Beards make the world go ‘round, but it isn’t as simple as wanting one, and then getting one. Beards aren’t a product you can purchase in the store like makeup; beards take patience, a little help from hair maintenance products, and a bit of experimenting. If you don’t have any patience and think you’re going to look like Nick Offerman immediately, I, unfortunately, have to let you down easy and tell you: no. In this article, you’ll learn a few secrets and tricks on how to grow a luscious lady (or lad) killin’ beard.
Oh, and before we begin, YES, it will itch! Stick it out and you’ll have the best beard around. Patience and self-control lead you to the way of the beard. Speaking of patience…
Do I Need to Be Patient?
If you’re one of the lucky few that can grow a full face in a few days, what’re you doing on here?! For those who have a bit more trouble and need to wait longer: YES, you’ll need patience or else you would have grown yours already and wouldn’t be here! However, whether your first type or the latter, you’ll want to check out some of my beard product recommendations.
How Long Does It Take To Grow a Beard?
For the first four weeks, you shouldn’t touch your facial hair at all. You should grow the hair in naturally, no matter how patchy it may seem. If you want the beard, you must brave the storm. Once you’ve hit that four-week mark, you’ll want to begin shaping your beard.
Once you get past the patchiness part post four-week growth, you’ll want to shave and shape up the neckline and on your cheeks. In doing this, it will give the appearance that it’s less patchy and fuller. You could go to a professional, but we all know that professionals like to cut off or trim up more than we want. An inch to us is three to them.
What Products Do I Need To Grow A Beard?
My very first recommendation is a beard oil. It’s an organic composition that not only moisturizes your beard but conditions it as well, causing the hair to be a little less harsh. The best part? It also has a natural “cure” for beard itchiness. Whether you’re a few patches in or have a year’s worth of growth, this beard oil is something you should try. Instead of having multiple bottles, this one morning-use bottle is perfect for killing a basket full of birds with one stone. Some of the oils including in this concoction are:
- Jojoba oil
- Amazon forest organics
Much like the hair on your head, beard hair needs shampoo to become clean, soft, and great smelling. Also with natural oils, this beard shampoo helps maintain any itch that may be leftover from the beard oil while making your beard hair tangle-free. The tangles of your beard may not be a concern upon growing it in, but it’s a thing for those with thick, coarse hair.
I remember my mom would force feed vitamins to me growing up, to make sure that I was growing properly. I’ve been passed that torch not for my kids, but for my beard. Beard Grow XL is a beard hair supplement that helps those with peaks of patchy hair. If you have trouble growing like I did at first, this will help you get that extra push. This product could be your saving grace during that first four week period. Using a non-hormonal ingredient blend, you don’t have to worry about weird side effects like you were taking a pill prescribed by your doctor. It’s an all natural remedy for those whose hair grows a bit too slow. Impatient people unite!
Finally, one of my favorite products I’ve tried, Maxx Beard, a volume supplement that aids in the thickness of your beard. Again, I got your back, patchy people! This 3-in-1 product saved me many a night, as it aids in growth and volume for that first four week period. You can continue to use it after the four week period, but if you’re satisfied after the point, you may not need to. Some of the ingredients included in that beard spray:
- Mixed with herbal blends!
Don’t Forget About the Beard Comb
To keep your beard in tip top shape, eliminate the possibility of matting with a top of the line beard comb. Capable of brushing not only fine beard hair but also thick beard hard, the most glorious of beards can be properly maintained. Natural and organic beard combs reduce the amount of chemicals and damage done, with a finer brushing style. The Rockey Mountain Barber Company has released a magnificent beard comb that I refuse to walk past during my morning routine.
How to Grow a Beard
You may be wondering the fundamental question in all of this: how to grow a beard. Well, you’re going to need exactly what the title says, and that’s patience and productions for facial hair perfection. Growing a beard is more about just letting the hair grow in and using the right products, it’s also about the amount of protein you take in, a lack of stress and how much sleep you get each night. The perfect mix of protein, product, and Sleepytime will ensure a faster-growing beard.
The first step to getting the beard is to commit to the cause. Do you want to look better for someone else, or for yourself? If it’s the first, you may want to consider other reasons, if it’s for the latter, you’re on the right track. If it so happens that you will not only look better for others but also feel great about yourself, fantastic; you’re killing two birds with one stone.
Once you’ve committed to the task of growing a beard, you want to stop shaving for the four week period we mentioned. Once this point as surpassed, shape up the areas around the beard. We’ll let you know how to do that in the final section. If yours is still a bit patchy, try going another three to four weeks before trimming around the edges again. Upon “filling in the blanks” with your beard, you’ll be able to maintain properly with the right tools and knowledge.
Shaping Up Your Beard: Common Mistakes
For every aspect of beard growing, I’ve got your back. Now that I’ve made it past the awkward growing-in phase, I wanted to share my secrets with the rest of my impatient clan.
Forming your beard depends entirely on the structure of your head. Your sideburns and ear line will be a personal indicator of where you should begin lining up. The back end of your beard should match up and never go beyond the far side of your sideburns. For most, the edge of your beard should meet the imaginary line that matches up with the beginning curve of the earlobe.
Most men think growing the beard in as much as possible with little to know trim is fine, although it makes you look messier than not. For the career world, if you don’t shape up, you’ll have it shave. To silently pitch the idea of keeping your beard, you’ll want to trim up (not to be confused with making it shorter all-around), and present yourself as well as possible.
Besides the bottom edge of the beard, many mistakes are made with the full beard cheek line design. Too low can make you appear older, or heavier. Some opt out for the natural, no-trim cheek line, but most should choose a more defined cheek line. Choosing is one of the hardest things to do while shaping a beard – trust me.
Here’s a little tip on how to grow a beard and how to shape a beard: you don’t see men artificial receding their hairline because it’s too forward, do you? If your hair doesn’t naturally grow forward, your cheek line will generally not grow too far up – it doesn’t need as much shaving downward as you think. Most shave lower because of the lack of confidence to grow a fuller beard, but it ends up looking more silly than you want to believe.
Instead of shaving all the way down, you can keep your natural cheek line BUT trim the extra hair that makes it look out of place and scraggly. Keeping your natural line will make your beard look fantastic and not so silly. Take these tips and products into account for when to take the plunge – what’re you waiting for? Grow a beard! Err, well, I guess you’re waiting for the four-week mark. Good luck, lads!