This week marks Beard Week 2012 and with a growing popularity amongst celebrities such as David Beckham, George Clooney and Robert Pattinson, who wouldn’t want a beard?
Ken Picton’s Senior Stylist and Prynhawn Da presenter Daffyd Rhys gives his top tips for the perfect beard.
Dafydd says ‘It is a man’s duty to attempt to grow a beard at some
point in his life. One might say, that to most young men it is the
sign of becoming a man. To middle aged men it is a sign that he is in
control of his appearance (and not the wife), or perhaps sometimes, a
beard is born out of plain laziness."
Growing Your Beard
If you’ve made a decision to grow a beard, the most important thing is
to be confident in your decision to grow a beard. Don’t let other
people’s personal opinions change your decision. The best time to start
growing a beard is on holiday or the week before. This will give your
beard the chance to develop enough growth so that when you return to
work it will look substantial. It will take approximately four weeks for
your beard to start to take shape. Please refrain from attempting to
shape your beard before 4 weeks, even if you are only going for a goatee
or handlebars as this may result in you shaving off a little too much.
Shaping Your Beard
Once you have grown your beard to a reasonable thickness and length, it
is time to start the exciting part of finally shaping your beard. The
best place to start is the neckline; using any good neck trimmer from
the high-street, start shaping the neckline at your desired perimeter.
Do not shape the beard at the cheekbones as this will create an unwanted
almost cartoon-like effect. Most good beard trimmers will have a grade
setting. This will be your best friend when trimming your beard. Start
short at the beard line and work your way up to thicker/longer areas.
Although the skin is covered with hair, you must take care and remember
to look after this area with your chosen cleansing and moisturizing
products. Remember to shampoo your beard. Some shampoos will include
exfoliating beards, such as Aveda Men Exfoliating Shampoo and this will
aid in getting rid of dead skin cells that are stuck around the root of
your hair and that may cause irritation. Why not also try the Redken Men
Mint Shampoo, which will invigorate your skin and give a great tingling
sensation in the morning. If you do not normally use a conditioner on
your hair it may be worth applying a small amount on a twice
weekly-daily basis as the texture of your beard may be coarser than that
of your hair.
Last but not least, try to set yourself a 6-8 week target. This should
stop you getting tempted to shave it off and will give your beard a
chance to develop to its full potential.’
Good luck and happy bearding!
Dafydd Rhys is at Ken Picton: 8 Mermaid Quay, Cardiff, CF10 5BZ.
Appts: 029 2066 2080 www.kenpicton.com