Hello all, here is my deal. I am 38 and I guess my beard comes in pretty full. I frequently grow out my beard, but usually after about 2 months of growth, I get tired of it and shave it. Now, I ready to take my beard to the next level. My beardruff gets really bad, and that leads my to the maintenance part of my post, which I'm sure has been answered on here thousands of times.
From what I have been reading, I'm washing my beard way too often. The max I should wash it is twice a week. Is that correct? What should I use to wash my beard? What's the difference between beard shampoo and beard bar soap? Any suggestions? The next products that I have read that I should be using is a conditioner or softener. Is there a difference between the two? How often do I use it? If you notice in my pics, my beard really "lays" to the right under my chin. Also, under my right jawbone, my grows out crazy. Am I right to think some beard balm might be the answer to this? I guess I use the beard balm daily? How do I wash it out if I'm not shampooing everyday? Finally, what do guys do if they exercise regularly, regarding washing their beards?
As far as styling goes, I am open for suggestions. I want to keep it fairly neat for work. I was thinking something like a duck tail style. What do you all think?