Quarantine Beards are growing all around the world, and if you've ever grown a beard before, you know there are things that come up that can be a little confusing, and painful.
Sure, you can let it grow wild and natural, but your face will itch like hell and you will likely look a little disheveled. So, we wanted to outline a few things to help to grow a beard a little easier, and help you look a little better!
One of the most common complaints about growing a beard (and quarantine beard), is beard itch. After a few weeks of growth, your face can literally feel like it's burning. If you've experienced this, you know it's not something you ever want to experience again. If you haven't, listen up and I'll tell you how to avoid it.
The reason your face itches is because your skin is dry. As you grow a beard, it draws away the natural sebum oil your body produces in attempt to keep your beard hairs healthy. This leaves your face extremely dry and irritated if left alone.
Fortunately, the solution is extremely simple. Beard Oil.
Beard oil exists to solve the problem of dry, itchy, irritated skin. It's a blend of carrier oils that are proven to hydrate your skin. This will not only eliminate any itch and irritation but will provide a healthy environment for your beard to grow in. The result is better, healthier beard growth.
We advise all beards to start using beard oil within the first couple weeks of beard growth if you plan to continue growing your beard. It's better to keep your skin moisturized the entire time, rather than waiting for it to dry out to then apply.
Whether you give our Beard Oil a shot or try someone else's, read the ingredients, and make sure it's 100% natural and made in the USA. There are tons of products that actually use ingredients like alcohol which can actually dry out your skin even more, so read the labels guys!
Trimming a Beard
As you grow your beard, it will quickly look like you're being lazy. Which, in the world we live in today, a lot of guys are simply not shaving because of laziness and the additional time spent at home. That's perfectly ok! A lot of guys start out this way only to realize they love having a beard, and they then learn to take care of it over time.
If you don't want to look completely disheveled, there are a few trimming points I'd like to share to line up and shape your beard properly. These are often gone wrong and can leave your beard looking pretty sad.
The first, and easiest, line to trim is the top line. This line is the line from your sideburn to your mustache. We think beards should be left more natural by keeping this line as high as naturally possible. Trim away any rogue hairs that grow above your top line, but stop there. Don't let this line creep too low or you'll end up with a chin strap looking beard.
This might be the hardest of the three to trim yourself as it's hard to see with a single mirror. I suggest getting a hand mirror to really see what you're doing, and trim any hairs that grow back behind your sideburn towards the back of your neck. The idea is to have this line run straight down.
When it comes to your neckline, you want to trim it on your neck. Go figure! A lot of guys growing a new beard tend to make the mistake of trimming this line at the jawline which is much too high. You want to trim this line where the head connects to the neck, typically just above the Adam's apple. This will give your beard a much fuller profile, especially as it grows out.
Be Prepared For Attention
When you grow a beard, people will notice. Most of the comments will be good, but some will be well, questionable. You may get less of this now as you aren't seeing many people, and quarantine beards are pretty widespread. However, certain people in your life will likely question your decision.
I'm here to tell you, your beard is the worst at the starting stages of growth, and it only gets better with time, patience, and proper grooming. Commit to letting it grow and we'll help you perfect your beard style as you grow.
Other Beard Style Needs
There are tons of other questions you'll have along the way. From trimming advice to other beard product questions, we'll be here to help answer any and off of them!
Here at Live Bearded, our mission is to help Beardsmen look, feel, and be their best. So if you have any questions while you're growing your Quarantine Beard, or about anything else, don't hesitate to contact us anytime.
And as always,
Live Bearded, Brother!