By now, you should be starting to get a hang of your newfound No Shave November beard. You’re past the stubble phase and are the proud owner of a short beard. However, this is precisely the point when most guys throw in the towel, because now your hair is long enough to poke, tickle, and irritate your skin. But know this: all great things require patience. Thankfully, you don’t have to embark on the journey alone. Knowing how to care for your beard during these uncomfortable stages will get you from point A to B with ease.
Below, we’ve put together a guide featuring our 5 most useful beard and moustache care articles for staving off itch and growing an epic beard. Beard on, brothers.
1. How Often Should You Wash Your Beard?
…And the answer shouldn’t be only when you remember. In our shampoo guide, we cover the various issues that come into play when cleaning your beard. While the length and texture of your beard are big determining factors in shampoo frequency, your skin type, where you live, and your lifestyle must all be factored into the equation.
Because we like you, we’ve also thrown in tips on how to best wash and moisturize your beard (never forget conditioner).
2. Break These 5 Bad Beard Habits Now
Your beard is only as good as how you treat it. Even if you’re properly using a beard shampoo, everyday habits can ruin all your hard work. Learn 5 common bad beard habits and how to fix them to unleash a whole new level of beardedness.
3. How to Apply Zeus Beard Oil
New to the whole beard growing thing, or just need a refresher course? This is one of our first blog posts, and one of the most important ones to read as a beardsman. Learn why beard oil is an essential part of your daily routine, how to apply it, and how often to apply it.
If you’re more of a visual learner, we’ve included a step-by-step video featuring classic Team Zeus member Lucky Carver Johnson.
4. The Zeus Guide to Beard Combs and Brushes
Shampoo, conditioner, and beard oil may be the basis of a solid routine, but combs and brushes are the workhorses that make everything you put on your beard perform better. There’s simply no excuse for cheaping out on tools.
A quality comb should stimulate your scalp and encourage healthy beard growth, while a quality brush should penetrate beards to evenly distribute beard oil while getting rid of dirt and grime.
Use both together for a stronger beard with fewer split ends.
5. How to Take Care of Your Moustache During Movember
Rocking a moustache rather than a No Shave November beard? Moustaches have particular needs. Unlike beards, which can be acceptably ruggedly disheveled, a couple rogue hairs on a moustache not only look sloppy, but can also slip into your mouth as you’re eating, which is no bueno.
Moustaches need beard oil application, trimming, and training on the daily.
6. BONUS: How to Grow More Facial Hair, Part 1: Fueling From the Inside Out
We’re not saying products aren’t important. But if you’re good about your beard care routine yet still eating junk, you can’t expect an enviable beard. Nutrients from the food you eat are carried through the blood to your skin and hair, so guess what? A bag of Hot Cheetos probably won’t do your beard any favors. It’s time to nourish your beard from the inside out.
On a related note, check out Part 3: Exercise, since the two go hand in hand. Exercise boosts circulation, while increasing testosterone for robust beard growth.
Here’s to a killer No Shave November beard.