Our community has grown to be educated and vocal about their favorite Beardbrand grooming products, like beard oil and utility balm. We’ve got you covered when it comes to keeping your skin healthy and your beard glorious and clean.
We don’t see a lot of our community members discussing which tools they use, though. There are tons out there that all provide different benefits and uses as long as you know how to work with them! We put together this list of the top 10 tools any beardsman can use in their grooming kits. Some of them are gonna be familiar, but some of them will probably raise an eyebrow.
This is less of a grooming tool, but it’s still essential for anyone who’s got significant mustache growth. The Whisker Dam clips onto any cup to create a safety barrier between your favorite indulgent beverages and your facial hair.
Have you ever noticed that you can smell milk and coffee in your mustache long after you’ve finished a latte? That’s what this is for. You can keep it in your bag, in your locker, around the house, or at your desk.
Here's Eric's review (including a demonstration) of The Whisker Dam:
Use With: Your Face, Mustache Wax
If you’ve got a medium sized or a long beard that isn’t cooperating with you, cranking up the heat on it is going to make a world of difference (check out our Hair Drying and Heat Damage article on the how-to's and the science of applying heat to your beard).
Hair dryers are relatively inexpensive and easy to use. A couple points:
- You’ll want to get a hair dryer with a nozzle attachment to focus the heat you’re using onto one section of the beard, minimizing unnecessary heat damage.
- Use heat while you style to get the desired shape you want
- Use the “cool” setting when you’re done styling to lock the hair in place
- Always unplug when you’re done, and make sure the area you use it in is dry!
Check out this video from Greg - it details how he uses a hair dryer to shape and style his beard quickly. The video below starts at 2:00.
Use With: Round Brush, Beard Comb, Beard Oil,Utility Balm, Styling Balm
You may have seen a round brush at a salon or on our YouTube channel. If you get a boar’s hair round brush you’ll have all the benefits of the boar’s hair brush above, but you’ll also have way more versatility to style with. Using a round brush with a hairdryer can next level your grooming by adding volume, creating dimension and shape, and creating curls and curves. It can also combat curls and curves that are jamming your style.
Take a look at this video to check out what we mean - Greg’s an expert on using tools to achieve his look.
Use With: Beard Oil, Utility Balm, Hair Dryer
Boar’s Hair Brush
We talk about the Boar's Hair Brush all the time in our blog and on our YouTube channel. There are specific qualities of the boar bristle that make it ideal for grooming.
- The bristles are tough. Really tough. They don’t have much give like a lot of plastic bristle brushes do, which makes it more effective in training your beard to grow the direction you want it to and style more cooperatively.
- The boar bristles have little “scales” on them that are great for picking up dirt and grime while distributing your natural oils and any products you use evenly. This dual action also soften and smooth out your beard.
- The bristles can help exfoliate your skin, which addresses beard dandruff, irritated skin, and clogged pores.
- The bristles also increase circulation to the skin through its gentle massage, and healthier skin means healthier hair.
- The boar’s hair brush is great for handling frizz and fly-aways with its gentle conditioning properties.
Use With: Beard Oil, Utility Balm, Hair Dryer
A comb is essential for any beardsman or mustachio. They get rid of knots and tangles, help you style with all sorts of products, and keep your beard looking dapper and manicured. You could probably get away with just using a boar’s hair brush if your beard is short or medium in length, but if you’re looking to grow your beard for more volume and length, you should get comfortable using a comb.
Our large beard comb is extremely versatile. It has two sides so it can handle dense growth or light to medium growth, and the hand-polished acetate helps the comb glide through your beard without a snag or a break. We also have a pocketable mustache comb for our mustachio brotherhood out there!
Use With: Beard Oil, Utility Balm, Mustache Wax, Hair Dryer
Whether you’re going to the barber for trims or you’re a bootstraps kind of guy, you should always have a pair of beard trimming scissors in your grooming kit. What happens if your barber is booked out a few weeks and you’ve got flyaways to handle? It’s time to invest in a pair of solid, comfortable scissors and learn how to use them properly. You don’t want to be stuck waiting on a professional if you have an urgent beard mishap or need to clean up your look on next to no notice.
If you’re looking into learning how to trim your own beard, you’ll want to learn how to use both clippers and scissors. Some parts of your beard require more precision to trim than others, so you don’t want to risk running over those areas with clippers. You’ll avoid a lot of heartache and frustration in the future if you get the hang of this - trust us!
Use With: Beard Comb
You likely already own a set of clippers, but it’s worth mentioning that there are multiple kinds of clippers out there that achieve different things. Clippers are crucial for trimming, especially if you have a shorter beard and don’t have the resources to visit a barber twice a month.
If you get your hair cut professionally but trim your beard on your own, you can save a lot of hassle by getting a mustache and beard trimmer instead of a hefty set of styling clippers. These are a bit smaller, more portable, and designed specifically with facial hair in mind.
Check out this video from Carlos on how to trim at home - he has some super helpful tips and tons of experience on his side.
Use With: Beard Comb
Clarisonic Alpha Fit
This is an “Advanced Skin Care” product, but there’s a reason the Beardbrand founder uses it and stands by it! It helps exfoliate your face and the skin under your beard gently and consistently, and was specifically designed with men’s facial skin in mind.
This gentle brush is attached to a mechanism that conducts hundreds of micro-movements a second, clearing out your pores and any dead skin cells that could cause them to clog. This helps reduce acne, ingrown hairs, and razor burn all at the same time.
If you’re really struggling with ingrown hairs or dry skin, you may want to give this product a try. It’s got a steeper price tag associated with it, but we wouldn’t be promoting it if we didn’t believe in it.
Check out this video from Eric on improving your skin care - he discusses exfoliating and the Alpha Fit in Step 2. Video begins at 2:00:
Use With: Beard Wash, Beard Softener
If you’re looking for a tool that’ll help you exfoliate under your beard and hair but don’t want to go all in on the Alpha Fit, the Denman Be-Bop is a tool you’ll love. It’s got a simple design that fits into your hand well, and it can also be used as a styling brush.
When you’re shampooing your beard and hair, you slip this bad boy on your hand and massage the skin under the hair while you shampoo and/or condition. The hard “bristles” of the brush remove dead skin to keep your pores clear, and the massaging action stimulates natural hair growth and oil production by increasing circulation to the area.
You can also use it with styling balm to style your beard or hair. If you’ve got long hair or a really massive beard, this might be easier to use than a brush (everyone is different) because it gives you a way to use your hands more directly in the grooming process.
Check out this video featuring Carlos's skin and beard care routine - he uses this tool in the shower to exfoliate under his beard.
Use With: Beard Wash, Beard Softener,Styling Balm
Well, it's actually called a small barrel curler. This is the modern age’s response to a mustache curler (you can still find some vintage and antique mustache curlers on Etsy and eBay). This is a small curling iron that can be used to style your mustache!
This will help you get a more defined curl in your ‘stache, and allows for different sizes. If you’re ever curious about beard and mustache competitions and might want to compete yourself, a lot of the winners know how to use a curling iron and hair dryer.
Pro Tip: Don’t leave this plugged in, and make sure the surrounding areas are dry!
Use With: Mustache Wax, Styling Balm, Hair Dryer
We hope you found this helpful! Like we've mentioned before, any beardsman can find a use for each of these ten products. Mix and match them all, or just pick a couple favorites! If you ever need help using these tools or getting recommendations, reach out to our experts at [email protected]
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