Kudos to you if you’re considering growing out a beard this fall. With temperatures dipping and the flannels starting to come out of storage, a beard becomes both a functional and stylish complement. And starting the hair growth process now means that come winter - when the need for serious insulation becomes more dire - your fully blanketed countenance will be ready to laugh in the faces of the beardless (but don’t, because that’s not becoming of a proper beardsman).
At Zeus, we consider fall to be the ultimate beard growing season. But before you dive in, we suggest following our guide to beard growth – what to expect, how to keep things from getting out of hand, and how to make the most of what genetics have dealt you.
Read on for the first part of our two-part series.
Beard Growth Stages
Growing a beard is an exercise in patience, with each stage of hair growth presenting different challenges:
What to Expect: Your beard will itch and become patchy and/or shaggy. We know it sucks, but fight the urge to reach for the razor – your skin will eventually adjust.
How to Stay Comfortable: Wash your beard with a gentle soap free of sulfates. Apply a beard oil without alcohol (which is drying) to lessen itch and to moisturize skin and hair.
What to Expect: A fair amount of beard should have grown in by now, which will tell you how your hair naturally grows, and what shape your beard can take. Avoid trimming until this one-month marker.
Your beard may look slightly shaggy, so if you do begin trimming, use scissors rather than a trimmer for more control over how much you take off. A mistake a lot of guys make at this stage is taking too much off and then shaving the beard off altogether. Trim the moustache, neckline, and upper cheeks.
How to Stay Comfortable: Rinse your beard every day and use a beard wash about three times a week. Follow with beard oil. Since it’ll be dry and cool outside, we suggest sealing in the moisture with an emollient beard balm. This will prevent the skin underneath your whiskers from getting chapped.
3 Months and Beyond
What to Expect: The natural texture and growth pattern of your beard will be very obvious at this point, and your beard may end up looking a bit wavy.
How to Stay Comfortable: Rinse daily and use a beard shampoo as needed. Follow with beard oil. To trim unruly hairs, invest in grooming scissors, a beard comb, and a moustache comb. Use the comb to pull out hairs to the length you want and snip.
Get a Good Barber
You can full well manage your facial fur on your own, but having a barber who knows what he’s doing doesn’t hurt. A barber can help you sculpt your beard into a shape that’s both magnetic and maintainable (plus he can fix any mistakes).
Check back soon for Part 2!