The global pandemic-induced lockdowns have really been giving us an opportunity to develop skills. Some have delved back into long-loved hobbies, Duolingo usage is currently soaring (or at least in my house) and now people are learning how to manage their own personal upkeep, which will be beneficial when we can finally get back into the world.
Now, more than ever, is the time to experiment with your grooming regime. We’ve seen everything from bold buzz cuts, bleaching and mohawks to natural, longer locks, as well as surges in moustaches and a lot of beards. We’re all for the latter; facial hair, after all, is a natural feature for men and, with the right maintenance, can add serious points to your grooming game.
Wondering how to keep it cool and controlled? Our go-to barber, Carmelo Guastella, is here to help.
Carmelo Guastella: First thing to do is let your facial hair grow out. In the meantime, buy some hardware tools such as a beard trimmer and a mini trimmer. My top recommendation is Wahl’s Combi Super Taper clipper and trimmer set. Your beard will also need a comb and a pair of barbering scissors.
Now that you have plenty of spare time at home, start by trimming the hair around your cheeks (you don’t want your hair growing up towards your eyes). Another important tip: don’t let your facial hair grow all the way down your lower neck. It needs to subtly graduate to around your Adam’s apple for a neat finish. For an even smoother finish, I recommend shaving these areas. Trim those hairs creeping onto your lips with scissors or mini clippers.
If you’re using a mini clipper, my advice is to select the highest set-up length and slowly trim until you reach your ideal beard length. Make sure to use a shorter clipper comb for the area around the neck and cheeks to give a more contoured shape.
The scissors and comb are where you can get a bit artistic. Let the scissors skim over your beard to trim those remaining hairs which are sticking out. Make sure to do this consistently while combing your beard.
As for products? To keep your facial hair smoother, under control and avoid dry skin, you’ll need to regularly wash and apply a beard oil to it.