Before you head to the barber
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There are a couple of guidelines that can help all men with their facial hair. The first: Proportion and balance are keys to enhancing a man’s facial structure. “One of the best pieces of advice I can offer is to bring pictures into the salon,” Cherucheril says. “Find someone with a similar face shape and hair texture to get a real feel for what’s attainable. Stylists love photos because hair ‘language’ is often lost in translation. What a customer calls ‘long’ could be seen as ‘short’ to a stylist, but visuals speak to everyone.” Switching up your beard—or growing one in the first place—is a great way to change your look without breaking the bank, and it really can change the frame of the face. “Experimenting is fun, and I encourage men to try different looks and go with what feels good,” Cherucheril adds. “Don’t forget to care for the skin and hair with moisture, conditioner and serums can keep things tidy and looking healthy.” And if you don’t like the look, just wait—facial hair grows back!