Battle of the Beard: Part 2!

Last Monday we talked about ways to keep your clients' summer beards ready for this Summer heat and we've been asked 'Now what?'.  I've carefully curated beard care items that in my personal experience have worked best for my clients. Some of you may have other brands that are your go-to, great! I want to hear all about them and try them out for myself because if you use them on your clients or yourself everyday then it's probably super. Using anything on your face is a very personal thing and requires some knowledge of skin care. 

Let's review Beard Facts from last week's Battle of the Beard: Part 1.

Let's review Beard Facts from last week's Battle of the Beard: Part 1.

In my quest to find and use the best beard products possible I have come up with four distinctly different products to suit (hopefully) everyone's taste.

#1) Taylor of Old Bond Street Lavender Brilliantine (250ml)

This company has been around FOREVER...and when I say that I'm not exaggerating. These guys know what they're doing and it shows. This product is great for multiple uses including moisturizing the skin UNDER your beard while giving a nice healthy shine to the many hairs on your face. You can also use it to slick your hair like in Mad Men. 

#2) Beardsley Ultra Beard Shampoo- Wild Berry (236ml)

Most guys already catch food in their beard. So why not have something that smells great and cleans your beard? Definitely makes sense to me. This awesome shampoo softens the beard hairs in the process too so your lover doesn't want to smack you for a rash on their face. 

#3) Brooklyn Grooming Beard Oil Sampler Kit 

And here they are again, ladies and gentlemen! We've mentioned Brooklyn Grooming quite a few times in previous articles and 'why?' you ask? Because we love them! This fun kit offers FOUR different scents. Definitely makes sense to have 'Commando' on hand for daytime and 'Williamsburg' or 'Red Hook' to really impress your date while 'Forte Greene' will make your boss promote you on the spot! 

#4) Fort Amsterdam Cedarwood Mint Beard (1 oil & 1 wax)

We came across these guys on Instagram and absolutely love their products. Everything is natural and there are NO chemical fillers in these products. What we love most about this combo is it has the Cedarwood that we adore from BG but a cool twist of mint. Refreshing! You can also use this duo for different days that you find yourself in need of an oil AND wax.

 

Let us know what you think in the comments below! Have you tried any of these before? What are your favorite go to beard products for your clients? Guys, have you given beard oil or waxes a shot yet? Sound off below! 
 

As always, check back Mondays and Thursdays 11AM EST for fun products, tips and lady barbers! Happy Monday ladies and gentlemen, until next time!

Warmest wishes,
Cass

Battle of the Beard: Part 1

Once a sign of laziness since the 1990's, beards have become synonymous with being manly and even sexy to many women. Much like the Beatles, it happened quietly and then seemed to explode overnight into a well known sensation. Credit primarily goes to large movements such as 'No Shave November' for turning beards into a social norm along with those who refused to conform to what was considered appropriate in a work environment. 

Clearly this is scientific, there's no way you can make this stuff up. 

Clearly this is scientific, there's no way you can make this stuff up. 

So what else is there to discuss when it comes to beards? It's pretty obvious: stop shaving, battle the itch for a while and call it a day. With the impending Summer season, many of my clients are starting to shave or lower their beards for the hot weather so I wanted to discuss maintenance for your beard and most importantly, your skin. The primary cause guys cite when asking to shorten their beard or remove it entirely is because it itches or with the heat causes their skin to break out. A fun fact I tell my clients is that they don't need to remove their beard to prevent break outs or to feel a bit cooler. Yes, having a furry woodland creature attached to your face definitely makes your face a bit warmer but if you really love your beard then utilizing these steps and products won't be too much work. 

Appropriate Beard Trimming Battle of the Beard Her Chair His Hair

While scouring the internet for fun beard images for my Instagram, I came across this gem and knew I needed it for my next article. Side note: I was also so excited that I saved it and clicked out of the website without copying the source (smooth Cassie). So to the original author: please step forward so I can credit you appropriately!  Anyway, like I was saying, this diagram shows how you can keep your beard without coming off unkempt or making your daily shave a total pain. 

First things first: no beard should (typically) ever go below or above the laryngeal prominence, commonly known as the Adam's apple (between B & C). The reason? If you're going for a beard that's naturally shaped, anything below (C) will appear messy while anything above (A) will appear manicured and will require a constant clean up. Some guys don't mind constantly cleaning up this line, similar to shaping the neckline round or square, and that's okay! This is for the guy who wants a beard with minimal work. 

Second, your smile line! It is a personal weakness when a man smiles and his beard isn't interfering with his awesome bone structure. Nobody is saying you have to constantly clean up your smile line (D), but we don't want your beard hairs reaching below your eyes either. The same is to be said for the guys who cut super deep into their beard when shaping it. If you're going for a chin strap or some other shape then that is one thing but when attempting a natural and full looking beard this line is the best option. An easy way to find your perfect smile line is to find the center of your ear (the tragus) or the under part of your cheek bone and connect with the corner of your lip or mustache. It's that easy, I promise!

 

Ryan Gosling Beard Battle of the Beard Her Chair His Hair

Now that you've established you wanted to keep and care for your beard, we've discussed how to properly clean up the lines, the only thing left is to determine how long you want it. Earlier I mentioned how my clients are interested in beard care due to the Summer heat that's coming. I figured the best way to help you understand is to just lay out the numbers and descriptions. Side note: these descriptions are derived from my professional experiences and personal opinion after listening to feedback from clients over time.

Length    Description

000           Practically clean, closest to using wet razor

1/2             Close to 5 o'clock shadow, barely there stubble

1 - 1.5        Close & Clean, still a shadow but more of a grown in look than 1/2

2-2.5        Keeping some length but not too full, still more of a manicured look.

3-3.5         Ideal length for a natural, full beard. If a client wants clean but not manicured, we go for this.

Helpful tips:

-Trim below the jawline 1/2 setting lower, this allows your beard to still appear full but not too messy/full along the neck (like Ryan Gosling).

-Shampoo and condition your beard just like any other part of your normal routine. This will help prevent skin break outs from dirt and oil and will also keep your beard more shapely.

-Invest in a small personal clipper for time in between visiting your barber if you don't go often. The Andis Charm is a favorite and I keep it in my kit at all times. It not only has 000 but additional attachments for beard trimming.

-If you don't want to remove too much length and only want to clean up scraggly hairs, go with the hair rather than against it. So if your hair grows down (like most beards), you will start at the top of the beard going in the same direction. Use the number you'd normally use to trim (not lower!) and this will be an easy clean up.

 

Next week is part two! We will discuss products you can use to wash, maintain and shape your beard. Barbers, do you have any awesome tricks you tell your clients regarding beard care? Guys, do you have any questions beyond what was discussed? Remember, if you have any suggestions for products or tips feel free to e-mail at HerChairHisHair@gmail.com

Always check back Monday and Thursdays 11:00 AM EST for tips and product reviews!

 

Always,
C

Introducing Brooklyn Grooming

Starting at a new barbershop can mean plenty of things ranging from “Which chair is mine?” to “Do I bring my own products or buy in house?”, the latter being what I freak out about most. Whether you're a veteran or a brand new barber, it’s easy to sympathize with the idea of everything changing when you move to a new shop or salon. In barber school or an apprenticeship, we are given tools that we use as we grow and learn new techniques but eventually we are sometimes told they are no longer acceptable.

Brooklyn Grooming: Brooklyn's First Men's Grooming Line

Brooklyn Grooming: Brooklyn's First Men's Grooming Line

So what does ANY of this have to do with Brooklyn Grooming ? Earlier this year I moved from one men's salon to Barba, and I am so happy to call them my new home! My last salon made their own products in-house so I never had to worry about paying for products, bringing my own or running out. When I began at Barba I thought it was acceptable to bring the same tools over; WRONG! I was still a bit green to how things worked and was told that they carry only one specific line. Unfortunately, as great as the first line was, it had only ONE (very thick) shave cream and nothing else! How is a girl supposed to give an awesome hot towel shave without some fantastic skin care? 


Introducing...BROOKLYN GROOMING!

BG has been at Barba about as long as I have after co-owners McKenzie Santiago and Alfredo Ortiz reached out to us via email. It was serendipity! Their products are all hand-bottled in Brooklyn, NY and made with some of the best ingredients you could ask for. Their recipes include organic vegetable butters, beeswax, herbs and essential oils while avoiding chemicals and industrial byproducts. This not only opens up the door to specialize as a Lady Barber for vegans or those with sensitive skin, it also puts you a step above other barbers because the client can definitely tell the quality of what you're putting on them before, during and after their shave. 

 

As I continue reviewing products on Her Chair His Hair you will see me mention Brooklyn Grooming multiple times because they are always launching something new and because I feel each product deserves its own post. This growing company also sells beard and mustache grooming products, tattoo balms and tonics that are all made naturally. They're definitely a one-stop shop for a lady barber's needs!

 

Until next time,

Cass