Get the beard you want with these eight beard care tricks that will keep your facial hair looking resplendent.  After taking your notes head on over to our store to stock up on all your beard necessities.

First… Be Patient

A truly epic beard is the product of self-restraint.  When you first start growing, resist the urge to trim or style, and leave it untouched for the first 4-6 weeks.  This will allow the hairs to grow in evenly (some grow faster than others), and help you pick a style that suits its length and thickness.  Try some of our Beard Growth oil to tide you over while you wait for your manly mane to fill in.

Match your Beard to your Face Shape

Like any wild animal, a beard should be in-tune with it’s surrounding environment.  Consult the handy chart below after the fist month of growth, and choose a final style that complements your face shape.  Your beard will look better and so will you.

Know How (and when) to Trim

Trimming is essential to well-groomed beard – even if you plan on growing it out.  Invest in a quality trimmer, and find the right technique to suit your master plan.  Remember that if you are nervous of trimming in the wrong places it is always advisable to visit your barber, the pro’s will know exactly how to keep your beard looking it’s best.

Wash it Regularly

This is especially important in the early stages of growth, when trapped food and skin cells can increase the itchiness.  Scrub your beard several times each week with a specialised cleanser, like The Captain’s Beard Wash, then gently pat it dry.  Pat your beard dry as an overly vigorous dry can leave your beard looking frizzy.

Beard Oil is Key

We’ve said before, and we will say it again:  Nothing tames a beard like regular use of beard oil.  

Train your Beard

A daily rubdown with a comb or beard brush will wrangle stubborn hairs, training them to grow in a downward direction.

Don’t Forget the Mustache

Unless you’ve chosen a chinstrap…and we really hope you didn’t…growing an epic beard also means growing a mustache.  To keep it looking neat, trim the area around your philtrum (the area under your nose) with a pair of grooming scissors, and keep it naturally sculpted with a medium-hold wax.

Fuel Up

You can’t build a house without bricks, and the same applies for facial hair.  Your beard is made from protein and fat, but it’s also heavily reliant on Vitamins B5 B3 and B9.  That means lean meats, nuts, egg yolks, milk and plenty of leafy greens.