Last Updated on May 29, 2020 by Cristina
Ah! Welcome! We heard you’ve made one of the most important decisions of your life; you’ve decided on Growing a beard for the first time! We’re always happy to welcome new ‘kids’ into the beard family. Trust us it’s great.
By just being lazy for a few days, many men would grow a rough-looking beard. But growing a full and stylish beard, now that takes work. A fine-looking beard is known to enhance confidence in many men.
As a beginner, you’re going to need someone to hold your hands as you begin your journey and that’s what we’re here for. We’ll give you some tips on growing a beard for the first time. We hope this is helpful in your journey.
Growing a Beard for the First Time
Growing a beard is a trend most men want to jump on. It is a sign of masculinity (non-toxic). Beginners would find that there is more to a beard than just allowing it to grow naturally. If you want to look stylish and all, it takes a lot of effort.
Like everything you set out to do in life, you have to answer the ‘why’? Are you just growing a beard because it is now a popular trend and you want to look like the cool kids? If there’s not a good enough reason, you might not go far and would quit at the first sign of trouble.
Genetics plays a huge role in beard growth. Men do not grow hair at the same rate, thickness, or overall look. Take note of your family history. If the men in your family struggled to grow facial hair, you probably would too. Acceptance is perhaps the hardest thing, but it’s probably best in the long run.
Tips for Growing a Beard for the First Time
This is the most important skill you would need to learn as a beginner. There’s no shortcut to growing a beard. It would take time. The growth rate differs for each man. Many men have lost the chance to have a great beard because of their impatience.
If you’re serious about the process, let your beard grow for at least four weeks to assess the situation. Do not trim or shave your beard during this period. After this period, you could decide to either continue letting it grow or just groom your current look.
2. Choose a Beard Style
There are numerous facial hairstyles to choose from and it can be somewhat overwhelming for beginners. Knowing your shape face would make settling on a style easier. After a few weeks, you’ll begin to get an idea of the kind of beard you’re going to have.
3. Invest in High-Quality Beard Products
Quality beard products would help you in your beard journey. They help to clean, moisturize, and hydrate your beard and skin. Some of them include:
- Beard oil: This is probably the essential grooming product during the early stage of growth. It is an excellent weapon against beard itch, which newbies would inevitably encounter. Beard oil helps to moisturize your beard and the skin underneath. Ensure you purchase oils made from natural ingredients.
- Beard balm: Beard balm is not really applicable for newbies as it works effectively for longer beards. However, it is one you would want to have when you finally get some length in your beard. It has the same benefits as beard oil and useful for styling.
- Beard Wash: This is another relevant grooming product. Beard wash is like shampoo but made for the beard. It helps to wash off excess oil in the beard which could cause beardruff and itching.
- Beard Comb/Brush: In the early stage of growth, a beard brush is more important than a comb. A brush would help your beard grow in the direction you want.
- Beard Scissors: This would be used to trim stray hair that refuses to stay down after brushing.
4. Surviving the First Week while Growing a Beard for the First Time
The first week of beard growth would likely be tough on beginners, especially those used to shaving. It would look and feel strange having a tuft of hair on your previously barren face.
The hardest part of first-week growth is the beard itch. This is usually the point where many have given up, but if you persevere, you would be rewarded. Taking care of your skin is the way to stop beard itch. Invest in beard products especially beard oil and beard wash during this period.
Wash the beard with a beard wash (shampoo and conditioner) every other day to remove excess oils. Use beard oil daily to moisturize your beard and skin.
5. Take Care of Yourself
Genetics play a big part in beard growth. However, there are things you can do to help your beard reach its potential.
- Exercise: One of the most underrated things in beard grooming is exercising. Exercises help to boosts testosterone levels promote beard growth. It also improves blood circulation which would allow the flow of nutrients to your hair follicles.
- Diet: Diet is another criminally underrated aspect of beard grooming. They say we are what we eat. A healthy diet would boost testosterone levels. Food rich in proteins and vitamins should make up a majority of men looking to grow a full beard.
- Stress: In this crazy world, reducing stress is easier said than done. The important thing is not to stress yourself more than necessary as it could affect the hormones responsible for boosting beard growth. Meditation and exercises are ways of reducing stress.
- Rest: Getting enough rest is also a concept that’s easier said than done. Try to get enough sleep to help your beard.
The art of growing a handsome looking beard is not easy. You would need to put in the work to get the desired outcome. As a new member of the beard gang, following the tips we’ve laid down above would set you on your journey.
We wish you good luck as you set out on this beard journey. Let us know what your beard growing experience has been. We always love to hear from you.