Done right, a beard can magnify your best qualities and significantly alter your style. Setting out to grow a beard for the first time, however, can be daunting, as most people just don’t know what to expect. Luckily for you, countless others have been through it before. Because of them, we have a better understanding of what works, and what doesn’t. The following are our top four tips to ensure your first beard is a perfect one.
1. Give it time
Growing a beard is a timely venture, and it’s important to realise this. If, after a week, your facial hair just isn’t living up to your expectations, you shouldn’t give up. Understand that, on average, it take four weeks for a full beard to come into fruition. It is important to note that, as this is merely the average, many will find they can grow a beard in less time, while others will take longer. Cognisance of this will give you a more rounded perspective and help you stick it out.
2. It will itch
Don’t think that when you start to itch the area around your chin in a semi-manic way you’re alone in experiencing discomfort. This happens to everyone. Regular brushing, and beard oil will ease the extremity of the sensation but remember, it will fade in time, otherwise why would people with full beards put up with it?
3. Don’t forget to wash it
Just as you wash the hair on your head, you’re going to have to wash your beard as it grows. Shampoo and conditioner will do the job, so you don’t have to worry about making any new, specialty purchases. This way, dirt won’t get trapped underneath it and you’ll have a beard that looks good, rather than the wrong type of unkempt.
4. Grow it for your face, not around it
Understand the way your face is shaped, and grow your first beard in accordance to that. If you have a round jaw line, you may want to try a square beard – you’ll be surprised at just how effectively it is at countering the deficit.
Growing your first beard will require time and care, but it’ll most likely be worth it in the long run. Take your time, follow the steps above, and grow the beard you’ve always wanted.