So you're letting it grow..
If you have made the choice to 'grow a beard' or rather, just not shave and let the beardiful, beardtastic beard take over and make you more attractive, then you probably need to know some crucial information.
With great beard comes great responsibility... a responsibility to feed your beard the essential nutrients it needs to thrive and be at its best as well as keeping it well groomed and clean.
Don't panic! We've developed this quick guide with easy-to-follow instructions on just a few small habits you can adopt which can go a long way in terms of the outcome of your beard.
Step 1: Every Beard is Unique
First things first.
You will have to remember that every beard is unique and although you may or may not necessarily achieve the beard you desire, your beard is special and unique in its own way.
You need to embrace your beard's strengths and love its shortcomings, as these things are that which make the beard a truly unique characteristic which elegantly beautifies your face.
Step 2: Hygiene
This almost goes without saying, but a beard must be kept properly clean and running wet hands through it thinking you've washed it, just doesn't do the job.
We recommend using beard shampoo and beard conditioner when taking showers and to make great effort in making sure the bits of food, particles and anything else getting caught in your beard are cleaned out.
For better results, use a beard comb often, preferably one small enough to carry around with you and use on-the-go.
Step 3: Beard Oil + Beard Balm
What is Beard Oil?
It's one of the most neglected tools which people tend to forget about using. Over time, as your beard gets longer and longer, the oils from your skin just can't keep up and your beard ends up 'starving' of essential vitamins which it needs in order to grow, become softer and remain hydrated.
With regular use of beard oil, you will be treating your beard how it deserves to be treated. Massaging the beneficial oil into the beard and skin will help to ensure the beard is kept hydrated, soft and shiny throughout. Testing and choosing on which beard oil you want to use is an essential step in taking great care of that beloved beard.
For extra care, you may wish to adopt the habit of using beard balm from time to time too. Whilst beard oil aids the beard to stay healthy, beard balm helps to 'tame' the beard. For those uncontrollable beards, we recommend using beard balm to help keep them in shape. You can use either/or. It ultimately comes down to what works best for you, your preference and how you like to look after your beard
Step 4: Your beard is what you eat
Sound strange? it might.
The beard grows as part of your facial hair and therefore it uses up what your body is feeding it. If you really wanted to go the extra mile, you can always do some research on which foods and vitamins can aid a healthy beard. And with enough trial and error, you can find what works best for you!
Again, remember, everyone is different and just like fitness, your body may react different to different things. It is commonly known that foods containing Vitamin E, Vitamin A and selected vitamins from the Vitamin B family are helpful. Do your research!
Step 5: DO NOT SHAVE.
So you've spent great time and effort growing a beautiful beard and you might be wanting to go for a new look. The best step to take is to groom your beard, trim it and look after it according to the Sunnah. We will leave you with a few ahadith which will serve as reminders to us on why we keep a beard as Muslims and how we can implement the beloved Sunnah into our lives.
Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) said, "Cut the moustaches short and leave the beard (as it is).
Hazrat Anas (Radiallahu anhu) reports, "Sayyidina Rasulullah (ﷺ) often rubbed oil in his head and also often combed his beard. He put a cloth over his head, which became like an oil cloth due to the frequent use of oil."
'A'isha (Allah be pleased with her) reported that when the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) intended to enter upon the state of Ihram he perfumed himself with the best of perfumes which he could find and after that I saw the glistening of oil on his head and beard.
MBCO was founded with the Prophet ﷺ himself in mind; we try to embody and emulate his teachings and beliefs every day. And, as you know, personal hygiene was a huge part of this.
So, with all this in mind, we thought we’d put together some of our favourite Hadiths about cleanliness, grooming and personal hygiene for you to think on throughout your day.