Rule #4: Lube Your Whiskers
By end of week two and into week three, your hair growth will start to resemble an actual beard. Time to start treating it like one. “Poor beard maintenance leads to dandruff, split ends, and dry, irritated skin,” says Hall. “Moisturizing and treating your beard is essential for full and healthy growth.” For first-timers or anyone with sensitive skin, look for natural lubricants that will give your beard a clean, soft texture while coating it with nutrients. Bold Beardsmen’s Valencia Beard Balm ($20) and Virgin Beard Oil ($18) are both 100 percent organic and handcrafted in New York City. To use, first massage a dab of the balm into your scruff, aiming to coat the skin beneath (more or less easy depending on the thickness of your growth). Next, work a dime-size amount of oil up in your hands, then work your hands through your facial hair. The balm conditions the skin while the oil acts to enhance shine and lock in moisture.
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