Recently, black men in sports, music and film — like James Harden, Drake and Idris Elba — have redefined beard style and given an underrepresented group of men the confidence to embrace their facial hair, says Neville Hall, the co-owner of beard care products retailer Bold Beardsmen.
But black men with beards isn’t a new trend.
“It’s something that speaks to our heritage,” says Hall. “The hair on our heads has always been our crown, but growing a beard is a stepping stone to becoming a man.”
The skincare needs and problems for black men with beards are unique, however, Hall says men have started taking beard maintenance and grooming more seriously. We asked Hall, a scientist and a board-certified dermatologist to explain the common grooming challenges and share their tips for growing and maintaining a beard.