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Many men think growing a beard is just as simple as putting down the razor. Well, not quite. Chances are you won't be able to just let your facial hair grow out without eventually tending to it, as much as you may wish that were the case. While some guys may just need a clean up here and there, others may need to keep up with more regular beard maintenance and grooming. And if you'd like to do so at home versus at the barbershop, you'll need to equip yourself with beard trimmers, balms, oils, washes, and the like.
So to help you care for your scruff, we rounded up the best beard products on the market.
Best Beard Wash: Proraso Refresh Beard Wash
Proraso has long made some of the best products for shaving, so it should be no surprise that some of its products shine when it comes to beards. Loaded with gentle, low foaming cleaners that clean both the beard and the face from which it grows, this wash strips dirt, debris, and lingering beard odors and leaves skin feeling fresh. That’s thanks to eucalyptus, bergamot, and rosemary essential oils.
Best Beard Conditioner: Scotch Porter Leave-In Beard Conditioner
A beard conditioner may not be the first item on your list of grooming essentials, but it's a great product to follow up with after cleansing. Scotch Porter makes it super easy too since theirs is a rich one that you don’t have to wash out.
Thanks to ingredients such as Abyssinian oil, biotin, and white willow bark, even the driest, coarsest beards are left feeling moisturized and manageable. It’s also free from sulfates, silicones, petrolatum, parabens, and mineral oil, making this conditioner one you’ll feel good about leaving in day after day.
Best Beard Scrub: Tom Ford Exfoliating Energy Scrub
You might think all scrubs are created equal when it comes to finding one for your facial hair. Not true. What makes a good beard scrub? First, it needs to really do its job. (Check.) Next, it should not only clean but energize the skin. (Check.) Lastly, it needs to rinse out, so as to not leave any pesky particles lingering around the lips. (Check.) Tom Ford’s exfoliating scrub does it all thanks to ginseng, caffeine, and finely ground apricot seeds.
Best Beard Moisturizer: Murdock Beard Moisturizer
From one of the best barbershops in London comes one of our favorite beard brands in the world. With a range of products that include hair, skincare, and fragrance we have to give it to them for keeping the art of beard maintenance alive. That’s why if we had to pick one thing from Murdock that no bearded man should be without, it's this lightweight, luxe moisturizer.
With the right ingredients, including aloe vera and sunflower seed oil to soothe, eucalyptus and menthol to stimulate, and cinnamon, cedarwood, balsam, and patchouli to smell good—no, great—this moisturizer is top shelf.
Best Beard Balm: Beardbrand Utility Balm
This all-in-one product has the moisturizing qualities of an oil with the control of a moisturizer, allowing for it to be the go-to product for guys who are no muss, no fuss. Use it to tame pesky beard flyaways and hydrate the dry skin underneath. Bonus? It’s available in six different scents.
Best Beard Oil: Maapilim Beard Oil
Composed of gentle, skin-friendly oils, jojoba cleans and hydrates both hair and skin helping to balance sebum production, while sweet almond provides essential nutrients to help keep hair and skin moisturized without feeling heavy. From the four only-aromatic-enough fragrances, our favorite happens to be the marriage of pine and cedarwood.
Best Beard Trimmer: Braun Beard Trimmer BT5065
Even the best-kept beards need a good take down every now and then, and Braun is one of the most trusted brands in the world to tackle such a fete. The latest iteration from the brand doesn’t disappoint. The BT5065 is sharper and faster than any trimmer before it and features a precision dial for a whopping 39 length settings. (If you’re new to beard trimmers, that’s about double what even the best trimmers typically offer.)
The Li-ion battery allows for over an hour and a half of cordless trimming time, while the precise German technology actually reads your beard 13 times per second, adjusting the power of the trimmer motor to its thickness. Not enough? It comes with a Gillette razor, and you can do it all in the shower since the entire trimmer unit is waterproof.
Best Beard Scissors: Equinox International Professional Scissor
You can wash, condition, moisturize, and oil all you want—sometimes you are going to have those couple of hairs that just need to get out of here. That’s why you need a trusty set of sharp beard scissors. No, not the pair on your desk for paper, but scissors like these from Equinox International that are designed to trim the delicate frizzies near your face. If you don’t think you need them now, once you have them, you’ll wonder why you ever thought you could trim without them.
Best Shave Gel: King C. Gillette Shave Gel
Not your ordinary Gillette, but this shave gel from King C. Gillette made especially for bearded blokes. The crystal clear shave gel is formulated with plant-based ingredients including argan oil, avocado oil, coconut water, aloe vera, white tea extract, cocoa butter, and more. It provides a protective anti-friction layer allowing your best blade to cut close while helping to minimize the risk of skin irritation, keeping edges nice and tight.
Best Ingrown Treatment: Jack Black Razor Bump & Ingrown Hair Solution
There are a lot of razor bump remedies out there and while some are great, nothing has yet to beat out Jack Black’s formula of salicylic acid, aloe, and calming chamomile. Salicylic acid dissolves pore-clogging dirt and oil while lactic acid exfoliates, moisturizes, and softens skin. Add to that the unsurpassed hydrating power of hyaluronic acid and superior antioxidant capabilities of green tea and willowherb, and you have yourself an ingrown fighting force to be reckoned with.
Best Beard Comb: Kent Handmade Combs
Not only handy but handsome to boot, these beard combs are great for fast first impression fixing or last call cleanups, thanks to their pocket-friendly size. Take your pick from the five-inch fine and coarse toothed combo comb, the four-inch fine tooth pocket comb, or the extra small three-inch pocket comb—just kidding, you get all three with this convenient pack. Keep one in your pocket, one in the Dopp kit, and one…well, wherever you need it.
Best Beard Brush: ZilberHaar Vegan Regular Beard Brush
Not into using real boar head brushes? Try this vegan-friendly option from one of the biggest beard brush brands out there: ZilberHaar. Tampico fiber stands in for boar bristles since it’s a stiff cactus plant fiber extracted from the agave plant leaves. Paired with walnut wood—a hard, dense, and tight-grained wood prized by woodworkers for its strength—we would go as far as to guess that if we didn’t tell you this was cruelty-free and Earth-friendly, you might have never known.
Best Beard Dye: Just For Men Mustache and Beard Coloring
Listen, some folks like to let the gray shine through, and others like to keep it at bay. We’re not here to judge—we can’t all gray like George Clooney—we’re just here to offer some great options for all types of bearded gents. If you find yourself in the latter category, Just For Men is the tried and true brand for a reason. It’s easy, and it works.