Wondering how to grow a beard, but not sure where to begin? Here’s what you need to know for growing a totally hot mug rug.If you’ve been wondering how to grow a beard, you’re not alone. Thousands of men every day decide to take the plunge but aren’t sure what to expect. There’s got to be more to it than just letting it grow, right? Right.
Growing a beard for the first time is not for the fainthearted. It’s a big emotional step for a man to take. You don’t know how you’ll look with a beard, nor do you know what others will think. I mean, it’s right there sitting on your face for everyone to see. What if it looks terrible? What then?
The great thing about a beard is that it’s not permanent. If it looks bad, you just shave the damn thing off. You can change the look, or get rid of it completely, in just a few minutes. But in all likelihood, it will probably look good. Beards are a symbol of masculinity and thus make almost any wearer look manlier. What’s wrong with that?
Make the commitment.Growing a beard is a significant commitment not only of time but also emotion. Yes, you’re taking an emotional risk. So be sure, before you begin, that a beard is something you truly want. If you are not totally pumped and excited about the prospect, don’t do it.
Now that we got that out of the way, I am going to assume you have committed to your beard-growing project. Next step, you have to pledge to grow a beard, come hell or high water, for at least four to five weeks without trimming or messing with it in any way.
You have to promise yourself not to shave it off for the four to five weeks it will take to fill in and start looking like a real beard. No matter what it looks like, no matter what anyone says, it stays on for at least four to five weeks. If you feel you hate it after that point, you have my permission to shave it off.
Decide what kind of beard to grow.The style of beard you select will have a lot to do with the shape of your face and the amount of facial hair you have. If you’re rocking a lot of facial hair, you can grow any style you want. The goal is to see what beard style looks best on your face.
If you don’t have thick facial hair, you should think about going with a shorter beard style. Something like a small goatee or just a 10-day scruffy look. You should know the limits of your facial hair. Don’t try to grow a big gnarly beard if you only have a modest amount of hair. You’ll just look like you’re trying too hard.
If you’re not sure what kind of beard you should grow, try doing some research on the internet. There’s a lot of information about beards and beard styles online. Check out some of the thousands of pictures of guys with beards on Pinterest or other sites. See who has your facial shape and what kind of beard they’re sporting. When you see something you like, go for it.
Time to start the growing…
Now you’re at the easiest part of the whole process. Why? Because you don’t have to do a damn thing. Just stand back and let your body crank out hair. Remember: don’t mess with your beard until at least four weeks have passed. It will take that long before it starts looking like a beard. Meaning you don’t touch it. Patience pays off.
Many guys can’t resist the temptation to screw with their beard before it’s time. The reason you don’t want to touch it yet is that if you mess something up, which is easy if you’re a novice, it will be way too noticeable. If you over trim it at the two or three-week mark, it will be obvious and hard to cover. Just chill for four to five weeks.
Accept the itching.For the first two or three weeks, your beard will probably itch. Try to ignore it, if you can. If you can’t, just go into your special Zen happy place and accept the itching. It will be over before you know it. Then you’ll look back fondly on those itchy, happy, halcyon days, hazy with the mellowing gauze of time.
What the…? I’ll give you some gauze of time. You’ll itch like crazy, my friend. You need to know that going in. But there are some things you can do about it. First of all, your beard is itching because the growing hairs have sharp, pointy ends from shaving. When the hair gets long enough it curves, making contact with the skin on your face and neck, poking the crap out of them.
That’s one reason for the itching. Another reason is that your beard hair, and the skin underneath, has dried out. This is when a good beard conditioner comes in handy. You should also use a good beard oil daily. If you use these products and the itching persists after three weeks, you may have something else going on. In which case, you might want to see your doctor.
Trim your beard to the sweet spot.By now you’ve learned how to deal with the beard itch or found your happy place, one or the other. In any case, your beard has grown out past the four or five-week mark, and you feel a trim is in order. Let’s get started, shall we?
After washing your beard, you want to trim so it looks natural. Like it’s been lightly groomed but not manicured. You want to avoid hard edges.
Your facial hair doesn’t stop growing at your jaw line, so neither should your beard. Allow it to grow down your neck to just above your Adam’s apple, and then fade it gradually to nothing using a good trimmer like this one.
Let your cheek hair grow upwards without trimming. If you’re super hairy, you have my permission to keep the hair from getting in your eyes. Most guys don’t have that problem, and you’re probably one of them, so let your cheek hairs grow to where they naturally stop. Remember, you’re lightly grooming, not manicuring.
As for the length, it’s all about personal preference. You might want to leave it at the four or five-week mark. If so, you should keep trimming at that point of growth. If you want a longer beard, like a yeard (a year-old beard) or a majestic (two to three years), just let ’em rip.
Groom your beard.You should wash your beard frequently, every day or every other day. A beard picks up all kinds of bacteria, dust, dirt and grime, which will mess up your skin if you don’t keep it clean.
Another issue is that a dirty beard will screw up the trimming process. Be sure to wash your beard before you start to trim.
I recommend washing your beard with a good beard shampoo. I use this one because it’s all natural and formulated just for beards. Don’t be fooled into thinking you can use the same shampoo on your beard that you use on your head. Those shampoos have harsh detergents and chemicals that can harm delicate facial skin and even cause beard dandruff. Check out our beard dandruff post for more info.
After shampooing, you should apply a good beard oil like this one. I like this beard oil because it’s all natural, inexpensive, and does a good job. This oil will not only keep your beard shiny and soft, but it will also moisturize the skin underneath.
Use the right beard tools.
To get your beard looking its best, be sure to use the right tools. Here’s what I use:
Hair trimming scissorsI always use scissors for close up work, like around the mouth, or just to clip off stray hairs. I like these scissors because they’re cheap and do a great job.
Beard trimmerI like this trimmer because it does a good job and it’s not too expensive. It also has a vacuum feature that keeps hair clippings out of your sink. I recommend using a trimmer because it will cut your beard to a uniform length.
And there you have it!
I hope this post has been helpful, especially if you’re thinking about a first-time beard. Or a 10th-time beard for that matter.
I sympathize with any man struggling with the idea of whether to grow a beard. As I said at the beginning, it’s a big step for a man to take. I went through the same “should I or shouldn’t I?” thought process before my first beard. But if you take the leap, I don’t believe you’ll regret it. That’s been my experience after many years of bearded bliss.
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