HOW TO GROW A BEARD
If you are wondering how to grow a beard, the answer seems pretty simple… just stop shaving. But, it’s really a little more complicated than that. You’ll want to know how to grow a beard the right way so you can put forth your bearded best. Not sure where to start? Well, stop shaving, of course, but follow these handy tips.
CAN YOU EVEN BEARD, BRO?
Before you start try to grow a beard, it’s important to know which beard will work for your face shape. A well-shaped beard can enhance your best facial features and draw attention away from weaker features. Once you know the type of beard you want to aim for, the next step is to stop shaving for a few weeks — the best time to do this will be during a vacation or at a time when work does not require you to look too neat. Most guys will look a little rough for a bit as the beard grows in.
After two or three weeks, you have a decision to make. At this point you should be able look at the growth and decide if you have adequate coverage to grow facial hair in the first place. You may not have even enough coverage for a full beard but a a goatee, chin strap, or mustache may be an option. Nothing looks worse than a very patchy beard, so if it’s not working, you have to cut your losses and shave your face. Not all of us can grow a beard that’s worth a damn, so if it’s not there, don’t even try — it’ll only draw attention to the fact that you can’t grow it.
During the growing in phase, you are probably gonna look like hell for a few weeks. And about a two or three weeks into it, that bastard is going to start itching. You just have to be patient and get through the rough patch. A bit of conditioner or beard oil will help soften the beard, keep it smooth, and reduce some of the itch. Pick up a bottle of Jack Black Epic Moisture MP 10 Nourishing Oil — you’ll be glad you did.
SHAPE IT UP
After your beard has grown in for about a month, ask your barber to show you how to trim and and care for your beard. You will need a good clipper for touch-ups between trips to the barber. Don’t try to do too much at home, because trimming and shaping a beard means more than snapping a guard on a clipper and buzzing it all down to the same length — you’ll want to have the beard shaped to compliment your facial features and a barber will now exactly how to handle that task.
Growing a beard isn’t something every guy can do — some of us just don’t have the face fuzz to support it. But, if you do, growing a beard is an inexpensive way to change up your look. Now that you know how to grow a beard, give it a try — you’ve got nothing to lose!
TRIMMING AND CARING FOR YOUR BEARD
Facial hair is a great (and inexpensive) way to change up your style or to hide (or highlight) your facial features, especially if you find the right beard style for your face shape. Knowing how to trim your beard properly is essential. This article contains basic tips for Trimming and Caring For Your Beard.
FIVE STEPS TO A BETTER BEARD
1. Comb your beard in the direction that it grows to help reveal stray hairs that may be longer than the others.
This will help you to achieve an even, balanced trim with the Wahl Groomsman.
2. Cut the outline of your beard. Starting at your chin and working back toward your jawbone and ears, cut the outer perimeter of your jawbone underneath. Continue the line all the way up to the ear and hairline.
3. Accentuate your beard line, using the trimmer in a downward motion, with the nameplate side next to the skin. Start at the line you’ve created and, working from the chin back toward the ears, trim the area right under your beard line. Now define the upper part of your beard using the same horizontal technique. The extended tips on the Wahl Groomsman blades let you achieve al well-defined beard line – impossible to accomplish with even the best scissors or inferior clippers.
4. Trim and taper the hair ends with the patented five-position trimming guide attachment included with every Wahl Groomsman. For the best results, start at each sideburn and trim toward your chin in smooth, overlapping strokes, with the grain of your beard.
5. For a neater finished look, use the jawline blender included with all Wahl Groomsman beard and mustache trimmers. This unique attachment lets you blend your beard at the jawline with ease and precision.
TRIMMING YOUR MUSTACHE
1. Comb your mustache in the direction that it grows to reveal stray hairs and to achieve an even, balanced trim.
2. Cut the outline of your mustache holding the trimmer in a vertical position with the nameplate side facing you.
3. Blend your mustache. Holding the trimmer with the nameplate facing you, first take the long cut attachment and, starting with the middle of your mustache, lightly trim at direct angles away from the middle.
4. Taper your mustache by holding the trimmer with the nameplate facing away from you. Take a medium or short-cut attachment and, starting in the middle, follow the lip line and taper out the mustache until a gentle shape is created along the bottom.
5. Add the final definition to your mustache by holding the trimmer with the nameplate facing you and, using only the bare blades, make a definitive line at the bottom of your mustache.