It’s that time of the year again: the No-Shave November will let many boys look like real grown men with those full beards. For some it might just be a fun little yearly challenge, but if we’re really honest, we want it to be a proper dare. No shaving for an entire month doesn’t mean you should just let those growing facial hair as they are—unruly and sometimes unattractive.
So make the most out of No-Shave November by hitting two birds with one stone: completing the challenge and looking great for the whole month. With just the proper care and the right products, you might just win the best-looking beard for the challenge or you might be convinced that the beard look could be your best daily look even beyond November.
You can’t escape it: the beard comes with issues
People might think that having a beard means there’s no need for grooming or face maintenance. Understandably so, you won’t need to shave, right? But here’s the catch: shaving is replaced by different grooming steps like trimming, conditioning, oiling, etc. And no—just letting your beard be isn’t a good escape plan. Or else, you’d be confronted with possible acne, irritation, dry skin, and even dandruff.
Yes, having the beard or mustache and wanting it to look and feel good on your face comes with a price. But don’t worry if you don’t know anything about it yet—we’re here to walk you through the proper care your beard and facial hair need. Let’s take it step by step, or if we’re being more precise, tip by tip.
Tip #1: Exfoliate
Products to use:
- Anthony For Men Facial Scrub ($36)
- Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant ($37)
- Brandt Microdermabrasion ($79)
Tip #2: Use Shampoo!
Yup, that’s right—you gotta have a special kind of shampoo for your beard, and not the one you just use for your actual hair. If you’re having issues with inflammation, step it up with something with selenium sulphide or ketoconazole.
Some of the best shampoos for your beard:
- Bluebeards Original Beard Wash ($21.49)
- Medicine Man’s Itchy Beard Wash ($22.66)
- Polished Gentleman Beard Growth and Thickening Shampoo and Conditioner ($19.95)
Tip #3: Moisturizing/Conditioning is key
Shampooing isn’t the only step for caring for the actual facial hair—conditioning or moisturizing are, too. You wouldn’t want a really dry hair on your face, right? Because if yes, you might just be ready to have an itchy face all the time.
Moisturizers/Conditioners for your facial hair:
- Billy Jealousy Beard Control ($20)
- Clinique For Men 2-in-1 Skin Hydrator & Beard Conditioner ($21.80)
- Natural Grizzly Beard Conditioner ($21.99)
Tip #4: Understand the need for beard oil
We can already hear you complaining, “We’ve done shampoo and conditioner. Isn’t that enough?” Well, that could be enough if you don’t want your beard to be soft, comfortable, and fragrant. But with beard oil? It’s gonna be at its best shape and smell, and you know you want that.
The beard oils you’ll find impressive:
- Tom Ford Conditioning Beard Oil ($50)
- Jack Black Beard Oil ($25)
- House 99 Softer Touch Beard Oil ($35)
Tip #5: Brush the beard
Okay, you must admit, this one’s that much of a hassle. You can just do it right straight after combing your hair. But wait, not with the same comb! There are special combs/brushes for this purpose, to ensure you won’t have unruly and tangled beard.
Untangle your beard with these brushes:
- Kent Oval Cherrywood Military Brush ($37.95)
- ZilberHaar Beard Brush ($17.99)
- Can You Handlebar Beard Oil Brush ($25)
Have you read everything and took down notes? If yes, then now you’re ready to continue with your No-Shave November ultra prepared for a gorgeous beard. Remember, you gotta exert the effort to achieve that flattering beard look. Don’t just sit there and look like a hideous creature. Care for your facial hair!
Image credits: Sweet Water Now, The Men’s Attitude, N1, Izvor/Shutterstock, The Independent, Milkman Grooming Co, Effortless Skin, Abraham’s Men’s Products, The Beard Lounge, Men’s Journal, The Manual.