Are you growing a beard this quarantine? You’re not alone. “Beards Are the Hottest Quarantine Trend!” declared InsideEdition. WWD has dubbed “The Corona-Beard” “Men’s New Quarantine Hobby.” GQ went ahead and compiled a list of celebrities hopping on the beard trend that included john Legend, Kid Kudi, and Joe Jonas. And even The New Yorker dedicated full social analysis to the trend: “During the coronavirus pandemic, facial hair has become…a way to convey solidarity from afar.”
It makes sense. Working from home plus free time to dedicate to grooming and maintenance equals…prime quarantine beard growth. It’s like a real-life chia pet you finally have time to show love and attention to! To prevent yourself from looking more like Tom Hanks in Castaway than the handsome devil you are, we asked bearded Bidtellectuals to share their top tips for your quarantine beard from grooming to shampooing. Go forth and grow!
Invest in the right tools.
Invest in a good grooming kit including trimmers, blow dryer, horse hairbrush, and wooden comb. Invest in beard oil or wax(your preference). Wash and condition your beard at least once a week. And if you plan to grow it long be prepared to look unkempt while it grows out. Check out all of the tutorials on YouTube for ideas on how you want to style your beard.
Jason Taylor, Director of Information Technology
Beard Shampoo is key. And Beard Oil is not a scam!
I have been binge-watching Sons of Anarchy, so my motivation to grow a beard is at its peak. Beard shampoo is key for moisturizing and conditioning the skin underneath the beard, but it also helps keep the beard clean and give it a fuller look. I had no idea that the hair on your face is much different than the hair on your head, so your regular hair products (shampoo/conditioner) don’t necessarily work for your face. However, without any proper research and information, applying any skin care products over your skin may not be a good idea. You can read about the product and the manufacturing company on the internet in the form of blogs, articles, and reviews like Beverly Hills MD reviews in Reviews bird. Once you have acquired the necessary knowledge, you can buy it from any shop or order it online from an e-store..
Beard oil has been great for styling and giving it a cleaner, maintained look. A wooden beard comb also helps as well. (A plastic hair brush could hurt your beard.) I honestly thought all the beard oil/balms were a scam, but they actually work!
Bobby Niebler, Director of Platform Solutions
Use beard oil and wax frequently. Comb daily. Beard and mustache grooming is very important to make it look presentable. While you can take care of facial hairs by yourself, you could also explore Local Barber Shops to visit once in a while for professional assistance. Having said that, if you do not have the time to go to a barber shop, it may be worthwhile to invest in an electric shaver to make the work easier for you. However, before purchasing one, make sure that you go through various electric shaver reviews so that you may get an idea of which brand to buy. For instance, check out this Braun XT5 Electric Shaver or other similar ones.
Like beard grooming, you could also try some skincare routines for your face. People often try to look more handsome with a trimmed beard, nice clothes, and trendy shoes. Some men even want to have a perfect body which is free from any extra fat. Getting your body shape according to your preference might be easy, but the situation may not be the same for your facial features. For example, if you want to have a nose in perfect shape, it may not be possible to achieve that by working hard in a gym or eating healthy food. You can either opt for surgery or a non-surgical nose job. However, non-surgical rhinoplasty can be preferred over any major operation in order to look nice. Similarly, you can look good with regular trimming of your beard, if it suits you.
-John Ferber, Founder
I grew out a beard once.
I grew out a beard once and someone sent me Honest Amish Beard Balm to keep it conditioned and smooth.
– Tim Chidsey, Software Engineer
The itchiness subsides
Trimming (not for length, but for shape) your beard can help you define its “boundaries,” especially around the mouth and cheeks. I don’t use anything special, but I do condition my beard (with a regular hair conditioner) every few weeks and brush and comb it frequently.
If you’re growing for the first time, the itchiness subsides in 1 – 2weeks. If it goes longer than that, your skin probably won’t tolerate a beard. I use styling wax if I don’t want a “fly-away” look to my whiskers. Also works great if you sport a ponytail.
John Szumowski, Director of Sales, Southeast
There you have it. If you decided to grow a beard this quarantine, no need to regret it (yet). Follow these tips to make the most of it. Hey, we think you look handsome!
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Charlotte Otremba is Sr. Manager of Communications and Marketing at Bidtellect.