By Carlos Perez
The 19th century saw the rise of luscious, Victorian beards and side chops that would, quite frankly, put ours to shame… No not the chops, but the big beards that would imply remarkable wisdom.
Fast-forward to 2010 onwards, and we’re bringing it back. Was it the hipsters? Was it the millennials in general? Who knows?! But, in preparation for No Shave November, we’ll tell you how you can improve your beard game, should you dare to grow…
Step 1: Face Care
We have a whole blog post on “preventing a breakout freak-out” on our website. You can read it here, it gives all the details on a basic skin care routine you can follow to ensure your skin stays clear and healthy.
In a nutshell, you need to be washing your face with a face wash suitable for your skin twice a day (with warm water), moisturising twice a day after washing your face, and applying exfoliator once every two days, after washing your face but before moisturising.
Why? Your hair grows inside the surface of your skin, where it begins from a root. The hair follicle then gets pushed up through the skin, passing an oil glad. So naturally, better maintenance of the skin means better health of the beard as it grows.
Step 2: Stimulate blood flow
As dumb as this sounds, massaging your face regularly (with clean hands!!) can help stimulate the growth of some your hair follicles that may have been previously dormant. The next step is to derma roll, but this is involves time, commitment and money. At the beginning, focus on gentling massaging your face.
Step 3: Let it grow
To really test out how your beard grows and shapes, give it time. It may take a few months for it to show its true shape and form. The biggest mistake people make is to give up after a couple of weeks because it’s “too itchy” or “doesn’t look right”. See how the growth looks after a few months, and let it get messy up to that point. Then shave it or shape it to your liking.
Step 4: Nurture what you’ve got
There are a range of products out there to help maintain what you have. A beard oil is a good idea to moisturise both the beard itself and the skin underneath. It is also a secret weapon to help style the beard. It helps your beard look shiny, groomed and free from any dust, flakes or shaggy “I just woke up” looks. Combine this with a beard comb, and you’re set (provided that your beard is long enough for this).
Overall growing a beard is a good idea for every guy to try. Keep in mind that we all develop ours differently, and that sometimes you just won’t be able to grow one. Be it poor genetics, or that you just haven’t reached the age where your facial hair growth will kick in – it happens. Give it time, or accept the fact that you won’t be able to grow a full beard.
For those of you who can’t grow a full beard, you can still style it. Give the following a shot: