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Ah, November. A month of abundance. Turkey. Cranberry. Dressing. Facial hair.
You know it—for many men, the 11th month of the year is No Shave November. But not all beards are created equal, and even though you may not be shaving this month, you must certainly take certain steps to ensuring you’re looking more rugged and dapper than lives under a bridge.
According to Stephen Gregory, owner and master stylist of Stephen Gregory, A Men’s Concept in Five Points South Birmingham, it’s truly never been cooler to rock a beard. “It can be really masculine and really handsome,” says Gregory, “but there’s a lot that goes into it.”
Here are three critical steps Gregory notes are of the utmost importance to keeping your beard nice and non-scruffy:
Wash your beard!
“After all, there’s skin under there,” notes Gregory. He urges men who plan to go No Shave this November to be aware of the skin beneath the swagger-giving beard. “Every day, you should use a beard wash specially formulated to tackle the skin beneath all the course hair of the beard,” he says. And, no, regular shampoo won’t cut it. The problem with using off-the-shelf hair shampoos to wash your beard is that the chemicals in them can strip the beard of its natural oils and dry out the skin underneath, leaving your beard coarse, dry, and brittle. Additionally, there is a greater chance of your beard hair breaking, falling out, or being prone to bald patches due to weakened roots and split ends as the result of not using beard-formulated washes. Gregory recommends stopping by the salon to schedule a consultation with the experienced team of men’s grooming experts to see which beard wash will be right for you.
Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize
Moisturizing isn’t just for the ladies. In fact, supple, well-hydrated skin is hot for everyone. Because the beard and skin beneath it can be stripped of the natural oils necessary for that well-maintained, profesh vibe we all strive for, it’s imperative to take steps to put all that hydration back into the facial hair. “A great beard oil will work double-duty for you—both helping restore the moisture to your beard so it’s soft and manageable and also getting down to the skin to tackle any dry, rough patches.” Gregory is a big proponent of Baxter of California and Redken Brews for hard-working product lines that can take your beard game to the next level. Fortunately, both of these exclusive, men-centric lines are available at Stephen Gregory, A Men’s Concept.
Stop in to a professional once a month
While personal maintenance is a must when it comes to growing a righteous beard, sometimes you really just need a professional touch. “It’s important to have someone else take a look at what’s going on with your facial hair,” notes Gregory. “Your pH balance can be thrown off, your skin underneath the beard can be oxygen-deprived causing acne, or you may just be getting in-grown hairs. Whatever it is going on, our team can take care of it for you.” With an array of peels, washes, and hot towel treatments, a trip to Stephen Gregory, A Men’s Concept is as practical as it is pampering (and yes, even the burliest dudes deserve a little spa treatment too!). “If you’re going to do the No Shave November thing, you want a really well-maintained beard. It’s cool to rock that facial hair, and more men can pull it off than you might think. It just takes a little effort and some professional expertise.”
If you’re going full facial hair for No Shave November (and you totally should!), be sure to schedule an appointment with a professional men’s grooming specialist at Stephen Gregory, A Men’s Concept today! From beard trims to treatments, you’ll find everything you need to feel like the gent you are at this go-to salon geared specifically to guys. And if you’re a dude on the move, be sure to download the Stephen Gregory mobile app (available for iOS devices here and Android devices here) for 24/7 access to their appointment schedule. Simply download the app, create you account, and choose the best day/time to schedule. Your best ever No Shave November is just an appointment away!