Growing a Beard - The Ultimate Guide [Updated 2018]
Growing a beard is as simple as simply setting the razor down and not shaving.
However, if you want a GREAT beard...it takes a little work.
And with so much "buzz" surrounding beards, and all the fly-by-night beard companies...
It's easy to get overwhelmed with product options and grooming tips...
That's why we wrote the "Ultimate Step-By-Step Grooming & Style Guide"...
This is literally, EVERYTHING you need to know to grow the best beard possible!
Step One: Wash The Beard
Wash the dang thing!
This isn’t rocket science guys. Just as you wash your hair in the shower, take a minute to wash your beard. The only question is, what soap do you use?
Bar Soap & Body Wash
These must be avoided at all costs. They are great to wash the grime off your body from a hard days work but they will dry out your beard leading to:
- Dry, itchy skin
- Beard dandruff
- Split ends
- Unhealthy growth
If bar soap is all you have available...
It is critical to apply a good amount of beard oil after and depending on length, beard butter immediately following.
A good wash is designed specifically to:
- Eliminate itch, irritation and flakes at the source
- Promote softer, healthier, more manageable growth
- Offer a deep clean without damaging skin and hair
Recommended: Learn About Beard Wash
Step Two: Condition The Beard
Gotta keep it fresh!
After you've washed up with your beard wash, it's time to gently towel dry your beard and lube it up! Beard oil and butter are going to moisturize your skin and beard hairs reducing skin irritation and increasing growth health.
Beard oil is the perfect combination of all natural carrier oils and essential oils, designed to keep your skin and beard healthy.
A good, all natural oil is the foundation of a healthy beard and is one of the most essential products a beardsman can own. It can transform your beard from average to excellent in just a few minutes a day!
A high quality beard oil is typically made up of two types of oils:
1. Carrier Oils
Deliver the benefits to your beard which we’ll cover shortly. They generally make up ~95% of the oil in the bottle, are all natural, and typically derived from seeds and nuts.
The top tier carrier oils are: Argan, Jojoba and Grapeseed, with sweet almond and avocado being nice alternatives.
2. Essential Oils
These are the fragrance oils that make it possible to have pine, cedar, eucalyptus, sandalwood and tons of other amazing smells fill your beard.
What Does Beard Oil Do?
As you grow your beard, your body does not produce enough sebum (natural oil) to moisturize your skin and beard, leaving your skin and hair dry.
Daily application of beard oil will hydrate your skin and beard, and will eliminate:
- Beard Itch – Primary reason many men don’t continue their beard growth.
- Beardruff – Dandruff of the beard – Flakes of skin everywhere.
- Split Ends – we’ve all heard the women in our lives complain about them. When your hair splits (go figure), causing an unruly, unkept appearance.
Less breakage means fuller appearance. Not to mention how soft and manageable beard oil leaves your beard which is what women are concerned with most.
How To Apply Beard Oil:
When you apply the oil, first go under your beard and apply to your skin, then use the extra oil to coat the beard itself.
Recommended: Learn More About Beard Oil
Beard butter is composed of oils and butters which give it a light creamy texture and provides much deeper nourishment. The best base is shea butter combined with carrier oils, and essential oils for fragrance.
What Does Beard Butter Do?
Beard butter is the best of both worlds, the perfect balance between an oil and a wax. It's as if you’re walking around with conditioner in your beard all day long, while having a light to medium hold so you can style your beard and keep it in place all day long.
It locks in a deep condition for your beard beyond what a quality oil can do alone, especially with medium to longer length beards, and will leave your beard soft and manageable, smelling great.
How To Apply Beard Butter:
Beard butter should be applied daily for styling and moisturizing purposes. It is important to note that it is not a replacement for your beard oil which will help keep your skin from flaking and itching.
Recommended: Learn more about Beard Butter
Step 3: Comb The Beard
A good quality beard comb is a tool that no beard should be without. A high quality beard comb will help you:
- Tame and shape your beard
- Train hairs to grow in the right direction
- Reduce/eliminate fly away and ingrown hairs
- Help evenly distribute oil
Beard hair is thicker, more dense hair than that on your head which creates more friction, so choosing the right beard comb is important.
Pros & Cons:
- Can cause split ends
- Creates static and beard "frizz"
- Snagging happens a lot
- Breakage of hairs
Pros & Cons:
- Durable and stylish
- Increased snagging
- Causes Split ends
- Breakage of hairs
Natural Horn Combs:
Pros & Cons:
- Reduced static
- Less snagging and healthier hair
Pros & Cons:
- Least amount of snagging
- Healthier and shinier hair
- Evenly distributes oil and butter
- Can break if you're not careful.
Wood beard combs are the most popular and widely accepted combs on the market.
Recommended: Learn About Our Wood Comb
How To Comb Your Beard
Here is a video showing you our suggested technique for added fullness:
Combing your beard regularly will give it a better shape, get you more compliments, and give you more confidence.
You should keep your comb on you or near you at all times. One thing you’ll notice, the longer your beard gets, the harder it is to keep it looking good.
Boar's Hair Brush
A boar's hair brush is a great tool to give you a little extra control when styling. Many of us use a bush and a comb in the morning after oil and butter application to really shape it up and use a comb throughout the day to keep it looking good all day long.
Recommended: Learn About Our Boars Hair Brush
Step 4: Beard Style
Choosing the right style to compliment your face shape can dramatically improve your overall look and appearance.
Knowing what beard shape is best for you may save you months or years of trial and error…
What's the best style for you? Follow these general rules for each of the following face types to find out!
Face Type: Round Face
When shaping a beard on a round face, add length to the chin to stretch the appearance of the face to appear less round.
Avoid thickness of sideburns and keep the sides of the beard trimmed shorter.
Face Type: Square Face
Similar to the round, you should opt for a beard style that make your face appear to be more slender and longer.
The most practical for elongating the face is to keep the sides tighter and allow for length to be at the chin.
Face Type: Long & Narrow
If your face is already long and narrow, you’ll want to do the exact opposite from the round.
Your beard style should be fuller on the sides to fill our your face.
Face Type: Large
If you have a larger face, you’ll want your beard to match.
Any small amount of facial hair will only make your face appear larger and out of proportion.
This gives you the right to grow it BIG!
Face Type: Small
If you have a small face, you’ll want to consider a slightly smaller beard.
You don’t want to completely lose your face in your beard so keep the proportions appropriate.
Face Type: Oval
You lucky SOB! The oval face is considered to be the ideal shape for nearly any beard style and requires minimal shaping to balance your facial features.
Consider it your duty to grow a beard.
Step 5: Beard Trimming
Many beardsman have a LOVE/HATE relationship with the idea of trimming. Just like getting a hair cut, it can be a stressful process. One wrong move and you've lost months (or years) worth of growth!
The most common mistake by beardsman is not following the 10 laws of trimming!
10 Laws Of Beard Trimming
1. Slow Down
- Never rush! EVER!
- Take your time, take it slow!
2. Don’t Trim Wet
- When it's wet it will appear longer than it will actually is
- Wait for it to dry, always trim dry.
3. Clippers vs Scissors
- This comes down to personal preference and what YOU are most comfortable with.
- Scissors take more time, but are way easier to control!
- Cut less to start with, you can always cut more later
*Again, take it SLOW!
4. A Proper Neckline
***ATTENTION*** This is the single most common beard trimming mistake. Too many guys ruin their beards by trimming too high. Do NOT do this...
- Do not cut at your jawline! NO NO NO
- If you trim your beard on your jawline it will make it look like your beard shrunk and is entirely too small for your face. You want to trim your beard where your neck meets your head.
- Trim/cut at the neck line, just above the adams apple
This is BAD!
Jaw line very very bad!
This is GOOD!
Neck line good, very good!
5. Comb the Opposite Direction
- Comb up, against the grain.
- This will separate the hairs and expose any uneven areas in your beard making trimming easier.
6. The Stache
***STACHE RULE*** The bigger the beard, the bigger the stache!
- I always advise using scissors on a mustache of any length. If you want it off your lip, simply take the scissors and cut what’s resting on your upper lip.
- For a shorter mustache, you can use a trimmer with a guide as an alternative. My advice is to always start with a number higher than you think you should just to be safe.
Recommended: Learn About Mustache Wax
7. The Cheeks
Depending on how high your cheeks grow in, you may want to clean up your cheek line to add a little more of a defined beard.
- Create a line connecting your inner sideburns across to your mustache.
- Do not go too low!!! A very common mistake is taking this line too low.
- Round Face? Keep the sides tighter by trimming the hair on your cheeks shorter than your chin.
- Keep an eye on it and trim the strays that take away from the shape.
- Just remember not to overdue it.
9. Made a Mistake?
- If you’ve made a mistake, our advice is to step away.
- DO NOT try to fix it on the spot if you are upset. Trust me.
- Beard trimming takes patience and you’ll only be in a rush and likely make it worse.
10. See a Professional
- Don't wanna mess up? We suggest seeing a barber!
- Follow this guide: 7 Steps To Find A Barber
Step 6: Beard Grooming
Beard Oil is absolutely critical to keep the skin and hair moisturized and soft and should be used by every beard after about 1 month.
This in conjunction with using your beard comb regularly will reduce your beard itch and also reduce ingrown hairs and beard flake.
What’s important to remember here is that proper care and application of oil in this stage of growth will ensure healthy, faster and fuller growth moving forward.
Recommended: Learn More About Beard Oil
3 Month Beard
As your hairs get longer it will be harder for them to remain moisturized. At this stage I would recommend a good beard wash and beard oil daily.
I would also recommend beard butter to offer a light to medium hold throughout the day. Not only does this give you the hold to maintain the style you prefer, but it also locks in moisture to keep your beard protected from the elements.
Make sure to keep your comb on you as your beard will tend to run a little more wild as you grow.
Recommended: Learn More About Beard Butter
What about mustache wax?
For those of you growing your mustache, I recommend applying mustache wax daily to train your stache to grow to the side and off your lip.
Doing this early will make a huge difference as it gets longer and is something a lot of guys fail to do.
TIP – For problem areas in your beard where your hairs are stubborn, hit it with a little butter combined with a pinch of mustache wax. This will give you more control to train the hairs in the direction you want them to grow.
How to apply:
Simply scrape a little onto the backside of your fingernail and rub it together between your index finger and your thumb warming it up. Start at the center and evenly disperse it across your stache, pulling it to the sides and off your lip. The earlier you begin training your stache, the easier it will lie down as it grows out.
Recommended: Learn More About Mustache Wax
As your beard gets longer, it gets increasingly harder to keep it healthy. You will begin to see split ends and some hairs will even stop growing.
A proper Beard Wash is a must. Rinse with luke-warm to cold water to prevent further damage. The beard oil rule still applies and is even more critical with the added length.
Beard butter will be your best friend. It will not only lock in the deep moisture but will give you a light to medium hold to shape your beard without weighing your beard down or leaving it greasy.
Step 7: Grow A Better Beard
Who doesn’t like the idea of growing a better beard?
That’s what I thought...
7 Natural Ways To Grow A Better Beard
- Exercise increases testosterone
- Testosterone increases beard growth, density, fullness and growth rate
- Pre sex anticipation boosts testosterone…
- Post sex also boosts testosterone = MORE GROWTH!
- Worth a shot anyways… 😉
3. Growth Vitamins
- Better Growth…
Recommended: Learn About Growth Vitamins
- Recommended 7-8 hours
- MINIMUM of 5 hrs
- Less than 5 hrs reduces testosterone as much as 15%!
- Catch those Z’s whenever you can…
- More stress = more cortisol
- More cortisol = less testosterone
- Less testosterone = less BEARD
- And NOBODY wants that…
6. DietCertain foods are loaded with vitamins known to increase growth:
- Dark leafy greens
- And more…
7. Beard Oil
- Promotes strong healthy growth
- Relieves itch
- Softens your beard
- Tames fly-aways
- And much more…
Recommended: Learn More About Oil
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You’ve made it through the entire guide to a better beard! I truly hope you found it beneficial!
Following any of these steps will help dramatically, but following all of them will ensure your beard is always looking its best!
If you need further explanation about anything or have any feedback, we’d love to hear from you!
We are always here to support you in any way possible so don’t hesitate to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep it growing and as always,
Live Bearded Brother!