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.
The Colorful Beard
"Facial hair does not produce the same melanin as the hair follicles on top of your head," says Jeff Yabut Master Barber at Truman's Gentleman's Groomers, which is why a beard is both coarser and more prismatic than the fuzz that grows on top of your head. "I would suggest to stay as natural as you can," he says. Blake Shelton is a great example – he has reds, blonds, browns, and grays and it only adds to his swag. There are men who do color their beards to either hide some bizarre pigmentation combinations or the onset of grays, but color doesn't take well to the thick hair on your face.
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