So you’re ready to start taking care of your beard (or for your loved one to start taking care of theirs.) We’ve got you covered—here are our favorite products to keep that facial hair in tip-top shape.
2-in-1 shampoo and conditioner
Brisk Grooming Amazon
Keep that beard clean with Brisk Grooming’s 2-in-1 shampoo and condition. Made for “grizzly beards,” this product will help facial hair of any length stay healthy, manageable, and smelling great.
Beard and Scruff Softener
In today’s fast-moving world, who has time to sit and wait for a conditioner to do its magic? Cremo’s 30 Second Beard & Scruff Softener does exactly what it promises to do in exactly as much time as it asks for. You’ll know it’s time to rinse when your skin feels tingly and your beard is soft as can be.
Some people prefer to take care of their facial hair with oil instead of shampoo or conditioner—PopSci’s tech editor Stan Horaczek among them. He has the biggest, most lumberjack-esqe beard I’ve ever seen in real life, and this is the oil he uses and recommends. It will make your face smell like citrus and keep your hair—and skin underneath—hydrated.
Handmade Sawtooth Comb
A good comb is important to a beard’s health. It helps to prevent split ends, and it’s worth a few extra bucks to make sure you’ve got one that’s not pointy and won’t hurt when you use it. PopSci’s Editor-in-Chief Joe Brown says that “a good-quality saw-cut comb is key,” and recommends this one from Kent.
Clipper Self-Cut Haircutting Kit
Wahl clippers. Amazon
Good clippers are a must if you’re trimming your beard. This set from Wahl comes with multiple guards and an adjustable taper lever, so you can get the exact length you desire. Plus, this model fits in your hand pretty easily, making it easy to be your own barber.
Wahl Blade oil
Keep everything in working order. Amazon
The key to making clippers last for a long time is to take care of them; that means oiling them before each use. Though you’ll only need 2-3 drops per oiling, the tiny container that comes with your clippers likely won’t last long if you’re doing it often enough. Invest in a bigger bottle, and thank me in five years when you’re still using the same clippers.
Scalpmaster Clipper Cleaning Brush
Brush it off. Amazon
The advice here is the same as the oil. Often times, clippers come with just a tiny detail brush. Get a better one to keep your clippers free of the hairs you’ve liberated from your face.
A book on beards
Beard by Matthew Rainwaters Amazon
You may have seen photos of the World Beard & Mustache Championships go viral in the last few years, but the competition has been going since 1990 (although one group claims it hosted the first competition in the 1970s). Matthew Rainwaters captured photographs of some of the most epic facial hair from the competition in 2009, when it was hosted in Anchorage, Alaska. His aptly titled book, Beard, came out two years later. It can serve as a fun stocking stuffer the whole family can enjoy, or inspiration for those looking for a new, well, look.