Beard Grooming 101: How To Grow Your Beard Properly

In theory, growing out a beard shouldn't involve anything besides patiently waiting for it to do its thing, but in reality, there are a couple of things you can do to ensure your beard grows to a luscious, majestic, healthy beard, rather than a flaky mess. In today's article, we go over 5 easy things you can do to properly care for your beard.

choose a style you can actually grow

our facial hair is unique we all have different facial hair some have thicker beards some thinner some patchy wants some big full beards some people only have a mustache and some look like a newborn baby's butt and nothing wrong with that by the way but just like you can't pick any random photo of a celebrity whose hairstyle you like show it to your barber and say I want that you also can't pick any beard style you want it has to work with your particular facial hair if this is your first time growing out of beard you might not fully know how your beard grows how dense it gets how long it actually grows but if you look at yourself in the mirror and see only two hairs on your chin don't be delusional thinking you're about to grow a lumberjack worthy beard.

however there are other beard styles in the full beard that don't require an enormous amount of facial hair and can look great to take Johnny Depp for example she doesn't grow hair on his cheese but he pulls off the goatee masterfully or if your size is not very dense a well-kept stubble can look amazing and if you're unsure about how your beard grows just wait it out and then you can reshape it as you go after you build some length to it.

outline your beard

growing out your beard doesn't mean just leaving it be and not doing anything at all until it's fully grown although you probably should be leaving the bulk of it intact until it's grown to a certain length and then you can get your barber to properly shape it one easy thing that you can do to keep it looking neat while it grows out is to outline your cheeks and neck that's easy to do by yourself and it'll improve your appearance tenfold so you can shave your cheeks of different possible heights but a general safe bet is to draw an imaginary line from about the middle of your ear down to the corner of your mustache or the corner of your lick I like to play it safe and use the corner of the mustache as a general guideline and then I'll shave anything above that line that way it's a little bit higher and then I have more flexibility to style it in different ways later on as for the neckline a general rule of thumb is to have an imaginary curve starting from your earlobes going down to about two fingers above your Adam's apple and shave anything beneath that curve and I also like to keep the mustache trimmed just enough to not have any hair go over the top lick personally I like having that clean line between the lip and the mustache but it's not the only way to do it there are beard styles where the mustache does grow longer than that so it all depends on the look that you're going for.

condition your beard

if you want to keep those bristles looking healthy you want to be applying something to condition them daily the two main options are the beard oil and the beard bottom a beard oil is generally what's recommended for shorter beards whereas a beard balm becomes more useful for longer beards that require a little more shaping and styling I've never really had a super long beard so a good beard oil is my go-to right now I'm using this one from Baxter of California which I'll link down below it's enriched with avocado oil and it's not only great for moisturizing your beard but also the skin underneath the vitamin E helps reduce common beard irritations like flakiness while promoting healthy hair growth and a smoother less itchy beard as a finishing touch the subtle scent of jasmine and setter wood really gives you that soothing hot towel fresh post barber feeling I would recommend applying anywhere from two to five drops and massaging it into your beard after you shower you want your beard to be relatively dry beforehand though so this is best done after washing your face and getting dried up.

brush up

yes there is something called a beard brush and no you cannot steal your girlfriend's hairbrush for this purpose why in the world would you brush your beard you ask a good beard brush is great for cleaning and conditioning your beard the bristles of the brush can reach beneath the beard hair and remove all kinds of things you don't want in your luscious healthy beard from dead skin cells to dirt accumulated throughout the day to build up oil I like to use the brush right before and after I apply the beard oil that way it also helps distribute the oil evenly throughout your beard another benefit of brushing your beard regularly is that it trains your hair to grow in the direction that you want it to go so if you have certain hairs that want to go out and do their own thing you can bring them back in and brush them in the right direction over time that's gonna make your beard grooming progressively easier once your beard reaches significant growth after a couple of months that's when you would move on to the next level and get a beard comb instead as that's going to be a far more efficient tool to style a longer beard personally I've only had it that long once in my life and I'm not sure I want to go that long again I mean we'll see how this goes maybe for quarantine for three months you'll see me come out with a humongous beard at the end.

don't disregard your diet

diet plays an integral role in well in everything from building muscle to preventing diseases or in this case encouraging hair growth diet is an essential ingredient pun intended the diet rich in vitamins B C and E zinc Iren and Omega threes along with plenty of water will give your hair the nourishment and needs to grow biotin in particular which is a water-soluble B vitamin is excellent to promote hair growth and you get the added bonus that it stimulates your hair everywhere not just on your face which can be a good or a bad thing I guess but hey if you don't want hair somewhere in your body just you can just trim it or shave it I personally supplement with a multivitamin which contains all of the previously mentioned vitamins and while you can use supplements I would always recommend taking a look at your food intake first because that forms the bulk of what you're putting into your body and if you're eating junk already supplementing junk with a small portion of good stuff isn't gonna do much also there are plenty of foods that are rich in biotin such as eggs almonds cauliflower sweet potatoes avocados and broccoli please do keep in mind that I am NOT a dietitian.

however so do not take my word for gospel and do consult a professional before taking any supplements and lastly be patient and stay committed if you've decided to grow a beard commit to it give it a month at the very least yes it is going to get itchy at some point and you will go through somewhat of an awkward stage but if you wait it out and apply all of the tips I gave you in this article you will hopefully grow a big majestic beard or at least a mustache or maybe you have a baby face and can grow here but that's fine to work with what you got anyways that's all I got for you today choose a style you can grow outline condition brush that beard and eat those vitamins guys I'm probably gonna let mine grow for a bit see what we can work with here but hey also maybe I'll change out my mind and trim it back down in a couple of weeks we'll see stay safe stay healthy and stay stylish my friends I'll see you in the next article peace.

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