How to grow and take care of a beard – The Fireside Company
Beards are making a comeback, not that they ever really left, but you will find a beard on almost every guy out there these days. Embracing the beard, if you can grow one, can be a big but essential step to becoming a better man. I’m not saying that having a beard can make you manly, it’s the man behind the beard that makes the man, but having a beard can certainly help.
Now, you want to grow a beard or you have one but you don’t know how to properly take care of it, I get that. I myself was also lost in the art of the beard. Growing and maintaining a beard is a lot of responsibility, not unlike having a pet. It requires constant cleaning, grooming, and taming. There are tools, products, and a plethora of other items that can help with your beardly endeavors but we’ll start at the beginning, for those just taking their first steps into beardom.
First off, you’ll want to stop shaving. It’s almost as simple as that. Put the razor down, put away the shaving cream and let that sucker grow. While it sounds simple, growing a beard is going to take some commitment and you need to accept that it is going to be a painful experience.
The first thing you’ll notice when you start growing in your beard is the itch. It will itch, a lot. You’re going to want to shave it off. This is the point where you need to decide how important it is to you to grow a beard. There are products out there to help with the itch, of course, and we’ll get into what products you should be using while growing or maintaining a beard later on but for now, endure the pain and itchiness and let the beard grow.
Second, you’re going to want to get some patience. No epic beard grows overnight. It takes time. In fact, it takes weeks if not months to grow and shape a fantastic beard that you and everyone will love and respect. There are ways, in theory, to speed up the process. Eating healthy, exercising, and taking daily vitamins and supplements can help keep your beard growing quick and healthy (and keep you healthy too).
Choosing a beard shape will depend on the shape of your face. Once your beard has grown to your desired length, you’ll want to look carefully at yourself in the mirror and start shaping your facial hair along the edges and curves of your face. This step will be different for everyone but luckily there are tools out there to help with this step, such as beard shaping tools, which will act as stencils for trimming the edges and shape of your beard.
One of the most important parts of maintaining a beard is keeping it under wraps. Think of beard maintenance like taking care of a hedge in your front yard. You prune it, just like you prune and trim your beard. While you won’t be using shears, hopefully not anyway, you will want a pair of mustache or beard scissors.
You may ask, why do I need to trim my beard if I’m growing it out, well, if you don’t then you’re going to start looking like more beard than man. Take those beard scissors and just trim away at the stray hairs. Unfortunately, for most guys, beard hairs grow in at different speeds and lengths. Some will grow in slow, while others will start to look like they’re about to fall off your face. You’ll want to trim those longer hairs and keep your beard evenly maintained while it’s growing out, and even once it is all grown out.
Once it is grown out, you can start to use a pair of trimmers with a tool specified for the length you want. Doing this ensures your beard will always be the length you want, however, you will still need to break out those little scissors and trim away the stray hairs that are left behind by the razor.
While you’re growing a beard, and especially when you have one, you’ll want to keep that sucker clean. To do this, all you have to do is wash it just like you wash the top of your head. If it’s really short, you can probably just stick to washing your beard with soap and water but once it starts growing in, you’ll want to either use shampoo and conditioner or a beard wash.
For combing, you’ll definitely want to invest in a good beard comb. I recommend a good bamboo or wooden comb, they’re hefty and will last a long while while also providing you a good quality beard combing.
First, things like beard oils and beard balms are going to be your best friend. Using these regularly on your beard will ensure it is growing in healthy and staying strong. When growing in a beard, these will be even more essential as they can help ease the growing process.
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