How to Start Growing the Perfect Beard for Your Face
Your face shape, skin type and even hair colour affect your beard and how you maintain it. Find out how to grow the perfect beard in our latest blog
There are a few factors to consider when learning how to start growing a beard. Maybe you grew one years ago that didn’t quite work out and how you want to try again. Or, maybe you want to grow one, but you’re worried your sensitive skin could end up causing you trouble? When you’re trying to achieve the perfect beard, your face shape, hair colour and general style can all influence the type of beard you should have. Not to mention, looking after you beard and the skin surrounding it is a pretty important part of maintaining your overall look.
In this blog, we’ll look at some of the elements you should look at in order to have a top-notch beard to show off to the masses.
How to Tell if You Can Grow a Beard
Everyone’s hair grows at different pace, and this is the same with facial hair. You may want to grow a beard but are unsure if your hair is naturally able to grow as thick as you want.
Your genetics can let you know of your beard-growing ability. Does facial hair run in the family? Do the men in your family tree have a history of beards? You can also look to yourself; how thickly does your body hair grow?
All these questions can give you an insight into how to start growing a beard.
What Kind of Skin Do You Have?
Your skin type can have a massive impact on your facial hair. If you’re starting to grow a beard from a clean-shaven face, you’ll probably have a few weeks of itchy skin as the hair grows. This is usually because this new hair picks up dust and other pollutants, as well as initially aggravating the skin underneath. This will pass! Using a beard wash and oil regularly can help reduce the redness and itching that can occur with brand new beards.
If you have sensitive skin anyway, you can still grow a beard! Many people with sensitive skin think a beard will only exacerbate their complaints, but that’s not always true. The best advice is to keep the beard and surrounding area hydrated with products that are specially formulated for sensitive skin.
You can help minimise the chance of sensitive skin by using a moisturiser on a daily basis. This will keep the skin hydrated and prepare your face for a new beard.
How Can Your Hairstyle Help or Hinder Your Beard?
Facial hair and your hairstyle should work together, not apart. There are hairstyles that worked with beards long ago – think mullet and handlebar moustache… yeah, we’re not sure what we did in the 80s to deserve that either.
Contemporary hairstyles can work really well with different beard shapes but choose something that works with not just the shape of your clean-shaven face, but your newly-bearded one. It’s all about finding the right balance. If you have short hair, why not go wild with a longer full beard to offset it? This also works for men with bald or thinning hair – a bit of stubble or a short beard can draw attention away from your head towards your facial features.
Colour is also something to consider when you grow a beard. Unless you’re making a statement, try and keep your beard and hair a similar shade. It may be that you are grey on the top, but your beard still grows darker – embrace it! The speckled hair and beard look can look eminently stylish; George Clooney has made his name from it.
How Can I Incorporate My Beard into My Lifestyle?
A lot of people think attaining the perfect beard requires hours of preening in the mirror and uber precise trimming and shaving techniques, but that doesn’t have to be the case. Your skincare and grooming routine doesn’t need to be extended much, just a few products will help you achieve the look you want, working with your face rather than against it.
If you’re new to having a beard, you’ll notice a bit of dryness and possibly some red bumps as the skin gets used to having this new hair. This doesn’t mean you need to abandon all hope of having the perfect beard! Buy a beard wash and oil (also a link) that is specially formulated to hydrate your facial hair. Our highly-recommended beard oil (also a link) uses a blend of essential oils for a great smell and sleek looking beard. If you’re looking to add moisture rather than shine, the best beard moisturiser can be found in a quality beard balm, which will soften an unruly beard and keep it looking freshly-trimmed.