Ready to grow the best beard of your life? You’ve come to the right place. Since 2012, Beardbrand has been the most trusted name in beard care, with a decade’s worth of educational content. And we’ve poured our years of beard expertise into this essential guide on how to grow a beard. The following seven steps will take you from baby face to bearded legend in no time.
1. STOP SHAVING You know that old acronym K.I.S.S. — keep it simple, stupid? Yeah, this is that acronym in action. If you want to grow a beard, the first step is to put down the razor and stop shaving. However, let’s clear the air on an old myth that shaving helps make your beard grow back thicker, fuller, and faster. There’s just no evidence that supports that claim. If you’re constantly shaving, hoping that it will help your beard grow better in the long run, all you’re doing is setting yourself back. At the end of the day, your beard growth ability is determined by two things—age and genetics. Full stop.
2. GIVE YOUR BEARD TIME TO GROW Many guys give up on their beard in the first few weeks of growth when the beard is awkward and itchy. Don’t. Be. One. Of. Those. Guys. On average, beard hair grows half an inch per month, so you can expect it to take around two to four months to grow a full, thick beard. Give yourself a goal to grow for 60 days before deciding whether or not to call it quits. Any decision made before that 60-day mark is made hastily before your beard has had an opportunity to fill in. After 30 days, you’ll start to have an idea of what kind of beard-growing genetics you’re working with, and after 60 days, you should know without a doubt.
3. SET THE EDGES OF YOUR BEARD A beard needs boundaries—at least in the first few months of growth. So once you hit the 30-day mark, it’s time to set the neckline and cheek lines on your beard.
4. KEEP YOUR BEARD HEALTHY WITH THE RIGHT PRODUCTS Alright, you’ve made it through your first month or two of beard growth. Now it’s time to kick things up a notch and get into the beard-growing steps that will separate you from the pack. Not properly caring for your beard with beard products is a major rookie mistake. What happens when you don’t properly care for your beard? For starters, you end up with a dry, wiry beard that feels like steel wool and itches like hell. A hydrated, conditioned, and clean beard is much easier to work with. It also looks better, feels better, and smells better—all of which help you feel more comfortable and confident with your beard.
5. SHAPE AND TRIM YOUR BEARD Once your beard grows longer and fills in, it’s time to start considering beard styles. Do you want to grow a short, corporate beard, or do you want to go all out and grow a yeard? It’s a lot easier to grow with a particular style in mind. Once you’ve got a beard style in mind, you can begin to shape your beard to fit your goal.
6. FIND A GOOD BEARD BARBER No matter how adept you are at trimming your beard, having a reliable beard barber is critical—especially as your beard grows longer. A good beard barber has that extra steady hand and an understanding of how to make that hair on your face look as good as possible. And when it comes to your beard, the last thing you want to do is leave it in the hands of someone who doesn’t have much experience working with beards. That means doing your research beforehand. Ask around for recommendations, scope out the Instagram pages of your local barbershops, or ask that guy with an awesome beard at the gym who trims his beard—whatever you do, don’t leave it to chance.
7. GIVE YOUR BEARD GROWTH A BOOST This isn’t so much a step as it as a bonus tip to help your beard grow to its fullest potential. Your beard is only as healthy as you. Exercising, reducing stress, a proper diet, getting enough sleep, and naturally boosting your testosterone will help your beard be healthier.