Ask any man why they gave up growing a beard and almost every one of them will give you the same answer – beard itch. Never mind the awesome beard that’s awaiting them, they just couldn’t stand the irritation for those few uncomfortable days. If you’ve grown a beard before, you’ll understand what it’s like for someone new to get through it. However, you’ll also understand that the rewards are well worth the momentary period of discomfort.
Have you got it? Set your beard up right.
WHY DO BEARDS ITCH?
As you grow your beard, the ends curl and either start growing back towards your face, or lay down on your skin. The ends of your whiskers are sharp and pointy thanks to your razor cutting them at an angle. The discomfort you feel is when those ends make it back and start poking you in the face, causing you to scratch. Excessive scratching can turn your face red, even into a rash for some, and it’s at this point that some men head straight for the bathroom and shave the growth off. However, with a little patience and willpower, those ends will soften and become dull as the beard grows out.
WHAT CAN I DO DURING THIS UNCOMFORTABLE PERIOD?
Long gone are the days when you just had to ride it out like our forefathers. We’ve come a long way, and there are many beard growing and maintenance products that ensure we can grow the best beard possible. It’s vital we take the time to understand how we not only grow a great beard, but keep it healthy and vibrant as well.
Clean your beard
Beards are robust, but still need a little TLC every day. They are at the forefront of many daily activities, resulting in foreign and natural objects becoming trapped within. These objects, such as dead skin cells, rogue hairs, daily grime, and body oils can cause irritation to the skin if left to move about and fester. To take care of your beard and keep it clean, you’ll need proper soap and shampoo designed especially for beards. Hair on your head is different to hair on your face, and regular shampoo can dry your skin and clog your pores. So don’t use it – it’ll do more damage than good.
Replace the nutrients
Moisture and nutrients can be lost during the cleaning process, no matter what products you use. Proper beard soaps and shampoos will minimise this loss, but you’ll need a beard conditioner to replenish and invigorate the hair. Again, don’t use head hair conditioner for the same reasons you shouldn’t use head hair shampoos. Beard conditioner will make your beard soft again, reducing the impact of those pointy hairs poking at your skin, and your beard is less likely to tangle when it becomes longer and fuller.
Use beard oil or beard balm to moisturise
Applying beard oil is the best way to moisturise your beard. It will add weight, give it a lovely scent, and a nice sheen. Alternatively, using a beard balm is another excellent option, and the only way you’ll know which one is best for you is trying them for yourself during your daily routine. Moisturising is a non-negotiable; it simply must be done, no excuses.
MY BEARD STILL ITCHES!!!
To maintain a clean and healthy beard, you should follow the above steps even after you’ve grown it to the desired length. However, for some men beard itch is still a concern even after they’ve grown it out. If this is the case for you, there are a couple steps you can take to relieve the irritation.
Remove ingrown hairs
Ingrown hairs are a common issue, even if you’ve gone to great lengths to maintain a healthy beard during the growing phase. Use a good pair of tweezers to remove the hairs, and if you don’t have a steady hand to do it yourself, ask someone to do it for you.
There are many like it, but this one is mine.
Brush your beard
This should go without saying, but make sure you brush your beard hair regularly. As soon as you’ve got any sort of length in your beard hair, you should brush it regularly using a top quality beard brush or comb. This will train your hairs to grow in the desired direction, and provide it with some shape and style, reducing the risk of ingrown hairs and whiskers poking you in the face. As an added bonus, brushing your beard feels absolutely incredible!
If you’re growing your beard and going through this irritating period, stay strong and ride it out. Just remember there are many men going through exactly the same discomfort, so don’t be one of those who shave it off if you really want to grow a beard. Most men are so happy once they get through this period, while others regret shaving it off as soon as they do it. Like most things in life, great rewards come after a little hard work, and beards are no different.
A common issue with a lot of men who have a coarse beard is they also have sensitive skin. Hacking away at your beard with the wrong blade will either irritate your skin as you slice through the hairs, or waste time as you make pass after pass while virtually making no progress!
So what do you do, go with a really sharp blade to shave the hair, that almost guarantees skin irritation? For instance a brand new Feather blade will cut through the coarse beard effortlessly, but you are bound to nick or cut yourself. Or do you go with a milder blade that doesn’t shave the hair as well, but is less likely to irritate the skin? » Read the rest of this entry «
Wet shaving takes a time to master, but with patience and practice you can enhance what is already a fantastic shaving experience even further with these simple steps.
A well-crafted, rich and full lather will add another dimension to your morning or evening ritual, so the team here at Fendrihan HQ thoroughly recommend you make the effort to learn the skills outlined below to produce the optimum soapy blend.
Our good friends at Jack’s Soap weren’t happy with the information that was out there on how to produce the best lather possible, so they came up with these five simple instructions. We like them, and we’re sure you’ll like them too. » Read the rest of this entry «
Until safety razors were invented in the 1900s, men used the straight razor for their shaving needs. Well, recently the straight razor has made a big comeback not only because you can get a good shave with this method, but the ritual is just as rewarding as the results. Also, facial hair has made a comeback, but men like to make sure it’s groomed and maintained properly. As such a straight razor is used to ensure the lines separating areas of facial here and smooth skin are well defined, and the contrast is as great as it can be.
The transition from using a safety razor to a straight razor can be tricky. Initially you may find your shaves are of a poorer quality than with a safety razor, and you will probably cut yourself at least once. But stick to it, because with practice you’ll be able to give yourself a far smoother shave than you can now. You’ll have complete control over the entire shaving experience, from preparing your razor and beard, to the actual shave itself. You’ll feel a million dollars from the moment you start the prep work until you’ve splashed on your favourite aftershave at the end. Follow this guide to get your straight razor career underway… » Read the rest of this entry «
We get lots of questions from our customers wanting to know which straight razor they should start with, and what other products they need to sharpen and maintain the blade. So our straight razor department here at Fendrihan HQ (i.e. me), decided to put this fact sheet together to give you a little more information. » Read the rest of this entry «
As not all safety razors are the same, safety razor blades the are also not the same. However, as safety razor usage has increased and become more popular, the available models and types of razor blades have also significantly increased. You can now buy razor blades from all over the globe that will satisfy your needs.
Getting the best clean, close shave without irritation such as razor burn is actually a matter of trial and error. The reason is that every man’s face is different and has a specific skin type. » Read the rest of this entry «
Shaving with a straight razor is almost a lost art form. Long before the advent of the electric face mower and mass produced shaving blades, men ritualistically began readying and preparing for their day with that perfect morning shave.
However, it is not just the unique practice performed by your local barber, nor is it an archaic ritual steeped in mystery, because there are still those men who appreciate this almost lost art of traditional shaving that was practised for thousands of years before. » Read the rest of this entry «
Practitioners of classic shaving should be all too familiar with the painful embarrassment that blunt razor blades can inflict on their faces. As a result, it is no coincidence that practitioners have come up with all manner of methods to help them maintain a sharp edge on their razors, with one method being the practice of stropping. Although said practice was once limited to professional barbers in their barbershops, modern consumers have access to all of the tools and supplies needed to strop a razor blade from the comfort of their own homes. » Read the rest of this entry «
Whether you are traveling for work or for leisure, there are certain men’s grooming essentials that should be found in every gentleman’s travel toiletry kit. This article shares the most important products that you must always bring in your grooming arsenal to ensure that you will always look like that dashing, debonair gentleman that you are. » Read the rest of this entry «
Every man loves the look and feel of a clean, close shave without the unbecoming cuts, razor burns, infections and bloody toilet paper. Unfortunately, getting one of those unflattering marks happens more often than not, but there are some shaving tips you can follow to prevent cutting yourself while shaving.
This is a no-brainer but the least followed advice and is easier said than done. Most shaving accidents come from bad practices which usually arise from carelessness. Take your time while shaving. To shave without cutting yourself, pay attention to your strokes, your face and your stubble while shaving. Although you’ve been shaving almost your entire life, this is not something you can do with your eyes closed. » Read the rest of this entry «