Welcome, Oh Growers of Beards to the first course in your beard growing education, Beard Grooming Tips 101.
You join an ancient fraternity of bearded gentleman throughout history, from Willie Nelson to Abraham Lincoln to Alexander the Great. Scientists believe that cavemen grew out their beards for warmth, protection from the elements, and to strike fear into their prey and cushion their face from injury. You too can harness that power. Your beard also comes with a set of innate abilities you may not even know you possess… the ability to chop down a tree, play the Harmonica in the Key of C, taste the difference between an Irish, Bourbon, Rye, or Scotch Whiskey, and know how to suture most wounds. The ability to grow a beard is a boy’s rite of passage into manhood… and as all fathers should teach their sons before they grow beards of their own and go off and conquer the world: “With great beard comes great responsibility.” Welcome, to Beard Grooming Tips 101!
Beard Grooming Tips Lesson One: Growing your Beard
Patience is a virtue, especially whilst growing your beard. You may be tempted to shave or trim parts of your beard as some hairs grow faster than others, but, to get a nice even length it is best that you do no touch your beard for a month to a month and a half.
Once you have the even length that you desire, you should start to shape and contour your beard in a way that best matches your facial structure.
Beard Grooming Tips Lesson Two: Cleaning and Maintenance
1. Be Consistent:
It is important that you stay consistent in keeping your beard nice and hygienic. Thoroughly wash your beard several times a week, with products meant for your beard, not just regular shampoo. Once done, always pat dry your beard, if you are too rough, it can cause more itchiness and split ends.
2. To Oil or Not to Oil:
Some beardsman choose not to oil their beards… we call these people beard novices. If you want the best beard results get a quality oil to soften and condition your beard with. Your beard will smell better, and will feel like the down fur of a newborn baby deer.
Beard Grooming Tips Lesson Three: Trimming and Shaving
1. How and When (The most important lesson in beard groom tips):
Pruning your chin and facial garden is essential to beard growth and health, but, it can be difficult for the novice. Trim too much and all of the work you have put into growing your beard will be lost. Never trim to early when you are in the process of reaching a particular length, and only trim when your beard is completely dry.
Tools of the trade:
▪ Brush or Comb
▪ High-grade clippers
▪ Moisturizer or Oil
◦ Getting down to business:
▪ Comb out your beard, getting all of the hairs in the same direction.
▪ Use your clippers for a nice even cut. Start on a larger setting than move down.
▪ Use smaller sizes to gradually fade the neck and cheeks.
▪ Properly and carefully trim the mustache if you have one… and you’d better have one.
▪ Use your scissors for any detailing that needs to be done.
▪ And of course, you finish the job by applying your beard oil to keep it from drying out and getting too itchy.
Beard Grooming Tips Lesson Four: Feeding your Beard
1. Eat Healthy:
Okay, so no you aren’t exactly feeding you beard, but, beard growth is fostered by the proteins and fats in our diets, and are heavily affected by the vitamins we eat such as Vitamins B3, B5, and B9. So if you want a truly healthy beard, have a diet of egg yolks, milk, leafy greens, nuts, and lean meats.
Some people frown upon the usage of growth enhancement drugs within the beard growing industry, however, there are supplements out there that can help you maintain a healthy beard, such as Omega 3 supplements, or Vita-Beard.
There you have it, those are some introductory beard grooming tips and practices to take your bearding skills to the next level. Keep in mind, not all of the side effects of having a well groomed, stylish, and hell-raisingly awesome beard are currently known, so grow at your own risk. You may also want to check out other beard related courses, such as:
Beard Grooming Tips 102: (Pre-Requisite, BG 101)
How to look like a character from “Sons of Anarchy”.
BG 201- Winning Arguments by Using your Beard.
BG 205- How to Tame Dangerous Beasts with your Beard.
BG 310- Meeting your Inner Viking.