Richard Biedul gives good beard. So good in fact, that he’s one of the ‘Money Guys’ on Models.com – the fashion industry’s ultimate list of ridiculously good looking, high earning individuals who continually bank major campaigns.
The hirsute chin of this solicitor-turned-model (and member of the GQ Grooming Awards panel) has helped him land big jobs for Canali, Etro and La Perla. And it’s not just the elegant Italians who rate him either, he’s a regular face for Richard James, Paul Smith and Oliver Spencer too. If your facial fuzz helped pay your mortgage, you’d look after it too, so we’ve gathered his expert intelligence on how to get the best from your beard below…
How to take care of your beard
“Whilst facial hair should be washed regularly, it is important to remember that the hair on your head is very different to the hair on your chin. Regular shampoo contains chemicals which strip the natural oils from your scalp and hair. Using regular shampoo on your facial hair will ultimately leave it looking dull and lifeless, like a well-used Brillo pad – trust me, you don’t want that. Specialist beard shampoos (of which there are now many to choose from for all budgets) are free from harsh, stripping agents.
“As the seasons turn, temperatures drop and the central heating comes on you may experience dryness and possibly (cue sharp intake of breath) dreaded ‘beard-ruff’. But, be warned, beard-ruff can strike at any time if you fail to pay due attention to the skin underneath. As part of a complete grooming regime you should be using an exfoliating cleanser to regularly remove the dead skin from beneath the beard. In addition to this, I would suggest an electronic facial cleansing brush which will not only cleanse and exfoliate your skin but also simultaneously soften your stubble.”
“It is important to remember to keep both your beard and the skin beneath it hydrated. To moisturise your beard, consider investing in a good beard balm. This will give you the hold of a wax coupled with the conditioning agents of an oil. I like Bulldog Original Beard Balm, which will leave your beard feeling soft, smooth and perfectly groomed. You should also continue to apply your normal daily moisturiser directly to the skin beneath your beard, leaving as little residue behind as possible.
“Regularly combing your beard stimulates the blood flow to the beard follicles and encourages healthy growth, it also distributes the natural oils along the hair shaft, improving condition. Combing your beard after applying beard balm, serum or oil will reduce friction, prevent pulling and minimise hair breakage.
“If you are confident enough to trim and maintain your beard at home, invest in the right equipment. The Braun Beard Trimmer BT5050 has 20 length settings which allows you to easily maintain your chosen length of stubble or a longer full length beard. However, if like me, you have the hand eye co-ordination of a toddler, then regular trips to your local barber (every four to six weeks) are essential. My barber, Frank Rimer of Thy Barber, 384 Old Street, probably knows my facial hair better than I do, and is always on hand with a hot towel and some helpful advice on which products to use to help maintain the condition of my beard between visits.”