Does your beard ever get difficult to manage and/or unruly on you?
Well, in this guide, you'll learn how to take care of that beard of yours with this 5-step regimen using Scotch Porter products.
You'll get tips on:
- Washing your beard
- Getting your beard in mint condition
- Styling your beard
- Keeping it moisturized and frizz-free
Let's get into it.
Credit: this 'how to' guide is an adaptation of Scotch Porter's Care 101 article - the original article is here.
Step 1: Get that Beard So Fresh and So Clean
Apply Scotch Porter's Moisturizing Beard Wash to your wet beard. Gently massage it in, like you do when you rub your chin in deep thought. Rinse it well with warm water. Don’t stop until the suds have left your face.
Only wash your beard with sulfate-free shampoo or wash, since shampoos with sulfates are a follicle menace and leave your beard coarse, dry and frizzy.
If your beard is already as coarse and dry as sandpaper, limit your washes to no more than once per week or else you’ll rob your beard of moisture, and that’s unkind.
If you’re a fine or oily-haired gent, wash your beard no more than once every 5 days, or else it will look very sad and straggly.
Men of all hair types: feel free to condition your beards up to 3times per week, in place of shampooing it often.
Step 2: Time for Your Beard to Get in Mint Condition
Work the Hydrate & Nourish Beard Conditioner into your beard thoroughly, paying special attention to the ends of your beard.
Leave it in your beard for 2 - 5 minutes. Maybe check some emails, Tweet, and scroll through our Instagram.
After rinsing the conditioner from your beard, partially dry it. Here’s how:
- Squeeze excess water from your beard.
- Use an old cotton t-shirt (perhaps something your ex left behind) or microfiber cloth and squeeze firmly and gently (don't rub!) to remove excess water; OR
- Use lint-free paper towels to get the job done. Just remember to make them lint-free. A face full of white fuzz is not a good look, unless your beard is actually white. NEVER dry your beard with a towel. EVER. The rough surfaces of bath towels snag beard hair and cause unnecessary frizz. Why would you voluntarily do that to yourself?
Step 3: Bring on the Balm
Massage a dime- (small beards) to quarter-sized (big beards) amount of Scotch Porter's Beard Balm into your beard thoroughly.
Getting the right amount of product on your beard takes some time. Be patient, grasshopper.
You can determine the exact amount for your beard’s texture and length as you go along. These are merely starting points.
Step 4: Swag the Beard
Comb and brush your beard into your desired style with an awesome comb and/or brush, making sure your beard style reflects who you are and what you came to do.
A really great comb and brush is necessary to maintain your beard properly. Those cheap plastic combs they hand out in holiday gift bags can snag your beard hair, causing breakage and hair loss. You don’t need that negativity in your life.
Also, avoid combing your beard aggressively or fast. It’s cool that you’re such a tough guy, but being gentle to your beard is the way to go. It's important to comb it from top to bottom and from side to the center, since this helps tame your hair to grow in a desired direction.
Follow up by brushing your beard with a hairbrush (again, top to bottom and side to center). A Boar's Hair Brush is recommended, as the power of the boar ignites your own natural hair oils to keep your beard shiny, healthy, and clean.
Step 5: Seal the Deal
After styling, apply one pump or less (short beards) or two pumps (long, dense beards) of the Scotch Porter Smoothing Beard Serum to your dry beard. Smooth it out with your hands.
The key to a well-moisturized, shiny and frizz-free beard all day everyday is to lock in that moisture and smooth the hair cuticles down.
While every point in the SP Grooming Process is vital, the serum is the real MVP since it keeps your beard in check throughout the day. Protection is the priority.
Step Up Your Grooming Game
To learn more about the story behind Scotch Porter and what makes their products special, read this interview with founder Calvin Quallis.