But there is another product you need, especially if your beard is anything longer than ‘advanced stubble’. Beard balms are cream-like conditioning products that won’t just make your facial hair look good, it’ll nourish the whiskers and the skin below, too.
“If you feel like your beard (and skin underneath) is very dry or hard to comb into a neat order, then a balm is a good option,” says Phil Reader, master barber at Drakes of London. “On a daily basis, I see how balms can improve the appearance of a beard by conditioning the skin and hair and adding a healthy shine. Not to mention banishing the dreaded beard dandruff.”