Jack's back for the 17th edition of his yeard update, and this time he's taking us from sickly to stately with the use of his favorite products. He was knocked down hard by the flu last week, and he really let his beard go. He didn't trim it, he didn't brush it, he didn't wash it, and he definitely didn't shave. He was looking like a hot mess.
After a week of untouched growth and tangling, his beard was out of control. It was dry, his ends were breaking, and he was actually tired of having a beard.
Once he was feeling a bit better, he took his dry, brittled mess of a mane and used his grooming routine to get it back on track. It's a testament to the Power of Product - even using just one reliable product makes a world of difference for your beard's softness, appearance, and overall health.
Jack is definitely a product supporter - he uses our products on the regular, but he hasn't always. After a half a year of getting used to a finer grooming routine, he was shocked by how uncomfortable his beard was once he let that routine go. Here's the routine that got his mojo back:
Wetting and washing the beard with beard wash and following up with beard softener will make a world of difference when applying product and using grooming tools. Applying conditioning products to an already damp beard are going to help that extra moisture absorb into your skin in hair. The presence of water opens up your skin and hair cells and allows beard oil and balm to penetrate deeper, giving an even more effective conditioning effect.
Jack then busts out his utility balm because he's found it to be even more effective than beard oil for large, coarse beards. He uses more than he usually would because after a week of neglect, his beard needs all the help it can get.
He works the balm deep into his beard using fingers, thumbs, and his palms to get as much coverage as possible. He then uses a wide-toothed comb to whip the beard into the correct shape and distribute that balm evenly.
To get this newly conditioned beard ready for the public, he adds finishing touches with styling balm. While styling balm isn't meant to condition your beard, he's already utilized utility balm to take care of that. He works the styling balm into his beard evenly so he can make it cooperate.
Side note - when you use styling balm you're likely going to see some beard hairs in your hands afterwards. That's totally normal! Hairs on your head and all over your body fall out - you just don't notice it.
Finally, he uses a small finger's worth of styling balm to pull his head hair together and make it more presentable.
Boar Bristle Brush
The final shape is accomplished with a boar's hair brush to style his beard and get the look he's known for.
Jack's grown to love this routine even more now that he's gone without it for a week. He finishes feeling refreshed and ready to work!
WEEK IN REVIEW
Here are the other awesome videos we've posted this week - check them out for beard grooming and styling tips, as well as some awesome barbershop videos.
Amazing Haircut and Transformation With Eric
Our founder gets a massive beard trim and haircut from Chachi at SHED. He takes his full-bodied beard down to a beardstache!
Race Against the Clock: Greg's Beard Routine vs. Ironing a Shirt
Greg puts his beard routine to the test and proves that a solid round of grooming doesn't have to take more than a couple minutes of your time.
5 Barbershop Commandments with Mahesh
Mahesh gives us the top five ways to be your barber's favorite client when frequenting a busy shop like his. Check out the full write up here.
Incredible Haircut Transformation with Hollywood Dan
Dan at Jack Rabbits Barber gives his client a major cut for a fresher, modern look.
Eric's Top Tips for Short Beards
Eric's recently trimmed his look down to a beardstache, and celebrates it by giving his short bearded brothers some tips on how to give your close-cut look some extra care and maintenance. Check out the full write-up here.
Classic Cut for a Classic Look with Hollywood Dan
Hollywood Dan gives his client a classic scissor cut for his classically handsome features.