How to Grow a Beard

by Chris Glasner

conan o brien and david letterman growing their beards out

Growing a beard is like growing the hair on your head. What you simply need to do is to stop shaving for an extended period of time. Some people due to genetic reasons will be unable to grow much facial hair so they can’t grow out more than a little stubble. If that’s the case, you won’t be able to grow out a full beard. Contrary to popular opinion, shaving your chin regularly does not encourage your hair to grow out faster or thicker. It doesn’t work.

To grow a real beard, you need a period of at least 3 to 4 weeks depending on fast your hair grows. The most important thing is to be able to tolerate any possible itching that comes from growing a beard. If its your first time growing a beard, it will itch and it will be rather uncomfortable. However, it is manageable as long as you hang in there and commit to growing a beard. Ignore any comments from friends and loved ones. Your beard might look scruffy to them but this is the growing period and its inevitable that you endure.

PRO TIP: Take a picture of a man with a great beard and paste it on your bedroom wall and/or fridge. This can be a celebrity, movie star, rock star, writer or someone you know. It doesn’t matter. Cut this picture out of a magazine or newspaper or book and use it to motivate yourself. This helps to encourage you to keep growing and maintaining your beard. It really works!

Two recommendations. Grow your beard during winter, where its cold and your beard won’t itch as much. In fact it’ll feel comfortable to have hair during a cold day out. Secondly, waste your beard with shampoo and conditioner every day. Keep your beard clean and don’t scratch your beard even though it may itch (I know its hard). To stop itching or minimize it, use something like Aloe Vera to sooth your skin. Avoid any oils that may irritate your skin and cause greasiness.

Resist the urge to trim your beard until it acquires a full shape. 3 weeks is a good estimate for a beard that’s long enough. If you’re interested in taking supplements to encourage healthy hair growth, try Biotin and MSM. Both are known and tested to help with the growth of hair. Your drugstore should have both of them over the counter.

After your beard has grown to a good length, its time to decide on the beard style to adopt. This really depends on how much hair you have, its thickness and shape. Unfortunately, this is largely a matter of genetics so in the end you may not be suitable for specific beard shapes. Keep this in mind from the start and don’t be disappointed. After you decided on the beard style you want, you may want to visit a professional mens hair salon to get help from stylist or get yourself an excellent beard trimmer and use them to trim your beard carefully. If you’re new to beard trimmers, check out my guide to using beard trimmers before you get started.

Have fun growing that sexy beard!

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