November 24, 2020
Whether you have just started your No-shave November journey, or are wanting to learn more, the beard maintenance process can be a long and difficult one if you’re not educated on it. So here is a shortlist of the do’s and don’ts for caring for and growing a healthy beard:
CREATE A ROUTINE
Although growing your beard might seem low maintenance, there is actually a lot of special care your beard and skin require, so do the prep work beforehand to help beard growth. Creating a solid morning routine can seem daunting at first but adding a few basic steps to your morning can make a world of difference, and also give yourself some much-needed quality time with yourself.
Start your day by brushing out your beard against the grain before showering. Brushing your beard will allow for blood flow and will stimulate hair follicle growth. Then, if needed, trim your beard. If you start to feel like your beard is getting out of hand, a quick trim and shave around the neckline, upper cheeks, and mustache line with a trimmer or scissors will keep you looking clean and sharp. Finally, don’t forget to style your beard to your liking! Implementing a daily routine will save you a lot of time and a lot of frustration in the long run.
USE HAIR PRODUCTS ON YOUR FACIAL HAIR
If this is your first time growing your beard, then it might be tempting to apply your standard shampoo and conditioner and call it a day. However, shampoos and soaps can actually be extremely damaging to your beard and cause dryness to your facial hair. Consider looking for a beard shampoo or conditioner formulated for facial hair specifically.
Remember you don’t have to shampoo and condition your beard every day. When you wash regularly you are stripping your hair of its natural oils, and the same goes for your beard. A dry and brittle beard can cause breakage, dandruff, and irritation. Try to minimize how many times a week you are washing your facial hair, and even your head if possible!
FOCUS ON YOUR SKIN-CARE
Skin-care is often another aspect of your beard journey you might neglect because there is less visual skin for you to see but in reality, you should be prioritizing your skin-care even more. As mentioned before, dry skin and irritation are major issues most people face when growing out their beard and can worsen in difficult to cleanse and moisturize areas.
Acne around the beard area is usually caused by clogged pores due to ingrown hairs, which is why it’s important to start experimenting with exfoliators and cleansers. Exfoliating can target inflammation and be helpful in minimizing bumps. Don’t forget the importance of moisturizing to keep your skin hydrated. There are various beard oils and balms designed to lock moisture into your hair while hydrating your skin. If you’re looking to take your skin-care routine up a notch, then incorporate a Vitamin C primer to help fade dark spots left by acne marks. Investing in your skin-care products will only better the quality of your beard.
GIVE UP ON YOUR BEARD
It can be tempting to throw in the towel especially if you’re not satisfied with your facial hair, however, don’t give up on your beard just yet. If you’re finding it a challenge to style your unruly beard or having difficulty with the neckline uniformity, then put the razor down and call a professional! When the hair on your head gets too long or starts to lose its shape, you go to a barber to clean it up. While there, also have them tend to your facial hair for a more clean-shaven and uniform look. A good barber can turn any mess around, and can also guide you on the best ways to style your facial hair. Regular maintenance will help you in keeping the shape of your beard even when the hair gets longer than usual.
If you’re having the opposite issue and are struggling to grow your facial hair, then don’t panic. There are a multitude of reasons you might struggle to grow your facial hair, like poor health or low testosterone levels. Some men are not able to grow a beard until their 30s, where others have a full beard at 18. There are a variety of hair loss treatments that can promote hair growth and leave you feeling more confident in your facial hair as well as in your decision to start your beard and mustache journey.
Most importantly, be patient. Remember you are growing your beard to raise awareness and money for a great cause. Regardless of how perfect your beard looks, it’s a work in progress. Don’t overthink it, and have fun rocking your beard!