To grow an incredible beard, simply put the razor and trimmer away and wait. Growing a beard takes time. But time alone isn't everything you need to do, as some guys want you to believe. There are many stages throughout your beards growth, and today, we want to cover just the beginning.
This will be a four part blog that will take you from your decision to grow a beard, the first two months of growth, the loss of the beardsmen, and terminal growth. As we dive into each section, we hope you will gain some additional knowledge, and confidence in your bearded journey. So, let's begin.
Your Decision To Grow A Beard
There is always a moment in a mans life when he realizes he can or cannot grow a beard. Yes, genetically speaking, there are some men that simply cannot grow a beard. They may be able to grow a mustache, or goatee, but not a full beard. This is OK! Being a man isn't defined by having a beard. Love what you can grow, and wear it proudly.
Now, back to the pivotal decision. You have decided to grow a beard. Now what? Is it going to look good? Is it going to itch? How fast will it grow? Those are all great questions, but right now, you ought not worry about them. Just focus on refraining from shaving, trimming, or touching your beard with any other sharp object.
Your first few days will probably be spent looking in the mirror every few hours. You're excited about your decision and rightfully so. But don't expect immediate results. Like we stated before, beards take time, and patience. Some of the most patient men we have met grow beards. Patience is one thing you will gain from your decision to grow your beard. As you grow, you will learn that your beard is not measured in length, but measure in time.
You'll have a 1 month beard, a 3 month beard, a 6 month beard, the yeard (year long beard), or the pinnacle of beard growth - the terminal beard (maximum length you can genetically grow).
Each of these growth stages will present their own unique challenges. For the first few weeks, you may notice that your beard becomes itchy, patchy, and generally unkempt looking. The reason your beard feels itchy, is because when you last shaved, you essentially cut the hairs into tiny needles. As your beard grows in the first few weeks, the beard hairs curl and touch your skin, which causes the itchy feeling. A good way to combat this itch, is to use a beard oil, or beard balm. These products will assist in relieving the itch by moisturizing the hair and skin.
At this point, 2-3 weeks of beard growth, the itching should begin to pass, and you will be tempted to trim your beard or shape it because it may be looking a bit untidy. Don't do it! However, if you must, let us give you a few suggestions.
1) If you feel that you must trim or shave your neckline, use this principle: Place the tip of your right thumb on the top of your Adams Apple. Bend your thumb towards your neck, until your thumb knuckle touches your skin. This point is your neckline, and can trim from there, down. The idea behind trimming your neckline is to not have to look up in order to trim it.
2) Don't use electric trimmers! This is the point in which we lose most beardsmen. Using an electric trimmer doesn't give you the control you need to trim or shape your beard. You might mess up, and ultimately decide to shave everything off. Either get a good pair of hair scissors, or go to your local barber shop and ask your barber to lightly trim and shape your beard.
This short guide should cover your first few weeks of beard growth. In our next article, we will continue where we left off, and cover the first two months of beard growth. There are exciting times ahead, so stay strong beardsman.
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