Beard Growing: The Definitive Guide October 26, 2018
I’ve always been asked what my tips and tricks to growing my beard out and years of trial and error have helped me perfect it. Everyone wants a beard growing guide, so now I’m going to share with you my 7 simple tips to help you with beard growth and management!
#1 Lightly Trim Your Beard
To keep your beard in check, I recommend doing some light trimming every few weeks. But I thought we were supposed to be growing a beard? Don’t worry, the amount you’ll be trimming won’t be enough to lose any length. You just want to clean up all the loose, straggly hairs and this will also make your beard healthier by removing all the dead ends. Additionally, make sure that you aren’t using electrical trimmers, that will just make things worse! Get a pair of barber scissors and you’ll be good to go.
#2 Get A Boar’s Hair Brush
Have you ever wondered why your beard will sometimes grow in patchy and uneven? When you use a boar’s hair brush, you’ll be stimulating the hair folliciles and not only will this promote a healthier beard, it will speed up the growth. Your beard isn’t the only one benefiting from this brushing – the skin underneath your beard will be happy and flake free (you don’t want beard dandruff!) Boar’s hair brushes are very affordable and you can probably find one at most grocery stores for under $5. Finally, the best part: it helps to distribute your favorite beard oil to every hair on your beard. The more oil on your brush, the better! Speaking of beard oils..
#3 Oil Your Beard
Growing a beautiful beard is not a simple task, you can’t just “set it and forget it”. Proper care includes brushing and liberal application of beard oil blends to restore and heal your beard. A high quality beard oil will make your beard silky smooth and no one likes a rough, bristly beard. What type of oils should you be looking for in your beard oils to help with your beard growing?
- Jojoba Oil: Jojoba oil is very closely related to an oil called “sebum oil” that is naturally produced by your skin. Washing and drying your beard can strip these oils from your beard and this is a great way to replenish the deficiencies.
- Tea Tree Oil: Tea tree oil is a very gentle, but effective anti-fungal that can help get rid of dry, flaky spots that can cause you beard dandruff.
- Vitamin E: Vitamin E is a great way to keep your skin hydrated and calm and that will help promote healthy hair growth.
#4 Condition Your Beard
In addition to oiling your beard, you should also be conditioning your beard regularly. The 1-2 punch of both conditioning and oiling your beard will do wonders for the well-being of your beard. When applying conditioner to your beard, you should leave it on for at least a few minutes so it can be completely absorbed by your beard hair from root to tip. This will leave your beard silky smooth.
#5 Don’t Trim After Showering
One of the biggest mistakes that I made was trimming my beard right after getting out of the shower. It was only after an absolute failure of a trim that I did some research. When your beard hairs are drenched with water, your beard will appear longer than usual. Once your beard dries, you’ll notice that your beard shrivels up from the water evaporating and the hairs no longer being weighed down. If you trim your beard right after you shower, you might accidentally chop off more than you were planning and instantly a few months of beard growth will be gone. Don’t trim your beard unless it’s completely dry!
Beards are very unique snowflakes – no two beards are the same and you’ll never get the exact same shape and thickness as someone else. Don’t let that get you frustrated, just let it continue to naturally grow. As long as you continue the above steps to keep it healthy and happy, you’ll end up with that one-of-a-kind beard that everyone will be swooning over. At the end of the day: Any beard is better than no beard at all. Beard growing is fun, enjoy it!
#7 Outside Pressure While Beard Growing
Don’t let your friends and family pressure you to cut off your beard. In the past, it was expected for people to be clean shaven in all things business related. Fortunately, the days of “Madmen” are past us and it’s a workplace norm to have a beard. Your beard is what makes you unique and if you give that up, you’d just be like everyone else!
Never trim your mustache! When your mustache starts getting in your mouth and tickling your nose, you might be very tempted to trim it shorter. That would be a very costly mistake on your journey to having some truly epic facial hair. What should you do instead? Begin dry training your beard by combing it to the sides a few times a day. Eventually, your mustache will become more and more tame until you eventually have your epic handlebar mustache.