The question of how to start growing a beard is easy to answer. Stop shaving. It’s the issue of beard shaping, beard trimming and beard maintenance that is generally of concern moving forward. Once you stop shaving for a few days, the first thing you’ll find out is whether you can grow a beard. What I mean is do you can cover your face with uniformly-grown hair or do you simply grow hair in tufts which ends up making you look like someone who just hasn’t shaved in a few days?
The second question is whether growing a beard suits you or not. Some guys can pull it off, some can’t. Once you’ve stopped shaving, I’ve found that it’s best to let it grow out for several weeks before you start trying to shape it.
Once you’ve figured out how much facial hair you’re going to have, then you can start shaping, etc. and can figure out what beard style suits you. If you start shaving it too soon, you might end up taking too much off and end up shaving it all off once you realize you shaved didn’t get it right. When it comes to growing a beard, perhaps the best way to maintain it is to get a beard trimmer. I use a beard trimmer for my goatee and its was a great purchase. A beard trimmer can make beard shaping, beard trimming and beard maintenance simple.
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Grooming your beardComb your hair in the direction that it grows so that the hairs are at their maximum height and facing in the same direction. Then decide how you want your beard to look when you're finished trimming.Shave as you regularly do, including the exposed parts of cheeks and neck. Wash off the shaving cream and wet your beard slightly. Then determine how much hair you want to cut and position the hair length selector accordingly. Remember, until you are familiar with using the trimmer, it's always better to select a longer hair setting initially in order not to trim too much hair.Trim Beard Length Put trimmer guard attachment on and turn the trimmer so the front of the cutting unit is facing away from you. Start trimming under your chin and, following your jawbone line, work toward your ear and upper beard line using an upward motion. Allow the trimmer guard attachment to follow the contours of your face. You may trim either against or with the direction of beard growth, whichever you prefer.Defining Your Beard LineRemove trimmer guard attachment and hold the trimmer vertically with trimmer cutting blades facing you. Start with the edge of your beard line, and with the cutting blades resting lightly against your skin, use motions toward the edge of beard line to trim the beard line to desired location.Thin And Taper The BeardRemove trimmer guard attachment and use the unit's styling comb or another small comb and hold the beard hairs in place while trimming. Holding the trimmer horizontally with the cutting unit facing away from you, move the trimmer along the length of the comb.Creating The 'Stubble Look'Make sure that the trimmer guard attachment is on and set to position 1(1.5 mm) or 2 (2.5 mm). Hold the trimmer horizontally with the cutting unit facing either up down. Trim hairs using an upward or downward motion, against or with the direction of hair growth, whichever you prefer. For an even closer "stubble look," remove the trimmer guard attachment and repeat the previous two steps. Be careful not to remove too much hair, creating a "blotchy" look. Beard Trimming TipsBeard trimmers are easier to use than scissors, as you can adjust trimmer settings to cut hair at various lengths. Set your beard trimmer to a longer hair length if you're new to using one - you don't want to cut too much at first. Wet hair is longer than dry hair, so trim a little at a time.
Men of all ages wonder why they can't grow facial hair. Often this is a question asked by young men in their teens who feel anxious because their peers seem to be able to grow full beards whereas they can barely cultivate a few sparse tufts. However, the question is also frequently asked by older men who feel a little insecure about their "baby-face" features that have remained well into adulthood. Men who have difficulty growing a beard invariably want to know whether something is wrong with them and whether their lack of hair is related to some more serious medical condition.Only a GP can advise whether there is a more serious medical condition lurking in the wings, but the single most common reason that men can't grow facial hair is simply because of their individual genetic characteristics. Teenage boys should always be patient before worrying about their facial baldness. Genetic particularities determine when each individual goes through puberty, which hair traits they will exhibit and the time in which facial hair characteristics will develop. Some boys will develop dense hair from only 13 or 14 years of age whereas others won't start to see signs of growth until the late teens and, in rare cases, early 20s. The important point for teenagers therefore is to take a 'wait-and-see' attitude before desperately asking why they can't grow facial hair.However, for men in their mid to late 20s and onwards who developed normally through puberty but still can't grow facial hair, a wait-and-see approach will clearly no longer be appropriate. In the vast majority of cases, the reason that older men can't grow a beard is down to genetics. Each person has a different genetic code which determines every characteristic from hair and eye colour to natural strength and size. Genetics are also responsible for dictating whether a man will or won't be able to grow facial hair. It is however important to note that in a small number of cases, men may be suffering from conditions such as hormonal imbalances which may only be identified and rectified by medical professionals. Hormonal conditions are more likely where there are several identifiable symptoms such as stunted growth, complete lack of body hair, undescended testes and a high pitch un-broken voice. In cases where the only identified symptom is a lack of facial hair, genetics are the most likely culprit.Once genetics has been identified as the reason why a man can't grow facial hair, the question is what can be done. A person's genetic makeup cannot itself be changed but there may be ways in which facial hair can be artificially stimulated. Growfacialhair.com provides details of one such method which has demonstrated positive results.
Ever have the feeling that you're being poked - no, not by any external objects, but by your own beard? Especially prevalent with new growth - small, razor sharp follicles pierce the skin mercilessly.Consider it a right of passage into beardhood. No pain, no gain. But you can have a little help on your own side. Even long-time beard keepers experience itching, scratching or dry skin.The trick is - whether you are a newbie or a veteran - to respect the beard. Treat it at least as importantly as you would the hair on your head. So there are a couple of steps involved here.First - when you shower wash your facial hair - treat it nicely, lather it up, massage, get the oils and dirt trapped below and rinse it out.Second - when you get out of the shower use a comb with narrow teeth and brush your beard hair downwards while it is still wet. Make sure to clear out tangles, and groom it nicely.Thirdly - apply an oil or a conditioner - if you have something especially formulated for beards, all the more better, and work it evenly into your facial hair.Fourth - resist the urge to scratch your beard like it's the world's most itchiest place. Learn to ignore or use a soft cloth to take care of your itch instead of digging your nails into it.Fifth - relax - your beard can grow naturally and easily, you don't need to look after it every second. Every other day is a good schedule. Don't over-brush, don't over do it. Take it easy.
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The question of how to start growing a beard is fairly easy to answer.Stop shaving.It's the issue of beard shaping, beard trimming and beard maintenance that is generally of concern moving forward.Once you stop shaving for a few days, the first thing you'll find out is whether or not you can actually grow a beard. What I mean is do you actually have the ability to cover your face with uniformly-grown hair or do you simply grow hair in tufts which ends up making you look like someone who just hasn't shaved in a few days?The second question is whether or not growing a beard actually suits you or not.Some guys can pull it off, some can't.Once you've stopped shaving, I've found that it's best to let it grow out for several weeks before you start trying to shape it. Once you've figured out how much facial hair you're actually going to have, then you can start shaping, etc and can figure out what beard style suits you.If you start shaving it too soon, you might end up taking too much off and end up shaving it all off once you realize you shaved didn't get it right.When it comes to growing a beard, perhaps the best way to maintain it is to get a beard trimmer. I use a beard trimmer for my goatee and its was a great purchase. A beard trimmer can make beard shaping, beard trimming and beard maintenance pretty simple.A good beard trimmer costs perhaps $20 and will have several length settings which enable you to grow it as long or as short as you like and still keep it symmetrical and neat.When growing a beard, you can decide how long you want to grow it and a beard trimmer will help you. With a decent trimmer with several length settings, you could grow it longer or you might select the shortest setting and go for the stubble look which suits some guys well.One of the things you'll have to get used to is the feeling of having a beard. You might experience a scratchy, itchy feeling once the hair gets longer or you might notice that your face feels warmer during hot weather given the insulating feeling hair can give you.Or you may not notice any difference at all.If you find that your beard is getting itchy, use the shampoo you wash your hair with to wash it to ensure it's being kept clean. You might also look at using a conditioner, too. You might also find that the shorter you keep your beard, the less irritating it is.The best part of course is that if after a few days/weeks/months of growing a beard you realize that it isn't something you want to continue with, you can simply shave it off with no harm done.If you get to this point, before you shave it off you might try to shave all the hair off except the hair around your lip and mouth, leaving a goatee, to see if this suits you instead of a full beard.
Some old men have a beard. Such are called lazy old men.Only a few women have beards. They are called freaks. They are of course not freaks. Women can make money growing a beard. Women who want to grow beards to earn money at a circus sideshow should try Rogaine®. Try not to get it into your eyes. Don't forget that sideshow gals winter in Florida.If a man has a beard, he doesn't have to shave if he grows a mustache to go with it. With no mustache, he has only a small patch to shave. He can shave that with the little electric razor they gave him when he was last in the hospital.Young men with beards must keep them trim and tidy unless they live here in Idaho and work at home on the farm where cows and hogs have no interest in beards. Old men never have to trim their beards unless their wife makes them.My son and I know that beards are important in winter.He knows better than I do.In ten-below-weather he is the one out in a dairy corral standing behind the cows. His feet are slipping around on frozen cow manure. His arm is up to the shoulder in a cow in the pregnancy-check position.In the winter, my son can preg-check a string of 300 cows much faster than in the summer. In the winter the only thing that is warm is the arm he has stuck in the cow.That's why my son likes a beard in the wintertime.A few years ago my son was called to a church position that required that he not wear a beard. He showed the local leaders pictures of early important church leaders with beards a foot long. That didn't work. Then he said that he was over 30-years-old and had to wear a beard in the tradition of his early Jewish forbearers. They said that his Welch and English ancestry was most likely not Jewish and that he would have to get rid of the beard.He froze his poultices off that winter.With all that, it's time to tell you why I grow a beard. Here are my reasons:1.I'm a lazy old men.2.It keeps my face warm in the winter (especially if I'm indoors).3.My wife likes it. Other women say that they like it too while shaking their heads.4.Some men like it except the ones who can not grow a decent beard. These are the local Piute Indians and the Chinese guy down the street that serves the "Ptomaine Special."5.It proves I can grow hair other than in my ears and my nose.6.Squirrels have a place to hide their nuts.7.It is a haven for small song birds that eat the crumbs my beard collects when I eat. Last year I counted 17 species of warbler. One was a (rare in these parts) Cerulean Warbler.8.It gives me something to tug on while I'm having deep thoughts or making grandiose plan.9.It sops up my drool.10.It's the only thing that I can do that my wife can't (without Rogaine®.)There are pitfalls of having a beard. You must watch what you are doing when you are cutting your own hair. Last summer I was cutting my hair when I noticed that a small lawn mower had passed through my beard leaving a swath not easily repaired. I tried to balance the beard, first on one side and then on the other. Pretty soon I had no beard left to repair.I suggest you have your wife cut your hair.The End
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