Break-free of the Shaving Trap by Knowing How to Don the Bearded Look

Updated at: Nov 11, 2016
Break-free of the Shaving Trap by Knowing How to Don the Bearded Look

Growing a beard is an affirmation of manliness and masculinity. Learn how to don, groom, and maintain a beard that flatters.

Ariba Khaliq
Fashion & BeautyWritten by: Ariba KhaliqPublished at: 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.

how to don a beardYou 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.

Selecting a Beard Style

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.

Not Making the Common Mistake

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.

Relieving the Itch

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!

Caring for the Beard

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.

  • If you decide to trim primarily with scissors, consider purchasing a pair of professional barber's scissors.
  • When considering beard trimmers, a rechargeable cordless model might be a good choice.
  • You should also have a good wide-toothed comb. Optionally, for the mustache, you might want to have a fine-toothed comb. Some specialty stores sell small mustache combs.
  • A good-sized wall mirror is usually indispensible. You might also benefit from a magnifying mirror and possibly a three-way mirror.
  • Do not trim a wet beard or moustache. Wet hair is longer. When it dries you may find you've trimmed too much.
  • If you use a comb and scissors: Comb through the beard and cut the hair on the outside of the comb. It will take some practice to perfect this technique. It is better to err on the side of not cutting enough rather than cutting too much.
  • To help maintain a balance between the two sides of your face, you may find it useful to start near the ear on one side and trim down to the chin. Then repeat on the other side.
  • Beard trimmers almost always come with an adjustable and removable trimming guide. By adjusting the position of the trimming guide, you control how closely it will trim your beard. Refer to the instructions supplied with your trimmer for details. Until you've mastered the use of your trimmer, it is best to adjust the guide for a longer beard length setting at first.

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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