Sait: Some workplaces do not allow you to grow anything more than a 0.5 grade. However, I think stubble is becoming more common now that uniforms are being relaxed. I get a lot of City professionals coming in to maintain their stubble, proving that you can look smart while still sporting facial hair.
How do you grow a fuller beard?
Jim: Moisturising with serums and oils is essential. Daily washing will clean pores and regular exfoliating will stimulate circulation, allowing your beard to grow faster. Regular beard trims every four weeks will ensure your hair grows in thicker and healthier. Lifestyle plays a role in your beard looking its best. Testosterone production, which provides your beard with a thicker appearance, can be encouraged by exercising, having enough sleep (eight hours!) and improving your diet.
Sait: The most important step is combing. Do this seven to eight times a day to massage the skin and stimulate blood flow. The more you comb your facial hair, the healthier it will grow in the shape you desire. If you are looking to grow a fuller beard, we would suggest getting a trim every two to three weeks, just to tidy up the edges. If you're growing a shorter beard style, we would recommend incorporating a weekly trim into your routine.
Any top tips for trimming at home?
Jim: Always invest in a good-quality trimmer. Sharper blades will provide a neater trim and be gentler on your skin. Cleanse your skin using a face or beard wash and ensure your beard is dry before shaving. Use a beard brush or comb to flatten the hair into its position to be trimmed. I would advise using a longer guard first so you don’t trim too much hair off. You can change your guard setting once you’re confident. It’s important to shave in the direction your hair grows in, with short strokes to avoid damaging the skin. Be sure to go down a guard or two when blending in your sideburns for a natural yet defined finish. This guard can also be used to define your neckline and ensure it looks clean and tidy. Finish off your beard trim by distributing some beard oil throughout, combing it through to give a healthy appearance.
Sait: As a rule of thumb, you should shampoo and condition your beard as often as you wash your hair. Use a brush to ensure your hairs are in the same direction and to get rid of any dust or oil that will be within your beard. Start from the bottom up. Work from your chin upwards and follow the contours of your face for the best trim and to ensure uniformity. Apply beard moisturiser, serum or oil. Blow-dry this into your hair before trimming. Choose a trimmer from Wahl, which does the most durable and high-quality trimmers on the high street.
What is the best way to get an even shave when doing it yourself?
Sait: Take a shower – pores open because of heat and skin feels softer and supple. Use a moisturising cream first, then use a shaving brush with shaving soap (not foam) in a circular motion all over your face, for at least a few minutes. Soap is more moisturising than foam and it softens the bristle and skin. Use a single-blade disposable with a safety guard; Bic is a good brand and a safety guard makes it impossible to cut yourself. Shaving against the direction of hair growth can cause ingrown hairs and spots. You should shave with the grain for a smoother finish. Avoid pressing on your razor too hard and always use slow and steady strokes for the best result.
What’s the best after-care product?
Sait: Either a beard oil or a beard balm. The purpose of beard oil is to smooth and nourish facial hair rather than skin. Beard balm is more effective on short stubble. Grizzly Adam Beard Balm is a great option. For wax, I would recommend The Bluebeards Revenge Moustache Wax. There are also some great beard oils out there. Look for one that includes hemp or castor oil as it will leave you with a super soft and nourished beard. For those looking to splurge, Penhaligon’s Sartorial Beard Oil is a great option.
Finally, can you recommend some products for over-sensitive skin?
Jim: Pre-shave creams are particularly popular and can be applied after washing and before shaving. They soften your hair and prep your skin for the razor. If you are prone to coming out in a rash or burn after shaving, a lotion or balm is great to soothe irritated skin.
Sait: Go for products without alcohol or chemicals, and preferably organic. If you get irritable around the beard area, use more of your usual face moisturiser rather than trying something new. To get rid of beard dandruff or itchy flaky skin, use a beard balm, a comb and condition your beard. To apply, place a small amount of balm in the palm of your hand, then distribute it all over your fingers, applying to the skin in circles to start the hydrating process at source.
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