4 Steps to Easy Beard Care

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Senores,

Kings wear a crown.

It’s the defining “garment” of their royalty.

If  you’re a father, son, brother, nephew, or uncle….

THEN YOU ARE A KING!

But please don’t walk around wearing a crown.

That’s weird….VERY wierd.

Like, no one wants to see you looking like the Burger King guy walking around town!

But there is a way to show your nobility.

There’s a calling card of sorts that announces that the king has arrived!

THE FACE CROWN!

Kalan Beard

Beards have always been a part of a man’s style. Historically, your manhood was linked to you beard. From a prehistoric context, beards were worn for warmth, intimidation, and protection.

In ancient Egyptian culture, Egyptian royalty used false beards that were made of metal. It was held in place by a ribbon that was tied over their heads. This was one of many signifiers that a man was a member of the royal family.

 

Listen, that literally  sounds like some king-ish to me!!!!!

But we’re beyond that now and it’s a growing (pun intended) personal style element that modern gentlemen are embracing more and more. The conservative gent and workplace haven’t quite caught on fully, but the beard is on an upward trend in popular culture…regardless of ethnicity.

In my humble opinion, beards are here to stay. And as a black man there are specific steps that I must take to care for my face crown so that is announces  my kingship with distinction.

In fact, beard care has it’s roots (another pun intended) in Mesopotamia. These civilizations would use beard oil to keep their crowns healthy and robust looking. It’s important to maintain a great face crown. It can communicate a couple of things to those onlookers:Mesopotamia

  • Appearance is important to you
  • You are committed to style
  • Pay attention to grooming details
  • Cleanliness is a priority
  • You are a take charge kind of guy

NOW….

How do you maintain your beard? It’s actually very simple. These steps work regardless of your hair texture and/or curl patterns.

I. WASH YOUR BEARD

This is the simplest step in the process! Every day, whether you’re in the shower or at the sink, wash your beard when you wash you face. You can use a specific beard wash or a shampoo.

My preference is a beard wash. Using standard shampoo can strip your hair of essential oils that your beard needs. They an also dry out your face. Beard oils are complete with many natural products like shea, jojoba oil, keratin, coconut oil and others.

I have a specific regimen that I will detail later in the post.

II. CONDITION YOUR BEARD

Again, you can use your a standard conditioner or a specific beard conditioner. The purpose of conditioner is to replenish some of the oils that may have been washed off during the shampooing process. Conditioners don’t have harsha alcohols that will strip the hair.

Let’s discuss the process of conditioning

  1. Use a nickle’s size of product
  2. Work into your damp beard after you’ve washed it
  3. Use comb or pick to make sure that the product completely touches the shaft
  4. Let sit for 1-2  minutes. (Use this time to brush your teeth or wash your body if you’re in the shower)
  5. Rinse thoroughly

III. REPLENISH YOU BEARD

This process will vary with depending on what types of products work best with your texture. The important thing is to apply the beard oil or beard pomade to the hair when damp.

Gents, do not put the product in your palm and rub it in. This will not guarantee that it will be applied to every strand of hair.  Instead, place in on your finger tips and apply the oil or pomade by pulling using your fingers.

Start at the base of the hair strand and gently pull away from your face. Doing this will ensure that the replenishing process works as best as possible and that the pomade will be distributed evenly.

Another option for applications is spray. But you still want to employ the finger tip method to make sure the product has an even spread.

IV. STYLE YOUR BEARD

Simply put, brush your beard if it’s not long enough to comb or comb/pick your beard out if it’s full. Styling does more than make your beard look nice and neat. It also helps to distribute the oils from the replenishing process. Thirdly, styling helps to train your beard to grow into a certain direction. 

A “part B” to the styling is edging your beard up. I recommend using a straight razor because you get the cleanest line possible. This takes time and practice so exercise patience. Consult your barber for the best techniques.

BONUS

Below is my washing schedule:

  • Monday – Wash using beard wash, condition using beard conditioner, apply replenishing products
  • Tuesday – Wash using beard wash and  apply replenishing products
  • Wednesday – Wash using beard wash, condition using (leave in conditioner – does not need to be rinsed, instead let it soak into hair), apply replenishing products
  • Thursday – Wash using beard wash and apply replenishing products
  • Friday – Wash using co-wash (washing substitute that cleanses and conditions)  and apply replenishing products
  • Saturday – Wash using beard wash, condition using beard conditioner, apply replenishing products
  • Sunday – Wash using clarifying shampoo (Clarifying shampoo will completely strip off all of the oils and build up that have been on your hair throughout the week), condition using beard conditioner, apply replenishing products.

I have dry skin and hair so it’s important that I condition my hair a couple of times a week. Additionally, I’m in a warm environment (Houston, TX) and I sweat a lot so clarifying shampoo is absolutely necessary to remove all the sweat and build up from my busy week.

My preferred products are:

Shea Moisture with Maracuja Oil and Shea Butter

Beard WashThis products is great because it deep cleans my beard of dirt, flakes and odors without drying out facial hair and skin. The Maracuja Oil and conditioning Shea Butter combine in this pH balanced formula that provides a clean slate for flawless grooming.

Remember to use a dime to nickle size of this product and work it into the hair with a good lather. You want to be sure to clean the hair thoroughly

 

Pantene Truly Natural Co-Wash

CowashThis product helps to fuel hair with a blend nutrients and antioxidants to guard against damage while cleaning, conditioning, and detangling. Its oil enriched so it moisturizes without stripping the natural oils.

Rub a half-palm size of the cowash into my hand and apply directly to my wet beard. It’s important to work it in to the hair using your fingertips. You can use a comb to comb out the hair while the product is in. This is optional. What is a must, however, is letting it sit in your beard for about a minute.

Cantu Leave In Conditioner

Great for hydrating and mending dry or coarse hair. It’s a leave in conditioner which means you don’t rinse it out. This is infused with pure shea butter and other natural oils.

Cantue Leave In

 

 

 

 

 

Cantu Pomade

My secret weapon!!!!!! It’s not something that’s typical for beards but it works great for me. Even though it’s a pomade, the product is not heavy.Cantue Pomade It provides a dope shine that lasts all day and smells great. Hey, my wife approves!!!!

Stay fly mis amigos!

 

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Kingdom of the Beard

Gentlemanly Grooming, Men's Style

Señores,

We, as gentlemen, have to be be mas creativo than the ladies because we don’t have as many opciones. Expressing yourself through style has become more acceptable in recent years and in cultura popular!. The rough and rugged manly-man look has changed. Being a bit more svelte and crisp is now the trend and the norm.

What’s become very popular worldwide has been the reemergence of facial hair,more specifically, beards! Beards have always been mysterious. The trend and acceptance was largely grouped by ethnicity and generation. Many European-Americans, especially the baby-boomers, were not fans of beards. In the African-American culture, beards have largely been aceptado provided that they were well-maintained. Whether a mustache or a goat’s tee…a chin-strap or a full beard, most blacks care not as long as it’s manicured. What’s interestante to note is that to assimilate into mainstream culture, many blacks would adopt the facial hair philosophy of their anglo contemporaries.

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Classic Gents, The Rat Pack
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If you fast-forward to current times, the acceptance of the beard (the full beard) has grown significantly. In-fact, it’s even gaining ground in el mundo professional. Now I’m not suggesting that you go to an interview as a full on mountain man, but once you’ve landed the job and know the culture, a beard is not automatically out of the question anymore. The key to this transición is maintenance.

So this begs the question, “How do you properly maintain a beard?” Maintenance begins with your comfort level and the desired outcome of the beard. If you are trying to hide or take the atenición away from un otro parte of your face, then certain lengths are great. If you are trying to create a rugged look that is acceptable in all environments, there are styles that can achieve this tambien!

THE SHADOW

The shadow or 5 o’clock shadow is a way to wear a beard that will be accepted in all environments. The key to this looks is to keep it light and low with a clean edge along the jawline, side-burns, and cheeks. Light neck hair is allowable but keep in in check as many professionals will frown upon it. Shadows are an irreverent way to remain masuclino and daring at the same time. Whether with a suit or at the game, a shadow fits todos looks.

GOATEE

The goatee is un favorito of mine. It’s best on the gents with strong/pronounced jaw lines. There are diferente variation of the goatee. Some are long and drop below the chin. Others are light and add just a bit of edge to a look. It usually very popular with the younger señores, pero the goatee adds an welcomed element of youthfulness to the more seasoned señores.

CHINSTRAP

The chin strap, sometimes called the chin curtain, is another common style. It’s a good style for los señores that are beginning their journey to the Kingdom of the Beard. It connects the side burn with the jawline and helps to outline the face. This can give the appearance of a pronounced jawline.

There are dozens of variations of the the beard. The key is to make sure you have the face to wear them. Grow what your father gave you and have fun trying them out. Make sure that your beard is suited for your environment. Unfortunately vivimos (we live) in a world that judges, so err on the side of caution and use wisdom. If you don’t have such profesional restrictions, then try them all. Below is a guide that will help you.

FULL BEARD

~SG

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Para los señores that are fearless I present to you the full beard!! Admittedly this is a risky beard, but kings…#BeardKings care not! Full beards are about power. They are about presence. They are about strength! Señores that wear these really just don’t give a…

Recuerdo señores, fashion and style is about comfort and self-image. Do what makes you feel good. After all, confidence is the most important part of your wardrobe!

Stay fly mis amigos!!!!!

Señores!

Me encanta ropa!!!!! It’s true, I love clothes. Certain brands just tickle my fancy. This post is a tribute to 7 brands that I can’t live without. You might be surprised when you see my choices.Imagezara.com

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Zara is the quintessential brand. They’ve received some heat from designers for not being original, pero me encanta, nonetheless. The brand keeps their pieces edgy yet timeless. The best thing is the affordability for the quality. Yo quiero everyone to have the ability to be fashionable and with Zara’s precios, todos are able!

Levis!
I’ve said it once and I will say it again! I. LOVE. LEVIS!!

With over 14 diferente fits and different designs in each fit, the variety is enormous. My personal favs are the 501’s (shrink to fit) and the 511’s. I’m a tall lean guy so those fit me the best!

What may be most impressive about Levis is the price! I’ve never seen a pair that were more than $90.00! And at the discount stores such as Ross, Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, etc. they are a fraction of the regular price!

SPREZZABOX

Just like you I’m an #InstaJunkie! While on mi favortio social media platform, I ran across a great menswear accessory company that has a dope product and business model! Bienvenidos a Sprezzabox!!!

El concepto is really great! For just under $30 per month you will receive a Sprezza Box that has 4-5 menswear essentials to ensure that you remain Guapo! Such items include

The items in this box retail for $112, but again, $28 is all you pay! I’m geeking over this!!

Lastly, zapatos!

I, as any self-respecting menswear maven hold shoes in a special place…with the gods!! Fashion would be obsolete without them! Most especially without

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There are dozens, and I mean DOZENS of custom cobblers that make exquisite footwear for Señores pero at a premium price! What’s most enjoyable about JD Fisk is the price for the quality! These shoes will rival some of the stronger brands such at Magnanni, Allen Edmunds, and the like. Plus, la compania siempre keep up with the trends! See for yourself.

See what I mean…

 

Let’s move on. Vamos!

Another shoe that crept it’s way in my corazón back in high school is the Adidas ZXZ sneaker.

Señores, I want to be honest with you. I don’t know how many variations of this sneaker Adidas has. And. That Excites. Me!

This is the ultimate urban sneaker. It can be paired with chinos, khakis, jeans, shorts, and workout gear!

Again, there are many other brands that I adore such as Diesel, Hudson Jeans,Mek, 14th & Union, Herschel, Tallia Orange, Thomas Dean y mucho mas! My one criterion is affordability. Breaking the bank is not always a necessity when it comes to style. You just have to be diligent in your pursuit of her…if you love her as I do!

Remember, style leaves and impression but fashion leaves a legacy!

~SG

 

 

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Faith and Fashion

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Señores,

I am inextricably linked to my faith. It comes across in every aspect of mi vida!!! Let’s not get it twisted either, my faith being CHRISTIANITY!!! With that being said, as I’m sure you’ve gathered, I am also inextricably linked to fashion! Sela. Who we are should be evident in whatever we do. Los Señores abajo rep Faith and Fashion…Christ and clothes ever so flawlessly.

Disfruta (enjoy)

Worshiping the Most High in style

Worshiping the Most High in style

This jacket tho...

This jacket tho…

Class and style in an industry that often lacks both!!

Class and style in an industry that often lacks both!!

The G.O.A.T. of contemporary gospel. Kirk'style game is "excepcional"

The G.O.A.T. of contemporary gospel. Kirk’style game is “excepcional”

He's the future!

He’s the future!

One of my closest friends and dopest musicians in the game!

One of my closest friends and dopest musicians in the game!

He's never afraid to be bold...in faith or fashion

He’s never afraid to be bold…in faith or fashion

All praises for the suit and the award!

All praises for the suit and the award!

Before there were shoes…there were feet!

Gentlemanly Grooming

I think we can all agree that there are few thing worse than seeing a perfectly tailored suit, or a crisp pair of Levi’s (the premier jean, because of quality and variety) partnered with a pair of shoes that are hardly worth the leather that they’re made of. It cannot be over-stressed that shoes make the outfit! This truism has reigned supreme throughout all of fashion eternity. However, before there were shoes, there were feet!

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FIX YOUR TOES UP!!

Señores, I want to affirm that pedicures are our friends! We “fashioneurs” will go to odd lengths to keep our sneakers clean, buff and polish our wing tips, and tan our leather but our feet go neglected. I guarantee that she doesn’t want to be stabbed in the ankles when you roll over to kiss her goodnight. Señores, it shouldn’t look like you’re always wearing white ankle socks ‘cuz you’re ashy! I mean, c’mon, sandals with no pedicure is like Jordan in a Lakers uniform…it just doesn’t make sense!

Maybe the word pedicure gives you some trepidation…makes you uneasy, so instead, lets call it a “Papi-cure” or a “Power-cure”! Either way, daily we make tough decisions as men. This is one that needs to be made as well…TRUST ME!

Señores, there are no excuses…just try it.

It’s necessary…

-SG