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8 Tips on How to Maintain the Longevity and Health of Your Beard

  1. Patience is a virtue.  A truly epic beard is the product of self-restraint and great beard care. When you first start growing, resist the urge to trim or style, and leave it untouched for the first 3-6 weeks. (you have to go through hell before you get to heaven), this will allow the hairs to grow in evenly (some grow faster than others), and help you pick a style that suits its length and thickness.
  2. Match your beard to your face.  Like all great gentleman of the world, a beard should be in-tune with its surrounding environment, this is crucial the first month of growth, choose a final style that complements your face shape. Your beard will look better, and so will you.
  3. Learn how and when to trim.  Pruning is essential to a well-groomed beard—even if you plan on growing it out. Invest in a quality trimmer or really good scissors, and find the right technique to suit your master plan.  Always start off with just trimming the fly-away hairs and stray dogs.  Less is best at first.
  4. Cleanliness is next to godliness.  This is especially important in the early stages of growth, when environmental properties and skin cells can exacerbate the itchiness. Wash your beard about 3 times each week with an excellent beard wash, (there are many on the market to choose from), and pat it dry: An overzealous toweling can lead to frizz and split ends.
  5. Beard oil is the key to it all.  Nothing tames a beard like regular use of beard oil. At the Famous Beard Oil Co. we have many varieties to choose from, in a range of manly scents, (Nautilus, Urban Kerouac, Highlander, Monk’s Dream, Spicy Citrus, Woodsy Breeze, Ol’ 55 Blend, Savant Fusion, Sage Da Vinci and Clean Slate), but all of our wonderful beard oils will condition hairs to make them softer, shinier and aid in getting rid of the dreaded itch. Be sure to use a beard oil that uses pure essential oils, as this has the perfect antibacterial properties in them.  Visit famousbeardoil.com for more information on our top of the line beard oils.
  6. Teach and train your beard.  A regular trim will maintain your chosen shape, but it’s not the only way to keep your beard in line. A daily rubdown with a comb or boar hair brush will wrangle stubborn hairs, training them to grow in a downward direction. You can even up the ante with a good beard balm which lends some extra sculpting power while taming any flyways.
  7. You are what you eat.  Your beard is made from protein and fat, but it’s also heavily reliant on Vitamins B5, B3, and B9. That means lean meats, nuts, egg yolks, milk, and plenty of leafy greens. If you’re seriously committed, you can also round out your diet with a good manly supplement.
  8. Don’t forget your stache.  Growing an epic beard also means growing a mustache. To keep it looking neat, trim the area around your philtrum (the area under your nose), and if you choose to, the area right above your upper lip with a pair of grooming scissors, and keep it naturally sculpted with a medium-hold wax, you can get this anywhere.


Eric D. Lough is the founder & craftsman of the Famous Beard Oil Company.  All of their award winning beard oils are made to order using the highest quality carrier oils and pure essential oils with exceptional and modish scents.

“Your Beard Deserves This!”


10 Questions: Brian Harrington

  1. Do beards excite your loins? There’s only one answer.

Let’s just say I enjoy waking up and looking at myself in the mirror every day, yes.

  1. By how much?

On a scale of 1-10, 11.

  1. Which is your favourite beard? Why?beards 

The Tree Fella, it’s the closest to the beard that I rock and I think is the perfect mix of casual and intentional. The best look for guys is the intersection of effortlessness and intentional.

  1. And your least favourite? Why?

The Safety Belt, I feel like a lot of guys make the mistake of defining the chin line too high which causes the beard to look more like a football helmet strap or a safety belt for your face. It’s possible to have a beard that is full and still gives off a trimmed and well-kept look.

  1. Your famous beard crush is…

I definitely wouldn’t mind looking like George Clooney when I get older, his five o’clock shadow nails it.

  1. What’s the best thing about Bristlr?

The conversations I’ve been able to strike up because of Bristlr have felt the most authentic for me compared to other dating apps. I think it’s great to have a common interest with someone right off the bat, like beards, and then let the conversation naturally flow from there.

  1. If we could add any new feature to Bristlr, what would it be?

The features are great; I think the interface and messaging feels a little clunky at times. Looking forward to seeing that improve as the community grows.

  1. Any ‘hairy’ moments you’d like to share from the romance bank? Go on…

None that I’m brave enough to mention here but I keep track of my rambling thoughts and a running commentary on all my dates on Twitter at @brainharrington.

  1. Have you found love on Bristlr?

I have found mutual attraction and great conversation, and if that’s not love, I don’t know what is.

  1. What does the future look like for you and Bristlr?

Bristlr is fast becoming like a great friend who you’re happy to pick up the phone when they call. The future is bright.