How to pick your beard barber
Looking for a professional barber to trim your beard? Most bearded men do visit a beard barber at least once in their life to get their facial hair professionally shaped and cut.
When you do find a trustworthy barber - you make a friend for life. They will listen to your troubles AND make your face look better. What more could a guy ask for?
No doubt, it is important to do some research and find yourself a good barber or you could end up looking worse than when you walked into their barbershop or salon.
Lucky for you - I've done the heavy lifting.
Here are the top 5 beard barbers in Chicago:
1 - Goodman's Barber Lounge
Opened in December 2019, Goodman’s is a high end yet approachable barbershop in River North that offers so much more than a top haircut at an affordable price.
At Goodman's, the goal is to bring back the good ol’ days when a man’s barber lounge provided everything to make them look and feel amazing.
Location: 443 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60654
Price of a beard shave: $55.00
2 - Grooming Lounge
Grooming Lounge is an upscale, new-world barber shop that offers today’s progressive individual a haven where they can sit back, relax, and experience the world class art of grooming and services in a therapeutic club atmosphere.
Their goal is to become a trusted destination where the clients in their community can go to refresh their minds and bodies, replenish their energies, and network with colleagues and friends.
Location: 1258 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60622
Price of a beard shave: $45.00
3 - Artur's Barber Shop
At Artur’s Barber Shop Chicago, they make men look dashing and well-groomed with their cutting services.
They provide haircuts in different styles, whether you want something regular and laidback, professional, or something daringly unique.
Artur's beard trims and hot towel razor shaves promise to highlight your handsome face.
Location: 1135 W Bryn Mawr Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60660
Price of a beard shave: $40.00
4 - Funk's Barber Shop
Lawrence Funk, owner of both Funk’s Barbershop and Funk’s Custom Clippers, always knew he wanted to own and operate his own barbershop.
Now with his dream a reality, he enjoys working as a Master Barber in downtown Chicago.
Each and every client that walks into Funk’s Barbershop will experience the highest level of service from the talented barbers working here, to the top shelf drink you’ll be offered.
Location: 429 S. Dearborn St, Chicago, Illinois 60605
Price of a beard shave: $52.00
5 - Joe's Barber Shop
Joe's Barbershop has been serving Chicago-land with honest, simple haircuts and great conversation since 1968.
The shop was named one of the 16 BEST barbershops in the nation by Details Magazine in their June/July 2012 issue.
Location: 2641 W Fullerton Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60647
Price of a beard shave: $60.00
Post beard barber - at home beard maintenance tips
Here are the most important beard maintenance tips that you can complete at home:
- Wash your beard
- Comb your beard
- Groom stray hairs with scissors, not clippers
- Use clippers or a razor on your neck and cheek lines
- Nourish your beard
Wash your beard
Wash your beard as often as you wash your hair. If you have a short beard that might mean light scrubbing with some body wash.
If you have a long beard, you'll want to use something a little stronger and more tailored to a deep clean. A specially formulated beard shampoo will do the trick.
Comb your beard
If you have a short beard you won't need to worry about combing it but for guys with a medium or long beard - don't skip this tip.
Combing your beard will prevent your facial hair from getting knotty or tangled. It will also give your skin a chance to breathe.
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Groom stray hairs with scissors, not clippers
Your facial hair will grow at different speeds in different areas. For any rogue hairs, take some scissors to them.
If you use clippers you might over-groom a small problem and create a larger one for yourself.
Use clippers or a razor on your neck and cheek lines
Make sure to keep your neckline and cheek lines tight. For this, you want to use clippers or a razor.
This step is best left to the professionals but I know a few advanced beardsmen who use a straight razor at home.
Nourish your beard
Nourish your beard after every shower with some beard oil. It will keep your beard moisturized, looking great and smelling better.
For some structure, try a beard balm. It has more hold than beard oil and great for sculpting different beard styles.
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A professional beard barber can help you get the most out of your beard in the same way a great barber or hair stylist can help with your haircut.
But, the personal care doesn't stop when you leave the barber shop!
Remember to wash, nourish and groom your beard at home using some of the suggested products above.