For a long time, many of us suffered or got grief when we sprouted even the first signs of facial hair. A complaint here or there, and we were back in the bathroom armed with the tools we need for maintaining Beards and Mustaches. Funnily enough, our loved ones have changed their tune of late. Thanks to many male celebrities sporting facial gardens, big bushy beards and manly mustaches are back in. If there was ever a time for you to grow your facial hair out, now is it. If you haven’t given it any thought before, though, there are a few things you need to know.

Keeping it neat, simple and stylish

Firstly, the “gruff” look might work for some, but not for others. Don’t just let it all grow out and hope for the best. A well-groomed beard or mustache is far more pleasing, and not just for you. There are several diagrams and charts out there to help with this, but, choose a facial hairstyle which matches your face.

The longer your beard or mustache is, the dirtier it will become – it’s a fact of life. With that in mind, it can’t hurt washing it. Think about your hair? You wouldn’t let that get all greasy but not washing it, would you? The same thing applies to your beard. A good scrub can remove food particles and dead skin cells, leaving your beard fresh and clean. You may not have given it any thought but dabbing it with a towel (as opposed to the usual rub-down) will stop split ends and keep it un-frizzy too.

A little TLC for your manly beard

If you want to go the extra mile, buying a few products for your beard or mustache can’t hurt. Beard oils are available (scented and unscented) too, and these act in the same way that hair conditioner does. They can make your beard software, gentler to the touch.

Not every man can grow and keep a nice neat mustache. If the mustache is more your cup of tea, but you’re finding that it grows longer in certain places than others, a pair of mustache trimming scissors and a comb can help. There is even a mild wax which you can use to “train” your mustache hairs to grow in a certain direction, which is advantageous for people with “bald spots”.

Certain vitamins can also be taken to help your beard/mustache grow and remain fresh. Vitamins B3, B5 and B9 are good for your beard. Lean meats, dairy products and greens are a good way to get those vitamins if you don’t feel like forking out for supplements.

Finally, there is trimming. Buying a good grooming product, such as a trimmer is a good investment for a styled beard. A full-on beard or a mustache requires a comb and scissors, though. This can often be tedious and time-consuming but can lead to better-looking, neater and tidier beards. Perhaps we should have been clearer at the beginning – beards and mustaches are in – but only well-maintained and well-groomed ones.