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Beards to Beers

The Austin Man's Guide to Grooming

Kirby the Barber

Head to Kirby the Barber for a handcrafted beard or mustache, classic men’s haircut or a traditional straight shave. ($19 per service, by appointment only. Prices increase on Fridays, kirbythebarber.com)

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Austin men are notorious for working hard, playing hard—and looking good while doing both. We rounded up the best locally-sourced products that keep local guys looking coiffed and oh-so-cool.

  • Doc Elliott’s Pure Pomade
  • Doc Elliott’s Pure Pomade is a beeswax and oil-based product guaranteed to give all hair types a little extra shine. The pomade promises a medium hold, and is infused with Argan and Jojoba oils to keep hair strong and lookin’ fine. ($18)
  • Bearded Bastard’s The Woodsman Beard Oil
  • Keep that beard soft with The Woodsmen Beard Oil from The Bearded Bastard. “The Woodsman is our best-selling product by far and [has] almost five hundred five star reviews on our site,” says Bearded Bastard’s E-Commerce Manager Joe Provil. Beloved by local beardos, this Austin-made beard oil has been keeping beards soft n’ smooth since 2012. ($20, SHED Barbershop — 2210 S. 1st St.)
  • African Raw Black Soap
  • Consider this African Raw Black Soap from You Butta Believe It! a dream cleanser. Not only does this Austin-made, all-natural soap get you fresh n’ clean, it combats irritations, helps balance the skin’s natural pH and helps with ailments like eczema and rashes.
  • Grown Alchemist
  • Picking up a bottle of Pantene Pro V from a local drug store may be convenient, but it’s not doing your hair any favors.Grown Alchemist is an organic hair care and skin care line that employs antioxidants to help combat all the junk that makes your mane look dull. ($26-$28, By George — multiple locations)
  • Golddachs Straight Razor
  • If it’s time to ditch the beard, choose a classic tool to guide you through. While the idea of using a straight razor may be a bit intimidating, the Dandy’s folks will happily fill you in on all you need to know. Pop into this downtown shop and pick up a blade like this German-crafted Golddachs Straight Razor available in both black and cream. ($145.99; Dandy’s — 411 Brazos St. #110)
  • TICO* Shave Oil
  • Ditch that rusty can of Barbasol for a grown-up bottle of TICO* Shave Oil. This Dripping Springs company offers an all-natural, 100 percent organic alternative to chemically-laden foams and soaps. ($20)
  • T-Shirt
  • Celebrate facial hair freedom with Austin Facial Hair Club’s Come and Shave It T-shirt. ($20)
  • Doc Elliott Grooming Co.’s Shave Gift Set
  • Whether he’s rocking a full beard, a clean-cut look or something in between, every guy needs a good shaving kit. Made right here in Austin, Doc Elliott Grooming Co.’s Shave Gift Set comes with all the products a man needs to look his very best, and all packaged in a sturdy canvas tote. ($65, Luis Corner Barbershop — 6807 Guadalupe St.)
  • Moonshine After Shave Balm
  • This ain’t your daddy’s Sea Breeze. Moonshine After Shave Balm (which doubles a moisturizer), invokes the Ron Swanson in all of us with hints of tobacco, leather and even gin. ($40, STAG — 1423 South Congress Ave.)
  • Austin Beerworks Pearl Snap
  • Because, why not? ($5, wherever ABW is sold)

Not pictured:

  • The Chairman’s Facial
  • While facials are always unisex, Finley’s offers “The Chairman’s Facial,” a 45-minute pamper session designed to whip your mug into shape. Relax in an oversized barber’s chair while your skin is scrubbed, softened, and steamed. ($45, multiple locations)

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Photography by Andrew Chan

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