The Hair Guru: Barbarian or babe?

The Hair Guru is a monthly column written by Sheryle Pettet of Salon on the Square in Santa Cruz, Calif. In this edition she interviews bearded stylist and clipper artist Patrick Valenzula who offers helpful hints for getting a better beard.

Pat suggests asking your stylist or barber to shape your beard to compliment your face shape and keep the neck/jaw line clean. Have a daily and weekly ritual to maintain your look. Here's his routine.

Daily Duty

Wash: Shampoo and condition with pH-balanced products and don’t rinse out all the conditioner. His favorite is O&M Hydrate and Conquer Conditioner.

Blow: A quick blow dry while combing the beard.

Lube: Finish the look with a few drops of your favorite beard oil. Pat favors Herbivore Botanicals Vetiver+Sage Beard Tonic, which he says provides a matte finish, smoothing effect, and a trace scent of the essential oils.

Weekly: Use a clarifying shampoo to thoroughly cleanse. Try his favorite: O&M Original Detox Shampoo.