How can I make my beard look realistic?
Growing a beard is the best way to solve all the problems of the world. You don't have to shave, you look cool and it's one of those things that show people that you're confident in your own skin. (If you're not sure about growing one, check out our article on whether or not beards are in style.)
But there's an even more important question: How do you make your beard look realistic? It might seem like a silly point—of course it looks real! But there are actually some tricks that can help make sure your beard doesn't look fake or overgrown.
Is a beard right for you?
What you decide to do with your beard is up to you.
It may be worth considering that some people find beards to be a bit of a conundrum. They can make you look older, younger, more masculine, less masculine and more professional—or less professional. Depending on how old and/or young you are and what kind of appearance you want to present at work (and in life), this can be either great news or terrible news. Is it worth taking the risk? Only you can decide!
How do you grow a beard?
There are a few things you can do to grow out your beard. First, make sure you're eating a healthy diet and living an active lifestyle. It takes time for hair to grow, so it's important that your body is getting what it needs in order to support the growth of new hair follicles.
Second, patience is key! If you want an epic beard like [Donald Glover], then be prepared for some waiting time—his was about six years in the making! Third, consistency with your grooming routine goes hand-in-hand with patience: if you're going to grow out a great looking beard, then it's essential that you stick with healthy habits like washing regularly or using moisturizer on dry patches before they get unmanageable (and no one wants an unmanageable beard!). Lastly finally last but not least finally last but not least finally last but not least finally last but not least finally last but not least finally last...
How to keep your beard neat and healthy.
Keep it healthy. It's important to take care of your beard so that it grows well and looks healthy. There are many ways to do this, including using a good shampoo and conditioner, deep conditioning treatments, massaging with oils or balms (more on these below), and trimming the hair regularly.
Use the right products for the job. There are many products available that can help you keep your beard in great shape—and make sure you're using them correctly!
A few great options include:
Beard oil: An oil for moisturising your beard and keeping it hydrated all day long...or night long, depending on how long and thick your facial fur is getting these days!
Beard balm: A balm also intended for moisturisation but also used as a styling product; great for taming any flyaways or stray hairs that might be making your look unkempt
Make your beard look realistic
This means keeping it neat and tidy with regular brushing. You should also use beard oil and balm to keep it healthy, as well as wax to keep your facial hair in place if it needs some extra help staying put.
Beard trimmers are also a good investment; they can help give the illusion of a smooth face while still allowing for some length on top (which is important if this is supposed to be an actual beard).
The realistic beard
Having a realistic beard means you're growing your own real hair. It's not to be confused with the scruffy look of shaved stubble or an unkempt beard, which is more of a style choice than something that grows naturally on everyone's face. A realistic beard looks like the hair on your head and face would naturally grow if left alone.
Growing a beard is a big decision, and it's important to know what you're getting into. There are so many options out there—from how long your hair will be, to the style that works best for you. Hopefully this guide has helped give you some ideas on where to start when growing out your own facial hair!