Beard Bible Part 3: The Regimen

Winter represents the season when normally tender-cheeked men attempt to join the ranks of the bearded in order to protect themselves from the elements.  The streets have been asking for another Beard Bible, so in this one, we’ll focus on the regimen required to maintain a healthy beard.  This is what works for me personally, so of course check to see if the products will work for you (see a dermatologist for problem skin) and I’d also be interested to hear if there are any add-ons you all might have in the comments section.

1. Trimming: Everyone doesn’t bother with trimming, but I like to trim my beard on occasion to eliminate any loose or split ends, just like people with long hair should do every now and then.  This way, the beard has a more even shape to it.  Some choose not to, but I also shape my beard: use a straight-edge razor to keep the neck clean and to line up the face and side-burn area.  It’s definitely a more marketable look when kept groomed, if marketability is something you need to worry about.  Some companies frown upon facial hair while others have become more accepting of different looks, particularly beards, in recent years.

2. Shampoo: You can’t just be putting your regular old body or facial soap on your beard and thinking you’ve thoroughly washed your beard.  Use shampoo.  If like me, your lady wears a “natural” hairstyle, you already know that they have some of the best products suited for beard care.  For shampo0 and conditioner (because you will need both to be thorough), I use a product called Shea Moisture (pictured below).  Doesn’t smell girly (but still good) and works wonders on a beard, specifically for a Black man’s beard.

3. Daily Moisturization: I recently familiarized myself with a product line called Whipped created by my friend Lau, who was kind enough to pass along some samples.  I’m already anticipating my next order once my supply runs out.  Whipped offers a line of “beard butter” which contains a natural mix of shea butter and oils, including tea tree oil, which I’ve always said was dope for beards and helps fight ingrown hairs and infection.  The formula as a whole promotes beard growth and manageability.  It comes in four different scents and can be ordered HERE (great gift idea, so order TODAY for Christmas orders…see the site for free shipping on orders over $50).  Apply this whenever and comb through and you’re good.

4. Growth: The beard butter helps with growth, but I’ve been using another product for beard growth for about two years which I now use in addition to the butter.  Palmer’s Hair Success Gro Treatment with Vitamin E can probably be found at your local CVS and was meant for the hair on your head, but works great for the beard as well.  Rub it into your beard before bed and watch your beard start to prosper.  It goes on very light and doesn’t seem to clog pores or flake up.

 Go forth and prosper!

I’m just gonna leave this here and set fire to the damn rain.

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  1. One product I’ve seen that’s good is jojoba oil. Since I use it on my stretched lobes, I always have it in stock. Leaves my beard feeling very soft and smooth. It’s not greasy either.

  2. Good look on the article. I use tea tree oil as well as Palmer’s on the regular. I apply Palmer’s in the morning, but never thought about applying at night. I was in the market for a shampoo/conditioner that would better help with my beard so your suggestion was right on time. I’m about to invest in the Whipped products as well just so I can have some more dope variety in the arsenal. Peace.

  3. How long would you say wait before cutting facial hair as a black man? I’ve read blogs that state wait 4 weeks and if you dont have any facial hair then cut it. I think it is different for black as our hair grows a bit slower…at least mine does…So how long should one wait to see truth growth?

  4. It’s different for everyone, but shaving can be damaging to the skin no matter how you go about it so I say do it every other day at the most. If you can’t grow facial hair or only grow it in certain places, I would say shave the whole face whenever you do it. Simply waiting for it to grow in won’t condition the skin for hair growth.

  5. always much appreciate the articles about general beard advice for black men. nobody really has something deicated to black beards. you should start a daily or weekly blog

  6. Products like beard oil, beard cream, beard spray are very much helpful for the growth of beard. I used beardilizer beard cream in my case.

  7. Thank you for the tips!

    I’ve invested in a Shea Butter shampoo, as well as, Shea Butter conditioner & Shea Butter Oil Moisturizer. Also, invested in the Whipped Beard Butter, some Jobaba Oil and the Palmer’s Gro Treatment.

    Fully committed to this journey. I’ll try to keep you updated. Thanks for the tips again!

  8. I’m finally starting to grow out my beard. I’m trying to get a big thick beard if my genetics and products let me any suggestions? I use Palmers Gro Treatment daily, Sunny Isles Jamaican Black Castor Oil Beard Oil daily, and I wash and condition it every 3 days with Sunny Isles Black Castor Oil shampoo and conditioner. Also the forgotten area under the chin/above the neck, should I brush and comb it towards my chin or towards my neck?

  9. Hey there, thanks for reading. I’m no expert, but I imagine you’d want to brush down, from chin to neck. If you find that doesn’t work out, do what’s best for the skin underneath. I actually tend to shave that region, but I’m growing it out more recently. You’re on the right track using the castor oil products. I also use argan oil.

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