We know you’ve got a lot on your plate, so we’re here to help you keep that faze fuzz fresh with 7 quick tips on growing a beard and tips on maintaining a beard.
1. Stop Shaving
2. Beat the Itch
We know you’re tough enough to get through it, but seriously: it’s an itchy face. You’re not sticking your hands in a pair of bullet ant gloves, so drop the tough guy bit and use a little Beard Saver. It’ll stop the itch, and it’ll also keep your skin clear and moisturized so you don’t get any ingrown hairs of beardruff.
3. We Said Put That Razor Down!
We know you’re tempted right now to start sculpting your beard or clean up the edges. Don’t. Let it grow. Some guys will want to start a beard just before a long weekend or a vacation and do the whole, “I don’t know. I’m thinking of keeping it,” bit. We prefer to just do it and let the haters hate. Your mom and your boss will get over it soon enough. Don’t touch it till you (or a loved one) can run your fingers through it.
4. Keep It Clean
You bathe or take showers, right? Wash under your fingernails and behind your ears? Shampoo your head? Good. So how are you treating your face? Rubbing a bar of soap across your face fuzz just ain’t going to cut it, unless you want to dull and dry out your beard. You need a proper beard wash, which is going to back up your Beard Saver and help you wash out what nature (and your messy eating) keeps putting in.
5. Keep It Under Control
Slow down, wild man, and grab a boar bristle brush every now and then. You can use a comb if you like, but be careful about pulling out hairs. That’s bad news. This isn’t about taking the personality out of your appearance. Your facial hair can benefit from the occasional brushing in a number of ways. Distributing natural oils, removing skin cells and stray hairs, adding shine: the benefits go one. And a boar bristles won’t get tangled in your beard or take out all of the curl.
6. Now About That Neck…
You should have enough hair by now that you can properly call it a beard. Let the sculpting begin (if you’re into that sort of the thing.) But unless your beard is exceptionally long, your neck line will look a little sloppy. If you want to clean it up, go easy. A totally shaved neck not only looks weird (like you’re tracing your jawline to prove you have one), but it’s easy to mess up and impossible to fix. Shave just the bottom edge, on the vertical part of your neck.
7. Treat It Once In A While
As your beard gets longer and starts being abused by the elements and by excited strangers who can’t keep their hands off it, it may need a little extra care. Just a quick couple minutes in the shower once or twice a week and you can do wonders for your beard’s elasticity and strength. The hero here is Wonder Beard Intensive repair. Let it do it’s job, then rinse and get back out there.
We may be biased, but the best advice we can give is to check out our full line of producs, from beard washes and conditioners that are better than shampoo, to Beard Saver, the original beard oil alternative. From those first growing pains, to keeping fuller growth manageable and smelling great, we’ve been making the products you need since 2005.
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