Trying to grow a thick and healthy beard?

Are you taking care of your beard properly?

Contrary to what some men believe, an amazing beard doesn’t just happen. It takes a lot of hard work and patience to cultivate and groom a healthy beard that looks great and reeks of masculinity. It’s important to give beard care if you want it to grow strong and full.

Luckily, we’re here to help. Below we’ll tell you exactly how to maintain and grow an awesome beard.

1. Start Right

After you first decide to grow a beard, you’ll want to think about a few things to make sure you’re starting it right. Make sure to set some goals for yourself and have a plan of what you want your beard to look like later on.

Before you can do much maintenance with your beard, you’ll have to let it grow for a few weeks. After your beard starts to grow in, then it will be time to start thinking about how to maintain it and start shaping it into the style you want.

After a few weeks of growing your beard, it’s a great idea to visit your barber to get his opinions and to let him check it out.

Talking to your barber after it’s been growing for a few weeks will allow you to discuss it with him and he’ll be able to give you ideas of how you may want to style it. A barber will also be able to trim your beard up a bit and make it look nicer.

2. Get Your Toolkit Together

Properly maintaining and taking care of your beard will require you to have a few useful tools at your disposal. Make sure you get these together as soon as you can so that you can give your beard the full attention it deserves.

A few of the most important things you’ll probably want to have on hand include a detangling comb, a finishing comb, a safety razor, and an electric trimmer. You’ll also want scissors that were made for cutting hair and are right for your hand preference, whether that’s left or right-handed.

Remember that you get what paid for. Try to get some high-quality beard maintenance tools if possible rather than going for the cheapest ones you can find.

3. Trim It Well

As your beard starts growing fuller you’ll want to make sure you’re trimming it regularly. It’s important to groom your beard well and ensure that no part of it is unruly or uneven. You’ll probably want to trim your beard up just about every week when it’s in its early stages but you may want to cut back to just once every two weeks once it’s going strong.

Also, keep in mind that it’s better to trim your beard when it’s dry because when it’s wet it can be more difficult. Looks can be deceiving and if your beard is wet when you trim it later on you may discover that you didn’t do as good of a job as you thought you did.

4. Give It Some Style

Before you get too far in the beard growing process you’ll want to consider which beard style you’re interested in.

Start thinking early on about what types of beards you see on others and look up different styles online to get an idea of what’s possible. You’ll want to consider your facial features, your ethnicity, and your personal preferences to decide what’s right for you.

Whatever you decide, you’ll want to keep it in mind when you’re growing it and once you start trimming it regularly. Knowing what end goal you have in mind is very helpful and will help you grow it into your desired look as time goes on.

5. Use Shampoo and Conditioner

In addition to the basic beard maintenance tools you’ll need, it’s also important that you improve the health of your beard by making use of shampoo and conditioner. You should plan to shampoo and condition your beard a few times every week.

It may surprise you to learn that the hair on your beard is a lot more sensitive than the hair on your head. Using shampoo and conditioner that was made for your hair can cause irritation and dryness to your face and your beard’s hair follicles. Your beard may also be itchier as well.

For that reason, you’ll want to make sure that you only use shampoo and conditioner that is specifically made to use on your beard.

6. Try Some Beard Oils and Butters

In addition to the bare minimum grooming products such as shampoo and conditioner, you’ll also want to consider using some beard oils, butter, and balms as well to further ensure the health of your facial hair. By using these items you’ll avoid dandruff and your beard will also feel softer and more easy to maintain.

Each of these things can help to add moisture to your beard and will make your beard stronger. However, you don’t have to go overboard with these to experience the results. You can use these on a less regular basis than shampoo and condition and still experience a big difference.

By the way, if you’re ready to get your hands on some of these beard care products you may want to read more here.

7. Crack Down on Curls

One thing you’ll have to deal with when taking care of your beard is the possibility of stray curls and waves in your hair. There are several ways to manage these effectively.

One of the best ways to get rid of a curl is to use a comb to try and get the curl or wave out. Ideally, do this after wetting your hair with warm water or after showering.

Additionally, you may also want to try using a blow dryer on your curl to try to tame it. Another trick is to use a bit of mustache wax to try to smooth down the unwanted curl.

On the other hand, don’t start cutting or trimming curls or waves in your beard. Doing so will make your beard start looking patchy and can ruin a great beard very quickly.

8. Know How to Shave It Off

While you may not want to ever get rid of your beard, it is a good idea to know a few tips for shaving it properly if the time ever comes.

Many men shave their beard off as soon as the winter is over and go cleanshaven during the summer. If you’d rather go beardless to cool down during the summer months, then you’ll want to make sure you know how to do it. If you have a full beard you’ll need to take special care in shaving it off again.

To shave your beard off completely, first, you’ll want to cut it down with an electric trimmer or scissors as close as you can. Then, you should take a warm shower to make your beard hair softer and as easy to work with as possible. After this, you can continue to shave normally.

Making the Most of These Beard Care Tips

Growing an amazing beard doesn’t happen overnight. It takes a lot of time and effort to get it right and to grow it into a testament of your masculinity. By using these beard care tips, you’ll be able to grow your facial hair into a strong and full beard that you can proudly wear and show off for the world to see.

Trying to take your grooming skills to the next level? Click here to see our top grooming tips for men.