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6 things to know before growing a beard

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Growing a beard is a long-term commitment.
You must be prepared to put in the time, patience and work. It is important to research and understand the pros and cons and what you need to prepare for with your new facial hair. Don't be afraid to make mistakes!

So, to prepare for any eventuality, I've put together a little article so that you know what you need to know before you get a beard!

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Growing a beard is hard work that requires discipline and patience

Growing a beard is not an easy task. In fact, it's hard work. Indeed, you don't want to grow just any beard, do you? (We assume your answer here is yes).

There are a few requirements if you want to grow a great beard: patience, diligence and the ability to accept mistakes as part of the process. As for me, I like to browse the net and visit beard blogs like this one that explain how to deal with them.

In brief:

  • you will have to be patient, take care of it and prune it
  • your beard will not be perfect at first
  • it may take some time to grow properly
  • expect to make mistakes

You can't just trim your beard without taking care of it

If you want to grow a beard, you need the right tools to do so. One of those essential tools is a beard trimmer. By trimming your beard regularly, you maintain it and prevent it from looking sloppy.

There are different types of beard trimmers on the market, but all good trimmers do the same thing: cut your facial hair with great precision.

You can choose from different models depending on what you want to do with your beard (for example, if you have very long hair and want to cut it or if you just need a quick trim).

If you are not sure what type of tool will work best for you, check out online reviews before you buy anything!

 

man sitting on barber's chair

Beards grow at different rates for different men

Your beard is unique. In fact, it's like a snowflake; no two are exactly alike.
So when it comes to how long it takes to grow a beard, there is really no set time frame for all men.
Each of our beards reacts differently to the hormones in our bodies, which means that they will have different growth patterns unique to you.

Genetics play a big part in facial hair growth, so don't be discouraged if you start to grow slowly or unevenly at first - be patient with yourself and let your beard become perfect.
If you are unsure of the genetic factors involved, look at the other hairs on your body.
The coarser and curlier they are, the faster and thicker your beard is likely to be. Men with fine, straight hair tend to have thinner beards than their coarse-haired counterparts.

To remember:

  • the rate at which beards grow is determined by genetics
  • Men with coarse, curly hair will generally have a thicker beard
  • Men with fine, straight hair will generally have a thinner beard.

Before you even start growing a beard, make sure your skin is in good shape

For any man considering growing a beard, it is important to have healthy skin. This means taking care of your skin.

Here are some tips:

  • Use a moisturiser every day. This will keep your skin moisturised and healthy, even when the weather changes.
  • Use sunscreen and avoid exposure to the sun between 10am and 2pm if you can, as this is when the sun's rays are strongest.
  • Do not scratch your face, especially if you have acne scars or irritation on the surface of the skin (you may want to consider seeing a dermatologist).

In short, a good skin care routine is important for healthy skin.

grayscale photo of man shaving his beard

Your beard will not magically solve your skin problems!

You may need to take extra steps to care for your skin. Dry skin can cause flaking and itching and oily skin can cause acne. Skin problems such as flaking, itching or oily skin can be the result of hormones, medication or stress.

If your beard is causing you skin problems, consult a dermatologist.

  • You may need to take extra steps to care for your skin.
  • Dry skin can cause peeling and itching.
  • Oily skin can cause acne
  • Skin problems can be caused by hormones, medication or stress.
  • A dermatologist can help you solve your skin problems (the exfoliating soaps are very practical for this)

Be prepared to try out different beard styles

Experiment. Don't be afraid to try different styles. It's okay to make mistakes, and it takes time to get used to a new beard style. You'll feel more confident once you get used to it. If your current beard style doesn't suit you, don't worry; try another!

  • don't be afraid to try different styles
  • you are allowed to make mistakes
  • It takes time to get used to a new style.
  • You will feel more confident once you get used to it.
  • If you don't like one style, try another.

Growing a beard is not always easy

Before you unleash your inner Grizzly Adams, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, remember that growing a beard is an investment, not in money (although if you want to buy beard oil and/or waxes to style it, that's your choice), but in time and patience. If you're not ready for that kind of commitment, choose another way to express your individuality.

A beard is a great way to look and feel good - but only if you make an effort to make it look good! Be patient during the beard's growth period; don't rush it. And remember, beards need maintenance. As hair grows, it will push in all directions, create patches of hair here and there, or look like it's been subjected to a catastrophic event (like this).

But don't let all this scare you! There's no better feeling than seeing other people admire something that took months to perfect, especially when you feel like it was worth it after all.

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Elisa
My name is Elisa. I make my own products at home and sell them to people who care about what they put in their homes. I love making candles, dishwashing products and laundry detergents. My favourite thing is when my house smells good! When I'm not spending time with my family, you can probably find me on Instagram looking for new DIY ideas to try. I love reading other bloggers' posts and getting inspiration from their ideas. I've learned a lot from other bloggers, and now I'd like to give back to them. If you fancy trying any of my DIY projects at home, feel free to steal them!

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