Eliminate Bald Spots
Having a well-groomed beard is the hallmark of sophistication and sophistication is a great way to feel confident both in and out of the workplace. To make sure your facial hair is looking immaculate, you need to know how to effectively fill your beard. From understanding the anatomy of your facial hair to using the right beard-filling products, these tips and tricks should have you splitting hairs in no time at all.
First of all, knowing what kind of facial hair you’re working with is essential. Different men have different beard characteristics and styles, so it’s important to take into consideration your age, hair texture and colouring. Consider, for instance, whether you have a standard beard (which is the most common), a shorter, more trimmed beard or a goatee. Every style will require different upkeep, when it comes to both trimming and filling.
When it comes to choosing the products, you should opt for a beard wax or cream that has a natural or organic base. Look for ingredients such as beeswax, shea butter and jojoba oil, as these are all great for nourishing and giving your beard the thickness it needs. You don for rub the product into your fingers in a circular motion, to ensure an even spread of the product, before starting from the chin, beard and sideburns.
Once you’ve applied the product, use a beard brush or comb to evenly disperse it into your facial hair. For goatees, use a smaller brush or comb to make sure there are no bald spots left. Doing this will make sure your beard looks full, luscious and evenly coloured. It’s also important to make sure you’re using the right product for your particular beard style, as the wrong one can make things look patchy.
Finally, practice makes perfect! The goal is to keep your beard looking neat, tidy and evenly filled, whilst still maintaining a natural look. To achieve this, it’s important to practice again and again, until you’re confident in how you’ve filled it. Of course, it’s normal to feel a little wary about your new facial-filling regime. But with the right products and a bit of practice, it won’t be long before you’re rocking a luscious looking beard.
Choose the Right Products
In order to have a perfectly-filled beard, it’s essential to choose the right products. If you’ve ever heard the term “beard cream,” you’re halfway there. There are a few key things to consider when picking a beard balm or wax, such as level of hold, ingredients and quality. The hold of a product is what’s going to keep everything in place, as well as make sure you don’t have any bald spots or stray hairs.
Oils and balms are generally a good choice for men who have thinner beards or those just starting on their beard-filling journey. They’re light but still provide enough hold to create a full look. Another important factor to consider when selecting beard-filling products is the ingredient list, as this is where you’ll get the majority of the benefits. Natural oils, such as coconut, argan, and jojoba, are great for nourishing and hydrating the hair and skin. Check the ingredients on the label and make sure they’re natural, non-toxic and won’t clog your pores.
Lastly, quality will determine the effectiveness and longevity of your product. Again, double check the ingredients to make sure you’re not using anything unnatural or harsh. Make sure the product smells nice too, as this is what will give you the most confidence when you’re rocking your freshly-filled beard.
When it comes to beard-filling products, the thinner and finer your hair is, the less hold you should go for. Oils, balms, and butters are all great and will give you the end result you’re after. In terms of product consistency, that depends on your preference; some men prefer a thicker/harder product to create volume, and others prefer a softer product for a more natural look.
Shaping is your second step to achieving a perfectly-filled beard. Depending on the style you’re going for, the technique of shaping varies but, all in all, it involves using a trimmer or a pair of scissors to cut the beard to your desired shape.
When it comes to hairs around the lips, a shorter beard often looks best. Using a trimmer of 0.5mm-1mm length will help create neat, clear lines that help your beard look more finished and defined. In terms of the neckline, use a trimmer and cut straight up from previously-trimmed sideburns. Make sure you create a slightly curved line so it doesn’t look too harsh. Finally, you can use a trimmer to get rid of any stray hairs that don’t exactly match the shape of your beard.
For those with a full beard, the key is to find a length that looks flattering on you. Some men prefer a longer look, whilst some prefer a slightly shorter length. Either way is completely fine, but make sure your hair is even in length all the way around. It’s also important to note that it’s a good idea to have the hair shorter around the neck, as it’ll give the impression of a more structured, refined beard.
Finally, make sure you’re also trimming the moustache as this is an often-overlooked area of facial-filling. Comb hairs out and follow the same guidelines as when you’re trimming the beard – take it slow and don’t take off too much.
Know Your Face Shape
Your face shape can make a huge difference in terms of how you fill your beard. Of course, this doesn’t mean you can’t rock a particular style, but it’s important to consider how it’ll look on you. Here are the main face shapes and what type of beard-filling looks best for each:
- Round Faces: Short, round beards are usually the go-to for round faces. This helps to create more angles and definition, so the overall look isn’t so round.
- Oval Faces: Those with oval faces tend to look good in most beard-fills, as the oval-shape of an oval face naturally creates good angles and symmetry.
- Square Faces: Those with a square face should opt for full, long beard-fills, as this will help to soften the look and add length to the face.
- Diamond Faces: Those with diamond-shaped faces should opt for a full, thick beard-fill that’ll help to create more balance and definition.
Keep in mind, however, that everyone’s face shape is completely unique so a certain beard-fill may look better on one person than it does on another.
Maintain Your Facial Hair
Once you’ve got your perfectly-filled beard looking luscious, the next step is to maintain it. Regular trims are essential, as they help to keep the sides and neckline looking sharp and tidy.
It’s also important to use the right products to nourish and hydrate your facial hair. Natural oils, such as olive, argan and jojoba, are considered the best for facial hair, as they help to keep the hair and skin soft and healthy. You can use a beard brush or comb to evenly disperse the oils. When it comes to shampoo and conditioner, try to look for natural, sulfate- and paraben-free formulas.
Finally, when it comes to sun protection for your facial hair, look for products that contain SPF. Sun damage can cause significant damage to the hair, leaving it dry and brittle, and no-one wants that!
Choose Quality Hair Accessories
The last step to perfectly filling your beard is to make sure you have the right accessories. Brushes, combs and even high-quality scissors should be part of your beard-filling arsenal. For those wishing to keep a neat, tidy look at all times, there’s nothing wrong with investing in a top-of-the-line trimmer.
Brushes and combs are great for helping to evenly distribute product evenly into the hair. Look for one made from natural bristles, as these won’t tear or snag at the hairs. Lastly, make sure you always have high-quality scissors at the ready. Dull scissors can yank and pull at the hairs, so opting for a sharper, smoother pair is always a good idea. Investing in a high-grade pair is worth it, as a good pair of scissors can last you years.
Keep It Natural
There are plenty of ways to fill your beard and make it look perfect, but it’s important to remember to always keep it natural. If you’re using too much product or shaping it too harshly, your beard won’t look its best. You should also consider how a cleaner-lined beard looks; it’s always great to experiment with different shapes, but too much structure can make for an awkward look and feel.
Finally, make sure you apply the product from the bottom up. Start around the cheeks and chin, as this helps to give the volume and fullness that’s ideal for a perfectly-filled beard. Building volume from the base is also essential, as it’ll ensure your beard looks even and natural.
Experimentation and Practice
Creating the perfect beard takes plenty of trial and error and the key is to experiment and practice often. With the right products, techniques and accessories, as well as a little bit of patience, you should have your perfectly-filled beard looking neat, tidy and full in no time.
When it comes to practice, you don’t have to worry about completely ruining your look. You’re only ever one trim away from a clean start, so don’t be afraid to experiment and experiment often. With lots of practice, you should be able to achieve the look you’re aiming for quickly and efficiently.
Makeup and Facial Care
Facial care isn’t just about the products you use to fill your beard – it’s about the steps you take before and after. Make sure you always start with a clean face and use a gentle, pH-balanced facial cleanser. If you’re experiencing dryness,