BEARD STYLES & GROOMING GUIDE
How to Grow and Care For Your Beard
If you are still considering growing your beards or wondering which beard style will fit your face, kindly refer to my earlier post on How to Choose The Right Beard Style For Your Face and get some motivation first before you continue reading.
But if you have already started your beard journey and would like to know how to grow and take care of it properly, then this article is for you!
To my dear bearded friends, here are some beard growth and care tips to help you stay motivated as well as take care of your beard better
HOW TO GROW YOUR BEARD
1. First of All, Be Patient
For you to truly grow an epic beard, you have to be very patient. Resist the urge to shave, trim or style for at least 1-2 months so as to allow your hair grow evenly. Tough times would come, you will encounter temptations to shave off, some people will call you all sort of names, loved ones will be saying “Shave it Off”, but Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of your beards. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward, for,in the same way, they persecuted the bearded gentlemen of the Beard Gang who were before you. Very soon, they will come to love, respect and show their appreciation of your luxurious beard.
2. Endure and Power through the itch, the world will respect you.
A lot of my friends have abandoned their splendid beards because of this temporary “trying period” which is common to all men who had ever embarked on a full-bearded journey. The first few weeks of growing beards come packaged with some itchiness and this is the point where the faint-hearted give up. It’s normal and like they say “tough times never last, tough men do”. If only you can hold on tight for about 2 to 3 weeks and power through the itch, the greatest pleasures in the world await your chin. Simply put…Growing beards are manly and require endurance and will power.
On the other hand, if you have a full-grown beard, but you still itch, then this means you have dry skin down there, a solution would be to invest in moisturizer and use on face daily to soften your beard and soothe face irritation [more about this later].
3. Let it grow, then Shape It to the Style That Fits Your Face
One common mistake a lot of men make is to attempt shaping or trimming their beards the 1st or 2nd week after they start growing it. This is wrong and you could easily cut off more than you really wanted which could take weeks or months to fix.
Wait for about 1-2 months before you shape it. Now another mistake guys make is to cut it right under their jawline or chin. The best place to shape from is the “neckline” – somewhere in between Adam’s apple and under your chin. I will also strongly advise you don’t do this yourself, but rather visit a professional barber who is very experienced in beard styling. Now if you are bald, shave off your hair on the head and grow a beard!
4. Never Give Up, Even When You Mess Up Your Beard Hairline
Growing a beard is never easy especially in the early stage, it could take 3-6 months to actually look full, even at that without proper grooming it could still look patchy and untidy. My advice is to keep growing and never give up.
Even when your barber accidentally shapes or trims the neckline more than what he was meant to, don’t panic and don’t shave all off, instead forgive him this once (but fire him if he repeats the blunder next time) then go home and wait for 3-5 days for it to grow back, then come back and have another professional barber or a more experienced beard stylist define a new neckline under the old one. After some time the new growth will start filling in, then you can continue to gradually trim till it evens out.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR BEARD
1. Just like your hair, wash and shampoo your beard regularly with warm water.
A lot of guys do not wash their beards, the few that do use bar soap thereby drying out the beard and the skin beneath. Use moisturizing shampoo instead, your beard hair is different from the hair on top of your head, therefore a mild shampoo is easier on your skin under your beards.
2. Gently pat and wipe your beard dry with a towel after washing.
3. Use a conditioner to add a little shine to your beards.
To keep your beard from getting too wiry, you should use Beard Oil to help condition the hair and the skin underneath. It will help your beard look and feel its best and also helps with any itching problem you might have on your beard. I personally use L’Avyanna Men Premium Beard Oil for my rich, full and soft beards as you can see above in the featured image.
4. Invest in Beard Accessories
Such as the wide-toothed comb, short comb, beard brush, beard trimming scissors and electric trimmer. Comb your beard with a wide-toothed/short comb to remove tangles depending on how full your beard is. Brush your mustache with a beard brush.
5. Trim your beards every month if you have decided to keep your beards short
Trim every two months if you have an intention of growing long beard. Trimming gets rid of split ends in your hair. Use scissors or trimmer to keep the excess hair off your cheek and neck respectively.
6. Eat with Care To Avoid Food Particles Storing Up in Your Beards
It’s common to see a bearded man eating ice cream and the cream is dropping on his beards and he isn’t aware because he can’t feel the drop on his beards. This is not nice at all. So please, always keep food particles out of your beard by taking small bites and wiping your face after each bite. Always have serviette handy while out in a restaurant.
In addition to the beard-grooming advice I’ve given you so far, please ensure you have enough sleep as losing sleep has been found to slow down beard growth.
So now I believe you’ve been equipped with all the necessary knowledge to go out and start your beard journey. Go forth now and start the journey of #NoShaveEver. Let the Game of Men Begin!!!
If after reading this, you’ve been inspired to grow and maintain your beard, please share the article with your friends who you think would find this interesting. I will love to hear from you, please feel free to drop your comments and contributions here or write me – firstname.lastname@example.org if you have inquiries or you are interested in any of the services we offer or products mentioned in this article. Your feedback helps us improve and serve you better.
Till you hear from me again, continue to Do Well. Live Well and Dress Really Well. Be Stylish.
Yours in Style,
Kobi O. Mbagwu (Mr. Kobi)
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