Guest post submitted by Giv of malegroomings.com.
When dealing with beard health, there are a lot of things that most guys don’t know. This guide with help you get familiar with all the basics you need to know about growing a lush and hygienic beard.
If you’re a beginner looking to live the dream of owning a beard that makes other men envious, follow the guidelines below.
Growing and Styling
Many make growing and styling a beard look like it’s a very demanding and complicated process, which in reality, it isn’t. Therefore, I’ll cut right to the chase and simplify it for you.
Put away the razor
As simple as it may sound, you will just have to let your beard hair go wild. If you’re a beginner growing a beard, you may have thought that there’s a very specific process you will need to follow. However, what you may have heard are nothing but just myths – ones that we will get to later in this guide. So forget everything, and just know that the best thing you can do to grow a beard is to just put away the razor and be patient.
Patience is going to be the key here, which is also the reason many give up on their beard-growing journey quickly. You may come across some challenges and rough phases, but patience, determination, and a good deal of knowledge about the basics of growing a beard will easily help you move past those early hurdles.
Know your skin
Something that most men growing a beard end up overlooking is their skin type. Although you may think it’s all about your beard hair, the skin underneath also plays a crucial role.
It’s important to know your skin type – whether dry, oily or sensitive. Knowing your skin type may help you figure out the beard type and styling options you will have.
Maintain the moisture
The journey to a full beard that you can be proud of can quickly turn from fun and exciting to a real struggle if you fail to keep your skin moisturized. Moisturizing your skin also goes a long way in helping prevent a skin disaster in case you suddenly, and abruptly stop (or have to stop) growing your beard.
When it comes to daily moisturizing, using a good, natural beard oil and coconut oil is something your skin will love. Besides providing your skin with the right amount of moisture, these moisturizing products also come with all the nutrients to grow a healthy beard. They are also natural and smell great!
Go for your preferred shape and type
When you finally manage to fight all the obstacles and keep growing your beard for a month or so, you will want to shape it up. Of course, this is more about styling and your personal preferences than anything else.
Some guys go for a sharp shape, while others like to go for a more natural look. Some go for a look with stubble, while other men go for a much longer beard. The choice is clearly yours, and if you’re not sure, take a look at a beard style chart to see which one resonates with you.
When you’ve reached that shaping point, you should be sure of what type of beard you want, and get to styling it as soon as you have the length and fullness.
You can maintain your beard by using a solid and reliable beard trimmer. Your beard will become accustomed to the way your trimmer shaves, so be sure to choose one that is well-made and lasts long. It will save you money and time in the future.
Overcoming the obstacles
Oh, the obstacles! They are the most annoying, yet the most beautiful part of the beard journey. They are annoying when you encounter them for the first time, but beautiful when you overcome those obstacles and grow a beard you can’t stop looking at. The challenges make you realize the value of a healthy, well-groomed beard, which also prevents you from taking it for granted.
However, the bottom line is that there’s no gain without pain. You WILL face at least some of these issues. You’ve been warned!
With that said, though, let us take a look at a few of the most common challenges and how to deal with them.
Itchiness is precisely what makes many men reach for their razor, even before they are a month into their dream beard journey. And make no mistake, the itchiness is indeed very real.
However, you can get rid of it to a great extent with the right amount of moisturizing and shampooing. Make sure you go for natural products (and not the ones loaded with chemicals that may make your itchiness worse – especially if you have sensitive skin) for daily moisturizing. Your facial skin will soon make peace with your otherwise dominating beard.
Yes, we did say you just need to let your beard grow, but you will need occasional trimming at some point.
You can simply trim your neckline, mustache lips and upper cheeks to regain your neat look. However, if you’re going for an all-natural beard, you won’t be able to do this and would have to live with a slightly wild beard for a little while.
Dryness is not as common as the problems mentioned above, but is usually a result of bad choice of products. If you’re going with our suggestion and only sticking to natural products, you will likely not see any serious signs of dryness..
However, if you do experience dryness for some reason, you may want to stop using any products that contain chemicals and replace them with all-natural ones. If dryness persists, use natural oils in your beard hair about once a week. This should be enough to get rid of the dryness.
And Don’t Fall for These Beard Myths!
As mentioned at the start of this article, there are many myths about growing a beard that are often presented as facts. If you’re a beginner, it may be hard to avoid them as society will render you foolish by making you believe these inaccurate statements.
Here are a few of these common myths. Let’s clear them up with reality instead.
Myth #1: Beards are itchy
Reality: Most men would only feel beard itch within the first month of growing a beard, UNLESS they are not taking good care of their beard. After that, even when you trim you should not feel any itchiness. With that said, you should be moisturizing your facial mane with a beard oil daily to achieve best results.
Myth #2: Shaving makes your beard grow faster
Reality: This is a very petty myth to be honest. Why would you shave when you’re actually trying to “grow” your beard. It just does not make any sense at all, right? Yet, this one is pretty popular.
If you shave your beard while growing it, you will only be setting yourself back. The actual outcome you will experience is a delay in achieving the results you want. If you want your beard to grow, just wait.
Myth #3: Your beard should get thick in 2 to 3 weeks
Reality: For most men, it’s going to take at least 1 to 3 months to have a complete beard that they are proud of. Every guy is different, so the timeline can shift according to your genetics.
What are some of your greatest beard challenges? Weigh in on the comment section below!