Congratulations on your decision to growing a beard! You will find all of the information you need to growing a beard listed below. Please be sure to check out the section on beard styling, and also our list of recommended beard grooming products from the menu above.
1. Make The Commitment
It’s important to realize that it takes some dedication to growing a beard especially during the early stages. You may become discouraged, frustrated and receive comments from friends and family. But, it’s very rewarding and worth the effort.
2. Start Growing Your Beard
You can start your beard whenever works best for you. Some people choose to grow it out during the winter months. Others choose to begin growing their beard during vacation while away from work. Yet others choose to grow during football/hockey/baseball/soccer/lacrosse/etc season. Others do it to support national causes like Movember (prostate cancer research) or any other worthy charity. It really doesn’t matter when you begin… just pick a date and stop shaving!
3. Shaping Your Beard
After the first month it’s time to shape your beard. Sometimes it makes sense to locate a barber that is familiar with shaping beards. If that’s not an option then there are two areas that you need to focus on:
Neck Line – Generally speaking you want the bottom of your beard to extend past your jaw bone by an inch or two. If you take two fingers and lay them against the bottom of your jaw bone, that is where your beard should end. In addition the back of the beard should extend straight down from the back of your sideburns.
Cheek Line: The rule of thumb is to leave the cheek line to grow naturally without shaping. Many beards have been ruined because men feel the compulsion to trim the cheek line. Don’t do it!Feel free to find more information at beard grooming.
4. Maintaining Your Beard
There are only two things you need to maintain your beard:
– Beard trimmer – You’ll probably be using this on a daily basis to maintain the shape of your beard. Most beard trimmers have different heads to control the length of your beard hair. In addition trimmers help to remove wild hairs that occasionally stick out at weird angles. It’s best to go with a cordless unit as the cord can often times get in the way during trimming.