How to grow a beard for the first time – A step by step guide
You might have thought about growing a beard for a long time but never had the time, the freedom, or just the gumption to do it, in this article we’re going to discuss how to grow a beard for the first time. With beard popularity on the rise, it is no wonder you want to take part. Hopefully by the end of this guide, you’ll have all you need to grow a ridiculously big beard & you’ll be on the market for a beard trimmer, beard wax & who knows….maybe even some beard dye.
But for now let’s not get ahead of ourselves, it’s time to grow a beard for the first time. It seems simple enough in theory; just let your facial hair grow out and cut it if it gets too long. However, there is a lot more to it than that.
A beard requires discipline. You wouldn’t, hopefully, let your hair just grow and never attend to it, never wash it, never cut it. So don’t do it to your beard.
First things first. You need to understand that every beard is different. In the exact same way that your hair on top of your head might grow differently than someone else, your beard hair will too. Genetics play a big role in how your hair grows, what it looks like, what color it is, and there is nothing you can do about that. Your beard might be curly and thick, dense like a forest. Your beard might be light and soft, but never really thick and manly. In any case, you can work with what genes have given you by just adding things like beard balms or styling oils to help you out along the way.
That said, you need to come to terms with the hair you have and the fact that your facial hair will look unique, like you. It might not look like the type of beard you see on advertisements for lumberjacks, but that is perfectly fine.
Then you need to figure out why you want to grow a beard. Why now? Do you want to try because someone else wants you to? Are you trying to hide some imperfections on your face? Do you think it will make you look better and therefore inculcate more confidence?
There is no “right” or “wrong” answer here. You just need to know your personal “why”.
Week 1 of growing a beard for the first time
The first week of growing a beard is the toughest week. That is when your hair starts to look scruffy, like you just missed a shave or two. It will start off being rather pointy, scratchy, with a lot of itchiness. You just have to get beyond that temptation to scratch and make sure you start moisturizing early. The earlier you use beard oils, the less itch you will face.
This itchiness comes from dry skin beneath the beard, skin that used to get more moisture. It comes from the changes to your hair growth too. This itchiness can be aggravating at best, the sharpness of the short hairs can scratch your partner, and anything in between. That stubble will eventually grow out, so give it time. Remember too that beard oil can help alleviate the strength of the itch and keep the hair soft as it grows out.
The exact timeline for this process might extend beyond one week contingent upon how quickly your hair grows. For this reason, you will really need to remind yourself that patience is a virtue. Do not give in and shave off the stubble because you think it isn’t growing fast enough, isn’t working, or needs a trim.
In fact, you want to avoid shaving or trimming for at least four weeks after you have started to grow out the beard. Four weeks gives you time to grow it out adequately enough that you can judge how and where to trim, whether you still want to keep it, and what other things you should or should not do to maintain the hair.
Invest in a beard trimmer if you are going to keep the beard. Trim it up as necessary to keep yourself well-groomed. There is no official timeline for this because each person is different and therefore each time frame for proper beard growth and trim is different. Go with the flow and trim when you find it necessary. It can take months, even years to get a good beard growing and once that is done, it can take a lifetime to grow it the length you want. So be patient.
External Concerns – growing a beard for the first time
Once you get past the period of irritation and you start to see the beard take shape, you need to take care of some external concerns.
Wash your beard regularly. Get rid of the food, dirt, dead skin cells, and anything else trapped in your new beard. Wash regularly reaching all the way down to the skin.
Keep the hair smooth and soft right from the start by conditioning your beard with beard oil. Beard oil gives your hair the oils it needs to alleviate dandruff, subdue itchiness and wild hairs, all the while spurring new growth. A simple process, the application of beard oil ensures moisturizing oils reach your face and your hair.
Keep things trim. Once you have successfully cultivated your scruff, keep things trim. Many men fear any kind of trimmers or razors when their beard is first starting out for fear of ruining their progress. However, keeping things trim actually encourages better growth. So the more you trim up, the better your beard will grow.
Exercise is good for hair growth. So while you are trying to get a luscious beard to grow, get outside and start exercising and losing weight. High intensity training and exercise will improve your blood circulation and testosterone. Both contribute positively to your hair follicle health.
Remember that your body is meant to be a temple. The things you put in that temple directly impact how the temple works and looks on the outside. Your beard hair will grow better if you are consuming a healthy diet full of vitamin A, vitamin B6, protein, magnesium, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids, more info on which vitamins are good for hair growth.
Sleep is essential for healthy hair growth. The more you sleep, the better your beard hair health. Avoid stress. Stress will interfere with blood flow to the hair roots, which reduces the nutrients your beard hair receives. So take things easy while you are growing out your beard, or else.
Conclusion – how to grow a beard for the first time
While growing out a beard is relatively simple in theory, it is not as easy in practice. Remember that obstacles are the things you see when you take your eyes off your path, so don’t let obstacles get in the way of growing out an awesome beard. Hang in there and be patient. Good things will come to those who wait.
We hope you’ve enjoyed this post & hopefully it will help in your pursuit to grow a beard for the first time, if you have any tips you’d like to share please do in the comments section below.