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The One Thing You Should Never Do to Your Beard

Don’t get caught making this facial hair faux pas

By Lindsey Unterberger

The One Thing You Should Never Do to Your Beard

By Lindsey Unterberger


So you finally got through that awkward, patchy phase of growing out your facial hair and are ready to show it off. Well done — that’s no easy task. Before you attempt to style your face, though, there’s something you need to know. Mike Haddad, founder and president of Detroit Grooming Co., is here to school us on the biggest mistake he sees men make with their beards.





It’s all about the product — or lack thereof, Mike says. No matter the length of your beard, you never want to run a brush or comb through it without prepping it first.

Mike suggests applying Detroit Grooming Co. Grooming Oil to your beard right after you get out of the shower. “Damp-dry your face first to get it as dry as you can, but don’t go crazy,” he says. Then warm up a quarter-size amount of oil in the palm of your hand. Start on the outside of your beard, and work the oil down into the skin. (Bonus: You’ll smell fantastic. Mike’s favorite scent is Corktown, a blend of tobacco, cedarwood and vanilla.)










Once you’ve properly nourished your beard, you’ll need to style it, and your fingers aren’t going to cut it. Choosing the right comb or brush comes down to deciding which category better suits your needs. A brush is more universal and foolproof, but a comb is more portable and will give you better styling control.

If you go brush, Mike’s picks are the Firm Military Boar Bristle Brush and the Soft Boar Bristle Brush. The latter is best for beards longer than three inches, so most men are better off with a firm brush, especially if they want to use it to help spread product onto the skin.







Comb choices are more varied, and hair type is more important than length. “If you have coarser hair, you want to get tines that are little bit further apart,” says Mike. “If you’ve got finer hair, you can get the tines that are closer together.”

The top-tier combs are made of horn. “It’s very soft, it’s anti-static, and it’ll run through your face nice and smooth,” Mike says. Wood combs are another good option: “They’re nice and soft in terms of bristle, and they don’t snap. This is another one that’s anti-static, that’ll move right through your face like a hot knife through butter.”












Below that, you have your plastic and metal combs. These are the ones that get a bad rap for making beards look wilder than they did to start – but you don’t have to steer completely clear. “Most people will tell you not to use a plastic or metal comb because it’ll tear your beard apart, but if your beard is well nourished and clean, you’ll find that the comb will just slide right through the hair,” Mike promises.







The bottom line? Always load up on Grooming Oil before you bring a comb or brush anywhere near your face. We’d hate for you to wind up being known around the clubhouse locker room as the dude who got a comb stuck in his beard.









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