Beards are great for rubbing when deep in thought; they block the sun from burning your face; they hide neck flab; and they suggest a life free from razor burn. But while facial hair may be a product of natural processes, beards won't take a healthy shape without a little help.
Trimming, shaping, fading, cleaning, combing, and conditioning is all part of the game and changes depending on what style you want and type of facial hair you were born with. There's no one correct way to have a beard, so we asked barbers from across the country to weigh on what guys should be doing to grow, maintain, and care for the most popular styles of facial hair.
A rugged beard should look natural, but it should also have a hint of maintenance. Chris Pine's look here projects the perfect sophisticated rugged beard, which is more like a garden that has the appearance of being wild – involving a bit of landscaping.
"These are shorter beards of between one to two weeks growth," says Mike Sposito at FELLOW Barber. "The style is maintained by keeping both the cheek and neck line faded rather than just going for an even trim across the board." Shorter versions of this type of beard should be trimmed and faded at the one or two guard every one or two weeks, longer versions can do so at a three guard every two or three weeks.
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