Beard Tips & Tricks
The most important thing to know about how to grow a beard is that you have to actually grow that beard. You need the canvas in order to throw some paint at it, and you need to commit some real time to not shaving if you want a beard. That's rule #1.
But there are still some important dos and don'ts to keep everything clean and coming in nicely, so we've rounded up our best best beard growth tips to keep you going when growing your first beard. Or, perhaps this isn’t your first beard, but you’re determined to make it your best beard. Or maybe it’s the first time you’re being realistic about what is possible, given your specific quantity and placement of whiskers on your mug. (if you’re dealing with patchiness, we’ve got a guide for that, too.) Wherever you're starting from, with these tips the best beard your DNA allows can start right now.
1. Identify your goal, but be realistic
There are many different beard styles to choose from; you don’t need to stick to neatly manicured, uniform growth. (Give some consideration to how your beard can best flatter your face shape.) Let your growth be influenced by the style you want to achieve. However, I emphasize “want” for one particular reason: You can’t necessarily achieve your ideal beard if your facial hair isn’t destined to grow that way.
If your beard is patchy, or if it has a unique growth pattern (sparse on the cheeks, full on the goatee, for example), then you’ve got to set your expectations properly. This goes for beards big, small, and medium alike.
2. Let it grow
Patience is a virtue. Not only can a little time help fill in some patchiness, but it’s also requisite for almost any style. A beard transforms into something new every week. So, if it’s seeming like you’ll never each your goal—in particular if it’s a long beard—then you honestly might wake up one morning and realize that you’ve arrived at the destination.
3. Mind the perimeter
One of the tenets of beard maintenance is to keep it defined. In short: shave the neckline and clean up the cheek lines. These keep it more beard-like and less neckbeard-like—unless, for some reason, a wooly stoner beard is your aim. In that case, let it grow wild and free.
4. Trim it as it grows
The second way to keep things looking intentional is to sculpt and trim your beard as it grows. It might feel counterproductive—and counter to #2—but it’s the same way you need to get haircuts while growing out your hair. This helps direct the hair exactly where it needs to be: Fuller in some spots, less so in others. The styling products in the next tip can of course help influence things, but you foremost want to keep hairs in check as needed: This can mean spot-checking strays, snipping away split ends, or simply taking out some bulk. You'll want a beard trimmer or a sharp pair of scissors.
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