Are you ready to grow out your beard? Of course you are. You've probably been thinking about it for months, maybe even years. But this is the first step in a very long process. Your beard will take anywhere from 6 months to a year to actually reach its full potential, depending on how fast your hair grows and how many times a week you trim or shave it (we suggest once every few days). That's why we put together this list of tips for growing out your beard—so that as it gets longer and longer, it stays healthy!
Cut back on shaving.
Don't shave. Shaving is your beard's arch-nemesis, so try to avoid it as much as possible. Shaving can make your beard grow in slower, making it look thinner and patchy. It can also cause the hairs to grow straight and thin, creating an uneven appearance that may look more like peach fuzz than a full-fledged beard.
Wait at least two weeks before shaving again. This will give your skin enough time to heal from all of those nicks and cuts from shaving without being left vulnerable for too long!
Looking after your beard and mustache.
Trim the neckline and cheek lines.
Maintain an even length on the sides of your beard using a pair of scissors or clippers, starting at the top of your ears and ending right above where your jawline begins (this will give you a natural fade).
If you don't want to go completely clean shaven, keep it simple by keeping everything trimmed short except for your mustache area — this is where most guys get carried away with their facial hair, so be careful not to overdo it!
Use a beard trimmer to shape and clean up.
Use a beard trimmer to trim your beard.
Use a beard trimmer to clean up the neckline, cheek lines and mustache.
Use a beard trimmer to shape your beard.
Use a beard trimmer to keep your beard neat and tidy by removing long hairs that grow in odd directions or that might be shaped wrong for your face shape (e.g., an overgrown goatee or chin strap).
Use a beard trimmer to maintain your beard so you don't have to shave it off later!
Condition your beard.
Once you've taken the time to grow your beard, it's important to keep it looking its best. Beard care products will help keep your beard soft and manageable while also keeping it hydrated and healthy.
There are many different types of beard conditioners, oils, balms and waxes on the market today. They all have different purposes and benefits so we recommend trying several different options until you find one that works for you!
Beard combs are also essential for maintaining a nice looking beard. We recommend using a wooden comb over metal ones as well because wooden ones won't tear out hairs in the same way metal ones do."
Wash your beard.
When it's time to wash your beard, be gentle! Your hair is sensitive and will break if you're too rough with it. A shampoo designed specifically for beards can help keep your hair soft, but you also have options like conditioner and creams that will serve the same purpose.
Use a shaving brush to apply the shampoo or conditioner. This will allow you to thoroughly massage it into the skin beneath your beard so that all of those oils get soaked up and distributed evenly throughout each follicle. It's important not to skip this step because tangles are bad news when they occur at random in an unkempt mane—contrary to popular belief, they don't make things look messy on purpose; they just happen when strands get tangled together into knots over time from being knotted up too tightly during washing/brushing sessions around where people live (like apartments). Once everything looks nice and smooth again after rinsing off all traces of product buildup within each individual follicle cluster at least once—or twice if necessary—then start drying off using either a towel or blowdryer method depending on personal preference (and climate conditions outside). This process should take no longer than five minutes total before moving onto styling with products such as pomades or gels which both provide hold without making any unwanted frizzes.
Keep your skin moisturised.
You can keep your skin moisturised by applying a beard oil, balm or lotion. You can use a cream if you have very dry skin and want to add more hydration. A serum would be good for someone who has oily skin and wants something extra light-weight on their face (but not too light). If you like to experiment with products that give your beard a natural-looking shine without making it look greasy, try using waxes in addition to or instead of oils or balms.
Maintain a healthy diet.
A healthy diet can help to stimulate the growth of your beard. Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables, as these foods contain nutrients that promote healthy hair growth.
Avoid junk food such as chips, doughnuts, and other high-fat snacks.
Drink plenty of water every day. The body needs lots of water to maintain good health and strong hair follicles (the small pockets under your skin where new hairs grow). You may need more than 8 cups (2 litres) per day if you are exercising regularly or in a hot climate because sweating causes dehydration by releasing fluids through the skin surface layer).
Eat plenty of protein in your diet — meat, fish, eggs and dairy products — because they contain amino acids that help stimulate hair growth when eaten with carbohydrates such as breads or pasta at lunchtime.* Avoid alcohol because it is dehydrating; also avoid smoking since nicotine is an anti-androgen (an agent that suppresses male sex hormones).
Do you need to grow your beard out?
While it's true that you'll need to let your beard grow, you also need to keep it healthy and well-groomed. If you don't trim your beard on a regular basis, it might be too long by the time it's reached its full potential. You need to have a good grooming routine in place so that your beard can look its best at all times.
You don't want to forget about trimming altogether though! If you let things get out of control, then even if the rest of us think your long beard is super cool and fashionable, other people may not feel quite as enthusiastic about it. They might even make fun of me or try not talk with me because they think I'm gross or something like that! So make sure that when I do get my first real haircut in college next year (I've already gotten one before), I'll still have plenty left over after cutting off most of those bad parts away."
Now that you know how to trim your beard and keep it looking good, you might be wondering why a guy would want to grow one at all. As we saw in the last section, there are plenty of reasons! Growing a beard helps us express our individuality and identity—it’s an important part of who we are as men. It also gives us something to do with our hands when we feel socially awkward or bored; the act of stroking or pulling on hair can seem comforting for some people (especially those who struggle with social anxiety). Finally, having a beard can add meaning and purpose to life: if you’re going through some hard times or have lost meaning in your daily routine, growing out your facial hair may help bring back some excitement in what might otherwise seem like endless days spent staring at walls or driving cars around town aimlessly without purpose