In recent years, beards are back in a BIG way. There is a whole movement around barbers, beard care and maintenance, and manscaping. We won’t be touching on that last topic, but there are so many things to consider while maintaining your beard. In the words of Natalie Portman’s Shaved Head (RIP), “You’ve got to take care of your facial hair/otherwise it gets scruffy and bare.” We want to help you and your beard look the best, and that is why we have put together this guide.
Your Beard And You: A Guide to Your Facial Follicles
The Brass Beard Barbershop, Greer
Located in Downtown Greer, the Brass Beard Barbershop is a new stop on the road to dapper. The Brass Beard advertises that they are decidedly NOT a salon experience. Your time at The Brass Barber is both utilitarian and inviting at the same time. Regardless of how you categorize your time, you’re going to look sharp.
Liberty Barbershop, Greenville
Start your engines and make your way to Liberty Barbershop on Stone Avenue in Greenville. Liberty is themed after a vintage garage, going so far as to name their services after car care packages. Need full service or just a tune up? Maybe you’re just looking for a quick service. Liberty Barbershop is offering a fully modern service with a vintage feel.
The Black Derby Barbershop, Spartanburg
Fully embracing the vintage side of barbering, The Black Derby in Spartanburg will help make you look classic. Complete with a lounge, The Black Derby offers complimentary drinks while you wait. In addition to getting your groom on, The Black Derby also uses straight razors for shaving, delivers hot towel treatments, and can even shine your shoes.
Headliners Barbershop, Anderson
The reviews don’t lie, Headliners Barbershop in Anderson is winning fans left and right. No gimmicks, no schtick, just good old-fashioned barbering. There are even New Yorkers who are touting the greatness of the barbers at Headliners. They guys at Headliners say it best “We enjoy making you feel good about yourself, no matter what type of day you’ve had, you can come to Headliners to relax in our soothing atmosphere and receive the top of the line cut by THE best barbers in the upstate.”
Off The Top Barbershop, Seneca
These lady barbers have one mission, and that is to make you look your absolute best. The reviews rave about their cuts and how friendly each barber is. Just one look at their Facebook page and you can see that Off the Top Barbers are delivering impeccable service with incredibly warm smiles, and they are having a ball at the same time. Their t-shirts say it all, a picture of a straight razor is accompanied by the phrase “We’re Real Cut Ups.”
Beard Care Products
The Blessed Beard
For an Upstate connection, the folks at the Blessed Beard are blending inviting concoctions of essential oils to create scents that are unique to their brand. With scents like mead, flannel, leisure, and dusk, you’ll find something to suit your senses. The Blessed Beard also sells beard balm and beard wash, so it is your one-stop-shop for facial hair care. In addition to being found online, The Blessed Beard can be found in local shops such as Sweet Sippin’ in Simpsonville, The Kindred Spirits in Spartanburg, The Farmacy in Easley, and more.
Grave Before Shave Beard Oil and Balm
If you are looking for a beard oil with a little more edge, then we suggest the products from Grave Before Shave. Upon first click on the Grave Before Shave website, you’ll notice the bearded skull motif. Not necessarily for everyone, but they brand themselves well. The scents at Grave Before Shave are best described as rugged. Think bourbon, leather, tequila, and cigars. The oils don’t leave your beard feeling slimy like other brands, and the scents aren’t overpowering. If you love the brand, you can also purchase swag with the bearded skulls on it.
Lush R&B Hair Moisturizer
Many people are familiar with the Lush brand, but not many people know that they sell a product that is A+ for bearded individuals. We are talking their R&B leave in conditioner. This lightweight conditioner smells of honeysuckle/jasmine and is frankly good for your hair or beard. It smells divine, we almost guarantee that you’ll get compliments. It is also an incredible value. You can buy a pot of it, and it will last for months. That is because a little goes a long way. The smallest amount will carry you throughout the day. Don’t take our word for it, the reviews speak for themselves.
Seven Potions Beard Brush
Despite having an extremely cool name, the Seven Potions Beard Brush is made with boar bristles. As the name suggests, these are bristles taken from a wild boar. The body of the brush is made from pear wood, and the shape is designed to fit in the palm of your hand. This brush has been crafted to make your beard look its best.
Remington PG6171 Beard Trimmer
Let’s face it, sometimes it isn’t entirely feasible to make an appointment with your barber. Your face is taking on a wildman look, and you need to tame it. This beard trimmer has multiple attachments making it perfect for any length beard. It also has a quick charge capability and self-sharpening blades.
Beard Care Tips
One of our tribemates swears by The Brass Beard Barbershop in Greer. We have to admit, his hair does always look QUITE snazzy. During his most recent visit, we had him pick the brains at Brass Beard about their tips on maintaining a beard. Here’s what they had to say (special shoutout to Felicia and Miranda!):
- Use a nice balm with a conditioning agent to maintain your beard
- When you condition your beard, use a hot towel to open up the pores/cuticles
- Exfoliate the skin beneath the beard regularly. To accomplish this, use an exfoliating cream you would use on the rest of your face. Using a beard brush can also act as an exfoliant
- When trimming, make your cheek line go from the top of your ear to the corner of your mouth
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