Great Stubble Trimmer Options Abound Now, But That Wasn’t Always The Case

A few years ago, you wouldn’t have found a stubble trimmer anywhere online or in any local stores. They just didn’t exist. But a few years before that they did — for a very short time.

Can you guess why? If you’re a fan of 1980s cop shows, you probably already know the answer.

Thinking About Stubble Trimmers

Since beard trimmers have been available, you could get ones that cut fairly short — but that’s not the same as a stubble trimmer — a device specifically designed to give you that look of two or three day’s growth of facial hair. For a long time, if you wanted stubble you had to shave, then wait.

Now, there are dozens of special trimmers on the market for every type of facial hair. The best stubble trimmer is one that’s adjustable to give you options about how you look and powerful enough to do the job well, but I digress. This article is a history, not a review.

Modern stubble trimmers returned to the marketplace in 2010. As sales of all kinds of male grooming tools and trimmers were increasing, stubble was suddenly in. Girls started to expect their men to have some stubble — or at least some of them did. In 2011, 2012 and beyond, sales of stubble trimmers and all other related kinds of facial hair maintenance devices have increased — some might say skyrocketed.

No matter the price, we’re willing to buy them because they do the job for which they were intended — and they do them well. If they didn’t, sales would have tanked.

Stubble In 1986

In fact, stubble trimmers have already tanked once. In 1986, Wahl — a respected name in male grooming products — introduced the Miami Device, a single-setting stubble trimmer names after the cop show Miami Vice. In this campy and somewhat silly show, Don Johnson wore pastel-colored suits over t-shirts and was rarely seen clean-shaven.

Miami Vice inspired a short-lived stubble trend — and a pastel suite trend also, I’m afraid. Fortunately, both passed quickly into history.

Introduced in the spring of 1986, the Miami Device was called an electric razor because there wasn’t yet a name for these kinds of trimmers. Then, someone at Wahl apparently realized that producers of the show could sue them for trademark infringement for introducing a trimmer with a name so similar to the TV series, so it was then renamed the Stubble Device.

But very few people bought it. While not shaving for a day or two became a minor trend, grooming stubble just didn’t catch on then — and the Miami Device faded away quickly. So did other trends started by the popular show, including wearing no sock, rolling up your sleeves and using Ray-Ban sunglasses as an everyday prop.

Some of the shows influence persisted, perhaps, but stubble would have to wait another two and a half decades to reemerge.

Why Is It Back?

There are a lot of theories about where the recent stubble trend came from. Truthfully, it never entirely went away after Don Johnson first popularized it, but more recent actors in teenage movies and action flicks seem to get the credit for bring it back again.

And I would bet it’s here to stay.

Choosing the best stubble trimmer you can find makes maintaining stubble a lot easier than shaving every day — which means this popular trend is a time-saver as well as lifestyle choice. And many of us think stubble looks great anyway. More importantly, many of the people who are attracted to us think stubble is good idea too.

So who cares where it started or whether it’s in? For me, facial hair of some kind will always be in.

How To Grow Scruff You Can Be Proud Of

Some guys have to be clean shaven for work or other reasons, but if you have the ability and opportunity to grow out your scruff, you owe it to yourself to give it a try. Many women (and men) find scruff sexy, but it always looks best when done right.

I’ve picked up some great tips and advice for doing it right, and I’ll share with you what I’ve learned. First, though, it’s necessary to talk about who really shouldn’t grow any stubble.

When Scruff Is A Bad Idea

This is highly subjective information, and you may not agree with all of it, but I feel compelled to explain some situations where scruff doesn’t really look good. Don’t let this discourage you if you’re set on maintaining a casual and carefree look, but consider not having scruff if any of the following are true:

Your facial hair is patchy. When your facial hair coverage is uneven, scruff may not look good. You need complete coverage for the best possible look, and patchiness can simply make you look unkempt. You don’t want that.

You have a fat face. I’m sorry to say it, but stubble on a chubby face doesn’t always work. It seems to just draw attention to the wide face or the double chin. If this is the case for you, shave daily or let your beard grow to a medium length so the shape of the beard can help redefine the shape of your face.

Your hair color varies. If you have a blond beard and darker hair, stubble may not give you the look you desire. And if your facial hair is darker or redder than your head hair, you can look a bit uneven overall if you grow out your scruff.

It’s also a good idea to avoid scuff if you’re a khakis and button-up shirt kind of guy. Having facial hair indicates you’re casual and can’t be bothered to dress up, and it won’t look good on you if your wardrobe or haircut suggests otherwise.

How To Grow Great Scruff

There are a couple of ways to get good scuff. One is to shave at night and look for great results in the morning. For some guys, overnight stubble is just enough for the look they desire. For most guys, however, that doesn’t provide enough hair growth for noticeable and appealing results.

Good results often require growing for two or three days. But then how do you maintain the perfect look? Some guys shave so that they have optimal scuff length on Saturdays or whatever days they get to go out. But some of us like to go out several nights a week and want to always look our best.

For that, you’ll need the best scruff trimmer you can find. While some beard trimmers will work, a scuff trimmer is specially made for the purpose and has an adjustable blade guard that allows you to get the exact length you want.

Here’s another piece of advice: don’t try to shape around the edges of your scruff very much. This defeats the purpose. Having a shaved neck and stubble on your cheeks makes it look like you’re trying to hard. When it gets long enough to be considered a beard, you need to clean up the edges. But stubble is meant to be carefree.

If, however, your facial hair grows right up to your eyes, you have stray hairs on your cheeks or your facial hair connects with your chest hair, shaving a few bits can make a difference. If only a few hairs are involved, you can pluck those out with tweezers for long-lasting results that no one will notice as much as they’ll notice shaving around the edges.

Some Final Thoughts

Scruff is very popular, so it makes sense to give it a try. If it doesn’t look great on you, you can keep growing for a beard length that fits your face or shave to get a clean-shaving look that’s classic and has been popular for decades.

Being clean shaven will never go out of style, but scruff seems to be here to stay. If you can manage it and make it look good, it can be a great way to express your personality and improve your sex appeal too. Experiment a bit and see how you can make scruff work for you.

The Best Selection Of Male Grooming Products Online Is At A Surprising Place

For several years, I’ve been buying all my male grooming products online. That includes the ones I use on my beard, hair and body as well as those that I give as gifts. A couple times, I’ve even had a men’s gift set shipped directly to a distant friend.

But I can’t afford to shop at a specialty online retailer that makes beard oils by hand or assembles every straight razor in their garage. I have other things in my life to spend money on, so I consider Amazon my personal source for male grooming products. So far, I’ve been able to find just about everything I want there.

Didn’t know that Amazon sells face, hair, beard and body grooming supplies? A lot of people don’t, but this online retailers has a little of everything. It just happens that there are lots of different products in stock for men who like to take care of themselves.

Examples Of Male Grooming Products Available Online

The first thing I remember ordering online was a stubble trimmer to maintain my scruff. Since then, I’ve moved on to having a full beard most of the time, and I’ve bought other beard trimmers and even some hair clippers.

When I did some research to decide which was the best straight razor during the brief time I experimented with shaving before starting a beard again, I found that the brand that many guys like best is available from Amazon — along with a wide selection of creams, shaving oils and related products.

And this list goes on.

Most recently, I’ve found that as my beard gets longer, it gets a bit wavy. And I’ve found that combing it and applying a beard conditioner can reduce the waviness somewhat. I learned online that a beard brush used regularly can help straighten out waviness better than just a comb. I found the Billy Jealousy Beard Envy Kit on Amazon to deal with this issue. It includes a great brush as well as a beard wash and a beard conditioner product that are working for me and my wavy beard.

And still, this just scratches the surface.

The Best Prices For Men’s Products

Because some products are available from multiple sellers who sell as third-parties on Amazon, prices stay low. And since Amazon has to compete online with so many other companies, it can’t afford to set prices too high. I can’t remember ever finding a better price than the Amazon price for anything I’ve ordered. Often, when I see a trimmer or other male grooming product at a store that I’ve bought online, the store price is 20 to 30 percent higher. One trimmer was even 45 percent more at Walmart than at Amazon.

You may not think of a massive online retailer as a men’s boutique or any other kind of specialty store, but if you have a look around the site, you’ll find the best prices there for the men’s grooming products you like. Whether you’re looking for a trimmer, a razor, some lotions and potions or that beard brush you’re needing, there are more choices than at any local store available at prices that are below retail.

What more could you want?

Click here to have a look at the price for the Billy Jealousy Beard Envy Kit at Amazon — and then explore a bit once you get there. You’ll be surprised what you find.

Beard Trimming: Better Left To Professionals Or A Do-It-Yourself Project?

If you’ve been reading much about beard trimming, you know there’s disagreement on lots of topics related to this very personal task that all guys with beards must deal with. Some people say it’s best to leave beard grooming to the professionals. Others think you should learn to do it yourself.

While I think it’s fine to let a professional groom your beard sometimes — you might pick up a trick or two — I also think it’s an important part of being a man to learn to do it yourself.

If you decide to follow my advice and learn to trim your facial hair yourself, you’ll need tools to do the job well. For some, that’s simply a pair of scissors. For most guys today, a trimmer is the easiest way to handle beard trimming.

Beard Trimming Advice

When grooming your beard, consider this advice:

Buy high-quality barber scissors. You won’t get good results with office scissors, which are too imprecise and usually too dull for beard trimming.

Get some good combs. You need a wide-toothed comb for combing your beard to make sure everything is groomed well and doesn‘t get pressed down too much, but you’ll need a fine-toothed comb for close grooming of a moustache.

Use more than one mirror. Things look different in different mirrors, plus you always need a side view. For most guys, this means doing most of the grooming with your well-lit wall mirror and checking the sides with a large hand mirror. Make sure any mirror you use is large enough to easily see your whole face at once.

Never trim your beard or moustache when wet. Your hair flattens out when wet and seems longer. If you cut it when wet, it will be too short once it dries, and it will look so bad you’ll probably end up having to shave everything off.

Start at one ear and trim downward. This helps if you have trouble keeping things even when trimming with scissors. Do one side at a time completely instead of going back and forth. When you work on both sides at once, you tend to overtrim in one area before moving on, which causes you to lose length and take more time than necessary.

Keep the length long on your trimmer guard. Until you get the hang of it, keep the setting fairly long on your beard trimmer. Often trimmers cut more than they appear to cut, so go over everything at a longer setting before deciding if you want to try a shorter one.

Trim your moustache by combing straight down. Even if you plan to push your moustache hairs to the side or curl them at the edges, comb down for trimming to get them even.

Don’t pluck stray hairs. Try combing again to make stray hairs lay down. If this doesn’t work, trim the hair with scissors. Plucking a hair damages the follicle and could mean it will never grown back.

Choosing The Right Beard Trimmer

A good beard trimmer is a tool every man needs if you want to be well-groomed. It’s easier, I think, to get a nice trim with a trimmer than with scissors, but make sure the trimmer you choose is a good one. Consider these characteristics:

Features and attachments. You may not need a carrying case, but you’ll need attachments of several different lengths as you experiment.

Corded or cordless. Corded models often have more power, but cordless models are more convenient. I use a cordless one and it’s plenty good enough.

Battery operated or rechargeable. Some beard trimmers run on disposable batteries, but I prefer models that have built-in batteries that can be recharged. These seem more powerful to me.

Price. The cheapest thing you find is probably junk, but you don’t have to pay top dollar either. Choose a mid-priced unit for the best combination of value and quality.

Whatever you do, have fun. A beard isn’t meant to be a hassle or a burden, so use care and use the right equipment and have fun maintaining your facial hair however you want it. For a lot of guys, one of the best reasons to have a beard is getting to work on it every week.

There’s no reason to leave the job of beard trimming to a professional when you can learn to do the job yourself to your complete satisfaction.

Control A Wavy Beard With These Five Tips

We all want what we don’t have, or so it seems. Those of us with a little waviness in our beards would like them to be straight. But those who have facial hairs that’s as straight as an arrow often want a bit of wave to give it character.

Anyway, it’s possible to take a curly beard with hairs growing in every direction and tame it. If you follow these five tips, you can control a wavy beard and perhaps achieve the look your desire even if it doesn’t come naturally or easily:

1. Comb your beard when wet. It’s important to only wash your beard gently, but it’s a good idea to comb through a wavy beard while wet. This works just like a straightening iron to help press the hair down and keep it in line. With practice, you’ll find that combing in the direction of the waviness can actually help iron it away.

2. Be careful how you sleep. A wave or curl at the bottom of a medium-length or long beard can be from crushing the beard hairs while you sleep. While you can’t control how you sleep all night, using your hand to smooth your beard just before turning to go to sleep can make a big difference. Then, wet the hair and comb it in the right direction as soon as you get up, if necessary, to help train it.

3. Use some product. Hair products aren’t just for women, but facial hair requires just the right thing. Regular hair conditioner dries hair, so use a beard conditioner or beard oil to treat yours. In addition to helping straighten it, it will make the hair softer and more manageable. Plus, it improves overall beard health and adds a bit of sheen

4. Consider a change in length. Waviness shows less in both shorter and longer beards, so consider a length change. Cutting your beard short enough could eliminate any waviness or curl, but allowing it to grow out can help too. The weight of hair can help pull itself straight, and longer hair is easier to comb in a way that reduces the appearance of curling.

5. Train it over time. Don’t give up if you don’t get immediate results with these tips. By combing your hair while wet and also when dry frequently each day, being careful while you sleep, using product and perhaps letting your beard grow out, it will actually look better and better with each passing day. Hair benefits from repeated and prolonged training, so try to style your beard every day.

Final Thoughts

I suggest that you don’t be too quick to try to control a wavy beard. A bit of kink and curl gives a beard some character. As I said, we all want what we can’t have, but we can choose to be satisfied with things as they are.

In other words, consider accepting your beards natural state.

There’s nothing wrong with some waviness — but there’s nothing wrong with trying to smooth it out a bit either. After taking care of your beard day after day, the hair will conform better to your desired look, and you’ll get used to minor imperfections too.

Having a beard is supposed to be fun, though, so don’t obsess about it. Enjoy it every day in whatever way you can — whether that’s accepting how it is or having some fun trying to train it to be different.

6 Tips For Cleaning Up Stray Beard Hairs

Don’t abandon the beard of your dreams because of stray hairs. Are there really things that work for cleaning up stray beard hairs that stick out in every direction, ruining the perfectly-sculpted look you want?

Sure there are. For every problem, there’s a solution — and stray hairs don’t have to derail the great beard you’re destined to have.

Fortunately, these six tips can help you control those out-of-control beard hairs that won’t behave as they should. Try one or more of them and see if your facial hair doesn’t look better than ever before. And remember, the trick is persistence. You may not solve the problem on your first attempt.

Here are your six tips for controlling stay beard hairs:

1. Let them grow longer. Lots of guys over-trim their beards, cutting them so short that some hairs — especially on the chin and in the mustache area — are certain to stick out. Instead of trimming and retrimming the hairs that won’t behave, try letting them grow longer so they will lay down better. Even a few centimeters makes a huge difference.

2. Use a better trimmer in the first place. One of the tricks to great beard grooming is using the right trimmer. When you look at the gaps between the comb teeth on some trimmer guards, it’s easy to see how the hairs don’t all end up the same length — and how some hairs get missed altogether. When you use a powerful, highly recommended tool for grooming your facial hair, you get better results.

3. Trim at night so you can retrim in the morning. After you wash or sleep on your hair or beard, some hairs change direction. Trim at night, then retrim the next morning on the same trimmer setting to make sure you’re catching those hairs that were laying down the night before. This can dramatically improve the look of your beard.

4. Avoid trimming when you hair is wet, sweaty of dirty. While salon stylists often trim your head hair wet, this doesn’t work very well for your beard, especially if you use a trimmer. Wet or dirty hair gets compressed, and when you trim it, you’ll end up cutting it too short. Instead, trim clean hair. It’s a hassle, I know, because then you’ll need a shower to get the hairs off you, but it works better.

5. Use conditioner. From the time your beard starts getting long enough to see, use conditioning products frequently. This can include regular hair conditioner, leave-in hair treatments and special beard conditioner. Remember, though, to condition all along. Don’t just wait until you see stray hairs. Stray hairs may be ones that are damaged from being undernourished and getting dried out.

6. Tolerate some imperfection. We’re all different, and those of us whose beards aren’t very dense in places have more stray hairs than guys with dense hair that covers their face evenly. Accept the imperfections. There’s no reason you have to look like everyone else, so do the best you can with what you have.

And here’s a final, very important piece of advice: Don’t let minor imperfections or problems like stray beard hairs ruin your bearded dreams. If you want a beard, go for it. It may not be quite perfect some days, but it’s so much better than shaving.

With a beard, you’ll look better, feel better and waste less time grooming than the guys who shave every day.

Is A Natural Beard Dye Really Better Than A Commercial Product?

While natural is sometimes best, there may be no advantage to you in choosing a natural beard dye. For the best performance and consistent results, you may prefer to use a commercially available product from one of the big-name companies that have spent years developing and perfecting their beard coloring.

Let’s take a moment to explore your options for coloring your beard and see if any of them start to sound best for you.

Test Everything For Irritation

No matter what you’re considering applying to your beard, you need to test it first for irritation. While commercial dyes are somewhat more likely to irritate than natural products, you need to test whatever you’re considering.

Here’s how to do it: do a patch test. Place a small amount of the dye — perhaps a half-teaspoon — on a sensitive but inconspicuous patch of skin you can cover with the clothing. The smooth area of your arm near the elbow has thin, reactive skin that works well for this. Leave the beard dye there for a full 48 hours and then wash away as well as possible.

If you experience any itching, redness or irritation of any kind in this area, the product isn’t something you want to smear on your face. Try something else. Wash the dye away before the 48 hours is up if you see even the first signs of irritation so that you can prevent a nasty rash or infection that could develop if you’re seriously allergic to the beard dye.

The Only Real Natural Beard Dye

While some beard coloring may claim to be natural, the only truly effective natural beard dye is henna, and it won’t work for you unless your natural color is a good match for it. Henna is made from plants and very few people are allergic to it, but test for irritation anyway.

Then, give it a try. It doesn’t cover grey nearly as well as commercial products, but some consider it safer, and it isn’t likely to cause irritation. The advantage of henna is that is softens rather than dries and makes hair seem thicker, both pluses.

Application is tricky though. You must first use petroleum jelly to mask off the parts of your face you don’t want to dye since it will stain skin. Mix the henna powder with water to make a paste that’s about two parts henna and one part water. Cover your beard with this paste in a thick layer — then wait an hour.

That’s right: you need to commit a full hour to henna dying your beard if you want acceptable results.

Reconsidering Commercial Beard Coloring

Millions of men use beard dye without an issue, so if you pass the irritation test, the simplest and most effective option for you might be to go with a commercial product. The most proven and widely tested is Just For Men, but there are others as well. Just For Men has gained such a wide reputation in the industry because it works well and is available in a much wider array of colors than natural beard dyes. Plus, it really works and some so-called natural products simply don’t.

If you’re concerned about whether you’ll like the benefits of beard coloring or want to use something that’s temporary, there are even brush-in products similar to mascara that you can use only when you want to cover the grey for an event or to have your photo taken. It’s a different kind of beard coloring that involves less commitment and carries no risk of staining and little risk of irritation.

Of course, you can just enjoy your natural color or the grey and forget about beard dye altogether. But if you want to get involved in beard coloring, understand that there’s more than one viable option — and the big-name commercial products may just be the best choice for some guys.

You Don’t Have To Tolerate An Itchy Beard!

Some guys seem to think that itching is a right of passage and a daily annoyance if they want to have a beard. But that isn’t true! You don’t have to tolerate an itchy beard.

Itching can be a sign of skin irritation — or it can simply be a response to that tickly feeling that you get when hair brushes against skin. If you aren’t used to it, that can seem annoying, itchy and even painful.

Here are seven things you can do to limit or eliminate the itchiness you feel when you’re growing a beard, when you’ve had it for a while or, actually, anytime:

Wash frequently. It sounds really gross, but bacteria can cause itching, so wash your beard frequently. Consider using a dandruff shampoo like Selsun Blue. It’s formulated to reduce dry skin, a common cause of itching, plus it has menthol to sooth the itch. Just keep it out of your eyes. Nothing hurts worse.

Moisturize regularly. Don’t be afraid to rub moisturizer through your beard into your skin. Focus on areas where you feel the most itching. A skin moisturizer reduced dry skin and that crackly, tight feeling that dry skin can cause. The skin under a beard is often the most mistreated on the body.

Use beard conditioner. Special beard conditioners are designed to treat your beard hair as well as the skin beneath it. Plus, they have pleasant, manly smells and improve the look and feel of your beard. You can also use regular hair conditioner or leave-in conditioner, but they often smell weird and aren’t strong enough.

Use something oily. Even stronger than beard conditioners, products like jojoba oil and even simple olive oil can help eliminate the problem of an itchy beard. Be careful though. It doesn’t take much oil to condition an entire beard, and too much oil can clog pore and cause bumps and additional irritation.

Grow it longer. Longer beards tend to itch less because the hairs grow well past the skin, meaning the sharp ends don’t rub against the skin as much. So keep growing, using the other tips in this article to help you tolerate any itchiness until you get past that stage.

Trim the trouble spots judiciously. Sometimes, it’s only one or two spots that are actually itching — even though the whole beard can seem itchy. For me, it’s under my nose and over my ears. So pull out or trim stray hairs under your nose and trim your beard hair clear of the top of your ears — if you have the same problems.

Use a hydrocortisone cream. A mild anti-itch cream applied on any areas that are particularly bothersome can make you feel a lot better. Chances are, the problem will go away when the specific irritation heals or when the hairs in the area grow out past the itchy stage.

Learning the tricks to eliminate minor irritations and beard itchiness is part of having a beard.

An itchy beard can be caused by not washing enough, washing so much that you dry out the skin or failing to condition or oil your beard. Good beard grooming involves solving minor problems that come up as you’re growing — rather than shaving at the first sign of trouble.

Even though a great beard is worth a little irritation, you don’t have to suffer if you follow these tips and tricks.

Six Pieces Of Beard Care Advice To Help You Avoid Bad Beard Syndrome

One of the secrets to having a better beard — and therefore a better life — is caring for and grooming your beard well.

We’ve all seen guys with bad beards. Some guys can’t really grow a good beard, but some guys with great growing patterns, amazing density and nice color still mess up their beards by over-trimming, shaping wrong or using dye incorrectly.

If a guy can’t grow a good beard and wants to try anyway, more power to him. Why not go for it? But if you can grow something amazing and keep messing it up, you’re suffering from BBS — Bad Beard Syndrome. And you can change your ways so you’ll look and feel better.

Even if you’ve made mistakes in the past, the beard you’re growing now can be your best ever if you follow these six pieces of advice:

1. Get help from a professional.

It’s expensive and time-consuming to have a barber trim your beard regularly, and it’s a futile effort since the hair will just grow out anyway. But going to a barber once or twice for a beard trim and watching what and how he or she does it can be very instructive. Just remember that you have to go to a real, old-fashioned barber. Cosmetologists and hair stylists don’t learn how to trim beards — and they won’t even try.

2. Use shave oil instead of shaving cream so you can see what you’re doing.

You’ll never be able to shave a perfect neck line or cheek line if you keep using traditional shaving cream. You won’t be able to see what you’re doing. Using a shave oil like The Gentlemen’s Refinery Pre-Shave Oil is a better idea. In addition to being able to see what you want to keep and what you want to shave away, a product like this one also conditions your skin, limiting irritation, bumps and dryness.

3. Invest in a high-quality trimmer.

Once you’ve made the decision to try for a significant, good-looking beard, it’s time to invest in a really good trimmer. Beard grooming is a task that shouldn’t be left to something you pick up at a discount store. Good beard care involves shelling out for a good trimmer that you can use for your face, head — and anywhere else you like to groom. Cordless hair clippers are good for this purpose too — as long as you go with a good brand.

4. Comb frequently to help train unruly hairs.

We all have some hairs or patches that just don’t behave as we want them to. With frequent combing, however, these can sometime be trained. Whether because of strange growth patterns, scarring or whatever, a few strange spots are no reason to abandon an otherwise epic beard. Just do what you can to tame the weird spots, then live with the results. An imperfect beard is still better than none at all.

5. Use care with beard dye.

Whether you have prematurely graying hair or some spots that don’t match that need to be covered up, beard dye can look fine if done properly. But it can also look awful. You’ve probably seen men with beard coloring that looks painted one — or with roots showing at all the edges. Follow package instructions — and use a good brand. The Just For Men brush-in color gel works okay, but you may find other brands you like better.

6. Don’t attempt a beard without a good mirror.

You’d be surprised how many men try to trim a beard by just looking in a mirror in front of them. You also need a handheld mirror or wall-mounted mirror with telescoping arm to help you see all sides. You’ll soon understand that what you see in front of you isn’t what other people see at all. And many more people see you from the side or the back than see your face straight on.

Final Thoughts

No matter why you want a beard or how long you plan to keep it, you need to do everything you can to make it look good. Good beard grooming involves choosing the right tools, the right style and learning the tricks and techniques that help you have a beard that looks like it belongs on your face.

Maybe your beard isn’t the best beard ever, but it can be amazingly great if you understand proper beard care. It can make you look better — and feel better about yourself too.

Guys are meant to have beards, at least occasional. So don’t miss out.

Shaving Oil Is Better Than Shaving Cream For Dozens Of Reasons

Are you wondering if shaving oil is right for you? Could it help you do a better job shaving the areas of your face that you shave? Is it really any better than shaving cream? And why is there so much recent talk about it?

We have some answers for you.

For reasons as varied as eliminating irritation and being able to actually see what you’re doing, shave oil is catching on fast. Actually, though, people have been using vegetable oils, lards and other oil-based products to shave with for years, so it make sense that the trend would come into public focus again.

Clearing Up Some Confusion

There are a number of articles online that seem to create confusion about shave oil and pre-shave oil. While there is a difference in usage, the products can actually be used interchangeably. A shaving oil is used instead of shaving cream. A pre-shave oil is applied as a moisturizer and a conditioner before using cream.

But since this site is about having a better bearded life, why is there even a discussion of this topic here? That’s easy: Some of us shave sometimes. And many of us shave neck lines, cheek lines and sometimes sculpt goatees, mustaches and sideburns.

Benefits Of Shaving Oil

Choosing an oil rather than a cream is an intelligent and responsible thing to do. Here are a few of the reasons that’s true:

You can see what you’re doing with an oil. Creams obscure your view, and if you’re shaving around a beard, you need to see what you’re doing to get clean lines. Otherwise, you’ll suffer from Bad Beard Syndrome.

You get fewer bumps, less irritation and reduce ingrown hairs. When you use something oily, the blade glides smoothly across the skin and doesn’t tug, pull or tear. And because the cut is smoother and a second pass may not be required, there’s less irritation and fewer of the bumps that cause hairs to grow inward.

It’s usually more natural. Creams are chemical concoctions made to feel a certain way; oils are almost always more natural. They rarely contain harsh chemicals because they don’t need to. They work without using things that you probably don’t need to put on your skin.

It’s more environmentally friendly. Oils are in smaller packages, so they require less energy to transport, less packaging to contain and create less waste for landfills. And they aren’t in dangerous pressurized cans that you don’t need in your home.

It’s great for travel. Because these shaving lubricants come in small containers that don’t take up much room and comply with liquid regulations for carry-on bags, they’re great for traveling without the hassles or dangers of those metal canisters.

It actually cost less. You might not realize it immediately since the containers are small, but shave oils are usually less expensive than other products. It takes so little to do the job that you can get hundreds of uses from a single small bottle.

Wrapping Up

There are benefits to you and to the world when you choose a shave oil over a traditional cream. And whether you have a beard all the time, none of the time or from time to time, you can probably benefit from a smoother shave, being able to see what you’re doing and having softer, more conditioned skin when you finish.

Taking care of your skin is just as important to being well groomed as taking care of your beard.