Beards are amazing. There is something truly fantastic, masculine and majestic about growing a beard. Some men can grow thick beards in just under a month. In fact, I have a friend that can grow a beastly beard in just a few weeks and by the end of 2 months, he looks like a bearded Greek-god. But for some men wondering how to grow a beard is a troubling thought because it’s not an easy task for some.
Growing a beard might seem as simple as not shaving for a few days. With this being said, we men face a number of challenges more than “just not shaving” when it comes to growing a beard. From genetics simply not allowing you to grow good facial hair , to not putting in the time or commitment to growth (which is probably the main challenge), there are variables which can get in the way of the beard you want.
However, men who want to grow facial hair will find that overcoming such challenges, and taking appropriate steps, will prove beneficial in the long run. These are a few challenges men typically face, as well as the steps required for proper, full, healthy growth over time.
Challenges Faced By Men Trying To Grow A Beard
First and foremost, genetics plays a huge challenge for many men. If you come from a long line of baby-faced, smooth, clean shaven faces, you are likely going to have a hard time growing a beard.
Typically the hardest things to overcome are:
- Baby Face Genetics As Mentioned Above
- Patchy Beard Growth (sometimes genetics)
- Slow Beard Growth
- Uncomfortable Itch
However, other challenges men face include:
- Not following a proper diet (as a man you should be eating ample protein)
- Not properly maintaining growth over time
- Over shaving (don’t allow the hair to grow/develop)
Time restraints are another challenge men typically face. If you start to feel the peach fuzz coming in, but are shaving every few days, you are never going to grow a full, rich beard. If you aren’t willing to stop shaving (about the first four to six weeks of growth), you are going to face challenges in growing that flowing, illustrious beard you want to see. Keep in mind that most men are not happy with their beard until 6 MONTHS out! So try not to be discouraged at the 4-6-week stage if it’s not quite filling in well.
With these challenges in mind, if genetics haven’t hindered you, and you are willing to put the time and effort in, these are a few steps to consider if you want to see facial hair growth, and accomplish the task of growing a full beard.
How To Grow A Beard Properly
So, you might think that growing a beard is a simple as not shaving for a few days, or even a few weeks, right? Sure, you can’t shave for a period of time, especially as a first-time beard grower. With this being said, this isn’t the only step you will want to take to accomplish growth. Consider these steps for better beard growth.
- Stop shaving. This is a critical step. Especially as a first-time beard grower, you are going to want to avoid the razor for a period of four to six weeks altogether.
- Don’t try to shape/contour the beard. When you see growth develop, one of the biggest mistakes men make is trying to shape or sculpt the beard. Doing this too early in the process will not only hinder growth but, will result in patchy growth. Again, give it time! Yes, it’s not going to look amazing during this period but you need to be able to allow the beard to grow.
- Define the neckline. After the four to six week period has hit, this is the time to begin shaping. Make sure to define the neckline, as this will give your face contour, and give your beard character. A cheek line is also critical in shaping, as it will provide a smooth, clean surface where the beard starts/finishes.
- Don’t let itching deter you. Your face will itch, and some men think this is a sign that it’s time to shave. If you experience itching, instead of shaving, regularly hydrate your beard with beard oil twice a day. Not only will this help stop the itch but it will also aid beard growth, stop beard dandruff or “beardruff” and make the beard look better as it grows. The skin will adjust over time, but like anything worth having, you need to give it time.
- Don’t give up, and give yourself a timeline. For example, when you just get started, say that you will give it six weeks (or choose another target over 4 weeks) to allow for growth. Over time you will see improvement. If you are willing to put the time and effort in, you are going to see the results.
- Wash the beard a few times per week. Do not wash it daily! If you wash it daily it will dry the hair out and could lead to beard dandruff. You can use a simple wash that is gentle for your face. A good wash will contain oils that can help the beard avoid drying out. Something like this is gentle enough for your beard and you can wash your entire face with it too.
Additional Factors To Consider When Growing A Beard
Now that you have your benchmark in place and are willing to commit the time, there are a few additional considerations to keep in mind.
Some men cannot grow a beard. Genetics can be a real pain to deal with sometimes but it’s a reality. However, most men do not try to grow a beard long enough to find out and they simply assume they cannot grow a beard. So if you’ve given it ample time (6 weeks or more in some cases) and you have virtually nothing showing you might not be able to grow one. But, make sure you’ve actually tried first, with the steps above.
Do not constantly play with your beard as it grows. I.e. do not roughly tug your beard or pull hairs out. Stroking your beard is fine but if you start constantly messing with it as you can actually cause the hairs to fall out, causing patches and prohibiting beard growth.
Be gentle with your beard when you wash and dry it. Make sure you pat the beard dry when getting out of the shower rather than roughly wiping the beard.
Once The Beard Starts Growing Nicely Then What?
After a couple of months of beard growth, you’ll want to trim it on a regular basis to make it look better. We set up a guide on trimming your beard here. Just make sure to not over-trim, you simply need to groom it to make it look nice and well kept.
Along with trimming your beard, you’ll want to gently brush the beard as well. Using a simple handmade wooden beard comb is the way to go. Avoid using cheap manufactured combs or plastic with rough edges as it may snag the beard and pull out hairs.
If you love your beard as it grows consider keeping it. Beards are awesome, they are in style and if you can rock one you’ve got something that many men can’t or simply won’t attempt.
The hardest part of beard growth is getting started with the process as I’ve mentioned several times. But, once you start to see growth, don’t jump on the bandwagon most men do and start to shave. Instead, practice the virtue of patience, as it will pay off over time. Remember, every man is different but, these simple tips and steps will work for most men, and will help you attain that desirable, well fashioned and groomed beard you have wanted to grow for so long. Put this how to grow a beard guide to good use and start growing that beastly beard now.