In the past weeks, many of you wonderful folks have been asking us for tips on how to begin growing a beard.
Human nature dictates that when you see a guy with an impressive mane, you immediately want one for yourself. However, what most people don’t realize is that a beard does not appear magically overnight. It takes patience and effort to reach a stage where you can flaunt your beard everywhere. So, the dashing, bearded guy you just saw and want to emulate has actually worked hard to reach this stage where he is able to influence you and others.
The good news is that growing a beard for the first time doesn’t have to be as tough as people make it out to be. As a thumb rule, growing a new beard is a four-week process. Now, how hard can that be, right? Hard, perhaps not. But definitely a challenge.
It is estimated that an average guy has somewhere between 15,000 to 20,000 hair follicles on his face. Once they start to sprout, managing them effectively takes a little planning and effort.
Here are the rules you need to follow in order to embark on your first bearded adventure:
RULE #1: Prepare Yourself for the ‘Messy Phase’
Any guy who has just begun growing his beard for the first time goes through this initial phase where the facial hair might grow in an uneven, patchy manner and look unattractive. This ‘caveman’ look is not exactly desirable, but the good thing is that this phase gets over very soon – in a week or so. It will take some time for your beard to have a uniform growth pattern that complements your jawline. So, in the meantime, you can counter this phase by making sure that you dress sharp and look neat. After all, you don’t want people to think that you’re on a week-long laziness binge!
RULE #2: Do Not Touch. Please. Just Don’t.
In the initial stages, your new beard will itch and might cause you slight discomfort. You will want to scratch it, or rub it, or may even want to shave it off altogether. But don’t do that. This is where you have to show some willpower and be a man. Many guys start trimming their beards prematurely because they want some relief from the itchiness. However, it is advisable for most guys to wait for a period of at least four weeks before trimming or sculpting their beards. So, just let it be, and learn to resist the cravings. You can even use our Beard Oil to get over this itchy phase.
RULE #3: Practice Good Skin Hygiene
It’s not a very surprising fact that for many men, the act of cleansing their faces is intricately linked to their shaving routine. No shave means no wash! However, just because you are not shaving does not mean that the usual dirt and grime is not building up. If you do not maintain good skin hygiene, your pores will get blocked leading to increased itching and irritation. So, make sure that you wash and cleanse your face adequately at all times. You could go for a facial scrub followed by a daily moisturizer, or you could try our Beard Wash instead, which is the perfect product for all your facial hygiene needs.
RULE #4: Love Thy Beard
Your facial hair growth will start resembling an actual beard by the end of the second week. It’s time now to start treating it like one. Poor beard care can lead to beardruff, dryness, split ends and skin irritation. Treating your beard right is essential at this stage if you want to achieve optimum and healthy growth. You need to keep your beard nourished and your skin moisturized at all times. We advise you to give our Beard Lotion a try. Made from the finest natural oils and Aloe Vera extract, our beard lotion will soften and hydrate your beard, while minimizing skin irritation and brittle hairs.
RULE #5: Invest in a Quality Comb For Your Beard
You must be thinking “It’s just a Brush. What’s the big deal? Why can’t I use the one that I use on my head?” You really couldn’t be more mistaken. The wrong type of comb can significantly damage facial hair by entangling it and causing split ends. Using the right comb will ensure that your facial hair remains healthy, and it will also help spread your beard oil or balm evenly across your face. Now, the real thing to consider is that after all, a comb can’t break your bank. So, it’s a good decision to go for a nice, wooden comb that fits in your back pocket and won’t break when you sit on it. The Bamboo Comb or Boar Bristle Brush are your best bets here.
RULE #6: Add Shape and Character
Now that your beard has finally reached the desired length, it’s time to go ‘snip-snip’. The first thing you need to decide upon is the kind of beard you want. Choosing the right long-term beard style is based on the length of your facial hair, the shape of your face, and your specific facial hair type. You might need to let your Beard grow longer if you wish to have a denser Beard. Remember, bigger the beard, the more room you have to play around with styles. Once you’ve decided how you want to go about it, just take your trimmer and go to work! That’s it.
Congratulations, brother! You have a beard now, and have consequently found a place on that elite list of men who are actually awesome!
Now, just be sure to keep your beard healthy at all times by using our legendary Beard Grooming Products.
Let the beard growth begin!