It’s quickly becoming the perfect time for growing a beard, moving towards winter and the colder months. It’s been historically theorised that men grew beards to keep warm so maybe you’re considering repeating history and grow your own big manly beard, whether to fit your style or just to keep you warm. If you are, here are some things I wish I knew before growing my beard.
Beard Tips: It’s going to Itch
This is the biggest first obstacle most people seem to face when they first start their Beard Growing Journey. Unfortunately, new beards itch. This is due to the hairs growing longer and bending back on themselves, unfortunately stabbing your skin with the ends of the hair. Now, you could just give up already when the itching gets too bad, but you’re not going to are you? Do you know why? Because you started growing it in the first place, so stick with it!
From personal experience, the itchiness of a brand new beard tends to subside after a couple of weeks depending on how fast of a grower you are. So after 2-3 itchy weeks it’s smooth sailing! If you are continuing to experience itchiness or you experience the dreaded beardruff (dandruff for your face) then you’ll want a high quality beard oil to help keep the hair and skin underneath moisturised.
Beard Tips: You’re going to look Worse before you look Better
It’s a sad fact but everyone looks worse before they look better when growing a beard. Maybe you’re one of the lucky few where you’re satisfied with stubble, that 5 o’clock shadow. But for many of us when growing that epic long beard that we all so desire, we tend to look much worse before we start to look the way we want.
Beard growth is roughly ½ inch a month so if you are capable of growing consistent coverage, it might only take a month or two to have enough beard to be proud of. However, with this growth rate it might take longer to grow the beard you’re after.
We all know we can’t beat the most significant factor in how our beards grow: genetics. So as long as you’ve got adequate genetics for facial hair, the rough looking stage only lasts several months. At best you won’t be looking too bad after 3 months, some of us are late bloomers and it’ll be around the 6 month stage. Growing a beard takes dedication and if you’re going to do it, you’re in it for the long run. This is a commitment!
Beard Tips: Don’t look in the mirror too often
We’ve all been there, looking in the mirror assessing how your beard is coming along. You know it’s going to be like watching paint dry, but you do it anyway! Hoping that the longer you stare at it the faster it grows, willing it with your mind. And at the end of the day, this isn’t going to help at all.
In the beginning stages you cannot be critical of how it’s going when it’s still early days. Be patient and just go with the flow while you let it grow. Rome wasn’t built in a day and neither will your beard grow in one.
Beard Tips: Buy a High Quality Beard Oil:
Since over 65% of men use some form of beard care at least once a week to maintain their beards, it’s something we highly recommend.
A high quality Beard Oil is an irreplaceable tool to help you along. Not only is it to be used to service your hair by nourishing and conditioning it, but it’ll help with the condition of your skin underneath. As your beard is getting longer, it’s taking the necessary oils away from the skin and ends up drying you out. This is why it’s imperative in picking using a beard oil, once you actually have a beard to apply it to.
You might get overwhelmed and believe you need an Oil, a Balm, a Butter, a beard wash or any other sort of beard product on the market. Go slow and maybe just pick up a beard oil that catches your fancy. You have many months and years getting to use all the amazing products out on the market on your beard and it’s only going to get longer!
About Save Alchemy Beard Co
We combine science, art and magic to bring amazing beard care products to the masses. We’re a small UK-based company and all of our products are handmade in small batches to ensure consistency and quality.
All of our products are created using the finest natural and organic ingredients, as well as essential oils to bring you the best long lasting scents.
Using good quality beard care, Beard Oils, Balms and Butters, in your daily grooming routine is known for keeping any beard growth you have already healthy and well maintained. To view our range of products, visit our shop below.