The beard is the ultimate symbol of manliness. There’s something about the beard that commands respect and exudes authority, not to mention catches the attention of women everywhere. A beard can also transform a baby faced guy into a sophisticated and mature gentleman, just like magic.
Only it’s not magic. It’s actually months and months of waiting, of itching, of trimming, and of shaping. It’s definitely not for the weak-willed.
However, every guy must experience wearing a beard at least once in his lifetime. It is a rite of passage, sort of. It’s a great learning experience. And for most men, it’s also the beginning of a life-long commitment to wear a beard. Here are six essential tips that you need to know when you decide to grow one.
How to Maintain a Beard Tip # 1: Commit to grow a beard.
Deciding to grow a beard is easy. What’s difficult is actually growing the beard and sticking to the decision to grow a beard. You also have to prepare your mind and body for the beard growing challenge that lies ahead.
It will not be an easy task. There will be plenty of bumps and itches and hairy situations in the future. You need to be tough and strong-willed and not give in to the pull of the shave.
Many men have dared to grow a beard, but eventually gave up and shaved it all off. Will you be one of the many who gives up on the first sight of stubble? Or will you be among the courageous few who will rise to the challenge and sport the much desired full facial beard?
How to Maintain a Beard Tip # 2: Let your beard grow.
Once you have decided that indeed you are ready to bring on the beard, stop shaving. You need to get the facial hair to start growing ASAP.
You will have different levels of hair growth on your face, and they won’t be pretty. You will feel an incredible urge to shave it, especially when it starts to feel like a baby cactus is growing on your cheeks. But stay strong and ditch the razor.
Apologize in advance to your honey if you cuddle and you accidentally give her a scratch. Inform your friends and family that you’re fine and nothing’s wrong. You’re just growing a beard. That should make them feel better. Stay strong and the hair will come. The hair will grow softer and finer in time. You just need to be patient.
How to Maintain a Beard Tip # 3: Manage the itch.
When you’re growing a new beard, expect it to itch like hell. This is caused by all the beard hair that’s starting to grow. The end of the hairs are sliced off when you shave them, leaving sharp edges close to the skin. When new hairs start to grow, they can rub against the old hairs, or get pushed back into the follicles, causing the itchiness.
When this happens, you have to wash your facial hair with some anti-itch beard wash and anti-itch beard oil. The beard must always be moisturized to avoid red, dry, and flaky skin.
How to Maintain a Beard Tip # 4: Pick a beard style.
Once you have a good stubble going, it’s time to decide what style of beard you want to wear. Do you want something that’s thin and light, like a full stubble, or do you want a big and thick beard that will completely cover the chin and the jawlines? Better yet, does this beard style look flattering on your face shape?
These are some of the things that you need to consider before shaping your beard. If you have a round face, you should pick a beard style that will be thicker at the sides and thinner at the chin. However, if you have a square face, you must keep the longer hair at the chin, and the shorter hair at the sides.
How to Maintain a Beard Tip # 5: Manage the beard.
When you have achieved good coverage on your face, it will be easier to shape and trim the beard to the style that you want. When trimming your beard, always cut short. You don’t want to end up with a beard that’s too short because you miscalculated. Remember that it’s better to cut a little than to cut too much.
Don’t forget to shape the beard at the neckline. When you see stray hairs, shave and don’t pluck. Also trim the mustache, and make sure that it doesn’t go inside your mouth when you speak or when you eat.
How to Maintain a Beard Tip # 6: Keep the beard beautiful.
Keep the beard soft and healthy-looking by washing and cleaning it regularly. This helps soften the beard hair and moisturize the skin underneath.
You can invest in some really good beard shampoo and conditioner. Shampoo your beard once or twice a week, and then condition it every day. This helps eliminate odors from the beard (food, smoke etc.) and keeps it clean and soft. After every shower, don’t forget to apply beard oil on it. This keeps the beard soft and smooth and cuddle worthy.
Consider your beard as a labor of love. If you love it, it will love you back. No matter how thin or how bushy your beard is, it’s important that you keep it clean at all times. Also choose a beard style that best fits your lifestyle, your work, and your personality.
If you ever feel like shaving it all off, wait about a week. If after a week you still want to shave it, go ahead. But if you realize that you still love it, aren’t you glad you waited a few more days? Growing a beard is fun and hard work, but very, very rewarding. There are just some things better enjoyed when you worked hard for it.