I’m a barber with a specialty in beards.
Giving a guy a beard he loves is easy. I think they see the creatures on their face as grown by pure testosterone or something. But getting their female significant others to love their beards is another thing altogether.
This lady barber has a few tricks up her sleeve to help.
If you love a man, but do not particularly love the hairy, scratchy creature on his face, I have a few little tricks to make living with said creature more bearable. Share these three quick tips with your dude, and watch the creature transform from Sasquatch to a soft and fuzzy teddy bear before your eyes.
1) Shampoo & Condition
It’s a sad fact that most men treat their beard hair with all the love and care of back hair. RESPECT THE BEARD! Every day I have guys in my chair who tell me that their girlfriend hates their beard. I ask them what they use to wash it. They usually shrug and say “bar soap” or something.
Guys, if you shampoo and condition your hair (please tell me you at least have that part down), just do your entire head. It is literally no extra work, and the softer your beard, the less it pulls on your face. For extra credit, twice a week give it a deep condition in the shower. Added benefit – if your skin gets dry under all that fur, this helps quite a bit.
One of my favorite product lines for beard care (and hair, for that matter), is Moroccan Oil. Try the Moisture Repair shampoo and conditioner, Intense Hydrating Mask for deep conditioning, and optional oil treatment for after the shower if you want an extra softness boost. It’s great for your hair as well, ladies. Look, you can even share! Before long, you won’t be able to stop petting that beard. My boss molests Papa Bear’s beard whenever they’re in the same room.
To keep those beard hairs under control and looking smooth, brush it out well, with a natural bristle brush for shorter beards, a fine-toothed comb for bigger beards, combing all the way down to the skin, then smooth and arrange it as you like. Just make sure you do it while the beard is still wet from the shower, and as little as possible when it’s dry. Over time, that beard is going to look more beautifully cultivated, and less homeless.
If you need a little extra help keeping unruly hair in check, try a styling or grooming cream. Moroccan Oil also has a great one.
The number one complaint that women seem to have about beards is that they make smooching less than pleasant. If your guy keeps a shorter mustache portion of the beard, keep it trimmed just above the lip line. It would be in your best interest to help him with that – it’s not the easiest thing to do to your own face. The tiny little Wahl Peanut does the job beautifully.
If he keeps the mustache a little longer and fuller, you need some mustache wax. I know from experience that having a long mustache hair jut up your nose with you’re macking is a truly awful experience.
There are all kinds of mustache waxes out there, but I love multi-taskers. My favorite pomade, Layrite, does the trick for keeping that stache manicured and held together. It’s super-conditioning, a great hair product, smells good, and it’s water-based, so it washes out as easily as gel. Random bonus – it’s great for skin too. I use it on my elbows all the time.
There you have it!
Guys, one of the reasons you like women is because we’re soft and smooth and smell good. Women who like men do not like them because they’re rough and scratchy with mysterious beard odors. Beards are not an excuse to do absolutely no grooming on your face. If you want your lady to enjoy getting close, trust me – follow this barber’s tips and you’ll be getting more beard love than you know what to do with.