Growing and Grooming Tips for Black Men

Black men with beards are everywhere; in sports (James Harden), music (Drake), and films (Idris Elba)!

Skincare and beard care is unique for black men, as their skin and hair require special care. We’re diving into these regimens to help you look and feel your best!


Trimming is an absolute must when it comes to beard care. Trimming allows your beard to maintain its shape and keeps you looking clean and classy. Not trimming can lead to split ends and leave your beard with an unmanageable appearance, and no one wants to look at that.

Ingrown Hairs

Absolutely DO NOT pick at ingrown hairs, it is the worst thing you can do. Black men often have coarse or curly hair, which can lead to ingrown hairs and razor bumps. If you experience either of these things you need to take care of it right away (you’ll thank us later). Any damage to hair follicles or untreated razor bumps can make it more challenging to prevent future outbreaks. Picking at ingrown hairs can also lead to scarring! If there’s a problem arising, see a dermatologist.

Pro Tip: The more bearded you are, means the less you have to shave. Translation: no ingrown hairs!

Skin Beneath the Beard

The skin under your beard needs some TLC too, dude. Generally, black men should avoid using products that have dyes, artificial fragrances, and lanolin, all of which can cause irritation, dryness, and clog your pores. Harsh soaps can also strip your skin of its natural moisture and oils. Washing and exfoliating with cleansers that contain salicylic or fruit acids can help prevent ingrown hair and clogged pores. No matter your ethnicity, it’s also key to use a skin moisturizer with sunscreen.

Grooming Kit…For Your Beard Only


Many bearded men, no matter their ethnicity, put the same products on their beards that they use on their hair and scalp. Most hair products for black men are thick, waxy, and often contain chemicals that cause ingrown hairs and clogged pores! It’s best to use a gentle cleansing conditioner on your beard 1-2 times a week in addition to regular face washing.

Look For These Ingredients

  • Beard Soap – It’s best to use all-natural soaps that have not had the naturally occurring glycerin removed. This makes a more moisturizing bar of soap.
  • Beard Balm – Beard balms containing organic ingredients like shea butter and beeswax are best to help manage coarse hair. Other ingredients like unrefined jojoba and pure argan oil are best for moisturizing.
  • Beard Oil – Your beard oil should contain essential oils such as unrefined jojoba and pure argan oil. Avoid synthetic fragrance oils.

*Make sure to also comb or brush your beard regularly!

It’s also important to note that you may need to alter your routine based on your own personal preferences and physiology.

Pro Tip: A good trick for anyone bearded is to rinse their beard with cold water after washing. Cold water closes hair follicles and makes them look smoother and shinier. (Warm water opens hair follicles and has the tendency to give you a frizzy look)

Happy bearding!

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