How to Grow a Beard in 5 Easy Steps
There are many opinions on how to grow a beard and really there is no right or wrong way to go about it, but if you are a first timer there are a few things you need to know and a few things you need to be prepared for. Ask yourself why you want a beard and what type of beard do you like, this will help you through the first 4 weeks, the rest is a breeze.
Lets face it, most men have considered growing a beard at some time in their life and nowadays beards are extremely fashionable. I think everybody should try a beard at some time in their life, you never know, it might really suit you.
5 Easy Steps to Growing Your Beard
1. Patience is a virtue. It will take a normal man around a month or so to grow a beard so don't get disheartened at the start. I found it took around three weeks before I looked like I actually had a beard as opposed to just stubble. It may look untidy or even dirty at the start but just persevere as it will come good before you know it.
Try to resist the temptation to trim or tidy up your beard in this first month. Just give it a good chance to develop before you start messing about with it. A good time to start is when you are on holiday or away from work for a while as it will look untidy for the first while.
You may get a reaction from people when you start so just stay chilled. Also different areas may grow at different rates so just wait the first month out then you will see what you are working with. Everybody is different.
2. Beware the dreaded itch. Its quite likely that you beard will itch like crazy starting from around day 10. Don't let this get on top of you or tempt you to shave it off. If you do nothing the itching will go away by itself in around a week but if you are really struggling there are a few things you can do.
Believe it or not there is such a product as Stop Beard Itch and it actually works pretty well. I would recommend just washing and conditioning the beard daily once this itch starts and this should help the skin get used to it in a few days. It always good to keep your beard clean and in good condition generally as it will look a lot better. Get some tips here to help beard itch,
The itching can actually come and go when you have a beard so as well as keeping it clean I would suggest a good beard oil that will keep the beard soft and stop any irritation to the skin. If you are really struggling with the itch I always founded helped to give myself a deadline of a few days before I took action and this saved me from shaving it off several times.
3. Find the beard shape that suits you. No two face or beards for that matter are the same. You might need some trial and error with different styles and lengths but keep going to get what suits you best. It will be well worth it.
4. Go pro to start. Growing and maintaining a beard is nearly a full time job and when you are new to it then trimming and shaping your own beard can turn into a disaster. Whats the point in spending weeks growing it then totally messing it up trying to shape it yourself. If you visit a barber once your beard has reached the required length, they will be able to give you advice and show you what to do
This will only cost £20-£25 and the tips you will get are invaluable. A couple of visits should do it then you will be ready to do some minor trimming to start then move on to full shaping. I have to say that I find it quite therapeutic trimming my own beard.
5. Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance and have fun with it. Once you are a fully fledged beard wearer then the only way is up. Regular trimming will keep your chosen shape but it will take more than that to keep your beard tip top. Invest in a trimmer and a beard comb or brush straight away. This Philips trimmer is about the best on the market if you would like to read our review. A daily comb will help keep straggler hairs in check and get them growing in the right direction.
Get a shampoo and conditioner that you like and treat it just like your hair. Don't blow dry the beard, just pat it down with a towel and give it a good brush or comb when nearly dry. I would also recommend trying a good beard oil.
Enjoy your beard!