5 Rules to Your Best Bearded Self For No-Shave November

no-shave november
While we at The Manual are big fans of Movember, which raises awareness for men’s health issues (most notably prostate cancer), there are other organizations in this category, including No-Shave November, which has partnered this year with the Prevent Cancer Foundation. For those of you giving up your razor cold turkey to support a good cause, we spoke with the founder of Beardbrand, Eric Bandholz, who offers his guide for maintaining your face sweater this month.

If you’re joining the hirsute party for the first time, you probably require a little support to get through this hairy time of year. Luckily, Beardbrand’s Bandholtz shares some tips for keeping your facial hair acceptable for public viewing, the office, and that big family gathering, and we’ve added a few of our favorite beard groomers below to help you make it possible.

Rule #1: Don’t over cleanse. 

“If possible avoid washing everyday with a shampoo,” says Bandholz. “If you do wash everyday, then always follow with a conditioner and try to use a natural soap, which is less harsh on your skin.” To get an idea of what to look for in a product, check out The Manual’s guide to beard shampoos and conditioners.

Rule #2: Use lube.

“As it gets colder and drier, beard oil becomes more necessary. Apply it daily to a damp beard after your shower while the skin is still relaxed from the warm water.” You can find out picks for best beard oils here. Or check out Beardbrand’s many great options.

Rule #3: Keep it neat.

“Trim off any split ends. I recommend using scissors to prevent dramatic trimming accidents. It will give you surgeon-like precision for keeping your beard looking nice.”

Rule #4: Tame your ‘stache.

“Use mustache wax to help train the mustache to part to the sides. This will help keep the hair out of your mouth and prevent you from chomping down on it as you eat.” Find our recommended waxes here.

Rule #5: Make it work (appropriate).

“If you keep a corporate beard, be sure to trim the neck and cheek line. A good rule of thumb is to make sure neck hair ends above the Adam’s apple and with the cheek line, it doesn’t go any higher than the bottom of the nose.” Check out this guide to how to shape a beard for all rules to getting your look.

Article updated November 6, 2017 by Chase McPeak.


Aprilia Teases a 217-Horsepower Superbike Dubbed the RSV4 1100

The horsepower wars we’ve seen take root in the automotive world have spread to the motorcycle realm. Case in point: the Aprilia RSV4 1100.

5 Best Beginner Motorcycles for Aspiring Riders

Our top picks will have you grinning from ear to ear, seeing the sights, carving canyon corners, and doing so on a relatively respectable budget, but also keep you safe.
Food & Drink

How to Clean a Fish: A Quick Reference Guide

Knowing how to clean a fish is essential for anglers and aspiring chefs. These simple instructions and tools can help you prep your catch in no time.

11 Buzzworthy Podcasts Being Adapted Into TV Shows

Here are the latest and greatest podcasts to feature on the small screen, along with some rumored up-and-comers.

The Best Beard Balms are the Secret to a Tamed and Tangle-Free Beard

Beard oils can help keep the skin under your beard nice and healthy, but adding style, maturity, and shape to the fruitful forest on your face starts with an effective and replenishing balm.

The Gillette Labs Heated Razor Will Give You a Hot-Towel Shave without the Hot Towel

Let Gillette's latest invention give you the smoothest shave of your life.

Winter Grooming Dos and Don’ts: Be Ready for Cold Weather

A few tweaks to your daily regimen will keep dry, cracked, winter skin at bay during the season.

Keep Your Lips Kissably Soft this Winter with the Best Lip Balms for Men

To prevent a bloody lip that isn't the result of a bar fight but from dry skin, here are a few great options for the best lip balms to moisturize that mouth.

The Best Pre-Shave Oils to Prevent Pesky Skin Irritation and Razor Burn

Pre-shave oil is one of the most important parts of a man's shaving regimen and, oftentimes, it's the one step left out.

Aesop x Rimowa Köln Travel Kit Is the Dream Dopp Kit

This isn't your average, everyday, run-of-the-mill travel grooming kit.

Hair Loss Treatments for Guys Who Want to Keep Their Thinning Hair

Losing your hair sucks. Between genetic predisposition for male pattern baldness and other outside factors, what's a dude to do?

What Is Movember: Why You Should Grow Your Mustache for a Good Cause

The goal of Movember isn’t to conserve razors. It’s to make a difference by raising awareness and funds for prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention.

Dry Scalp? Try the Best Dandruff Shampoo for Men and Eliminate White Flakes

Getting rid of dandruff isn't easy, but the first step is finding the best dandruff shampoo that suits you and your scalp.

8 Best Beard Grooming Kits for the Modern Beardsman

You can fix all of your beard problems with just one purchase.