Every male on the planet at some point in their lives would have considered growing out some form of facial hair, be it a goatee, 'designer stubble' or a full out wise Wizardly beard.
The question that often arises in peoples minds is 'Where do I even begin when growing out a beard?' Well, here are four unwritten rules that will point you in the right direction when you begin your journey walking down 'Beardy Growth Lane'...
START YOUR JOURNEY FROM SCRATCH!
If you are looking to start growing out your new beard I strongly suggest you start with a nice healthy clean shave. Now I appreciate this might sound ridiculous to most, but look at it like this. If you were going to start out growing your own veggie patch you'll need your top soil to be as rich and healthy as it can possibly be. So, starting with a clean shaved moisturised healthy face which will give your soon to be sprouting whiskers a fighting chance to become the healthy beard you long for.
KEEP CALM AND REMAIN PATIENT!
This might seem like one of the most obvious pointers you'll read here, but remaining patient and giving your newly acquired facial fluff time grow will always remain key throughout your beard growing journey. I would suggest a minimum of 2-3 months before you consider a light trim or shaping. This will give your beard time to take shape and you can figure out from here what style you are ultimately looking for. That is unless you already know, then trim/razor with extreme caution to form your desired style.
FIND THE RIGHT BEARD STYLE THAT WORKS FOR YOU!
You'll probably already have an idea as to what beard style you are growing towards. But sometimes when your facial gruff begins to take shape the beard you first desired might seem unachievable. Beards often grow very differently from one face to another, that Google image you have imprinted in your mind may seem impossible but it's all about compromise. Your beard may grow out a totally different colour than you first thought it would, or it may grow extra frizzy and coarse making it a much tougher task to control. Or maybe the beard you had hoped for just doesn't work for you. Then it is time to compromise, rethink your beards style and discover what works better for you moving forward. It is super important to keep positive here. Do not be rash as this may result in you doing something to your facial fluff that you may regret later on down the line. And whatever you do... DO NOT QUIT.
SIT BACK, RELAX AND ADMIRE YOUR NEW BEARD!
Once you have reached your desired beard style take a moment to stop then appreciate your beards fruition! Growing out a beard regardless of its shape or size does not happen over night. They take a whole lot of time, hard work and a ton of patience. Your grooming routine may now resemble that of a mini military operation to keep your facial forest in tip top form. But all that hard work has now paid off. And you now, my bearded Brother have achieved true beardy greatness. Now go forth and proudly sport that manly beard-mane of yours!
That wraps up another beard blog for today folks, as always let us know your thoughts in the comments section you'll find provided below.