Once you’ve grown a beard, there’s a lot you need to think about – aside from how awesome you look. Your beard is not just a fashion accessory that you can take on and off at will.
Your beard is literally part of you, and for that reason you need to take care of it every day. Yes, you can style and trim it, but you also need to consider the effects it has on your day to day lifestyle. For starters, you’ll need to incorporate a beard care regimen into your daily routine, washing regularly and looking after your skin will help promote healthy growth. Living with a beard will also mean making some simple changes to your other daily tasks…
Eating with a beard
Perhaps the biggest problem that any beardsman will face is how to eat with a beard. No matter how hard you try, you’ve probably have spent many a meal time unsuccessfully battling to stop crumbs and sauce from decorating your beloved facial hair.
So, how do you eat when you have a beard? Well, there are a few ways you can keep your mane food-free:
- Take your time. Even if you’re hungry, slow down a little and take it easy. The quicker you eat, the more likely you are to spill food or drink down your beard.
- Take smaller bites to avoid catching food on your beard or moustache.
- Use a knife and fork where possible, as this tends to mean smaller, more manageable bites that rarely touch your facial hair en route to your mouth.
- Try to reduce the amount of messy foods you eat, such as those covered in sauces or ones that leave a trail of crumbs and flakes of pastry.
- Always keep a napkin close to hand to wipe away any debris.
A beard can also be a little bit of a hindrance when you’re drinking. Whether it’s a pint of beer or a frothy cappuccino, drinks can easily become glued to your ‘stache. To reduce this, you could try drinking from bottles or cans, or using a straw to reduce the chances of introducing your beverage to your beard.Working with a beard
Another thing you might need to consider -when you have a beard- is your job.
Firstly, does your job permit you to grow a beard?
There are some employers that prefer staff to be clean shaven (unfortunately, it’s true!) so make sure you check first. In physical jobs, you might be exposed to potentially dangerous machinery or moving parts. In these situations, long beards may pose a serious safety concern because they can get caught, causing injury.
Working in those types of environment, a short beard may be the safer bet. Another issue might be if you work with food, such as a restaurant, health and safety once again become an issue. You’ll need to be prepared to wear a hairnet on your beard to prevent any loose facial hair from falling into food. No matter where you work, it’s always best to know the lay of the land and what the house rules are regarding beards, and whether you’ll need to follow any particular rules and regulations when it comes to your having facial hair.Exercising with a beard
It’s always good to keep fit and healthy, so whether it’s playing team sports or hitting the gym, exercise is important. If you have a beard, there are some things you’ll want to think about.
Similar to when on the job, a bigger beard might get in the way when you’re working out on the gym equipment and using the weights. You don’t want it to get caught while you train and cause an injury, you may want to consider tying it up. When you’re playing a team sport such as football or basketball, there’s probably not a lot you can do to avoid opponents pulling your beard during the match – it’s just one of those things you have to deal with! Whatever exercise you do, remember that the sweat released by your body will also reach your beard.
When you shower after exercising, remember to wash your beard to keep it clean. We recommend using something like beard soap that is designed specifically for cleaning your beard, as the shampoos we use on our heads can be too strong and strip our beards of much needed natural and added oils. Also, don’t forget to condition it using beard oil after your shower, throughout the day as needed and at night before bed. This will help keep your beard healthy, strong, and looking on point.