Beard Products to Help You Take a Great Dating Profile Picture
This is a guest post courtesy of Paul Agelidis, the Founder and Owner at Revolucion, a cigar, tobacco and men’s gift shop in beautiful Vancouver, BC.
If you're putting yourself on the online dating market, of course you'll want a profile picture that makes you look great. You've probably thought about having a sharp-looking outfit, well-groomed hair, the right lighting, and maybe using a setting that says something about who you are and what you like.
If you're a bearded man, however, have you thought about what you can do to make sure your beard looks great too? Here are five beard products that can help make sure you look your best in your dating profile picture.
If you want a neatly shaped beard, rather than a more wild and unruly beard, you will absolutely
need a good beard trimmer to help maintain a tidy form. You can find a lot of beard or hair trimmers out there, but a lot of them can be frustratingly ineffective — poor battery life, not cordless, poor durability, little length variety, difficult to wash, not powerful enough to smoothly cut through hair, and so on.
You want a good quality trimmer that will last, and can trim your beard evenly and smoothly without getting snagged or pulling at your hair. It’s also a good idea to get trimmers that are easier to clean and are water resistant, especially if you’re going to use the trimmer in the shower. Phillips, Braun and Brio are good places to start when researching good beard trimmers. They offer good durability, lots of length options, and quality cuts.
If you grow a beard that's longer than an inch or two, having a good beard oil is a must for you. It serves multiple purposes that help your beard look its best: it hydrates the skin under your beard so it doesn't get dry and cause dandruff to get in the hair, contains ingredients that help promote your beard hair's health, and helps your beard look and feel softer.
When you're shopping for a good beard oil, look at the ingredient list for good quality and natural oils like jojoba, argan, grapeseed, or pumpkin seed. It's a good idea to use it every day, either in the morning to last through the day or overnight to soak in while you sleep. You can massage it into your beard with your fingers and hands, or use a good quality comb or brush afterwards to make sure it gets evenly distributed throughout the hair and to the skin.
Beard balm is similar to beard oil, in that you can apply it to your beard to nourish the hair and keep your skin and beard smooth. Beard balms with conditioner are great to make your beard look, feel, and smell healthier.. However, what beard balm can also do is help shape and style your facial hair —that's something beard oil cannot do.
Beard balms contain some of the same natural ingredients as beard oil, but they also contain
things like shea butter and varying amounts of wax to help shape your facial hair into a style that
will hold. That makes it great to use when you want to arrange a great-looking photo with a nicely shaped beard for your dating profile.
If you want something quick just for making sure your beard looks neatly shaped and styled for a profile picture, you can use pure beard wax instead of beard balm that has some wax in it. Depending on how extreme the styling is, you can look specifically for extra-strength styling wax. General mustache wax can be okay too, especially for a stronger hold.
Look for good brands that specialize in styling wax for beards, as they're generally better at not making your beard look hardened and obviously waxed. You want a product that will hold your desired styling while still looking natural. That isn’t as much of an issue if you use the wax right before taking your profile photos, but if you also want to use it every day that’s something you should keep in mind.
Saw-Cut Beard Comb
To help keep your beard from looking tangled and unkempt, you'll want a good comb. Plastic combs that are cheap, generic and mass produced are poor choices, both in terms of durability and in terms of smoothly combing your beard without snagging or pulling. Cheaper combs that catch and pull can damage your hair and make it look worse instead of better; that’s why you don’t want to skimp on a good one.
Look for a good quality comb that has saw-cut teeth, with rounded tips to avoid scratching and irritating your skin. They're also generally better for evenly spreading your beard's natural oils through the hair to keep it looking shiny and healthy. They’re also generally longer lasting, depending on the material used, so even if they cost more initially, you can get your money’s worth over time.
About the Author:
Paul Agelidis has been the founder and owner of Revolucion, a Canadian cigar, tobacco and men's gift shop in Vancouver, since 2005. For the last decade Paul has worked very hard to become an expert in tobacco products, men's care, travel & accessories, body & bath, and gifts & home. Prior to 2005, from 1997 – 2005 Paul worked in the wholesale cigar industry and travelled to the annual cigar trade show (Habanos Festival every February). He loves to share his tips with others who are looking to achieve a complete lifestyle with the finer things in life.