Dec 08, 2013
A beard can make you look like the manliest of men, virile, confident and bold. A groomed and rugged beard can give you a classy look. You may have chosen David Beckham, or Justin Theroux, Jake Gyllenhaal, or Gandalf as your inspiration, and you must learn to grow and maintain a beard like them.
You need to break-free the shaving trap if you want to grow a beard. The first thing you need is commitment. Stick to the decision of growing a beard once you have made it. Let not naysayers de-motivate you.
Choosing a bearded role-model helps in setting and sticking to your resolution of successfully growing the beard- be it full-grown or stubble. Suit a style of beard that suits you best. No need to hurry, you can take your time.
While you are looking out for options, you might want to know the latest fashion trends. Don’t give into the inclination. Growing a beard should not be about fashion, but about who you are; it is about being a man. Grow a beard that you want and not what fashion trends say.
Your genetics and contour of beard development you have are the controlling factors in selecting the appropriate beard style for you. The basic rule- make the most of what you have. We say it because the ability to grow a beard varies among different men. Some may be lucky to have profuse beard growth while others may have little or none. Most men have it somewhere in between.
A full beard- the classic style is recommended for those who are able to. If you are not able to do so, choose a style that makes the best use of your beard-growth pattern- for example the goatee, the chin curtain, the chin strip, or another variation.
Yes, just like everything else, there is a common mistake associated with growing beard too- premature shaping. If you are a beginner, stop shaving altogether and let your hair grow for the first four weeks at least.
One may find it hard to keep the scruffy look during this period, and they may want to look cleaner by giving their beard a shape. Only to make it worse- frequent shaving can take too much beard off. It may result into the shape going too high up for the neckline or going down in too low on the cheek line.
The awkwardly shaped beard looks like a failed attempt at growing a beard. So, avoid premature shaping, or approach the shaping effort with the objective of taking off too little rather than too much.
The itching can chafe you to the extent of sacrificing the new beard you had sworn to grow bigger. Don’t let itching deny you the desired beard. You skin will get used to the beard, give it some time. Soothe your itchy skin with a moisturizing lotion or other skin-care products. Remember your commitment!
If you're going to trim your beard yourself, you'll need the right tools. You will have to decide whether to trim using scissors or a beard trimmer.
A beard done right reflects a sense of style and confidence and done wrong can make you look like an extra from 'Lord of the Rings.' Follow our tips on how to grow, style, groom, and maintain a beard that flatters.
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