Growing your beard is no easy task, especially if you’re doing it for the first time. This short but useful guide will help you avoid some common pitfalls, and grow a beard that you would be proud of.
So without further ado, let’s just get started.
Just Let it Grow!
Although it might sound plain common sense, an important piece of advice to anyone who’s growing their beard for the first time is, well, to just let it grow out.
This is important because this first step is what can make many beard-growing novices give up on growing a beard. It usually isn’t easy, especially if you’re trying to grow a patchier beard.
In fact, you may have to deal with challenges you may not have expected while starting out. A common, and probably the first hurdle you will come across while growing a beard is itchiness in your beard.
This tends to happen after around a couple of weeks of starting to grow a beard. However, the good news is that there’s plenty to do while you’re going through this difficult stage of beard-growing.
One thing that usually never fails to be effective is using a good beard oil. It can go a long way in providing the moisture your beard needs to not get itchy. However, make sure you don’t use a beard oil product that contains alcohol, as it may end up drying out your skin.
Once you’re through this first, challenging stage of beard-growing (which may usually take 2-3 weeks), you can move on to the next one.
Getting the Right Tools
Depending on your beard style, you want to get either the traditional choice of scissors, or the more convenient and modern beard trimmer. However, getting both doesn’t hurt as well, if your budget allows of course.
Scissors are ideal for longer, slightly messier beards. But they also come in handy for getting rid of stray hair.
The positive side of beard trimmers is that if you pick one that is of suitable and proper quality, it will take care of your beard no matter what length or how full it is. For that reason, you should always look at a detailed guide like this one to get a better idea of the product line that is available. They also work great for beard styles that require a clean neckline.
Consider Your Options
Let’s face it. Not everyone can grow the perfect beard, or get to choose from pretty much all the styles out there. More often than not, the options will be limited, but usually they will be enough to make the effort of growing a beard a worthwhile one.
In fact, a lot will depend on your genetics. So, instead of trying to go after something that may just not be possible for you, simply take a look at your beard at this stage and try to figure out what options you in terms of style.
Some of the important factors to consider here would be your beard’s thickness, any bald patches (that are surprisingly common), as well as areas of uneven hair growth.
As far as the thickness is concerned, you can expect it to be about twice of what you see at the end of 2-3 weeks. Your beard would also look very voluminous if you just give it the time it needs to grow well.
Coming to the bald patches, you may want to figure out whether they are something you can live with, or wouldn’t interfere with the overall style of your beard. However, a few significant bald patches would also mean that you won’t be able to sport those full, super-clean beards. Worry not, though, there are several other “messier” styles that you shouldn’t have a problem with.
As for the areas with uneven hair growth, observe them closely to find out whether the hair there isn’t growing at all or just getting blocked. There’s also a possibility that it’s having trouble sprouting out from the follicles.
Unless there’s no growth, you can get around the problem. Using minoxidil seems to be a good option, as it tends to promote hair growth, though the results aren’t guaranteed. It also isn’t recommended for some, so make sure it’s safe enough for you before you start using it.
Finally, make sure you know your style options well and stick to one of then. Trying to go after a style that’s very unlikely to achieve may leave you with a messed up beard, and the fix may not really be easy, or even pleasant for that matter.
Make Sure It Suits Your Overall Image
This simply involves making sure the beard style you’re going with fits in well with your overall image. For instance, if you have long hair, a mustache that meets your beard, and a passion for a rock-and-roll look, a long, wiry beard would probably be your best bet.
Similarly, it may also work well even with a clean hairstyle, though you would need to tweak your dressing style a bit.
Also Read: 5 Tips to Grow Your Beard Faster