When it comes to facial hair, nothing is as timeless as a well groomed beard.
These days, there are a huge variety of beards out there. From the burly and blokey to the clippered and coiffured, beards have made a huge comeback in the past few years and it looks like they are here to stay.
No doubt you have considered growing a beard at some stage in your adult life, so what’s stopping you? If you’re particularly baby-faced, a beard can help add some masculinity to your mug. It can also give a chiseled impression to your jawline which adds instant lumberjack appeal.
If you’ve decided to give beard-growing a go, follow our simple steps. Let’s just say, there’s more to it than just letting your facial hair grow wildly across your jaw:
It’s best to have some idea of what style of beard you want to try and grow, before you get started. This way you can shape it and sculpt it accordingly.
You need to consider the shape of your face, the colour of your facial hair and the pattern in which your hair grows. Check out your favourite bearded celebrities and guys you know for style inspiration. As your beard grows you can trim it to keep it in line with the style you have chosen.
Not all of us are meant to have a beard - perhaps you’re just not made for it. You might be able to grow a scruffy little tuft but nothing more. While that may be a disappointment at first, the quicker you come to terms with it, the faster you can move on from your beardy dreams.
There are all sorts of myths when it comes to growing a beard quicker - that trimming or shaving regularly will make it grow faster, or shampooing and conditioning it will ensure it grows long and luscious. Sadly there is no medical proof around any of this. You truly just have to wait out the growing process.
While there’s no known way of speeding up your hair growth, you can ensure that you grow a thick, full beard by leading a healthier lifestyle. It sounds too easy, right? But it’s true - sleep, skincare and diet will all affect the healthiness of your facial hair as you grow it.
A diet enriched with healthy fats and fish oil keeps hair healthy, and exercising (particularly weightlifting) can help kick your testosterone levels up a gear which ultimately promotes good beard growth. Poor sleep, poor diet and a lot of unhealthy stress is ultimately not good for healthy hair growth.
Keeping your facial hair in good nick right from the moment you start growing it, is crucial to ending up with a thick, luscious beard.
Keep the skin around your beard clean and moisturised, use a decent face wash to help with this.
We’re going to warn you right now: there will be times where it feels almost impossible not to mess with your beard. It will go through stages of being itchy and irritated, and you’ll suffer both stray and ingrown hairs. When this happens, it’s more important than ever to keep your beard clean, washed and dried. These stages shouldn’t last too long, so stick with it if you want to see results!
Once the hair goes from ‘stubbly’ to soft and ‘bushy’ you can begin to integrate beard care products into your regular skincare routine. A good place to start is with a decent beard oil. This will keep your beard and your skin feeling soft and healthy. Simply comb it through as and when you need it. Our Travel Man Beard Oil is perfect for this, available online now.
Once you’ve grown your beard to the length and style that you’re happy with, it’s then important to maintain it. Find a barber you’re really happy with and listen to the advice they give you. He/she will know best when it comes to styling your beard and keeping it in shape.
At home you can keep your freshly grown facial hair in check with regular combing, trimming any strays and shaving around your cheeks and neckline to prevent any potential neckbeard situations.
Growing a beard is a great way of changing your look and your personal style. We love a good beard and reckon they’ll be around for a long time yet - so get growing!