Each beard is unique in its own way. Each one of you gentlemen reading this article knows how his beard has a unique temper and I’m sure there are some bits of advice you just wish you heard before you even started growing it out. Am I right or am I right?
Both first time beard growers and experienced yearders will find useful info in this detailed beard growing guide that will help them shape the most beautiful of beards they possibly can.
Being a simple yet complex process at the same time, I felt the need of finding a way to address every point of your beard growing journey without creating too much fuss where it’s not necessary. My goal is to clear up any confusion you guys might have regarding the treatment of your beard by clearing out the air on some topics like usage of beard growth enhancement products (oils, pills, powder, whatever …); answer the common questions of whether you should trim with an electric razor or choose scissors.
All of these questions, and much more, are covered in this detailed beard growing guide in a manner that’s easy to comprehend and supported with advice you can start implementing right after you read the article.
Here’s a list of all the topics covered in the guide, so you can better navigate and jump straight to the questions that concern yourself:
- How long does it take to grow a beard?
- Choose your style early
How long does it take to grow a beard?
In most cases you’ll need anywhere between 2 and 4 months of beard growth to develop a respectable turf, having in mind the uniqueness of each person’s growth level on monthly basis. The average is half an inch (1.20 cm) per month, but it can always be more or less depending on your genetic structure and various other factors.
It took me personally two months to grow around 1.2” (3 cm) of beard and it came down to 3.5” (9 cm) after half a year, but then it kinda stagnated till the 8th or 9th month because I didn’t groom that devotedly, so I learned the hard way how brushing, regular oil/balm usage and occasional shape up is essential. Here are my results from the first 7 months:
The biggest problem I faced after a year of beard growing is that I experienced how the shape of my beard and its thickness dissolved as longer it got. This was mainly due because I haven’t:
- Brush regularly, which cased lots of hair to start swirling in and going upwards instead of downwards. This resulted with an illusion how my beard is thin and weak at the bottom, which was a huge stretch because I still had lots of beard and it was more powerful than ever, it just didn’t grow in the desired direction.
- Trim occasionally, and it’s not just to put that powerful facial hair I got in line, it also helps with split ends, which can prove to be a huge pain in the but and stop you from achieving your maximum beard potential. Occasional trimming will not make your beard grow faster, it will just even up its length, which certainly helps when shaping up and it supports the direction you want to take with your beard.
- Shape up, is your savior brother. Get that balm or wax or whatever you wish for and apply it at least once a week after you shower, combining it with a session of combing and air-drying. This will do wonders for the shape of your beard, but it will also help you grow more in length as there will be no ingrown hair to worry about.
Learn from my mistakes and let this guide lead you from day zero to a full yeard and I truly believe you’ll surpass the average of 6” in a year, growing an even longer and stronger beard than myself.
To see how I take care of my virile beard now, check out my Grooming Guide filled with useful tips and how to videos.
Before we dig deep into what you can expect with each new day of beard growing and cover the beard growth stages every man experiences together with solutions to the problems that come along the way, you’ll need to decide on one thing and that’s choosing the right beard style for your face shape.
Bellow you’ll find an entire section dedicated on the topic, together with some additional factors that affect your decision of choosing the right beard style.
How to choose the right beard style?
It’s essential you decide what beard style you’re after before you begin growing out your beard. Depending on your desired style and the shape of your face, you can certainly find a perfect match. I didn’t thought about this at the beginning as I was pretty sure I just wanted to grow a full beard, but it’s something I regretted afterwards as I ended up with no actual shape with lots of swirls and knots, all because I didn’t educate on how to maintain that powerful beard I had.
Choosing the right style is crucial, not only because you’ll know where you’re heading, but you’ll also be able to focus on some of the biggest pain points that particular style has to overcome when you try to grow it out on your face. Anything is possible, your neck beard may grow upwards (my case and case for most men) and you desperately need it to grow downwards and fulfill your full beard. This is where you start watching videos on how to brush and blow-dry your beard so it changes direction and straightens.
There are literally dozens of things you’ll need to take into consideration and we’ll cover all of them in this guide, so don’t worry, you’ll become a big know it all about beard growing after you read this article. For now it’s important to choose a beard style that goes well with your face shape.
Face shapes and beard styles
Not everyone can wear the chinstrap or the full beard style or a horseshoe mustache. Depending on the structure of your face you’ll need to choose a beard style you can put your effort in and live to see maximum gains in terms of length and shape.
If you have a pointy face and you’re growing beard only above and bellow your lips, it’s probably a great idea to go with a full on Van Dyke mode. There are literally hundreds of possible scenarios when you combine the structure of your face, the places where you have patches, the texture of your beard and what not, so you can decide what beard style suits you the best.
Before we discover how to handle patches and how to determine what beard style your facial hair can handle, let’s see how can you determine what’s the shape of your face and what beard styles you can actually pull off:
How to determine:
- Face length is greater than the width of the cheekbones.
- Forehead is greater than the jawline.
- The angle of the jaw is rounded rather than sharp.
How to determine:
- All measurements are fairly similar.
- The angle of the jaw is sharp rather than rounded.
- Sometimes you have a unique feature like a chin dimple.
How to determine:
- Face length is the greatest measurement.
- Forehead, cheekbones, and jawline are similar in size.
- Elongated look.
How to determine:
- Cheekbones and face length have a similar measurement.
- They are larger than also similar forehead and jawline.
- The angle of the jaw is soft and much less defined.
How to determine:
- Face length measures largest.
- Descending order: cheekbones, forehead, and smallest is jawline.
- The chin is pointed.
How to determine:
- Jawline measures greater than cheekbones.
- Cheekbones measure larger than forehead.
- Combination of square and oblong.
It’s quite important to have a style in mind at the beginning of your beard journey because it will make things easier later on as you’ll need to trim every now and then to achieve the perfect shape.
Choosing the right style based on the shape of your face and the individual characteristics of your beard can be tough, so it’s advisable to go through all the Beard Styles we’ve found and just pick the one you’re most comfortable with. You’ll find some extremely helpful trimming and grooming tips for each style in the beard care section of our website.
Our Beard Care section, on the other hand, will help you learn what to expect when you start growing a beard and what you’ll need to do to maintain your desired style.
The most common attribute affecting the choice of the perfect beard style for you is the shape of your face:
Decide what to do with your patches
I have a strong and powerful black beard, which brings me tons of compliments from both genders when I walk down the street. My girlfriend becomes jealous at times because of the attention I get, but this wouldn’t worry her if I haven’t decided how to cover my patches when I started growing my beard.
Yep, even I have them. You really need to be a freak of nature not to have patches or places where your beard doesn’t grow with the same intensity. I’ve decided to grow out my beard and cover my patches as they were just between my jawline and cheek line, so this was definitely doable. There are still glimpses of skin on this places, but hey … you need to be happy with what you have as I am.
If you really struggle growing out a powerful beard, you can check supplements like biotin and minoxidil rogaine combined with a healthy dose of vitamin B, D and E as long as a strict nutritional regiment. Just be aware how there are side effects that come together with these two supplements, so do your research and reach out to people that have already used both.
There’s also facial hair transplant, but I would stay away from this if I was on your place. Just be happy with what you have and pull out the best style you can.
The Beard Cycle – Beard Growth Stages Explained
- Day Zero, Preparation Stage
- Week 1-2, The Beginning
- Week 2-6, The Shape Up & What To Expect In The First Month
- Week 6-12, Learn to Control The Beast
- Week 13 and Above, The Peacock Stage
- Personalized Grooming Kit
Day Zero, Preparation Stage
Before you decide to start growing your beard, spend a little time thinking about whether you’re up to the task and what do you want to achieve.
Go through some of the most common problems men face on daily basis and try to remember how it’s not the end of the world if you’re not able to grow a respectable chick magnet, you will always be able to find a style that will cover up your weak spots and look great.
The Beard State Of Mind
Get ready for the ride, we’re going to grow a beard on that magnificent face of yours and you’ll need to be prepared to take on lots of obstacles down the road, potentially.
You may need to cover some patches or you’ll have your hands full with all the trimming of that wild beast underneath your chin. Whatever the case, growing and grooming a virile beard takes dedication, patience and above anything else – TIME.
Don’t get all depressed if you don’t achieve what you were aiming for from the first try. Just take as many start overs as you need to grow a thick beard.
To encourage you, we keep an eye on the worst beards on the internet and post them to our Virile Beard Wall Of Shame.
Week 1-2, The Beginning
Up until this point, you have a beard style in mind and you’re already familiar with some of the biggest mistakes you can make when starting to grow a beard. Now, it’s time for the beginning of your beard shape up journey, and it all starts with a nice clean shave.
Start With A Clean Shave
The reason why you want to start from zero is that you now have a beard style you’d like to shape up for and you know what are the crucial spots on your face that need to be covered with facial hair, so you can start solving these problems.
Look for patches and pain points
Shaving your beard with a razor will not only pinpoint the exact spots where your beard is weak or patchy but will also reveal all possible problems with your skin, which are covered in great detail in our Beard Grooming section.
Myth Debunked: Shaving your beard more often, won’t make your beard grow faster or thicker. Those patches can only be covered though some people found a great solution in the usage of Minoxidil Rogaine. If you want to learn what affects the health and apparel of your beard, check our detailed article on the topic.
Decide If You’re Good To Go
You can repeat this stage countless times or at least until you feel ready to start growing a powerful beard. Shave off every couple of weeks before you feel like the facial hair surrounding those patches looks strong enough to cover them entirely after a month or two.
Solving the riddle of why you have beard patches on your face will most probably involve elements connected with your genetics and in some cases your eating habits.
Whatever the case you may end up facing the fact you’ll never be able to fix those patches and we strongly suggest you go with a style suitable for your face shape and beard texture, instead of making a facial hair transplant or bothering with the use of various supplements and hair loss shampoos.
This stuff can probably strengthen your hair, but the patches will most likely remain unphased by your efforts.
Remember, not everything that works for your hair will work for your beard when it comes to cosmetics.
Putting scammy growth enhancers on the side, and if any of the methods from our article on patches don’t help, start learning why you’re facing this problem and how can you overcome them the easy way.
If on the other hand, you feel like you’re good to go and have something to work with, skip to the next section of this beard growth guide.
Week 2-6, The Shape Up & What To Expect In The First Month
If you’re happy with the way your beard looks, you’re ready to exit the 2-week long incubation phase and start thinking how to shape up for your desired style. You’ll have a quarter of an inch (0.7 cm) of length till this point, which is enough material for some quality grooming and trimming of your newfound beard.
Start Trimming & Grooming For Your Desired Style
Your goal here is to shape up your beard and groom it the right way, so you can enjoy a strong and symmetrical stubble after a couple of months. This phase is actually the foundation of a carefree grooming focused beard journey after five or six months.
To help you out I’ve compiled a list of “rules” (read friendly advice) I followed towards the creation of a powerful full beard style of my own. Have in mind my beard is a little bit messy at the time this picture is taken, as I’m also planning to create a detailed trimming guide for the modern beardsmen.
So here’s how my beard looks circa June 2017 after 6 months of beard growing with no trims or shape ups.
That’s nice shape, right? For a guy that didn’t have a trim in 6 months, it’s great. The truth is, my beard didn’t look anything like this, just a couple of months back, and no it didn’t just grow out.
Here are some of the coolest tips I can give to my fellow beardsmen to achieve this particular full beard style or turn some of their own ideas into reality.
- Direction navigation – Imagine one line connecting the highest and lowest points of your earlobe and a second line going from the end of your earlobe to its core. These are your navigational lines for the creation of your full beard shape. Tons of people go for a boxed look, but believe me, this one looks more natural.
- Cheek line – Follow the second line we’ve mentioned earlier till the tip of your mustache and bellow. You can trim for a straight line or just use a scale down method from the bottom down.
- Jawline beginning – Follow the first line we’ve mentioned going from the highest to the lowest point of your earlobe and you’ll get your perfect beard jawline position. You can experiment here as some people like to have a wider angle that will give their beard a more of a square look. Don’t trim this part at the beginning of your beard growing journey! This is important to notice. Just use a brush to comb down any facial hair that tends to grow upwards. You’ll thank me later.
- Sideburns – Connect your sideburns with your jawline with a straight cut. This will give your full beard some much-needed depth.
- Jawline – Your jawline can be parallel to your cheek line as in my case, but you can also go with a wider angle (the one that connects the beginning of your jawline, number 3 on the picture, with the rest of your beard) to get a wider look, which is great for triangle face shapes.
- Jawline ends – Make sure your beard is symmetrical. Start connecting your left and right side, creating the bottom of your beard in the process, according to the width of your mouth (maybe .5 – 1 inch wider).
- Bottom trim – If you’re going for a square look, make sure your line here is parallel with your eye line. Those of you that want to elongate their faces, like me, should try to go for a pointy look that collides at the middle of your face (use your nose as an anchor).
- Front trim – There is a general rule of thumb your full beard needs to be parallel with the world in front of you. If it’s going down or up, it’s no good. I suggest you go according to your own taste. If you want to achieve an elongated look of your face, try to make this line parallel with your nose.
- Mustache – Don’t trim your mustache! Just let it grow out and brush it with a boar bristle brush and use natural, hair or beard wax for the occasional mustache shape up.
If you have any questions regarding the shape up process just comment bellow and I’ll try to answer ASAP. Just stick with your gut and try not to trim some of those problem areas before they grow out. Use brushes, oils, and waxes regularly to achieve your desired shape.
What you manage to make with your beard here will strongly influence the end result you can achieve.
For the exact tools, you’ll need to use here, including types of combs and oils that work the best here, check out our complete beard care products Buyer’s Guide.
Overcoming the Itch
This can become a nasty problem, especially if you have sensitive skin, but the best part is you can totally overcome it and get rid of that nagging beard itch.
Why your beard itches?
There are three main reasons why your beard itches in the first place to begin with:
- Shaving – Yep, you heard that one right. The more you shave, the more your beard will itch, especially in the first couple of weeks of growing. This is normal as we know how the usage of razors can only make your facial hair pointy and lead to tons of ingrown hairs.
- Dry skin – Combined with thick facial hair this combo can be a real pain in the ass, so you’ll immediately need to start thinking of ways to protect your skin from outside effects.
- Debris & Dead skin cells – Picking up all kinds of stuff with the magnetic power of your beard is something to get used to, so better be prepared for regular combing to get rid of dead skin cells and washing regularly to remove any debris from your beard.
Luckily for you, we’ve tracked how everyday people address this huge problem and did a little research on what experts have to say. Adding this knowledge to our personal experience and testing every tip and trick out there, we’ve compiled a detailed list of resources that will help get rid of beard itch successfully.
Week 6-12, Learn to Control The Beast
Your beard is all shaped up and finally beginning to look like something, so it’s time to start thinking how to maintain and nourish that beautiful turf surfing through the wind under your chin.
Focus on grooming
Grooming is serious. It’s not just some mumbo jumbo companies make up to sell you expensive beard combs (although there are some shady products on the market).
You really need to know how to take care of your beard, so it looks great not only to your girlfriend, but it also feels good to wear it on your face, day in and day out.
You must control it, or you’ll turn into the bearded beast Source: Pinterest
Shape up your beard
Your beard will be all nice and tidy if you follow all of our grooming tips, but that’s not enough. Trimming and shaping up your beard regularly will only emphasizes the style you’re after and increase your beard’s lifetime. Even if you’re going for a yeard, just think about managing uneven spots because they can be a real nag during your beard growth journey.
Week 13 and Above, The Peacock Stage
Congrats my friend. You’ve come a long way and now it’s time to gloat. Take that shiny new beard and splash it with some beer in the local pub.
Your friends will envy you and the girls will line up to cuddle that soft piece of art you’re carrying on your face. With the right guidance, we hope we’ve provided in this guide, I’m sure you’ll be getting a final result that looks something like this
Learning how to live with your beard
Anything can happen. From a skin rash to something simple like the need to tan your face over the summer.
Hey, not everyone can carry a beard years, we understand that. But, we also understand how great deal of you beardsters would just love to learn how to live with their beard.
We research all the latest trends in the industry in our Beard Culture section to keep you up to date with the latest product releases, and we also like to give tested advice through our Beard Care department.
If this isn’t enough you can always take a shortcut and check our FAQ Beard section.
Working on your personalized grooming kit
Knowing everything you could learn from us and adding that to your personal experience and preference, you must be ready to create your own personalized beard growing kit.
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