So obviously I am not a man but after living with my boyfriend for the last 3 years I have came to the conclusion that men have grooming and beauty needs as well. My boyfriend has been growing his beard for a little over 7 months now and although he hasn’t reached his “yerd” (1 year beard) yet, it is pretty long and full.
I have seen a lot of posts in the subreddits he follows on Reddit about beards. A lot of people ask how do I start or what should I use questions so I thought I would write a post on the basics for any man who is wondering these questions or any females out there who don’t know what to get their bearded man as a gift!
First off let me state that growing a beard is not for everyone…some people don’t have the patience or some people just can’t grow one due to genetics. It is your own journey to find out and I personally think every man should try at least once in their life! Almost all beards will go through an ugly stage as they start growing out longer. It’s like the same concept with women when they cut their hair short and then decide it wasn’t for them and grow it back out. It always goes through that funky stage midway where you just want to cut it all off again or nit pick…if you want the beard you gotta suck it up and stick it out!
NO SHAVING OR TRIMMING THE FIRST 4 WEEKS!
If your beard decides to be working for you after 4 weeks you can now choose to start shaping it and trimming it if needed. Honestly I would suggest going to a barber the first time just so they can show you how to do it at home but if you really want to try for yourself here is a couple tutorials:
Designing a Neck Line for your Beard
Choosing a Cheek Line for your Beard
Ok so you got your beard looking a little more snazzy and a lot less cave man but you start noticing several little strays here and there popping out. Enter the beard brush and beard comb.
My boyfriend used the boar brush when he first started out on his adventure but just recently switched to this comb and loves it. The convenience of having something small that fits in his pocket was a big thing for him as well as having a wide tooth and narrow tooth side to get in there deep to get the tangles out. Here is a before and after picture of him using the beard comb…it is all personal preference:
Last but not least you have to cleanse and oil treat your beard to get the ultimate softness and shine especially if you suffer from the dreaded ITCH! A great shampoo to use specifically for your beard is Billy Jealousy Beard Wash. But some men prefer using good ol’ soap. I think the beard gets a better clean from the shampoo and won’t dry out the skin underneath as much as soap will. Another product he likes to use to soften and help condition and relieve itch are beard oils. There are a ton of brands, fragrances, and types out there but we have found the ones in the glass bottles last longer and work better then those in plastic. Also fragrance is a personal preference and you can get some that don’t smell like anything. As a woman I think all of the scented ones smell manly delicious lol!