We often hear about customers feeling a little lost about starting their bearded journey. We understand that growing a beard can be daunting – especially if your stubble is generally patchy with inconsistent growth. So we’ve put together a few helpful tips to guide you on your path to your new BEARDED. life.
The key thing to remember when growing a beard is that not all beards are created equal. It’s got a lot to do with your genetics – no matter how hard you try, you might not ever be able to look like Charles Faumuina. But it’s not all doom and gloom – there are ways you can encourage beard growth. Follow our tips below and you’ll be off to a great start.
First things first, ask yourself what kind of beard do I want? There are so many beard styles out there! You might not have a specific style in mind, or might be fairly restricted due to work – but either way should try to visualise the type of look you’re going for. This will help you stay committed through those first few rough weeks.
Another thing to keep in mind is that good hair growth is directly related something called dihydrotestosterone, a chemical synthesized from testosterone. If you have low testosterone you might find it a little harder than others to grow a thick bushy beard. If this is the case your doctor might have some suggestions for you or you can look at taking supplements (we would suggest you do your homework before opting for this solution!).
Regardless of your level of testosterone, by focusing on your health (diet and exercise) you’ll increase your chance of growing a healthy thick beard. Most of our products are all natural, so they don't contain any magical ingredients to thicken hair. There might be products out there that do this, but we try to keep it simple with our products. However, by focusing on your health you should see some healthy growth coming through.
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Next up, you need to understand that growing a beard takes time. You might have a friend who can grow a big hairy ball of fluff in what seems like a few days; but for most, growing a beard is a decent commitment. You’ll most likely find it takes about 4-6 weeks for your beard to really take off. So, put down that old shaver, and resist the urge to shape or groom for as long as possible.
The first week will be the hardest – you’ll have random stubble and it may become itchy and uncomfortable. Resist the urge to shave, and instead nourish your stubble with some good quality beard wash, beard oils and beard balms. This will help reduce the itchiness and keep the hair and the skin beneath it nice and hydrated.
Beard oils will help to stimulate the growth and promote a healthier, fuller looking beard. Beard balms also assist in making your beard appear thicker. Beard balm helps to cover any spots that might be lacking growth by matting down the hair - sort of like a facial comb-over. We would also recommend you start brushing or combing your beard as this will help to spread the beard oil and balm around evenly.
Although not all men will be successful in increasing their level of growth, you'll likely notice a big improvement in your beard through maintenance alone.
When you’ve achieved suitable growth we suggest your first shave is done with the assistance of your local barber. They’ll be able to give you some shaving and shaping pointers. That way, you’re not likely to f*** it up and have to start again from scratch! More often than not you’ll find that men have spent weeks growing their beard, only to have to shave it all off because of an unsuccessful self-taught grooming session. After that you could invest in some decent beard trimming scissors and a beard comb to keep the maintenance up yourself.
So to summarise, the key is to give your beard the right kind of attention – say yes to beard washes, oils and balms to keep the hair and skin beneath soft and hydrated, and resist the urge to trim! You’ve gone to all that effort you want it to stick around a while.
So what are the key things to remember when growing a beard?
Diet & exercise
Diet & exercise
Follow these simple rules and you and your beard should be pretty sweet.
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