How to Grow a Beard

If you are wondering how to grow a beard, the answer seems pretty simple… just stop shaving.  But, it’s really a little more complicated than that.  You’ll want to know how to grow a beard the right way so you can put forth your bearded best.  Not sure where to start?  Well, stop shaving, of course, but follow these handy tips.

How to Grow a Beard

Can You Even Grow a Beard?

Before you start try to grow a beard, it’s important to know which beard will work for your face shape.  A well-shaped beard can enhance your best facial features and draw attention away from weaker features.  Once you know the type of beard you want to aim for, the next step is to stop shaving for a few weeks — the best time to do this will be during a vacation or at a time when work does not require you to look too neat.  Most guys will look a little rough for a bit as the beard grows in.

After two or three weeks, you have a decision to make.  At this point you should be able look at the growth and decide if you have adequate coverage to grow facial hair in the first place.  You may not have even enough coverage for a full beard but a a goatee, chin strap, or mustache may be an option.  Nothing looks worse than a very patchy beard, so if it’s not working, you have to cut your losses and shave your face.  Not all of us can grow a beard that’s worth a damn, so if it’s not there, don’t even try — it’ll only draw attention to the fact that you can’t grow it.

Be Patient!  Really.

During the growing in phase, you are probably gonna look like hell for a few weeks.  And about a two or three weeks into it, that bastard is going to start itching.  You just have to be patient and get through the rough patch.  A bit of conditioner or beard oil will help soften the beard, keep it smooth, and reduce some of the itch.  Pick up a bottle of Jack Black Epic Moisture MP 10 Nourishing Oil — you’ll be glad you did.How to Grow a Beard

Shape Up

After your beard has grown in for about a month, ask your barber to show you how to trim and and care for your beard.   You will need a good clipper for touch-ups between trips to the barber.  Don’t try to do too much at home, because trimming and shaping a beard means more than snapping a guard on a clipper and buzzing it all down to the same length — you’ll want to have the beard shaped to compliment your facial features and a barber will now exactly how to handle that task.

Growing a beard isn’t something every guy can do — some of us just don’t have the face fuzz to support it.  But, if you do, growing a beard is an inexpensive way to change up your look.  Now that you know how to grow a beard, give it a try — you’ve got nothing to lose!