TOP 6 BEARD GROWING MISTAKES (AND HOW TO AVOID THEM)

 

HERE’S HOW TO GROW A BEARD THE RIGHT WAY.

We hear it all the time: “I can’t grow a beard. Trust me, I’ve tried.”

Well trust us, you can. Here are the Top 6 Beard Growing Mistakes - and how to avoid them. You’ll be rocking the beard of your dreams in no time.

 

  1. NOT GIVING YOUR BEARD ENOUGH TIME TO GROW

On average beards grow about a half-inch per month.  Keep in mind, however, that your beard may grow slower or faster depending on genetics, and not all parts of your beard will grow at the same rate. Initially, some areas will begin to look full while others appear patchy.

It’s at this point that some men give up, thinking they don’t have the genetics to grow a full beard. The reality is that this part of your beard is simply developing slower than the rest. Men’s beards continue to develop into their 30s. In your twenties and still, have a patchy beard? Not to worry, you have yet to reach your full beard potential. Regardless of age, we recommend guys dedicate a full two months to grow their beard.  

 

  1. LETTING YOUR BEARD GO WILD

Even in the early stages, you need to trim your beard. As mentioned above, different parts of your beard grow at different rates. After about a month of growth, an untrimmed beard will begin to look unbalanced. Trimming the longer parts down will help reduce the appearance of a patchy beard as the slower growth areas catch up. Early-stage trimming is easy: pick a clipper and guard length and go. Same setting all the way around. You can start shaping more as your beard transitions from stubble to a fuller beard.

 

  1. NEGLECTING THE NECKLINE

A man’s beard should not connect with his chest hair. On the opposite end of the spectrum, when a man smiles, his beard/stubble should not lift above his jawline. When determining where to draw the line, we recommend shaving any growth below the Adam’s Apple.

 

  1. WASHING YOUR BEARD TOO MUCH OR NOT ENOUGH

Wash your face and stubble every day with a specialized face and beard cleanser. Once your stubble transitions into beard length, wash your beard with abeard cleanser once or twice a week. This prevents your beard from becoming overly dry. This is, of course, situationally dependent. If you have a dirty job or sweat a lot, you just might have to wash every day to maintain proper hygiene.

 

  1. LETTING YOUR BEARD GO THIRSTY - NOT USING A BEARD MOISTURIZER OR BEARD OIL

The majority of beard-related problems, including itch and dandruff, are easily remedied with proper hydration. Our daily moisturizer was designed for that very purpose. While beard oils are wonderful for softening longer beards, a specially designed moisturizer treats skin conditions that beard oils simply cannot address. For extra oomph, apply beard oil after moisturizing. 

 

 

 

 

  1. COMPARING YOURSELF TO OTHERS

Every man is unique, and so are our beards. Be confident in who you are and the beard you grow. Genetics do play a role, but just because you cannot grow a full-on ZZ Top beard doesn’t mean you can’t cultivate some handsome stubble or a serious handlebar ‘stache. In the end, your facial hair is a representation of you and your personality. Do what makes you happy and don’t bother comparing yourself to others.

 


 

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BEARD GROWTH 101: THE SECRET LIFE OF YOUR GROWING BEARD

 

We’ve written about beard growth rates before, and you may remember that, on average, your beard grows half an inch per month. It's an average because your beard – and all of your other hair – has a defined, four-phase growth cycle, and during several of these phases, your beard isn’t actually growing. The hair follicles are dormant.

Okay, we may have exaggerated a little...your entire beard isn’t growing or dormant at the same time. The majority of your hair follicles are on a similar timeline, but not all. Some will be growing while others take time off. So let’s get to it: Here are the secrets of your growing beard.

 

THE FOUR PHASES OF BEARD GROWTH

 

  1. Anagen – The growth phase

During this stage, the hair forms and grows. The duration of anagen varies by hair type. For the hair on the top of your head, this growth phase can last for years. For your beard, this can range from two to four months...or longer depending on genetics.


  1. Catagen – The regressive phase

Once anagen is complete, your hair enters catagen. During this stage the compartments of the follicle used for growth begin to shrink. The hair follicle shortens by up to 70 percent. This regressive phase allows the follicle to be ready to evolve and grow again once the proper stimulus is applied. This phase can last several weeks.


  1. Telogen – The resting phase

Vacation time. After months (if not years) in action, the follicles  take a break. This resting phase can last several months.


  1. Exogen – The shedding phase

This fourth stage was only recently recognized in humans. While anagen, catagen and telogen hairs are anchored to the follicles, exogen hairs are only passively retained… meaning they can easily fall out.

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WHY? IT’S HORMONAL

Hair growth is coordinated by hormones. These hormones instruct the hair follicles on what changes to make during the next growth cycle. Androgens – primarily testosterone – are one of the prime regulators of human hair growth.  

 

As adolescents our bodies are primarily covered by vellus hairs. These hairs are tiny and virtually colorless. Think “peach fuzz.” Once we hit puberty, hormones signal the hair follicles to evolve. Instead of producing vellus hairs, these follicles now begin producing terminal hairs, often thicker, darker body hair. This transition doesn’t happen in a single day, week, or even year.

 

In your twenties and still don’t have the beard you want? Don’t worry about it, there is still time. Patchy beard? That too can change. The only way to know your true beard potential is to let it grow and watch what happens as your hair follicles evolve. Your beard weight continues to rise until your mid-thirties. That’s right, you studs in your twenties still have your best beard years ahead of you.

 

 

...BUT IT’S ALSO GENETICS

It’s kinda like your height: If you aren’t genetically predisposed to have a big, thick beard, no amount of “beard growth” supplements will magically cause your body to create new hair follicles. There are, however, ingredients that cause increased circulation to your existing hair follicles, which encourages healthier growth. Our Premium Beard Oil contains such ingredients. But it is irresponsible for us, or anyone, to lead you to believe by using some magical elixir your beard will miraculously go from scrawny to brawny. Sorry boys.

   

TIMING

Now some of you might be wondering: Since there is a defined growth cycle, if there is an ideal time to grow your beard, or a time when your beard grows faster? Short answer: yes, but it’s probably not when you’d expect. Our next blog post will dive into this very topic.

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WHAT IS NO-SHAVE NOVEMBER?

Things tend to get pretty hairy each November. From playoffs to colder weather, there are a lot of reasons men tend to grow their facial hair more this time of year. Two major drivers for furrier faces in November are Movember and No-Shave November. Last time we dove into the specifics of November, so today we take a deeper look at No-Shave November (and yes, it is more than just a cutesy name to justify your facial hair to your boss).

Hairy History

While the exact origin of the term No-Shave November is almost impossible to pinpoint, the philanthropic No-Shave November we know today sprouted in 2009. That’s when members of the Chicagoland Hill family decided to use it as a means to raise money for charity and cancer awareness after their father passed away from colon cancer two years prior.

How it works

The idea is simple. During the month of November, stop shaving. Put your razor down — -be it for your face, legs (that’s right, women too!), or both — and donate the money you save from this modified grooming routine to charities working toward the elimination of cancer. No-Shave November itself is a family run, web-based 501(c)3 organization and to date, they have raised over $2 million dollars.

Grow Smart

First time grower? You might encounter a few *bumps* along the way. Not to worry, we have your back. Here are some beard growing tips for you. And in case your new stubble starts to itch, here are some ways to stop your beard from itching.

Now get growing!