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The Bottlecode guide to beard care

How to grow a beard

Men have officially stopped shaving. 

OK, that’s not entirely true but—if you haven't noticed—the beard is back in style. In fact, sales of razor blades are down a staggering 11% (and that's a pre-COVID number).

Whether you’re on the verge of joining the Beard Guy Club or want to take better care of the one you’ve got, here are our top tips for keeping your beard in tip-top shape.

Don't forget to moisturizer

Don’t neglect the skin underneath your beard. The healthier your skin is the better your beard will look.

If you have stubble, simply work your regular daily or nightly moisturizer into your beard area to keep the skin underneath healthy and hydrated. If you’re working with something thicker, gently massaging beard oil into your skin is the best way to nourish the skin underneath.

What to look for in a beard oil

Aside from cleansing your beard 2-3 days per week, using beard oil is the best way to keep your beard soft and healthy.

There are two types of oils used in beard oil formulations, carrier oils and essential oils. Carrier oils are those that nourish and hydrate your facial hair—keeping your beard soft and healthy-looking. At Bottelcode, we like Jojoba oil, Argan oil, and Grapeseed oil because they’re non-comedogenic, meaning they won’t clog your pores and lead to breakouts on the skin under your beard.

Essential oils, on the other hand, are generally used for scent. While they’re commonly found in beard oils, it’s best to look for one that’s higher in carrier oils than essential oils because essential oils can irritate certain skin types.

How to trim your beard

Your face shape plays a role in how best to trim and style your beard. To make things simple, the most universally appealing approach is to keep it a bit shorter on the sides (around you cheeks and temples), longer around your chin, and shorter again in your mustache area.

Using a comb or a beard brush, brush your facial hair against the grain (upwards, usually) to expose any length inconsistencies. With your beard trimmer, trim downwards. It’s also OK to trim upwards with your beard trimmer but you will cut more hair that way, so proceed with caution.

The guard setting depends on your preferred beard length. If you use a 3 on the sides, use a 3 on your mustache area and a 4-5 on and around your chin. 

When trimming the edges, don’t follow your jawline. Instead, aim for the width of one or two fingers above your Adam’s apple. 

Washing your beard

If you’re using a good, sulfate-free shampoo for your hair, we’ll give you a pass for using the same shampoo for your beard. That asid, the skin on your face is different from the skin on your scalp. If you want to take your beard care to the next level, there are a wide variety of washes formulated specifically for beard hair (and the skin underneath). Our experts will find the best one for your unique preferences.

How to grow a beard

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The breakdown
  • 01
    Don't forget to moisturize.

    The healthier your skin is underneath, the better your beard will look.

  • 02
    Wash 2-3 days per week.

    Use a sulfate-free shampoo or, better yet, a wash designed specifically for beards.

  • 03
    Know your oils.

    Carrier oils like Argan oil and Jojoba oil are a beard's best friend. Essentially oils smell nice but should be secondary in a beard oil formulation.

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