About a year ago I wrote an article called How to Style Thin Beard, which has topped the charts on the blog. To my surprise, however, most of the questions arising from this post were about how to style long beard.
Since my experience with long beard is somewhat limited, I’ve borrowed the knowledge of a guy who knows what he’s talking about.
Here we dissect step-by-step his video on how to style long beard. You can watch the whole video below and come back to the steps I’ve outlined below for ease of reference.
Step 1: Wash and Texturize
This is two steps I’ve combined into one because they are so simple. Luis starts off by washing his beard and hair in the shower and leaving them damp. If showering before styling your beard is too time-consuming, wash your beard and towel-dry it.
Luis texturizes his beard by spraying it with sea salt spray. The one he uses is Beardbrand’s Tea Tree Sea Salt Spray but most sprays that add texture to your hair will work. Sea salt sprays give your hair the effect of thickness and grittiness it gets when you just come out the sea. Other popular alternatives to Beardbrand’s Tea Tree option I’ve used are Other popular options I’ve used are Bumble & Bumble Thickening Spray and Kevin Murphy Thick Again.
The idea here is to add some grit and fullness to the beard. The sea salt spray also makes it easier to shape the beard.
Make sure you spread the spray evenly throughout your beard by massaging it with your fingers. Long beards can get quite unruly, especially if you rub stuff into them with your hands. Curly hairs are especially difficult to put in the right place. Try to finger-comb your beard in the direction you want it to go. It will make things a lot easier when you get to step 2.
Step 2: Give it a Shape
Luis uses a round brush and a hairdryer to quiff the beard under his chin. The idea here is to work the general style of your beard.
Start by drying your beard with the hairdryer and combing it with your fingers in the direction you want it to go.
Depending on the length of your beard and style you are going for, you can stop here. If your growth is medium length or less, quiffing won’t help. For longer beards, as Luis explains, however, you can get a more polished look, by putting some extra effort.
Use the round brush to roll around it a patch of hair, while blowdrying it. This will put your beard into place and give a neater, more styled look.
It's worth repeating, this styling exercise makes most sense if your beard is long enough to roll it around with the brush. If your beard is shorter than medium length, use a brush to comb it in the direction you want it to go.
Regardless of what tool you use, the process of combing and blow-drying will straighten some of your curly hairs and place them in the direction you want them to go.
Luis explains that the direction in which he shapes his beard is by tucking it under his chin. If you have different beard style, feel free to shape it in a way that works for you.
Step 3: Balm it Up
To add more hold and get rid of fly-aways, Luis adds a nickel-size of beard balm. The one he uses is Beardbrand Tree Ranger Styling Balm. It’s a wax-based product that has a decent beard hold. A balm with medium hold and low shine is what you would want to use on a long beard. Any product with these properties would work great.
Luis warns that putting too much beard balm will ruin your whole look. As wax-based balms tend to be heavy, putting too much, will create patches of hair that clump together. It’s the same effect you get when you put too much hair balm.
The standard recommendation of a nickel size piece of wax is a good place to start. Luis massages a small bit of the balm into his beard and spreads it evenly. The general motion is combing his beard towards his chin. At this stage Luis uses his fingers and rubs the product in.
Be careful not to apply too much beard balm. It can ruin your whole look. Start with a little and if it’s not enough, incrementally add more. A nickel size amount is usually a good place to start.
If your beard is longer and thicker than average, you may need a little more. The key here is trial and error. After the first few attempts you’ll get a good sense how much product is enough.
Step 4: Comb Down the Top Layer
Once he has applied the beard balm evenly, Luis uses a beard comb to tame down any unruly hairs. He combs through the top layer of his beard giving it a finished look.
An alternative to the beard comb is a beard brush. It works in the same way - it puts into place any fly-aways and random hairs.
Following these four steps will give you a professionally groomed beard that will compliment your dapper look.
Now that you know how to style long beard, you have no excuse for looking scruffy and unkempt. Share this post with your friends and help them look dapper too.
The Products You Need
For ease of use, here’s a list of the tools and products Luis mentions in his video. I’ve also included beard products I’ve used and highly recommend. If I’m missing a good one, drop me a line below.