In Honor of President’s Day, Take Facial Hair Grooming Tips from Past Presidents and The Art of Shaving

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Now that it’s February, let’s not let Valentine’s day take all the attention away from our other holidays in this, our shortest-month.

It’s President’s Day–and given our current political climate–we thought you might want to take some time to forget about the present and acquire some essential grooming tips from presidents past.

Our friends over at The Art of Shaving have compiled a list for you to put your patriotic spirit on display by giving some advice on how to make your facial hair more presidential; here are some of the most famous beards that have reached the White House along with some ways to tame your own.

Mutton Chops

Chester A. Arthur — 21st President

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When defining your mutton chops, always use a pre-shave oil as you shave. It not only moisturizes the skin, but it goes the extra mile in softening the hair and providing a protective barrier between your skin and the sharp edge of the blade.

The Art of Shaving Pre-Shave Oil ($25)

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This pre-shave oil comes in scents such as sandalwood, unscented, lemon, lavender, and oud.


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Ulysses S. Grant — 18th President

To keep facial hair looking groomed, use an after-shave balm on your skin and comb the hair in the direction of the growth pattern of the beard.

The Art of Shaving After-Shave Balm ($40)

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This luxurious after shave balm features fragrances such as sandalwood, unscented, lemon, lavender, and again, that oud.

Walrus Mustache

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Theodore Roosevelt — 26th President

An important aspect of a great mustache is making sure that it is defined while the rest of the face is clean shaven. One way to keep constantly ‘kempt,’ is through The Art of Shaving’s “The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave” kit. This expertly crafted regimen will help you prepare, lather up, shave, and moisturize to the highest degree.

The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave Kit ($120)

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A full size kit that includes a genuine badger brush, available in lemon, sandalwood, unscented, lavender, and ocean kelp fragrances.

Major Side Burns

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Martin Van Buren — 8th President

A key to some stellar sideburns is trimming on a regular basis (unlike ole Martin up there). Use a pair of pointed-edge mustache scissors and a fine-toothed horn comb to trim and shape the hair to control the aesthetic.

The Art of Shaving Large Horn Comb ($75)

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Mustache Scissors ($20)

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Beard Sans Mustache

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Abraham Lincoln — 16th President

Maintaining your beard starts with a good beard oil like one of The Art of Shaving’s lightweight grooming products. They offer a great beard oil, as well as a shampoo and conditioner for your facial hair. This will help prevent the scraggly beard look that Honest Abe so loved.

The Art of Shaving Beard Maintenance Set ($60)

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