4 Simple Steps to Growing a Better Beard
Beards have always been a hallmark of masculinity, even in the modern day. In fact, many cultures, both ancient and modern not only encourage men to grow a glorious beard, but they also require it! With the resurgence of the beard in pop culture and media, some particularly are finally deciding that it’s high time to throw away the razors and open up the beard grooming kit.
With that being said, however, all men are different, and when it comes to how fast and thick a beard comes in can depend on the guy. Usually, your genetic makeup and testosterone can give you a hint. Looking to your father’s and brother’s beards (if they have them) can give you a pretty good idea as to what quality your beard will look like.
Although, there are ways to encourage your body to grow your beard at an optimal rate. Here are a few tips to consider so you can start growing a better beard:
4 Simple Steps to Growing a Better Beard
Step 1: Get Healthy
Step one is perhaps the most obvious. If you don’t take care of your physical health, then you can’t possibly expect to grow a full and healthy beard. Much like the hair on your head, the hair on your face is a direct measure of the overall health of your body.
You need to change your diet. Go through your fridge right now and toss out anything highly processed or high in preservatives. A diet of hot pockets and Doritos does not get you a full beard. Switch to a diet filled with proteins and leafy greens high in antioxidants. The more natural and plant based you can keep your diet the better. A multivitamin or supplemental shake can help you in this regard.
Exercising and getting proper sleep can also help you out a great deal. They not only lower your stress levels, which if uncontrolled can lead to early baldness, but they also help you overall. Put away the screens at least an hour before bed (or download a blue light restricting app like F.lux) and get a gym membership.
It doesn’t stop there; you need to get your vitamins and minerals. Even just a basic multivitamin can dramatically turn your beard around. Your hair is a measure of your overall health, and your overall health requires you to get enough micronutrients. You may also consider taking a daily biotin supplement. Women have been taking biotin for years to promote healthy hair and nail growth. Depending on the multivitamin that you choose, you may not even need to buy a separate supplement. Check the labels before making your purchase.
Step 2: Commit, Then Trim
Beards can be itchy. We’re not even going to skirt around that fact. Don’t let the stubble overpower you! It takes about a month or so to grow a beard in and have the skin discomfort disappear. From there, many guys rush the grooming stage. This is a mistake. You really need to just let the beard grow in for some time before you start trimming. You will need the extra hair to work with for the areas that are slow to come in. If you’re constantly cutting, you won’t reach maximum thickness, nor will you know what you’re really capable of. The best advice I can give you when starting to grow a beard is is to commit a two to three month period when first growing, from there you can break out the scissors or beard trimmer.
Step 3: Soften It Up
Beard grooming doesn’t have to involve a pair of scissors. In fact, some guys will hardly ever trim their beard and just use Bread Balms or Beard Oils to keep the bushiness under control. One of the biggest misconceptions of growing a beard is that it requires a ton to trimming, like having a Bonsai tree but on your face. The more you trim the more likely you’ll screw it up. Take it easy in the beginning, and never… ever trim your beard when it’s wet.
Step 4: Have Beard Goals
Sounds crazy, but you should have a style or look you’re trying to achieve. Simply letting your beard get wild isn’t a start strategy and could force you to give up and shave it off. A person with a round face has to grow a beard differently than an individual with a long face. There are many looks and styles. My advice would be to search through some images on Google of beard styles and figure out what look and face type you fit. You’d be surprised what a square beard can do to help define a jawline where a beard heavy in the front and thin on the side of your face can do to make your face appear more thin.
As long as you follow these steps outlined above, you should have a full and healthy beard in no time at all. You will soon be on your way to growing a better beard.