It’s pretty clear: the era of the big beards has taken over the cultural consciousness. But, for the longest time, those gnarly beards were only relegated to a handful of athletes (think baseball’s Brian Wilson and basketball’s James Harden) and hippy rockstars from the Northwest (think Nirvana’s, Dave Grohl). Today, obviously, the clean-cut look is no longer chic.

They are all types of beard styles, from long and scraggly to short and trimmed. But it takes time, patience, constant care and commitment to make those beards look fashionable. Take a peek at the Top 8 Essentials of Beard Grooming to delve even deeper. That being said, here are some of the best products to make your beard look awe-inspiring.

1. The Trimmer: Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer 7200

This is the BMW of beard trimmers. Besides being sleek, the best features for this trimer is that the blades are maintenance-ready. You don’t even have to oil the blades for a few months. The trimmer even has a vacuum system that sucks in the loose hairs to keep from messing your sink. And lastly, there’s a turbo button feature that speeds the blades to cut through thicker hair. In total, there are around 18 types of modes that will maximize your Vikings look.

2. The Grooming Kit: Braun MGK3045 Trimmer Multi-Grooming Kit

If you want more options in transforming your beard, then this grooming kit is the one to get. The package includes a 7-in-1 tool that helps you with facial hair contouring (also called beard touring). This will help trim any type of beard as it has 13 precision length settings. There’s even a Gilette Fusion ProGlide Razor that will help in properly clean up your neck and upper cheeks.

3. The Beard Oil: Smooth Viking Beard Oil

The essential part of your beard care is choosing the correct oil. The serious beard enthusiast won’t go a day without applying oils. For instance, beards can mimic the oils produced by your skin. That’s why you beard becomes itchy. The best of the best is Smooth Viking, which packed with argan and pumpkin seed oil. Those oils will keep your beard healthy in many ways. Your beard will soften, erasing those toughen and stiff hair strands. And you don’t have a heavy greasy residue as other oils could leave.

4. The Beard Balm: Honest Amish Beard Balm

If you believe oils are essential to a beautiful beard, then you can’t forget about the balm. The oils will revitalize the beard. The balm will condition and nourish it. But the balm is used mainly to help style the beard. And the Honest Amish product is the same type of balm used by the long-bearded Amish men. This balm is a mixture of oils and butter such as shea, cocoa, and aloe that will help repair any patchiness.

5. The Beard & Mustache Wax: Canyonhandlebar All-Natural Secondary Mustache Wax

If you have taken you beard up a notch and included a handlebar mustache, then you will need the best mustache wax to maximize your look. The one thing with choosing the best wax is finding one that will hold and look natural after applying it. That’s why Canyouhandlebar is tops. The product mixes beeswax and carrier oils that provide that perfect all-day hold. This is all 100 percent natural, which means there’s no petroleum jelly or chemicals. Even more, you leave the wax in overnight and it’s still pliable in the morning. Not too shabby if you are in a rush.

6. The Beard Shampoo: Professor Fuzzworthy’s Beard Shampoo with All-Natural Oils

The most important product you will need in your arsenal is purchasing the best shampoo. It is imperative that you wash your beard regularly. And Professor Fuzzworthy’s, a Tasmanian-based product, is the best you could find because of the natural oils the shampoo includes. There are no synthetic ingredients — this is like a beard balm in shampoo form. But make sure you store the item outside of the bathroom as it dissolves faster than a traditional soap bar.

7. The Beard Brush: Ziberhaar Pure Boar Bristles Natural Firm Hog Hair and Pearwood Beard Brush

The last piece you beard armory is finding the perfect beard brush. Brushing your beard is a MUST, especially after you take a shower. Brushing your beard softens and keeps it loose. It also keeps your beard clean. But you can’t, repeat, you can’t use an old, raggedy brush. Ziberhaar’s brush is handcrafted Germany brush that features 100 percent natural boar bristles that will make your beard hair soft to the touch.

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