Beards are definitely back and everyone from sportsmen to newsreaders is growing them. But they take time and effort to keep them looking good.
Growing and taming a beard
James Kemsley has been a barber for 16 years and owns The Kemsley Barber Company in Hertfordshire and Tailored & Groomed in Essex and says: “Depending on the length of your beard, if you wear a shirt regularly I’d recommend a beard trim with a clipper every seven to ten days to keep it fresh. Clean and sharpen the edges with a wet shave to complete the look.
“Using beard balm and beard oil will also keep it in a soft condition. If you have length to the beard then trim it every two to four weeks - treat it like your haircut.
“Use a badger brush (specifically for beards) to brush your beard through regularly to remove the knots.
“Wash your beard using a beard shampoo and conditioner to refresh. Beards do have a tendency to smell if not cared for properly, so beware of this - regular use of beard oil will keep it smelling fresh.”
How to make beard oil
The beard grooming gadget to buy:
Wahl Blitz 3-in-1 Beard Trimmer with Lithium 2.0 Power
Hairdresser Errol Douglas MBE (erroldouglas.com) is fan of at-home hair clippers for older men and says: “As we get older the texture and natural direction of hair evolves, so I particularly like the versatility of the WAHL Envoy.
“It can deal with all hair types and textures and is robust and very easy to use for a high standard finish. It can be used on and off the cord and is easy to recharge – what’s not to like?”
Men's hair problems fixed
The hair gadget to buy:
Wahl Envoy Cord/Cordless Hair Clipper
For ears and nose
As men get older they tend to lose hair on their head but gain it in their ears and nose. Such is the unfairness of life.
Make-up artist Kenneth Soh (frankagency.co.uk) who has worked with celebrities such as Hugh Laurie says: “As a make-up artist and men’s grooming expert, one of the things I keep a look out for when working with models or celebrities over a certain age is nasal and ear hair.
“I’m fond of the discreet tweezer or personally I use the Panasonic Trimmer. It’s perfect as it is efficient, pain free and can be used wet or dry.”
The nose and ear hair gadget to buy:
Panasonic Nose, Ear & Facial Hair Trimmer
Dentist Dr Ayee-Marie McGrath from Knightsbridge Dental Care (knightsbridgedental.co.uk) says: “Technology is developing at lightening speed all the time and it does assist people to look after their teeth.
“For example, the new ultrasonic electric toothbrushes and electric flossers have burst into the market, making the technicality of getting to hard to reach tooth surfaces easier. Therefore it is easier and more accessible to look after your oral health.”
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The tooth gadget to buy:
Philips Sonicare PowerUp Electric Toothbrush
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