If you’re reading this post, chances are you have just decided to grow a beard and you wanted to know what to expect during the beard-growing process. So, do you have what it takes to grow this ancient validation of masculinity? Continue reading this article to know if you do:
1.) Getting a beard doesn’t happen overnight. If this is going to be the first time you’ll grow a beard, you have to completely stop shaving. Let your facial hair grow for the next 4 to 5 weeks even if you’re just planning to get a goatee. Allowing all your facial hair to fully grow for this specified time period will allow you to get to know your specific hair growth patterns and eventually assess what are the best shaping options available for you.
2.) Not all men are created equal when it comes to the density of facial hair. Some men may have spotty beards while others may have hair down to their necks. There’s nothing you can do about the result you’re going to get (well, at least naturally) because of genetics. Then again, since you’re committed to growing a beard, work on whatever you’ll have at the end of the growing period.
3.) Your beard may look scruffy with some of your facial hair going into different directions during the growing phase of your beard. Use a conditioner to soften the facial hair for it to become manageable and comb it in place.
4.) Expect some unpleasant or uncomfortable questions or comments during the growing process. Don’t be surprised if your family, friends or colleagues will come up to you and ask you if you’re going through something, if you’re okay or if you’re sick. Those are normal reactions considering that they haven’t seen you grow a beard before. Once you grow your beard and decided to shave it and regrow it once again, they may no longer notice it. Give them time, it takes a little getting used to.
5.) While on your way towards becoming a full-bearded guy, you may feel some itchiness or some scaly rashes on your skin. These irritations can go away by shampooing your beard with an anti-itch beard shampoo every other day. You can also purchase an over-the-counter hydrocortisone cream and dab on affected areas for the irritations to subside.
6.) Don’t be weirded out if your beard has a different color from the hair of your head. You can always dye it or let it be (hint: women find the contrast appealing).