Every man will consider leaving a beard at a point in his life. This is because it is hip, because it is nice and so on point. The reasons differ almost as much as the results. Unfortunately, not every man goes through his good intention and soon the razor blade goes back into the freshly obtained beard hairs. Deadly sin of course, because with the following three tips everyone can grow a beard!
Tip 1: be patient!
Your mind is made up: you are going to leave your beard! Congratulations, you have already taken the important first step. However, it is important to note that growing your beard is a long term commitment . Especially if your beard growth does not go as fast in all areas of your face (see tip 3), you will have to spend a lot of time waiting.
How long do you have to wait before you can really go through life with a full beard? Check the average times from day one to a year below.
Day 1: Congratulations! Today you take your first steps towards ‘manhood’. Keep in mind: Rome was not built in one day. Patience is the key to a good beard!
Week 1: Welcome to the world of the 5 o’clock shadow . At this stage you do not have to do much. Do not forget to occasionally enjoy your adult face in the making.
1 Month: At the end of the first month, it is time for an interim evaluation. Study your preliminary results well. How well is it going and what could be better? In case of a disappointing result, it is wise to read tip 2 and 3 as well.
3 Months: Maintenance is very important during the first three months. Long, wild-growing hairs are like a dog in a perfectly cut lawn. Get rid of it! Also start by looking at the shape of the beard that best accentuates your face.
6 Months: If everything goes well, there is already a good beard around your chin. From 3 months to 6, it is only a matter of keeping track. Also make the choice between growing or keeping a certain length. As always, it is important to do what best compliments your face.
1 Year: Congratulations! You are now a proud owner of a good bunch of male facial hair. You will notice that some women really love men with beards.
Tip 2: trimming for a full beard
It may sound contradictory, but just trimming your facial hair provides a fuller beard. You have to imagine that not every beard hair grows just as quickly. In fact, some hairs will take months – perhaps years – to reach the desired length. It is therefore wise to occasionally control the hairs that grow faster than others. This way, you keep everything on the same length and the beard looks much more better. Leaving a beard is often seen as a sign of laziness. “He was certainly too lazy to shave!” The opposite is the case: a beard requires care and time to fully express itself. So know where you start!
Tip 3: work with what you have
Some men will have to really come to terms with the fact that they will never have a full beard. Unfortunately, not everyone is blessed with a woolly woodcutter’s beard, but this does not necessarily mean the end of the world. Look carefully at your beard growth and pay attention to areas that do not want to grow well. If, even after regular trimming, no beard hair comes out, think about alternatives. If your cheeks have little or no beard growth, go for a short goatee or Breaking Bad. Do you have less beard hair on your chin? Then put the focus on your mustache or sideburns. Once you have found your own style, you will be more confident and proud to wear your facial hair. Remember: nothing is too strange and everything is possible.