October 30, 2019

Shave & Maintain: How To Take Care of Yourself For Movember

Every man’s favorite unofficial holiday, Movember, is coming up and that means prepping yourself, and your facial hair is a must. Whether you’re growing out that mustache or trying out a new beard style, there’s never been a better time to try out a new look for the fall.

If you’re unfamiliar with Movember, this great cause started in Australia years ago as a movement to put men’s health at the forefront, and begin conversations about the importance of the topic. By doing so, growing out and shaving facial hair has become a way to raise money and awareness towards men’s health issues. If you’re unsure where to start or how you can get involved with your facial hair, look no further and follow these tips!

Shaving it off

There’s no secret that shaving is an art form, and crafting your ‘stache/beard combination is nothing short of a process, but it can be a great way to express your creativity for a good cause. To start your shave off, you want to make sure you have the right tools to give you the best result you want. As you gather your shaving toolbox, you should have an idea of what kind of a shave you’re going after. For example, shaving a thick beard is much different than touching up some stubble, and will, therefore, require different solutions. As you weigh your options, be sure to think about what’s best for you. Whether that be an electric razor for more precision and trimming or easy-to-use cartridge razors for a closer shave, like those from Harry’s, they can offer different options on how to cut your hair in a healthy way as well as stylize it.

Starting with your mustache, take a moment and decide if you really want to shave it down, as for many men, it’s harder to regrow and maintain a stylish stache. If you’re looking to keep your mustache and want to try something new, mustache wax will work better for you so you can sculpt it to perfection.

However, if you decide you want to get rid of it, start by applying a hot wet towel to the area above your lip and lather it with pre-shave oil followed by shaving cream. Then, shave carefully with the grain of your hair to ensure you don’t cut yourself and prevent any in-grown hairs.

Similarly for your beard, this may require a more thorough process depending on the nature and length of your beard currently, but the process remains the same. For longer beards, make sure to utilize scissors or electric razors to trim down to a shaveable length and avoid ripping long hairs out with the wrong razor.

In terms of your style, do some research about what facial hairstyle will look best on your face, or what you might want to try out and go for it. You won’t know how it looks until you try it, and even if you don’t like it you can still clean shave anyway, so don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone this Movember.         

Growing it back

Half of the fun of maintaining your facial hair is nurturing your skin and face to make sure it grows back properly. Many men find it difficult to take care of their skin and as a result, battle acne and blemishes while growing it back, but staying on top of your hygiene routine throughout can prevent this and even promote healthy hair regrowth.

Start with moisturizing and exfoliating your face regularly, especially those with stubble or the ones who decide to cut all of it off as it gets deep into your pores and makes a real impact. Ask your barber what kind of skin you have (dry, oily, sensitive) and what kind of products will work best for you. Hydration of your skin is key and replenishing after a shave is vital in keeping a glowing face.

Once your facial hair starts growing back, you’re going to want to introduce beard products into your regime to not only tame it but make sure it remains healthy. Products like beard oils are good for softening hairs, while beard balms are good for sculpting and styling.

No matter how you style it, there’s no lack of options on how to improve your beard growth. Be sure to check out all of our products for all your grooming needs here!

More on Movember

Whether you want to participate or not, it’s good to at least be aware of the Movember movement and what it stands for. Extending your reach to other male friends and family to talk about health, extending the effort and joining the conversation is a great place to start.

For more direct support of the cause, you can check out the official Movember site to learn more about the cause and find resources to help you out, ways you can get involved, and so much more.