Posted on May 10 2019
We know what you're thinking. Your beard; it's handsome, rugged, and irresistible. You've seen the reports, the studies, and the Cosmo covers at Walgreens.
"Women find men with beards more attractive, researchers say"
In this case, it's a report from the Journal of Evolutionary Biology. The report asked 8,500 women to rate men who have different degrees of facial hair. They ranged from clean shaven to full-bearded. Researchers found women were more attracted and wanted to have long term relationships with men who had some form of facial hair, than those who had no facial hair. The study found women are attracted to men with beards because the facial hair "indicates a male's ability to successfully compete socially with other males for resources" and because they "render men with an older, more masculine, socially dominant and aggressive appearance."
What does that all mean? Basically, women like men who appear as if they can protect and provide for them and the 'rough' look makes men look tough.
Before you get too far ahead of yourself tough guy, consider as good-looking as your beard might be, if it feels like sandpaper or a wiry mess, it’s not living up to its full potential. Even worse, a rough beard will turn a woman off faster than your "collectible" Iron Maiden t-shirt, your dirty Vans, or you following every female "fashion blogger" on Instagram (#truestory).
Softening your beard and keeping it soft comes down to a disciplined daily regime. It's easy, but you gotta stick to it for maximum results. So swap out the concert tee for a DGC Originals tee and let's get started.
Wash your beard daily with an all-natural and hydrating beard wash. If you're still using traditional bar soap or shampoo, you're simply drying out your beard every day. You'll want a beard wash, like our beard poo, to clean and hydrate without stripping away your beards natural oils. We also recommend taking our blue nitrile comb into the shower with you to comb through the beard wash which helps to evenly distribute it throughout your beard.
Apply your favorite Detroit Grooming beard oil after your shower while your skin is still wet. Pour a dime size amount into your palm and vigorously rub your hands together to activate and warm up the blend of proprietary and essential oils. Then work the oil into your skin. The water left on your face after your shower will help distribute the oil. It's important to remember, the beard oil is for your skin beneath your beard. Men's faces do not produce enough oil to support a soft beard so you need to really work the oil into your skin.
Give your face a few minutes to absorb the oil and then come back with your favorite Detroit Grooming beard butter. Using the back of your nail on your forefinger, scrape a dime size amount, rub it together in your hands, and then apply it to your beard, using your fingers to work it through the hair. It's also a good idea to use our boar bristle brush to evenly distribute the butter throughout your beard and to train and style your beard. As your beard grows, you'll want to train it every day to taper nicely. The beard butter will soften the hairs and help you with styling. Check out our YouTube video on beard butter scents if you're not sure where to start.
We've already mentioned hydration and the critical role it plays in your soft beard. In addition to the aforementioned steps above, it's also important to pay attention to your diet. Foods containing omega-3 fatty acids, our Biotin daily supplement, and drinking plenty of water every day will all help. You can find rich omega-3s in foods like cold water fish, walnuts, and soybeans. Our Biotin is a powerhouse of B vitamins to help with healthy and soft beard growth. One bottle contains 60 veggie capsules, each with 10,000 mcg of the powerful vitamin B7.
As for me, I love our Belle Isle butter and oil for everyday use yes, I own several Iron Maiden tees. As for the fashion bloggers, I'm not talking. Any comments or questions hit me up on Instagram.
~ Detroit Grooming Lou