line or cheek line).
How often should he trim once he's at that length?
I go to my barber once every 6 weeks for a minor touch up. Nothing major, simply a shaping if needed but in most of the bearded man culture its better to just lube it, comb it and let it go.
Should he do it himself or go to a barber? If barber, what should he ask for?
The beard is definitely an art form of which needs special love from a barber who "gets it". I highly recommend a barber who specializes in beard art. They can see angles you might not catch in the mirror and when having an epic masterpiece like "the beard" its important to groom it with the best. Simply ask for a beard trim. I recommend searching online for pictures of bearded men for inspiration and ideas of where you wanna take it so that you can stay on track to the goal.
How should a man wash his beard? Is there a length at which he should start shampooing? And recs on products?
Ahhhh the question that I love the most. Some agree and some disagree with me on this. I DO NOT wash my beard. I do get it wet when I shower but running soap through it is something I simply can't recommend. Soap usually dries it out leaving it more unruly and frizzy. This is why the beard oil is spectacular and does wonders. Its softens, cleans, stimulates and supports good hair and skin for the face. Don't soap it up. Oil it up.
Any other secrets or tricks the aspiring beard grower should know?
The beard is oh so admired by most men and women and although it seems as if its a production of secrets to have a bomb ass beard its truly simple. Let it grow!
Competitors faced off at the NYC Beard & Moustache Competition this weekend in the hopes of receiving accolades and awards for their grooming habits. The event, which is in its fifth year and is hosted by the Gotham City Beard Alliance, benefited ArtStart, which puts on creative workshops at homeless shelters throughout NYC.
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