Here are my 7 favorite tips for a successful beard grooming.
This sounds stupid, but when you really wanna grow a full beard, you need to resist the urge of trimming or styling and let it grow for at least 4-5 weeks. This is important as it allows the beard to grow in and you can choose a style that really suits to the length and thickness of the hair. This way, you will also discover the substance of your beard – not everyone grows enough hair for a full beard.
Not every shape matches every face – but there is always a shape that suits you well. The secret is to find the style and shape that really matches your face. After the first month of grow (be patient!), you can choose your style from this chart. Some basic tips: choose a shape that complements your face. Have a round face? Choose a beard shape that stretches your face in height. Have a slim face? Choose a more bushy beard shape that creates a harmonic look. You get the idea.
Regular washing, especially during the first weeks of growing, is important. The beard starts itching very often, caused by skin cells or food particles falling into the beard. Buy a good, specialized shampoo and scrub in 3-4 times per week. After rinse out, gently pat it try and let the air do the rest. This keeps your beard moist and prevents frizz and split ends.
I like well-groomed, maintained beards, thus I think it’s essential to know how and when to trim your beard. If you take your beard serious, you should invest in a good trimmer. It will your companion for a long time! Watch my video to see how I trim my beard with a trimmer – you will learn automatically when it’s the right time to trim, just watch your beard growing (go back to the first list item!).
Trimming is super important if you want to get a well-groomed beard. But you should also train your facial forrest by using a comb and a brush! A daily rubdown will wrangle stubborn hairs, training them to grow in a downward direction. My beard gets waved at a specific length, daily brushing gets it straightened after a while. This doesn’t mean it gets really straight, but it reduces the waves so it gets more controllable. A side effect: brushing stimulates your face skin to produce more sebum, which softens your beard in a natural way.
Regular use of a good beard oil can tame your beard, especially when yours is a long one. It doesn’t matter which one you choose, you can even use olive oil! Use it 2 or 3 times a week and your beard will get much more soft and shiny.
You don’t need much more than some basic tools to keep your beard in good shape. See my grooming toolbox with some examples of beard oils and other grooming products.
Do you have other tips for growing a beard? Let me know in the comments.