Another #monbeardday has come and gone! What does that mean? A new beard style is born!
This particular style is called The Queen Mid-Cartwheel!
The Queen Mid-Cartwheel
This was actually my first attempt at curling my beard, and I think it actually worked out quite well. Of course, I did have the help of my beautiful wife who knows a whole lot more about hair than I do! For this style I used the following items:
2) Hot curlers/Mini-curling iron
3) Hair spray
4) Blow dryer
5) Mustache wax
The first and very important thing to know when curling your hair is not to flatiron or blow dry your hair straight before attempting to curl your beard. The natural curli-ness of your beard will lend a hand in curling the hair faster and holding the shape better. This can drastically cut down your prep work time!
Prior to shaping your beard you need to heat up the hot curlers or mini-curling iron. To start this style, you want to make sure your beard has been combed through to untangle any annoying knots. Next, you will want to use the comb to help section out your beard into your desired curl areas (it’s best to use clips to hold the different sections). Once you have determined where you want your curls located, take the hot curlers (or mini-curling iron) and start curling the different sections. The curls should be rolled tight but not touching the skin directly; don’t worry, you should have enough hair to keep your face from getting burnt (but always practice safe curling – if you’re really afraid, it’s better to curl it further away from your face just to be safe than sorry). If using hot curlers, keep them in until the curlers are no longer warm. If using a mini-curling iron, briefly hold the curl, release and repeat until you have reached your desired curl amount.
Once your curls are ready it’s time to spray ’em down! For this I recommend a hairspray with extra strong hold. Any normal brand will do, but make sure not to get the cheapest one; those usually use a VERY watered down formula, and that just becomes a hassle to deal with!
Initially, you’ll want to lightly spray the outside of the beard curls followed by a quick application of medium blow dryer heat on low. This will give you enough time to help mold the hair the way you want it before it completely dries the hairspray. Once you have blown dry the basic curl structure, apply small amounts of hairspray to the inside of the curls and blow dry again. It would be beneficial to use a long thin metal or plastic bar here to help press the hair down within the curl (to get that nice circular shape). However, if you have to, you can always use your own fingers to do this (make sure to wash your hands each time the hairspray dries on them; this will minimize snagging). Continue to blow dry until all the curls are done.
From about 6-10 inches away, lightly re-spray the entire curled area, following up with a quick blow dry to seal the hold.
Now on to the stache! I started with mustache wax; although, it is not necessary. The simple upward style can be reproduced with hairspray as well… though it can get a little messy! However, using both gives the stache a much stronger hold that lasts the entire day without breaking down. Using both items will really help when you have a stache that extends beyond 2 or 3 inches in either direction.
I started molding the shape of my stache with a small amount of Clubman Mustache Wax (though, as I mentioned in my previous blog, I do NOT recommend using it – I only used it because I had no other option at the time). After I formed the basic structure, I went back and hairprayed the extended stache ends. WARNING: Make sure to cover your mouth, nostrils and eyes before doing this! Once you have finished spraying yourself down, apply medium heat at low setting on your blow dryer.
BOOM! You’re done!
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Be Strong and Beard On my friends!