Growing a beard is easy, some would say; after all it grows naturally without having to do anything, right? Well, people who grow beards know better. A well-groomed beard is a powerful statement; one that announces to the world that you are self-assured and confident person.
Sure you could let your beard hair grow wild, but in order to make your beard look and feel the best it can you need to invest the time and effort to make sure you carry the best beard possible.
These are 9 hacks you can use to bring out the best version of your beard as and when needed, no matter what style you like to wear on your face.
#1. Ignore the irritation if you’re new to growing a beard
New to growing a beard? Well, you would need to let it grow for a few weeks and resist the urge to shave because of the awful itchy feeling. Although the itchiness should vanish in a few weeks it might take a few months to get the beard looking like how you want it to. Just make sure you get the length right (according to the size and shape of your face) before trimming or shaping it. Stick to trimming it only once in six weeks if you are starting from scratch.
#2. Use the right tools for manscaping
If or when you’re beard gets to the point where it is long enough for styling and grooming, use an appropriate tools to shape it. Using a Bristle Brush, for instance, can untangle unruly hair and exfoliate the skin under your beard. It also pull outs lose strands that can otherwise clog your sink while giving it a wash. Also, check and remove ingrown hair, which is detrimental to your beard growth.
#3. Choose an appropriate shampoo and conditioner
Although it is as important to wash your beard as it is to wash your hair, avoid using the same shampoo for both. Use a beard shampoo that is mild and has the appropriate kind of moisturisers in it. Also, stick to using thick conditioners that will prevent your hair from entangling with each other excessively. Let the conditioner sit on your beard for a few minutes (just like you do for the hair on your head) before rinsing it out.
#4. Cleanse and exfoliate your beard to accelerate hair growth
Improving the cleanliness of the surface of the skin under your beard is crucial for healthy and faster beard growth. Exfoliate the skin beneath to remove dead skin from your face, before rinsing it off with warm water and applying a cleanser thereafter. Doing so everyday is important as this can remove food and skin cells that get trapped in your hair, which not clog your pores but looks and feels gross as well.
#5. Rub beard oil and balm regularly
If you want a healthy looking, full and glossy looking beard rub some beard oil of your choosing, especially after you wash or blow dry it frequently as it can look very dry thereafter. You can use oils like coconut oil, jojoba oil and tea tree oil. If you produce a certain amount oil naturally, from the pores of your skin you may want to keep a check on how much oil you need to use.
#6. Maintain your moustache in the shape you want
Keeping a stache can be manly endeavour; one that gives you confidence to twirl and flaunt it around in style. Make sure you trim the area under your nose, however, with a pair of grooming scissors to keep it neat and shapely. If you would like it to hold the desirable shape that you grew it in the first place for use a moustache wax to keep it sculpted and its place.
#7. Give yourself a face massage regularly
Massaging your face helps to improve the circulation of blood to your face, which results in growing healthier, thicker and quicker facial hair. A facial massage is one the way best ways to stimulate new hair growth by improving the blood circulation through your hair follicles. Massaging is one of the best ways to growing a fuller, thicker beard in the least amount of time.
#8. Improve the makeup of your diet
Yes, the foods you eat not just impacts the quality of your health but also the health of your beard. Similar to the health of your skin the vitamins and minerals you get from your diet can also maintain the health of your beard hair. People who grow thick and healthy beards tend to swear by biotin, a water soluble vitamin that is rich in vitamin B that is key to keeping the roots of your hair strong and healthy. Also, make sure you are eating protein rich foods that can stimulate beard growth.
#9. Improve your overall health
Although this one’s a no brainer exercising regularly can keep your testosterone levels up. Considering the length of your beard is heavily reliant on your testosterone levels, keeping this manly chemical boosted can go a long way in keeping your beard primed.Don’t forget clock in deep sleep every night. A sound night’s rest also helps boost your testosterone and as a result the vitality of your beard.