For men, the beard is the fastest growing hair on the body. This advantage allows men to grow a beard within just a few weeks. Wearing facial hair can complement a man's facial structure, conceal imperfections on his face or completely change the way he looks and presents himself. Growing a beard is no mystery, but some helpful tips can make the experience an enjoyable one.
Decide why you want to grow a beard. Determine if your pursuit of facial hair is to change the way you look, because you hate to shave or because you just feel like it. The reason for your decision to grow a beard will influence the process and the style you choose during the growing phase as well as during maintenance.
Make a commitment. First and foremost, you must be devoted to the process of beard growing. Once you decide to grow your beard, you must commit to stay with it for the long haul. Considerations when deciding to grow a beard include compatibility with workplace dress codes, comfort, the weather and your ability to maintain your beard's appearance and style.
Stop shaving. Of course, you'll need to discontinue shaving the parts of your face on which you plan to grow your beard. It's a good idea to let your beard grow in for approximately four weeks before attempting to groom or style your growing whiskers. Allow a few weeks' growth to accumulate so that when you're ready to style and trim your beard, you'll have enough facial hair to work with to get the look you're after.
Choose a style. There are several choices when it comes to beard size, shape and length. Style options include the full beard, moustache and goatee, extended goatee, chin-strip, chin-curtain and mutton-chops. You can even invent your own style, if you're so inclined.
Groom and maintain. Whether you choose to have a professional groom your beard, groom at home or don't groom at all, you'll need to keep it clean. Wash your beard just like your hair, using a mild shampoo and conditioner. Pat it dry and comb it to reap shiny results. To groom your beard at home, you'll need to invest in some proper trimming tools. Remember, growing a beard is a commitment, and daily maintenance will keep your beard looking and feeling great.