It’s the time of year where the leaves turn, jeans, sweaters and flannel are dragged out of hibernation and men everywhere start evaluating their beard situation. If you are like me, this season isn’t much different than any other in terms of facial hair stylings. You see, I wasn’t gifted with fashionable face follicles, and thus beard season really only means I can get away with a few more days in between shaves. However, if there is one thing I’ve learned during my transition from sweat pants to business casual, it’s that no matter what you decide to do with your whiskers there are a few general dos and don’ts we can all abide by.
How you wear your beard (or lack thereof) is entirely up to you, but it should somewhat resemble your daily wardrobe requirements. If your work requires a business casual look, your facial hair should be similarly manicured and cared for. A beard isn’t out of the question, however it should be regularly trimmed and kept close to the face. An unruly nest of hair on your chin will likely serve as a distraction and could be seen as unprofessional.
If your occupation doesn’t require a cleaner, more conservative look, feel free to let it grow this fall! Consider a few pointers from some bearded brothers, though:
- Longer beards are a lot like longer hair. The common misconception is that long hair and long beards don’t require upkeep. Your beard should complement your face, and that can mean different things for different guys. As your beard grows bushier, some trimming on the sides can give your furry mug a much more flattering shape and can keep you from looking lazy or sloppy.
- Everyone’s facial hair grows differently, but if you have whiskers growing down your neck, it’s safe to say these should be kept shaven. It’s advisable to keep your neck smooth, and a great general rule of thumb is to keep your beard trimmed starting where your jaw meets your neck. Again, feel free to migrate one way or another for personal preference, but this general guide should keep you acceptable in public.
- Treat your beard right. When you wash your hair, wash your beard. That one is easy. What I am about to say next might scare you, however, so take a deep breath. Ready? Consider using beard oil if you plan to let your face fuzz growing longer than clipper length. It will keep your beard soft and healthy during the colder winter months. Any significant other will be the first to tell you – brittle beards are the worst. So if you want your follicles to flourish, try nourishing it with some beard oil.
Beyond these basic pointers, the greatest thing about your beard is that it is unique from any other. With a little perseverance through the dreaded awkward and itchy weeks, you’ll come out on the other end a manlier version of yourself. If you have your own tricks and tips for caring for your crumb catcher, feel free to post them in the comments section. Good luck this fall, and don’t forget to believe in your beard!