Tips for Bow Ties and Beards
Protecting bow ties from beards is very important. These are two things that are very important to me, and they need to coexist in harmony.
Here’s the unfortunate reality. Neckwear and facial hair don’t always get along. Hair can rub against fabric and disturb it. This is rather troubling especially — as opposed to long ties — the blades of bow ties extend close to one’s chin and throat where facial hair grows.
A few years ago when I first started my journey with both bow ties and a beard, I was distressed when some of my ties frayed as they were subjected to my facial hair. For this and other reasons, I was clean shaven for a couple of years.
When I decided to grow back my beloved facial hair, I knew that intervention is required to make sure that it doesn’t harm my bow ties. So, this time around I gave beard products a try. One of the main purposes of the products is to condition the facial hair to make it softer. Preventing an ichy beard is also another great benefit.
Either way, he first brand I tried was Honest Amish Beard Wax, and it definitely worked well. However, Beard Balm reached out to me recently. So, I decided to give it a try as well (using my real name to order and purchase a tin for myself — so, other than the invitation, I haven’t been compensated for this or my first post on this topic yet).
The main difference between Honest Amish and Beard Balm are their texture; likely due to the fact that one is a wax while the other is a balm. Honest Amish requires one to rub it between their fingers in order to heat it up a little to melt it some so that one can coat the hairs with it. Beard Balm doesn’t require one to rub it in between one’s fingers; one can just rub it into the facial hair. Honest Amish lasts longer while Beard Balm is quicker to apply.
The verdict is that I like both, and most importantly, thanks to the conditioning power of these beard products and regular trimming, my bow ties remain in good shape. So, I recommend each.