1st December 2015 | Author:

How to Grow & Maintain a Beard

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Whether you’re growing a beard this Decembeard to help beat Bowel Cancer or just to keep your face warm this winter, here are our top tips on how you can:

a) Grow a beard

b) Resist the urge to shave the scruff off

c) Maintain and groom your beard!

1. Courage

It’s very easy to give up and let a would-be-beard disappear like it never happened, especially when being clean-shaven is the norm! So do you have what it takes to grow a beard? If you are patient and determined this should be easy! Your beard is your new relationship and it needs commitment.

While some men can grow big, grizzly looking beards, others can barely sprout a few hairs on their chins. Whether or not you can grow a beard depends purely on your genetics and NOT the level of testosterone in your body. So if you’ve already discovered that you can’t grow a beard, don’t worry about it. You can still attempt a goatee, moustache or some stubble.

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 2. Grow, grow, grow!

You’ve made the commitment? Stick to it. That means in the first 4 – 6 weeks you can forget all about looking tidy. That’s right, no shaving, trimming, cutting or shaping! It’ll help to get the maximum amount of growth on your face, giving you more to sculpt with once the six weeks are up. To help accelerate your beard growth, try a combination of the below tips:

  • Eat foods which are high in vitamins A, B, B12, C and E
  • Clean your face twice a day with a mild cleanser
  • Exfoliate your face at least once a week to remove any dead skin cells which are blocking your pores
  • Sleep well

 3. The Struggle is Real

The initial stages of beard growing may cause some intense itching. Why you may ask? Well not only will the new sharp hairs irritate the surface of your skin, your new beard will also catch dead skin cells and hold them close to the surface of your skin. When the dead cells are not released, irritation and itching will occur. This dreadful itching can be eliminated by cleansing your face daily and every so often using a gentle shampoo and conditioner to wash your beard. If you find these steps do not help, beard oil can help.

4. Give it a Good Groom

If you’ve made it to the 4-6 week mark without changing your mind or trimming, shaping or cutting your beard, well done! It’s finally time to give it some shape. If you’re struggling to decide which beard style is the best for you, there’s a great article which’ll show you what type of beard is best for your face shape, here and also check out the Trendiest Beards of 2015.

You should style your beard when it is dry, using trimming scissors to even the length out and to follow the contours of your face. Once the edges have been snipped off, use a beard comb to comb through and fluff up your beard, look for and trim away any hairs which are too long and look out of place. We’d recommend you invest in a good beard trimmer which has different settings; this will help to groom and maintain your beard growth on a more regular basis.

For those who have had enough of their grizzly look and want to shave a tough beard away, Gilette have written an article here with tips which could help!

5. Sit back and enjoy the compliments!

If you’ve decided that the beard is DEFINITELY sticking around, nothing will tame your beard like beard oil, so find a scent which pleases you and invest! Don’t forget to run a brush or comb through your beard every now and then to loosen up any tangles and knots.

Final tip! Remember that your beard is NOT a place to store food (or cats), no one likes that.

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