Ho there, friends! Balbo Garibaldi here with some helpful hints for beginner beard growers.
Did you forget to shave one day and wake up the next with enough stubble on your face to make you think, “Hmm…I wonder if I could grow a beard?” Aye, we have all been there! Ha!
The next question you might have before setting off on your beard care journey could be this.
“What tools do I need to grow a beard?”
‘Tis a simple and correct question. Like any new adventurer, the proper starting equipment can make or break a quest. That is why, Balbo, a level 60 Master Level Beard Growing Trainer, is here to help you.
Tools of the Trade
As a level one beard-growing adventurer, we suggest you acquire the following essential equipment. Start off with the basic grooming tools: a comb or brush, a beard trimmer, and scissors.
Sounds easy enough, right? But do not grab your partner’s dull paper crafting scissors, or the pruning shears from the garden. No, that would be an epic mistake. Ha!
Oh, Balbo knows from experience, when he was just a young hatchling, the proper scissors can make a huge difference.
Beard-trimming scissors should be easy to use, ergonomic, sturdy, and sharp. Scissors should cut, not pull, hair. They should also excel at precision, to better snip away those stubborn flyaway or oddly wiry hairs.
You know the ones; they stand off your face like a mind flayer’s tentacles! Gross!
There are thousands of scissors on the market, so we like to say the best way to pick ones that might work for you is through the advice of bearded friends and professionals. Ask around, post a request for recommendations on a popular beard forum or Facebook group. You can even ride your metal stallion to the local barbershop to see what the pros use.
Remember, your bearded friends will more than likely love to offer you their advice, so be respectful and friendly.
Let’s be honest; most of us adventurers don’t have time to clean our weapons. We slay orcs. We defeat dragons…and we kinda let the blood and gore build up.
But that is no way to treat your beard scissors. They need to be properly cleaned! The easiest way to do this is with some liquid anti-bacterial or disinfectant and a clean towel. Give the scissors a good wipe-down to clean off any gunk that has collected on them.
What is that sound I hear, friend? Is that your electric beard trimmer? Does it always sputter like that?
Oh, my ears! Does it often sound like a goblin with a bad cold, stuck out in the dark and wet swamps in the middle of winter? Ho! Shut it off before you make a mistake and shave yourself into oblivion. Ha!
Call it what you will—a trimmer, a groomer, or an electric shaver. If you have owned your trimmer since high school or if it’s your first one, it might be time to invest a few gold pieces in a new one.
Let us help you pick one that will work best for your future beard.
Look for the following features: easy to use, lightweight, easy to clean, ergonomic, high-quality blades, and even waterproof. Battery life is also an important attribute to look for.
For fine-tuning and shaping, look for a trimmer with a nice guide set. You will probably want five or more. Some sets may even come with ten, which is great!
And don’t underestimate the value of a good nose hair trimmer attachment.
Combs and Brushes
Beard combs and brushes help you to style your facial hair.
Many people will say that beard combs depend on personal taste and preference. Some others might say it comes down to beard type. We agree with both summations, but that doesn’t mean the answer to which one you should use is easy. There are a lot of options out there. Let us break them down for you.
- Wood Combs – Gentle on your facial hair, wood combs are extremely popular.
- Metal Combs – Good for thick beards. But be aware that they create lots of static electricity.
- Plastic Combs – Inexpensive, yes. Easy to carry, sure. But they are also cheaply made and worthless.
- Carbon Fiber Combs – Often considered the best choice, they are strong, anti-static and resistant to heat and chemicals.
- Fine Tooth Combs – Good for thin patches of hair.
- Wide Tooth Combs – Good for big and coarse beards.
What makes an ideal beard brush? A wooden base/handle is a nice start. Some might ask why do I need a beard brush, well, to prep your beard for shaving is one huge reason. Like beard combs, there are many different kinds and styles to pick from. Hopefully this will help you.
- Boar Bristle Brush – A traditional beard brush made of boar’s hairs.
- Heated Beard Brush – heated and very helpful brush to own to reduce frizz.
- Beard Straightening Beard Brush – used to tame those curly and wavy beards.
- Round Brush – used to shape and style.
- Travel Brush – while questing, it is good to have one in your pocket or packs.
Yes, you need to clean your beard brushes too! And you will want to be careful about it, especially if you are using one of those nice boar hair ones.
Just find yourself a gentle cleaning product, or better yet, a beard wash. Then dunk the bristles in it (not the wood handle). Use a cotton swab to clear the spots between the bristles too. Lots of dirt gets trapped there. Rinse the soap off and let the brush dry.
Remember that this is your one and only face and worth investing in. So, whether you dual-wield your beard combs or brushes is your decision.
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