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Top 5 Tips to Level Up Your Beard Game

In Partnership with Bulldog

Crafting a beard or moustache of such majesty that you’re rewarded with the boundless envy of your fellow man is something we’ve all aspired to at one time or another. It’s also the case that not everyone has the easiest journey to facial hair mastery. What’s more, even the most follically gifted among us can use a little extra help from time to time. 

With that in mind, read on to discover some top tips to help you cultivate the kind of beard you deserve. From laying a strong foundation for your next foray into face fuzz to maintaining your beard or mo once it’s reached optimum length, here are the techniques (and products) you should familiarise yourself with if you want to elevate your bristles to new heights.

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Tip #1: Start With a Clean Shave

Every great work of art has started with a blank canvas (well not every one, but you know what we’re getting at), and while it may sound counterintuitive, your next expedition into the facial hair wilderness should start with a pristine shave. We’re talking about pairing a quality razor— Bulldog’s Original or Sensitive Bamboo Razors are everything you need for a great shave— with plenty of hot water and a premium shaving gel, like the Original Shave Gel for example.

Remember to go with the grain—ingrown hairs are the enemy of those looking to attain ultimate facial hair supremacy—and then once you’re done be sure to undergo an exfoliating face wash. This will get rid of any dead skin and clear your pores of irritating toxins creating the perfect, smooth canvas to start your masterpiece.

Tip #2: Trim & Shape

Wouldn’t it be nice if every hair grew at precisely the same speed? Sadly our follicles aren’t anywhere near that cooperative. After a couple of weeks you’re likely to have a few problem areas where hairs have gone rogue.

In order to deal with these rebellious strands, comb your beard upwards and use a razor-sharp pair of scissors to snip away any troublemakers and don’t forget to shape the sides while you’re at it – you don’t want these areas bulking out and drawing the eye away from your chin. This is also an ideal time to deploy a little Original Beard Shampoo and Conditioner, which will leave your beard feeling soft, fresh, and nourished in this crucial early stage (not to mention making it more compliant while trimming). Made with aloe vera, camelina oil and green tea, this soothing two-in-one will help keep you on track to reach your beard or moustache goals.

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Tip #3: Pick Your Beard Booster

Depending on your choice of beard and skin type, at some point you should invest in a premium beard balm or some high-end oil. Once you’ve got the length you want, these products are your secret weapon to take your beard game to the next level.

Bulldog’s Original Beard Balm is just the ticket for unruly beards that need a light hold, and to stop your beautiful beard looking like a nest of pubes. Fast-absorbing and containing aloe vera, camelina oil, and green tea, it’ll soften, condition, and moisturise your facial hair, simultaneously soothing your skin and making your beard or moustache less itchy.

Bulldog’s Original Beard Oil goes to the root of problem beards and itchy skin, literally. Designed to work on the skin beneath your beard, it contains aloe vera, camelina oil, and green tea, formulated to soften, tame and condition from the hair root out. Fast-absorbing and designed to work with the wiry nature of facial hair, this provides a non-greasy finish and works for any beard length. Plus, it’ll leave you smelling outstanding.

Tip #4: Fuel For Your Facial Hair

The old adage ‘you are what you eat’ also applies to your facial hair. Getting the right nutrients into your system is crucial to keeping your follicles healthy, and there are also particular vitamins to look out for that are known to boost hair growth. For example, Biotin is a B complex vitamin that studies have shown assists in healthy hair development.

It really should come as no surprise that the things we put in our bodies impact the kind of facial hair we produce and this goes beyond food too. So, if you’re yet to get the memo on smoking, now’s the time to pack it in. Your beard will join your lungs in thanking you.

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Tip #5: Sleep Your Way to Success

It almost certainly won’t be the first thing you think of when embarking on the road to Beard Town (it wasn’t for us, either), but be sure to get plenty of rest along the way. Research has shown that sleep is a key ingredient in hair growth – just consider what being sleep-deprived can do to other functions of your body and it makes perfect sense. Getting the recommended amount of sleep (normally around eight hours) could be the difference between a glorious bouquet of facial hair, and a wiry nest of uninviting strands.

No matter where you are in your exploration of facial hair, it’s never too late to adopt these tips and fully realise the beard or moustache of your dreams. Along the way, be sure to regularly treat your hairy companion with the right shampoo and conditioner, beard balm and beard oil. Why stop there? Now you know the path to a great beard and now you can share the secret on Father’s Day. Whether Dad already has a beard in need of a little TLC, or if he’s toying with the idea of growing one and needs to be guided down the right path. Share with him some of the tips outlined above and then have him explore Bulldog’s full range of helpful products which can easily be picked up at Woolies, Chemist Warehouse, Coles and on Amazon.

Rob Edwards
Branded Content Editor

Rob Edwards

Rob Edwards is Man of Many’s Branded Content Editor. As a former editor of consumer technology and lifestyle publications like T3, Official Nintendo Magazine, Official Windows Magazine, and TechRadar, Rob has honed his expertise in consumer technology and lifestyle products over many years.

Rob also has a wealth of experience in collaborating with brands to create high-quality branded content. Through his role as Senior Editor & Technical Specialist at one of the world's most prestigious PR firms, Edelman, Rob worked closely with leading brands like Samsung, Amazon, Google, and more. Now he brings his unique skill set to create both engaging editorial and superior branded content for Man of Many's discerning audience.