With National Men's Grooming Day just around the corner, Friday 16th August, we’ve been speaking to the salon director of Francesco’s Congleton salon Branislav Hamorsky about grooming, men’s beards and general advice.
Beards are bang on trend right now and I’d advise everybody who can to grow one! It works best for guys with dark hair but blonde beards look just as good and guys with red hair shouldn’t shy away either.
To achieve a great beard you only need to maintain it a few times a week and if you’re unsure how to create a nice shaped or which length suits you best then a great idea is to grow it for a week and then go to barbers. Once you’ve visited your barbers you’ll then have an outline or guide to follow making it much easier to keep it that way.
A barber should know best but I’d suggest shaping it around your face, look which shape of beard you want to achieve and then personalised with your face shape. If you have a curved or angular face shape then go for the opposite look with your beard as it will give you a contrasting softer or stronger look. If you want to stand out then go for the same shape as your face and everyone will notice you as the opposite style will soften your look but same shape will make more of a statement.
Keep it to your chin without going below this point and make sure your cheek bones are on show because they are a great feature that you shouldn’t hide. Deciding how to shape a beard around your lips is very individual, some men have naturally nice hair lines but others have to groom and personalise it more. For example don’t be afraid to make your moustache thinner or shape it however you feel is suits you best or if you want to show more of your chin then simply thin the shape around your bottom lip and chin.
As for which length you should go for keep this in mind, short hair works well with a short beard and long hair suits a long beard. Long hair can generally carry off any beard length but I find it hard to imagine short hair teamed with a long beard, don’t you? However if you have a shaved head a beard could be a great statement look for you.
If you’re lucky enough to choose any length then consider your job, if you have professional job then keep it short or medium length as it won’t need to trimmed more than once a week. However if your look and your profession allows you to have a longer beard then go for it, but don’t forget every single type of beard have to be groomed. Keep your scissors ready to trim around lips because people don’t what to always know what you had for lunch…
To help you keep your beard at its best you should invest in a clipper for home use. They’re so quick and easy to use and you’ll find it so useful, whether it’s to keep your beard trimmed to perfection or your neck hair in check.
It isn’t just your beard that you should be grooming, from my experience many men think they shouldn’t be trimming their eyebrows but that’s a very important part of your look. You shouldn’t be afraid to ask any barber or hairdresser to trim your eyebrows for you whenever you go for a haircut, I do this for many of my clients.
Also don’t forget about your ear and nose hair, they too can need maintenance, especially as you get older. Again you’ll find an at home nose and ears trimmer can be very handy. Trimming these areas is very individual, but every man should know by looking in the mirror if he needs any grooming or not.
For more advice or to book an appointment at the Congleton Francesco salon call 01260 298876 or visit their website.