So, you’ve heard the call of the wild, the lure of the Arctic tundra, or you’ve just looked in the mirror and been pained by the naked, bare look of your jowls at the moment. Whatever the reason, you’ve decided that a full beard is right for you. And you’re right! Let’s look at how to turn that face into a joyously, ruggedly bearded vision.
Growing a full beard
You may be wondering what the requirements are for growing a beard. Well, look in the mirror. Are you a man? If no, then well, no, you can’t grow a beard. Otherwise, congratulations! But, in all seriousness, there are some conditions that’ll make it easier to grow the beard that you deserve. So, on to the difficult work!
First, you’ll need to just let that beard go for a while, long enough to get strange, sideways glances from your neighbors or colleagues. Yes, if you can let it just run freely for a month or two, you’ll be on the right track. And no touching up, trimming or hedging; you’re trying to see what you’ll be dealing with, from your neck up to your hairline. Genetics will play a big part here, because your natural beard will be whatever you inherited from your father, and on down the line. So, step one is to see exactly what you’re dealing with, and that means throwing that razor far away (but not too far…you’ll need it soon!) for at least a month.
Getting a full beard
So, you’ve grown out a ragged, unkempt mane of facial hair. That’s definitely down the road to boundedness. But isn’t quite a true full beard. You should see by now (assuming you’ve actually done the hard work of what parts of your face grow quicker than others, which parts are patchy or sparse, basically, you know what the situation is to work with. The next step is to turn those raw materials into an actual beard. And that means: turning to a professional!
You may think that you know what a full beard looks like. And you’d be right. But a good barber will be able to show exactly how much shaving along the cheekbones you should be doing, how short you should be trimming your beard to keep all of the patchy stragglers along for the ride, basically what needs to be done to keep your full beard running on all cylinders.
Maintaining a full beard
So you’ve let your face do its thing for as long as you could take it, went to a professional, and are ready to enjoy the fruits of your labors? Well, the first port of call will be to find a good trimmer. Your trimmer is really your full beard’s secret weapon: your beard will only look as long and full as the shortest, sparsest parts, so keeping everything even and neat with a trimmer will keep that beard looking full and lush.
While you’re out shopping for beard supplies, you should probably think about getting some beauty products. No, you don’t need to get a shade of lip gloss that matches your burly beard. Beard shampoos, moisturizers and beard oils are important. After all, you’re trying to bring attention to that beauty of a full beard, right? So, keeping it as soft, smooth and stroke-able as possible is just as important as trimming and grooming and there’s nothing left but to enjoy the benefits of that manly, full beard. Just don’t let anyone see you appreciating it in every window you walk by!