To fill in basic holes and patches of lesser growth, daily stimulation is important, as is the application of beard oil, every day. So, if you’re struggling with small patches, continue growing out your beard and as those areas grow in, you can then blend the lengths when grooming. But the best way to stimulate new growth is to use a semi-stiff brush that will work on the skin, which in turn stimulates new growth due to wear and tear against the uncovered skin. Also, use a beard oil to help ignite growth, soothe itch, ease redness and irritation, while moisturizing the skin and conditioning the hair.
Then, apply beard oil to your palms and work into your beard by massaging until oil sheen reduces and oil is worked into the hair. The act of massaging your skin will also help to stimulate new and fuller growth. After applying oil, use a boar bristle brush to evenly distribute the oil, while also taming the beard. I like to use a beard balm, which essentially is a dry beard oil that is like a lotion or pomade that also soothes itch, assisting with growth and conditioning, which also provides more support for wrangling the wilder hairs that new beards always bring. From there, it’s pretty much all preference, depending on the length and style you have in mind, and of course the degree of difficulty for as far as grooming goes. I find that it’s easier to goto a professional for major beard grooming projects, because I’d hate to spend months manicuring a solid beard and then screw it all up by cutting my beard badly.
The balm I used was their Cuban Tobacco balm, which is an absolutely delectable scent with a mix of amber, clove and warming spices; and is made up of beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil and fragrance. The balm works great, feels smooth and smells even better. When needed, I like to trim some of the most unruly hairs, especially those that hang down over my upper lip, with a pair of beard sheers like Beard Unlimited’s beard scissors. Their boar bristle brush is a great additional for any beard enthusiast, beginner or veteran, because it feels good and works great at stimulating new growth and grooming the hairs down.
Most beard oils are made up of jojoba oil, grapeseed oil, argan oil, sweet almond oil, vitamin E oil, and a mixture of essential oils, which is what brings on unique scent profiles. Essential oils also contain the healing properties of the plant, tree, root or flower that can also provide benefits for hair and skin. But what I love most about Beard Unlimited’s beard care products is that using them pretty much replaces the need of using cologne, which I love because the smells act like aromatherapy, in that I can use a beard oil and smell it all day for a calming effect. Depending on which essential oils are in your products, you may find a variety of effects from them.
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Article written & Photos by Brandon Scott / Eye & Pen