A classic, quality barbershop shave always includes a "hot towel," which goes on your face prior to the shaving. The experience is not only relaxing, but the heat and moisture from the hot towel serve to open your pores and soften your beard, so you can get even closer with the razor. Plus, it's all kinds of old school fun, and you can easily recreate the effect at home.
"Virility didn't have a manual -- until now! Whether you rock the wise Fu Manchu or the classic Lumberjack, this book has instructions on the care, growth and grooming of 30 retro and modern 'staches as well as coordinating style tips for non-facial parts."
We at ManMade are big fans of beards, and as such, realize that sporting one is way more than just not shaving.
So, we love Valet magazine's "Beginners Guide to Beards" which contains helpful, real advice for managing facial hair of all sorts of lengths.
A seriously worthwhile read.