Anyone who punts a beard this hard is worth following in my books. Forget that this guys personal beard is possibly the greatest thing I have ever seen – ever – he drops words like ‘yeard’ and ‘terminal beard’ on his website. Yeard applies to a beard which you have grown for a year and Terminal Beard is one which you have grown to its maximum genetic length. Awesome! I stumbled upon Beardbrand whilst reading an article on Real Men Real Style recently which had Eric Bandholz – of Beardbrand – write a super guest post titled The Beginners Guide To Styling & Growing a Beard. Considering that winter is around the corner, what excuse do you have to not grow a beard? It’ll keep you looking awesome and your face warm. Did I mention it’ll keep you looking awesome? Check out Eric’s tips.
To grow an awesome beard, simply put away your razor and trimmer and wait. That’s all there is to it; or so most men would have you believe. The fact is there is a lot to learn about growing a beard; if you are into style – which I know you are.
I’ve created this guide for the first time beardsman who doesn’t know what to expect. I’ll help you overcome common pitfalls and issues that arise with having a beard. After reading this article, you should have all the tools you need to wear something that makes you proud.
Since this will be the most epic, comprehensive article on bearding on the internet, I’ve broken it up into three sections:
Growing a beard (the physical), Growing a beard (the psychological), and styling and maintaining a beard.
The reasons why you should grow a beard are totally up to you as an individual. I personally have found incredible friends through beard clubs, gotten tons of compliments from random strangers, and have had my career skyrocket. Your results will vary – but I promise that when you grow a beard it won’t be the same ole status quo.
Styling and Maintaining (the physical)
Like I mentioned above, the best thing to do when growing a beard is to put away the razor and build your patience. In fact, one of the most impressive traits you’ll gain as a beardsman is patience. A beard is not measured in length, but it’s actually measured in months. You’ll have a 1 month beard, 3 month beard, yeard (year long beard), or the holy grail of beards – the terminal beard (maximum length you genetically can grow). Each length presents slightly different challenges. For the stage of beardless to about 2 weeks you may notice that your beard gets pretty itchy, may appear patchy, and is generally shaggy.
The reason your beard is itchy is because when you shave, you are essentially creating little spears on the tips of each hair.
They finally get long enough to bend around and poke at your skin. Your neck is very suspect to this because of the angle where the neck meets the head.
1) “Man it up” and just wait. It’s only temporary and will pass shortly.
2) Apply ample amounts of moisturizer like a beard oil, or other product. Try to avoid moisturizures with alcohol in there as they actually dry out your skin.
3) In the early stubble phase (day 1 or 2) use Soft Goat scruff softener. This product is designed to help make stubble softer and more kissable.
At this stage, you shouldn’t be using a shampoo as the length is still fairly short. I’d recommend using a natural bar of soap that doesn’t have irritant chemicals in them (like sodium laurth sulfate). There are a lot of soap options out there, and one I’ve personally used and enjoyed is Rocky Top Soap.
Once you get through the itchy phase, you’ll get to the point where your beard will look untidy. To neaten up your look, I recommend trimming the neckline, upper cheeks, and mustache lip. If you are going for the yeard, or natural beard, you should leave your beard untouched.
At this point is when we lose the most amount of beards. Men will typically get a little ambitious with their razors, cut too much and then shave the entire thing off. Because of the risk of mistakes, I recommend waiting at least a month to trim if possible.
Most new beardsmen trim the neckline too high. The ideal location for the line is where the neck meets the head.So whatever your beard area is parallel with the ground, do not trim; whatever is parallel with the world infront of you, then it’s ok to trim.
The reality is that it’s very little of your beard that you are trimming. You shouldn’t need to look up to trim and aim to shape a nice round curve from one ear to the next.
When trimming the mustache, I recommend you use a pair of scissors over clippers. This will give you a little more control and only cuts a few hairs at a time. With the cheek line try to go with your natural line and only trim off the one or two stragglers that are outside that line.
If you have a very dense cheek, you should trim no lower than the bottom of your nose.
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You stay classy,