The next time you're out in public, take a look around; more than likely, it won't take you more than 10 seconds to spot at least one man with a beard or mustache. It's no secret that facial hair has grown in popularity over the past few years, and that trend shows no signs of waning anytime soon. Still, if you've never quite had the patience to grow out a beard, you may be a little skeptical about giving it a try.
We encourage all men to experience growing out facial hair at least once in his lifetime—and there's never been a better time to do it! Interested in growing out your own manly beard? We've got some tips and tricks for beginners.
First of all, understand that the decision to grow out a beard is not one to be taken lightly. Depending on how quickly your facial hair grows, this could be more than a month commitment on your part. And of course, depending on where you work, it may also be a good idea to check out your company's "grooming guidelines" before you get started. We don't want to get you in trouble with HR!
Growing out facial hair can wreak havoc on your skin—especially if your skin is naturally prone to dryness and flaking. This is where choosing the right moisturizer (and applying it liberally each day) can make all the difference. You read that right: moisturizer isn't just for women. Trust us; your skin will thank you when you're able to grow out an impressive beard with no ingrown hairs, skin dryness, or other common dermatological issues.
Perhaps just as important as taking care of your skin while growing out a beard is the virtue of patience. As your hair begins to grow out, it's going to itch. Sometimes, it will drive you crazy and it'll take every ounce of energy to talk yourself out of shaving. But remember: if you follow a good skin care routine, the itching will subside. It may take a few days (depending on how quickly your hair grows), but there will eventually come a time when you don't feel like ripping your face off.
The possibilities for growing out and sculpting your beard are pretty much endless. We recommend having at least some idea of the style you're interested in when you start growing it out, so you can trim and sculpt as needed. Some of the more popular beard styles to consider these days include:
Of course, not all beards will look the same on all men. We recommend taking the time to research and understand your unique face shape and then selecting a beard style that will best complement your features.
When your beard grows to the point of needing trimmed or sculpted, always keep in mind the "less is more" approach. It's always best to trim in tiny increments so as to avoid removing too much hair. And if you're inexperienced or uncomfortable with trimming, don't hesitate to find a local barber who specializes in this.
A great beard and mustache oil will be your best friend throughout the process of growing and maintaining an amazing beard.
Beard oil has been used for centuries, but it wasn't until relatively recently (when facial hair became super popular) that it really saw a resurgence. Today, there are seemingly endless types and brands of beard oil on the market, so choosing the kind that's right for you can be a challenge (more on that in a minute). Ultimately, the purpose of beard oil is is provide the necessary moisture to the sebaceous glands, which are vital in nourishing the hair follicles and ensuring their health.
Your body's sebaceous glands naturally produce their own sebum oil for these purposes, but as your facial hair begins to grow longer, the glands on your face often have a hard time of keeping up with sebum oil production. This can result in flaking and an overall flat, dull-looking beard.
Beard oil, then, works to supplement the oils needed to ensure a properly moisturized beard, which results in healthier growth and protection from common skin problems (like dryness).
As you begin exploring beard care products, you'll likely see a lot of beard oils and beard balms on the market. So, what's the difference between the two and which should you use?
Essentially, beard oils are made by mixing essential and carrier oils, while beard balm is a pomade made by combining, heating, and cooling a number of sealants and moisturizers. Generally, beard balms are best for styling and shaping your facial hair, whereas beard oil is meant to nourish and moisturize the skin and hair itself. Beard oil can also double as a cologne of sorts, as many have great scents. For those looking to ensure moisturized skin and healthy facial hair growth, beard oil tends to be the best option. As your hair grows out and needs a little help with taming, you may also want to incorporate use of a balm into your daily routine.
The key to selecting a great beard oil is to choose one that's made with natural ingredients. After all, the last thing you want is to expose your sensitive facial skin to strong chemicals and other questionable ingredients. Specifically, look for a beard oil that has natural ingredients that will nourish your skin and facial hair, such as:
Beard oil is simple to use, and can easily be added to your morning routine. Simply apply a dime-sized amount to clean hands and gently massage the oil into clean beard and skin. You should use enough to cover both the hair and your neck (if growing a beard). As your beard gets longer, you may find that you need more product to thoroughly cover your facial hair. Finally, comb through your beard gently (we recommend a boar's hair brush) to evenly distribute the oil and add a nice sheen.
For the best results, you should use beard oil every day as part of your beard care routine. However, as your facial hair grows, you will gain a better understanding of how to best care for it. As such, you may find that using it once every other day is sufficient. Each man's sebaceous glands and hair follicles are difference, so it's a matter of figuring out what works best for you.
With all this information in mind, are you ready to take a shot at growing out your own manly beard?