Some would say that growing a beard would be an easy task, but I beg to differ.
Growing a beard is actually quite hard to do. Lots of people do not have the genetics to grow facial hair very fast or possibly even at all.
During my journey I had ran in to many things that set me back or made me think twice about what I was doing. I will explain my mistakes and the troubles I ran in to, to hopefully prevent you from making the same mistakes.
I am not by any means and expert on facial hair growing. My beard as you will see from the photos below make me look like a hobo (most of the time).
The number one hardest thing about growing a beard is actually growing the beard. During this process you will have the urge to trim your beard. DON’T!
During the 1 year and 4 months I have been growing mine I ended up trimming it 4 or 5 times in the early stages and it turned out to be a very bad idea. 9 or 10 months in to the growing of the beard I began to feel real hobo-ish looking. So I started shaving my neck line to about the bottom of my jaw line, not realizing that by doing this I was cutting away most of the thickness of the beard as it grew longer. There was a period about a year in to the growth of the beard that it ended up looking really weird and thin. I thought about just scrapping the beard at that point and starting over, but I decided against that and I began to just let the hair grow and not touch it. It has been about 4 or 5 months now since I stopped trimming at all and now my beard looks much, much fuller.
Now I don’t normally care a whole heck of a lot on how I look which brings me to probably my second and last reason why growing a beard is hard.
Friends, Family and Strangers: If you are unlucky they will nag you about shaving. Telling you that you need to shave every time they see you. It tends not to play well on your psyche and makes you want to do bad things to your beard. Do not listen to them. If you want the beard, let it grow.
When should you shave? After knowing what I do now I would say “Never!” However; you should trim when you feel like you are ready and feel the need to round out the beard around your face.
Now I cannot tell how to do this as I have no experience with this. I actually have my mother who is a hair stylist do this for me when I go in for a haircut. The only thing I can tell you is when you trim your beard, not much comes off. You just remove enough hair to round off the beard to whatever style you are looking for. Oh and also to shorten those strangely long hairs that somehow grow to be 5 inches longer than any of the other hairs on your face.
Why did I begin this journey?
The short and sweet answer is: Nov 2012 – No shave November came and I was 30 years old and I had never grown a full beard before. I decided it was time to give this a try. I had no motivation other than this. Below will be some photos of my journey and you can see what I started with and where I am now with my beard.
The gallery above should be in order from 1 month to 1 year and 4 months.
In the gallery the last photo you will see is Beard Balm. I have recently discovered two items that everyone who wears a beard needs in their lives.
Beard Balm and a Boars Hair Brush. I got my Beard Balm from BeardBalm.us one of the main reason I got it from this website is because it is made in Detroit, MI. I currently reside in Michigan so I felt like I wanted to help out people in my State by buying their products. I was very surprised when I received a handwritten note with my Beard Balm. It was nice to see a company who cared enough to take the time to actually write to a customer.
The last thing I mentioned above was the Boar Hair Bristle Brush. When/if you buy one of these make sure you read the reviews and make sure it is real boar’s hair. I bought one from a company called Bass and it was not real boar’s hair, it was nylon or plastic bristles. It was also kind of hard and if you brush too firmly it can hurt your skin. Find yourself a soft brush and you won’t regret it. The day I got the brush in the mail I went in to the bathroom and started to brush my beard and I was instantly amazed by how well it groomed me. I had less wild hair flaring off of my face and I looked like I actually took care of my beard! This was something I had been trying to achieve ever since I started growing it!
The Beard Balm I have only used twice now, but it is awesome! It keeps your hair in place, but does not make your beard hair all hard and crunchy. It keeps the beard very soft and the wax seems to disappear or soak in to the beard fairly quickly so you do not have a greasy feeling beard. Also it smells really good and I don’t normally like smelly stuff. It sort of smells like freshly cut sawdust to me and I dig that. It completes my lumberjack man look!
That is all I have for now! I will update on this subject as much as I can, so check back!
Keep on growing everyone!