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2/24/2015 1:48 PM grooming • 0 Comments

A Beginner's Guide to Beards

A beard is more than a fashion statement; it’s a lifestyle. A beard represents manliness, strength and virility. A beard says ‘this guy can chop down a tree and father a whole football team of kids.’


Maybe you’ve been thinking about taking the plunge for sometime now. My advice to you: go for it! But follow these simple tips.


1. Allow your beard to grow out loosely for a couple of weeks before trimming or sculpting it  


Beards don’t just grow overnight and unfortunately there’s no way to speed up the process. It’s all up to genetics and the hands of time. You’ve just got to wait it out through the awkward stubble and itchiness of those first few days (this will go away once your skin adjusts to the new hair).

 

2. During those first few weeks, take note of your hair growth pattern


This will be important to know when you start trimming and sculpting your beard. You might have the perfect ideal of what you’ll look like once your new facial hair comes in fully, but be prepared to let it go. Love your beard as is and don’t focus on any flaws you might see in it.


3. Block out the haters


There’s a good chance your girlfriend or your mom won’t understand why you would want to ruin that handsome face with all that scratchy hair. This is when you explain to them that you’ve made a choice and you’re committing to it. You might not change their minds but they’ll have to respect you for being so principled. Right? Either way it’s your face and no one else’s.

 

4. Don’t ditch your skin care routine


Too many guys forget the most essential rules of hair and skin care when growing their beards. It’s simple! Wash your face daily. This will help keep your skin clean and prevent ingrown hairs. Shampoo and condition your beard regularly. This keeps your facial hair flake free and fights the dreaded itch of the first few days. The conditioner also makes your coarse beard hair softer. Lastly, comb your beard and mustache with a wide-toothed comb to remove tangles.

 

5. Get some beard oil


This stuff is like the nectar of the gods for your beard. PRZMAN’s Mane Man Beard Oil is a super powerful blend of oils that works to soften your beard and moisturize the skin underneath. It also releases anti-inflammatory properties that prevent itching.

 

6. Buy a quality beard trimmer with different length settings


After about a month or so you’re finally ready to start trimming and sculpting your beard. Don’t be afraid to try a few different looks to find out what works best for your face. Remember, less is more. In other words, don’t go too crazy sculpting the perfect lines. Always use clean, sharp razors or trimmer blades so you don’t pull hair or spread bacteria.

 

7. Keep it natural


Let your strengths work for you. Work more with your natural shapes, meaning the way your beard grows out. We’ve all seen that guy who’s too groomed when it comes to the details on his face, hair or brows. You don’t want to look like you used a ruler to groom your face.


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