Scruffy facial hair was once relegated to the world of lumberjacks, 19th century theologians, and Oktoberfest attendees. But the beard is back – the bigger, the better – on everyone from bankers to baristas. And while the excess of facial hair keeps daily shaving to a minimum, a man has to care for the hair on his chinny-chin-chin just like he cares for the hair on his head. At this point, there’s an entire industry dedicated to keeping whiskers soft and properly groomed. Whether you’re rocking a gentlemanly three-day scruff or going full Duck Dynasty, here’s the best in beard oil, balm, brushes, and other grooming essentials.
Tame unruly whiskers like a properly mustachioed man. Clubman moustache wax $3.99, Sally Beauty Supply
Evenly distribute oils and conditioners without damaging your beard. Phillips Teaze brush $3.99,Sally Beauty Supply
Turn scruff into soft and cuddly – and smell good, besides. Kiehl’s Shaving Formula rinsable oil, $18, Dillard’s
Add shine and control fizz to tame the longest of beards Billy Jealousy Beard Envy $25, Ulta
A cordless trimmer and a vacuum, too? That’s less mess guaranteed. Philips Norelco vacuum stubble trimmer $49.99, Target
Get rid of itchy skin with this leave-in conditioner that softens hair follicles. Jack Black leave-in conditioner $17, Ulta
by Jason Boyett
Jason is a journalist, copywriter, ghostwriter, and the author of more than a dozen books. His most recent is “12 World Religions: The Beliefs, Rituals, and Traditions of Humanity's Most Influential Faiths”, published by Zephyros Press. Learn more at jasonboyett.com.