Men around the nation are currently taking part in Movember challenges in order to promote men's health. Many might have seen people walking around with thick mustaches, beards and any other type of facial hair during this month to show their support for their fellow gentlemen. Radian6 reports in 2011 there were 937,817 "Movember" related conversations on social media sites, while discussions on prostate cancer on such outlets rose from 60,000 in August to 125,000 in November of last year. Even though most guys might be growing beards and mustaches for a good cause, there is no need for it to look sloppy. HypeBeast recently talked with its contributing editor and native New Yorker Robert Marshall to learn the ins and outs of proper beard and mustache maintenance.
Improve your dopp kit
The first step in achieving bearded perfection is to have the right tools on hand to help it look fresh. To keep a clean style you'll need an electric trimmer to buzz off any longer pieces, a facial scrub (this is especially important during the dry, cold months) and a moisturizer to repair the skin and neck after shaving. If you're going for a longer look, it may be beneficial to invest in a comb as well to get through any knots or snarls that can take away from the overall style.
Embrace the awkward phases
No one said growing a beard would be easy, but most good things in life come in this way. Starting a beard takes time, you'll need to be patient and let it mature for a few weeks before you try trimming around the neckline. It may be a bit itchy, but waiting will help the facial hair flourish. Feel free to dab on lotion if the area gets too itchy to handle.
Sculpting like a pro
After a month or so, your beard should be ready for the first real cut, Marshall reports. The key to making sure all your hard work of growing doesn't go down the drain, literally, is to avoid hacking off too much hair. Instead, go over the hair with your electric shaver set to just a level 2 just to be safe.
Another rookie mistake you'll want to avoid is to try to thin your beard by shaving the underneath part right up to the chin line. This is problematic for a number of reasons, the main one being the cut can make it look like you have a double chin - something no one wants to deal with. Instead, try shaping the chin area a bit under the line in order to avoid the issue.
Do you have a beard? Did you grow one for men's health or have you always had facial hair?