How to Wash Your Facial Hair

If you have a beard, mustache, or- dare I say it- pair of muttonchops, when it comes to washing your facial hair you probably aren't sure what to do. Yes, it's hair, but no, it's not like the hair that grows on top of your head. And yes, it's on your face but no, it's not your face. So which way do you go: for the face cleanser or the shampoo?

Shampoo vs Face Cleanser

The answer is it depends on the length of your facial hair. Are you dealing with a little shaggier than stubble situation or are we talking about a long ZZ Top kind of beard? If your facial hair is on the shorter side, stick with your face wash and if your facial hair is on the longer side, go with the shampoo.

It's also important to make sure that you're using a shampoo and face wash that is pH optimized and is free of sulfates, parabens, fragrance, and any other funky chemicals that are going to mess with your skin and hair's natural oils. Alder New York's Everyday Face Cleanser is ideal for maintaining healthy hair and skin.

Frequency Matters

The second part to consider is frequency. A general rule of thumb is that your should wash your hair every other day if not less and you should wash your face once daily. But when it comes to facial hair, we're dealing with a different beast. Facial hair is much courser than the rest of your hair. It has a tendency to feel rough and can easily dry out if over-washed. Sticking to a no more than twice a week schedule should keep things looking good.

If your find that your beard is extra course and dry, reduce your washing and invest in a beard oil or conditioner. Additionally, if you had an extra sweaty work out or live/work in a particularly dusty and/ or dirt environment you may need to suds up a bit more frequently.

Keep it Up

The key to keeping healthy and handsome looking facial hair is to not forget about it. You'll know when it's time to give it a wash and when it's time to dial it back. And don't forget to take care of the rest of your face. Face mask weekly, use your serum, and don't forget to give yourself that barbershop treatment at home.


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