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How to Grow a Beard

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Growing a beard is something most guys consider at some point in their lives, whether or not they actually commit. Either way, maintaining its appearance should remain top priority if your beard already exists.

One effective solution for beard care is using a beard-friendly moisturizer. This will hydrate skin cells while encouraging hair follicle health – two factors essential to beard growth.

MAKE THE COMMITMENT

At the core of growing a beard lies commitment. Don’t expect overnight success like Jason Momoa did; progress takes time – some men give up before any real results have shown themselves.

Reminding yourself why you decided to grow a beard can help guide the inevitable itchy phase and awkward stage that may cause frustration, making the entire journey worthwhile. Recalling why you decided to create your beard may help ease these challenges and stay the course.

Be mindful that genetics will play a factor in terms of beard texture, growth rate and distribution of hairs; keep an open mind when considering other’s facial hair.

Beards can make your face appear more balanced by emphasizing its shape, such as jawline or cheekbones. A beard also emphasizes masculinity and makes you appear more dominant, especially if it’s well-groomed and tailored specifically to suit your frame – it’s definitely worth making the commitment!

LET IT GROW

Step one in growing the beard you desire is letting it develop naturally. Though this may sound counterproductive, allowing your facial hair to do its thing will allow it to fill any sparse or patchy spots naturally.

At least for the initial month or two, it is also advised not to use a razor when maintaining or shaping your beard. This allows it to grow full and thick so you can more easily sculpt into shape once grown out.

Diets containing protein, vitamins, minerals and zinc will aid your beard’s growth and strength. Furthermore, adding foods high in biotin may also be beneficial in strengthening its infrastructure.

Sleep is another effective way of encouraging beard growth. Sleep can reduce body temperature, leading to greater blood circulation to hair follicles and roots. Furthermore, managing stress levels is vital; high cortisol levels inhibit beard growth.

DON’T WAIT TO START USING BEARD PRODUCTS

There are a wide range of beard products on the market that can set your whiskers up for success. Some products are specifically formulated to promote hair growth and keep skin hydrated, while others soften coarse or itchy follicles for easier styling and grooming.

Consistent beard maintenance is also key. When washing, be gentle with your beard; overscrubbing can break the hairs or lead to itchy skin underneath; instead pat or gently rub your beard to maintain moisture levels and avoid any knotted patches or knots from occurring.

Beards can completely transform your look, making you stand out from the clean-shaven masses. However, growing a full and beautiful beard takes patience and dedication – but don’t let this discourage you! With proper planning and care, your beard can become an expression of who you are as an individual – we hope these tips are helpful in your beard journey – By: Laurel Adams (Licensed Esthetician).

HAVE REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS

As tempting as it can be to give up when your beard doesn’t grow fast enough or is patchy and uneven, setting realistic expectations is key. Your beard could grow faster than anticipated or take more time than anticipated to attain its desired shape.

Diet is also key to beard growth. A diet rich in proteins, B vitamins and zinc will strengthen whisker strands while supporting hair health. You might even consider taking biotin supplements; studies show that taking moderate doses increases keratin production in your body.

Once your beard has grown for at least two months, you can begin planning its shape and style. Prior to this point, though, do not trim, pluck, or pick at it – this is a rookie mistake many beard growers make, which will only set back your efforts towards reaching facial hair perfection.

PLAN YOUR BEARD LINES AND SET YOUR GOALS

As you grow your beard, it’s essential that you plan for its shape and length before trimming. Doing this will allow you to avoid making errors like trimming one side too low and ending up with an unbalanced beard.

Start off right by using our Beard & Face Wash to prep your facial hair for shaping. It will remove any buildup of oils, dirt, or dead skin that could hinder its growth.

Once you are ready, select a beard style that complements your face shape and fits within the guidelines of your neck line and cheek lines. Be mindful not to go too far as that could create a chinstrap look! Also keep in mind that beard hairs contain 25% water content; staying hydrated is crucial if you plan on growing longer beard hairs!

TRIM YOUR BEARD INTO SHAPE

Once your beard has been growing out for several weeks, it is time to start shaping it into its finished style. Use a beard-washing product with beard oil (bonus points if it also includes nourishment for softening your whiskers) before brushing out using a coarse-bristled beard brush and trim any loose hairs with grooming scissors or beard trimmer with shorter guards.

Shaping your neckline is key to creating a balanced beard that complements both your jawline and face shape. To find your neckline, extend a finger from one ear curve until 2-3 inches above Adam’s Apple (where neck meets head).

If your face is round, a more defined cheek line can help frame it; for long or angular faces, a curved cheek line softens strong facial angles; while on square-shaped faces a straighter cheek line may balance out an unbalanced jawline. Once you have this in hand, shaping the remainder of your beard into a chinstrap or goatee will become effortless.

DON’T COMPARE YOUR BEARD TO OTHERS

Comparing your beard growth to that of someone else will only distract from the process. There are many variables that influence beard thickness: genetics, age and hormone levels are just some of them. Therefore, finding a style suitable to both you and your face shape is paramount in creating the look you’re going for.

Facial hair growth has an influence over how others perceive a man; full beards make a person appear more masculine and assured while heavy stubble gives him an informal, laid-back vibe.

No matter what the look of your natural beard may be, it’s important to embrace and respect its unique style and not compare yourself with other men. All men can produce some form of facial hair; some men just have thicker or fuller facial hair than others. Accept what you have, use these tips in this article to maximize its potential, and enjoy seeing just how far a little planning can go!

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO GROW A BEARD?

At some point in their lives, most men will consider growing a beard. Be it out of curiosity or as part of their lifestyle choice, beards offer an easy way to alter your appearance and accentuate facial features while simultaneously changing up your look. While shaping a beard requires patience and practice, here are a few tips to assist with the process.

Your beard may start out patchy and wild; this is completely normal as part of the process and should become full within about one month.

To expedite beard growth, strive for a healthy diet packed with proteins and essential vitamins such as A, C, E, biotin zinc and iron. Exercising and getting plenty of sleep will also increase blood flow to your face and hair follicles – vital elements in beard development that your genetics, age and lifestyle choices all play a part in shaping.