Growing a beard has always made a man look mysterious or more aggressive looking. Even in history, they say beards enhance a man’s confidence and make them stand out. Though clean-shaved, boy-next-door bare-faced look sexy, we don’t blame you for wanting to try and grow a beard. Though some men are blessed with super beard growing genes, others struggle with patchy beards or other beard growing issues. Not to worry though, super beard or not, there’s nothing proper beard grooming can’t fix.
Basically, this article is a guide we put together to introduce you to the wonderful world of the bearded.
Let It Grow
The best thing that every man can do is let it grow naturally. Don’t cut shape or style it until at it’s desired length. One of the biggest mistakes that beginners make is when growing a beard for the first time and try to cut and shape too soon. The bottom line is to let the beard grow for at least four weeks to achieve the proper length to start styling.
Patience is the most impressive trait you gain when growing a beard. A beard is not measured in length, but it’s actually measured in months. Whipping your ruler out week to measure facial hair is not the best use of your time. Just mark your calendar a month or two from now.
Accept the Itch
The length of time that passes you’ll notice some ‘challenges’. For the stage of beardless to about 2 weeks every man may notice that their beard gets pretty itchy, patchy, and shaggy. The reason why the beard is itchy at the start would be the sharp edge of the hair follicle pushes out of the skin scratches the skin.
As you continue to grow your beard, you will experience beard itch and a certain level of discomfort because your skin dries out.
BEARD TIP: Applying a good beard oil is a great way to stop beard itch.
Sure, your beard grows on your face BUT your beard will flourish better with beard shampoo and conditioner. Unlike the hair on your head, your beard just needs a wash every other day- you wouldn’t want to dry out the skin under your beard.
Style For Your Face
Just like hairstyles, there are beard styles that suit all men and there are also styles that would not work. Remember that the beard is an enhances your image and you’d have to find the most flattering style that suits your face shape. Unless you are auditioning for a walk-on for Duck Dynasty, always keep in mind that a rocking beard attracts the right kinds of attention.
We all know that, for first-timers who’ve never grown a beard before, there’s no shame in going to see a barber for proper grooming and having your beard styled.
BEARD TIP: There are a number of beard products out there to use to keep your beard well kept. Below are the basics of being bearded:
Maintaining a Beard
Men who rock the beard for years get attached to their facial hair that they just let all grow out. Something about not getting a trim or shaping that makes beards look unappealing. There are also men who think that maintaining a beard is just about shampooing and combing ONLY.
A grown out beard tends to become scraggly – definitely not a sexy look. Unkempt and dirty, beards cause your skin problems and that weird smell you can’t seem to place.
Face it, deciding to be part of the bearded community means you put a premium on appearances. To look cool and sleek, you have to make an effort to look it.