The road to a god-tier beard is long and arduous. There will be points along your beard-growing journey where you may want to turn back and shave it all off.
Those that can get past the hurdle of having a patchy beard are often rewarded with a majestic mane, but the journey doesn’t end there.
Growing out a beard isn’t just about letting your facial hair grow out. In fact, if you want your beard to be as healthy as possible, you need to trim your beard occasionally.
Why Should I Trim My Beard?
If the whole point of growing out a beard is to let the hairs, well, grow out, then why is trimming necessary?
Contrary to popular belief, trimming your hair doesn’t make it grow back thicker or faster, according to Healthline. So if that’s the case, why should you trim your beard?
One reason why you should and need to trim your beard is to snip away split ends. Letting split ends linger causes the crack in the hair to move closer to your face, leaving you with a thin, scraggly-looking beard.
As a quick refresher, split ends are usually caused by the hairs becoming dry and brittle due to a lack of hydration.
The longer your beard gets, the more difficult it is for your face to distribute sebum — the natural oil your body produces — to your facial hairs to keep them hydrated.
Regularly using beard conditioner, beard oil and beard balm helps minimize the chances of developing split ends, but they will still occur, especially if you have a long beard.
Split ends aren’t the only reason why you should trim your beard. As your beard continues to grow, you’ll notice that some areas on your face will have more or less hair than other parts.
Doing routine trimmings will help your beard look fuller and tidier. And when we say trim, we don’t mean taking off inches, but more like a few millimeters — removing just enough to get rid of split ends or to make your beard look even.
Growing out a top-tier beard truly is a labor of love. Not only do you have to keep it clean and hydrated, you also have to trim it to keep it healthy.
And when trimming your facial hair, remember to use a pair of high-quality scissors, like the Zeus Handmade German Stainless Steel Scissors by Becker. These professional-grade trimmers will ensure a clean cut with every snip.
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