For the love of beards: Your guide to healthy beard for No Shave November
A healthy beard can make you look dapper without putting in much effort. Read on to find out how you can take care of your beard and be a part of No Shave November.fashion and trends Updated: Nov 07, 2016 11:32 IST
No-shave November, or Movember as it is alternately called, started off in Australia, when a group of men decided to let their moustaches and beards grow over a period of 30 days to raise awareness about men’s health. Men who participate are called Mo Bros and women who support the cause are called Mo Sistas (sisters). The cause has now become a movement, with people across the globe supporting it. However, keeping a majestic beard is no easy task; it requires patience, regular grooming and a nutritious diet. So, with the help of experts, here are a few tips you need to keep in mind before you decide to grow that beard out.
Shampoo and condition
There are plenty of ways to play around with styles. But before you do that, it’s important to take care of the beard first. Regular usage of shampoo and conditioner will ensure that your beard stays soft, supple and clean. “Use a mild, conditioning shampoo once in week and follow-up with a rich facial conditioner. Dry using a soft towel and brush against the grain to get a scruffy look,” says beauty expert Ishika Taneja.
Food for your beard
Feed your beard with essential oils such as eucalyptus oil. This will help keep it nourished and moisturised . “ Increase protein in your diet, like meat, fish, nuts eggs and avocado. Protein ensures that your crop grows quicker and thicker,” says Taneja.
Avoid aggravating acne
In case you have acne prone skin, then it is better to switch to serums. “Use an anti septic shampoo. Avoid massaging your face, or combing too close to the skin as it will only aggravate acne,” she adds.
Living on the edge
Even though grooming can be easily done at home, there are certain treatments that are offered at salons. “Face correction and camouflage are done to create illusion by tinning check bones or by giving angular beard shaping to create an edgy look,” says makeup artist Aashmeen Munjal.
Regular trimming will help you maintain the shape. A trimmer can be used ar the edges, but for shaping the bulk, opt for scissors and a comb. “You can also use clippers which work just like scissors and can be used to give different styles,” says grooming expert Neil Talwar.
Colour it good
Just like the hair on your head, beard and moustaches can also be coloured. But refrain from using hard dyes and colours as the skin on the face is different from that on the scalp. “Mehendi can be applied to colour the beard. You can also make braids and beard ponies to experiment with styles,” says Neil Talwar. He also advises to avoid shampooing and conditioning the beard the night before you decide to colour.
Frame by frame
Before you begin styling, understand your face type and shape. “Fuller beards work on leaner faces, like on Fawad Khan, whereas, for squarish or heavier faces, angular beards work best, a la Amitabh Bachchan,” says Munjal.