How to Grow a Beard
What you need to know as you fill out your facial hair.
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Expect A Wait
Usually, going from a clean shave to a full beard will take about four weeks (that’s one month). Bide your time and resist shaving or excessive trimming. This is the time in the beard growing cycle that divides men from boys. Besides finding out if you can actually grow a beard, you’ll know how strong your will to resist shaving it off is.
The Itch is Nothing to Worry About
If you’re not used to letting your facial hair sprout you’ll probably start to get itchy around week one. Don’t worry, this isn’t the sign of a rash or Phase 1 of an STD. It’s natural, because the facial hair you’re growing will make your face dry and practically collect dust. To help resist the urge to claw at your face and to soften the beard’s coarse texture, apply some baby lotion to your furry mug. Again, rest easy—the itching is only temporary.
Hit the Showers
When you’re in the shower cleaning behind your knees, you’ll want to use a gentle shampoo on your beard to clean the skin and aid in the reduction of itching. Once your beard has grown out some, use some conditioner to make your facial hair softer and easier to maneuver.
Give it a Comb-Over
Just like your Uncle Bob did with the hair on his head, you’re going to need to give your beard a comb-over. Actually, it will be more like a comb-out. The hope is that combing it will eventually force the hair into a neat direction naturally. Get yourself a beard and mustache comb and use it gently about your face. However, beware: The hair on your face creates the same painful knots like the hair on your head does.
Let a Pro Handle It
Most guys think they can just grow their own beard and style it, too. It’s just not the case. Overconfidence like that can lead to messy beard lines and awkward shadows in your facial hair. As your beard starts to fill out, consult a good barber and study the way he styles your facial hair. When you trust yourself enough to start touching up your beard yourself, do your best to follow the outline that the barber creates for you.
Use the Right Tools
For minor trimming and maintenance, you’d better get a device that offers versatility. With beard care, adjusting the length of your hair is as important as reaching tough corners near your nose and ears. Luckily, there are tools that can take care of both trimming and detailing. Check out the Gillette Fusion ProGlide Styler, which comes with a trimmer, three different guards, and a regular razor option for an all-in-one combination.