Category: Growing A Beard

Stubble Styles and How to Rock Them

Let’s be honest, there isn’t a single man out there who hasn’t tried to rock the stubble. Hell, I’m sure there are plenty of women too, but that’s a whole different topic. The year 2015 saw the rise of the beard in popular contemporary grooming, with popular figures like Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp and Fidel Castro (sorry not sorry) all wearing hair on their faces.

But how does one achieve such splendiferous facial fur I hear you ask? Well to be honest we’re not going to look at the really long stuff, just in case be spill over into the realms of science. Instead we’re going to concentrate on succulent stubble, how to grow it, and why it’s the new trend taking over the hipster beard.

The Classic Look

Gone are the days when to look classy, you had to walk around with a face so clean-shaven, you had to take off ten layers of skin as well as your hair. My grandfather shaves twice a day which; given my awfully sensitive skin, just sounds like a physiological impossibility. Let’s hazard a guess that it’d probably be too much effort for most men too.

Thankfully it seems that stubble is acceptable these days, so don’t panic shave if you’ve got an interview lined up, or you’re meeting your girlfriend’s parents. Stubble is in – the public loves it, but more importantly so do the chicks. Anyway, if you want some classic examples of well-groomed stubble go check out pics of David Beckham or Gerrard Butler. We’re here to talk styles and grooming.

Styles of Stubble

Gone are the days when to look classy, you had to walk around with a face so clean-shaven, you had to take off ten layers of skin as well as your hair. My grandfather shaves twice a day which; given my awfully sensitive skin, just sounds like a physiological impossibility. Let’s hazard a guess that it’d probably be too much effort for most men too.

Thankfully it seems that stubble is acceptable these days, so don’t panic shave if you’ve got an interview lined up, or you’re meeting your girlfriend’s parents. Stubble is in – the public loves it, but more importantly so do the chicks. Anyway, if you want some classic examples of well-groomed stubble go check out pics of David Beckham or Gerrard Butler. We’re here to talk styles and grooming.

Grooming Those Goatees

Ok so we’re not talking about goatees but that alliteration though am I right? Anyway, here are some things to consider when it comes to growing and maintaining some healthy hairs.

First off you need to ask yourself if the stubble look is for you. Is your face ugly? If it is then just whack a beard straight over that thing. But if the answer is no then yeah you might be worthy of the stubbz. You should grow stubble if shaving regularly causes the skin to flare up if you need a boost of manliness, or at the request of your sassy but totally smart girlfriend/boyfriend/wife/husband.

Obviously if you just physically can’t grow a beard, don’t attempt it at home – get down to the doctor for a nice big needle full of hormones. If you’re not prepared to maintain the stubble then stop right there, because you’ll not enjoy the maintenance it requires. Also, remember that sassy yet smart girlfriend/boyfriend/wife/husband? If they don’t like the rugged look and feel, then probably best not to anger the powers that be.

OK, So What Do I Need to Do?

Shaping up your stubble requires precision. It is a craft, and with and piece of craftsmanship you’ll be needing the right tools. What does an aspiring stubblenter or stubbletrician need in their toolkit then? Well, you’re going to need an exfoliating face scrub, some shaving gel, and a decent razor; preferably a wet-shaving blade and an electric razor.

I can’t stress enough that you can’t skimp on these pieces of kit – they can make or break a shave and when it comes to stubble, there is no surrender.

The exfoliating wash is the first step in the shaving process and as such it lays the foundation for the real craftsmanship. Think of it as the sanding down a piece of wood before you carve it up into a series of flourishes and intricate detail. Buy a high quality scrub and make sure you exfoliate that face good; removing dead skin and lifting your hair for a smooth glide.

Next you’ll be taking that shaving cream bottle in front of you. No not that one, the other one. The expensive one you just paid an absolute bomb for. So take the shaving cream/foam/gel and apply to the area you’ll be shaving. Make sure it’s absorbed in; preferably for around 30 seconds, before diving into the action. This helps to soften the hairs and open the follicles, to give much smoother shaving experience.

Finally, you’ll want to take your weapon of choice and begin shaping the stubble. This is where the real skill comes in, so enjoy and savour the movement. It’s really important to shave in the direction the hair is growing, as this’ll reduce any tugging and pulling that can lead to rashes and nasty stuff.

At the shaving stage it’s pretty key to take your time, don’t rush. We all know you want to show off your new-found facial fur but just hold on for a second. Keep track of how much hair you’re taking off too, because you don’t want to remove too much stubble and be left with a chin strap – they were only cool in the 90s.

So you’ve finished and it’s all looking great. What happens though when that luscious shape starts to grow wild and unruly, like a navy dockyard after all the bars have thrown out for the night? Well, we recommend using that electric razor we told you to buy. Electric razors are great tools for maintaining your stubble at a set length; especially as most electric shavers will come with a gradable clipper head.

Whilst the major work comes in the first three steps of grooming, this final stage is essentially the bread and butter for sustaining stubble. Keeping that beard in trim (no pun intended) will be what makes it appear well tended, whilst avoiding the potential for looking scruffy and uncouth.

Without further ado, let’s jump into the top 5 styles of stubble; shedding some light on their origin and what’s required in their upkeep.

1. The Traditional

The traditional is that classic David Beckham look. Yes someone else invented it before him, but he wears it really well. It’s a 50/50 combo made up with equal parts of grooming and pouting.

Be warned though that whilst it is the stubble in it’s simplest and most sublime form, it does require a fair amount of grooming to maintain. You might want to invest in a pair of tweezers, and some signature Beckham boxers.

2. The Shaped

The shaped beard is a little thicker than the traditional. It looks great with long or short hair, but take note you’ll be doing a lot of trimming. Invest in that electric razor already and make sure you find a grade that suits the contours of your face.

You’ll also want to get comfortable with shaving around that Adam’s apple, as you’ll be doing this a lot. The shaped stubble variety requires you to remove any stray neck hairs, so as to draw more attention to your wonderfully styled face.

3. The Heavyweight

This one is borderline beard territory, so be prepared to monitor that length at all times. I mean get the ruler out when taking trips to the bathroom, or when sat at the desk when no one is looking etc.

The heavyweight takes between 4 and 6 weeks to germinate typically. It also requires the same level of maintenance as the traditional and shaped combined – making it one of the more fussy furs to maintain. The fact it also borderlines on beard is near-sacrilege, but it does look pretty tight so we’ll give it a pass.

Properly groomed the heavyweight stubble is a real winner. Again, it looks great with both long and short hair, and can even add a whole hunk of masculinity to your head once fully bloomed.

4. The Subtle

Simplicity is beauty. Not sure who said that but whatever, it sounds deep. Australian actor Chris Hemsworth rocks the subtle stubble, showing that even Hollywood stars don’t have to hire a beard stylist to look good.

The subtle is all about that electric razor – putting to good use the lower grade trim settings. Use that low grade to make you look pure high grade. Plus the subtle is much more satisfying to stroke than something bushier and itchier.

5. The ‘V’

This one takes a moderate amount of maintenance but it’s my go to stubble. The ‘V’ requires a level of prepping to make sure you don’t get a scruffy and uneven finish, but it’s worth the hassle. Exfoliate to the max before shaping this bad boy, and leave for 2-3 days before doing it again.

With this one there are two key factors: paying attention to how fast your hair is growing, and pruning with precision. The faster the hair growth the more frequently you’ll need to shave it; making this one a potential source of pain for people with more tender skin. Precision trimming here, however, will leave you looking like a Gibson Flying-V.

Extra Bits

So we’ve laid down some top tips for keeping your stubble looking trim, stylish and rockin’. How about keeping that stubble healthy? I’m sure if you’ve read this far you probably know about hair oil. It can be a useful tool when it comes to ensuring your stubble is smooth and touchable.

Most beard oils are formulated to soften coarse, dry follicles – keeping the itchiness at bay. Great for you and anyone you might be cuddling up to.

It’s really important to have a little think about your borders. By borders I mean the bits around the edge of your stubble. Some styles of short stubble don’t need a whole lot of trimming, but those that do you’ll want to be extra careful.

When it comes to trimming those borders you’ll want to be very precise, otherwise, you could end up with an uneven and shaggy mess. All of our top 5 styles need that element of precision, so make sure your razor is nice and sharp to avoid unnecessary tuggage.

There are also a few key areas to think about when shaping the edges of your stubble. The first one to watch is the area of the cheekbones. You’ll want to get rid of any unruly stray hairs here for sure.

Heading down a little have a think about the cheeks themselves – if you’ve got high-growing hair here then give it a little trim. When doing this though don’t forget our next top tip; crop that hair in a line that is parallel to your jaw line. That way things will look neat and in proportion.


So hopefully you’ve got a whole chunk of hairy stuff to think about right now; all the way from styling to styles, to the kind of man-kit you need to keep that stubble looking fly. It’s important to keep in mind that everyone’s facial hair is different, as are the reasons for growing it. Embrace the stubble if you can grow it, but make sure that you take proper care.

Your facial hair can be like a beautifully carved oak throne. It could even be a striking iron throne, so sharp that it may as well be forged from the swords of a thousand warriors.

Just remember that no matter how much time and effort you put into your stubble, the whole point is that it needs to look perfectly unkempt. It’s a badge of honor displaying your manliness, yet also showing that you care about your appearance enough to spend time on it.

The Yeard – Separating The Men From The Boys

Men are simply meant to have beards. Besides it being functional, it has also undeniably become very fashionable, especially in the past couple of years.

One of the latest and greatest trends in beard fashion is the one year beard, also known as the ‘Yeard’ and it’s this kind of look that separates really separates the men from the boys. Growing yourself a yeard isn’t necessarily difficult, but it does take a lot of patience and commitment. If you’re dedicated to the cause and use all the best tools available for grooming your yeard, like a quality beard oil and a beard balm, you are on the right path to creating a true masterpiece on your face.

However, the most important thing when growing out a yeard is – dedication. When you first start growing any type of beard, things tend to get itchy in the beginning. When we say itchy, we mean really itchy. On top of this, your hairs aren’t likely to grow thick all over your face to start with, which is something that can put a lot of yeard-growers off.

In this article, we’re going to teach you everything you need to know about donning your very on yeard, from the initial growing process to the products you’ll need to keep your newly-acquired face mane under control.

Stages of Growing Out the Yeard

Firstly, the key point that you need to understand is that growing a yeard isn’t a one-step process. In fact, there are several key points that you need to carefully consider and bear in mind.

1. The Scruffy Stage

The first step in growing a yeard will be the scruffy stage. Although this can work in the favor of some men, unless you’re a lumberjack or a rural laborer you’re probably going to end up looking like a bit of a mess.

Perseverance, however, is the key. Stick it out through the scruffy stage and you’ll have a beautiful beard gracing the surface of your face before you know it. The first three months of growing out your yeard are usually the hardest, because that’s when it tends to get the patchiest. Sadly, not all of the hairs on your face will grow at the same pace, so you need to take a flexible approach and allow the slow-growers time to catch up. Don’t let this discourage you.

After about six weeks or so, you may notice you have some stray hairs frying out. This is crucial – resist the urge to trim. Although they might look messy, as your hairs get longer they’ll naturally be weighed-down. You’ve got gravity to thank for that one.

2. The Filler Stage

When this awkward period is finally over, you will notice how your patches are starting to fill in the longer your yeard gets, covering up all the problematic areas. The time frame for dudes generally varies for this stage, but it’s usually around 12-16 weeks in. You’ll know when you hit the filler stage because when you look in the mirror, they’ll be a beard worthy of Odin himself staring back at you.

3. The Trimming Stage

If you’ve made it to this point without touching the beard trimmer, take a bow. We at Beadicure commend you and your valiant efforts in refraining from the shave.

At this point, if your beard is looking nice and full, you may give it a little trim just to get it looking shapely, but be careful not to overdo it. One slip of a razor and you’ve lost months of hard, scruffy work. You’re probably also going to cry a bit too – I know I would.

Things to Bear in Mind

Don’t go into the yeard-grow process blind, because it’s not likely you’ll make it out the other end successfully. To improve your chances of success, there are some key things to bear in mind.

Everyone is Different

What is important to remember is that not everyone is the same. And while some will have a full and thick beard within a month, the same thing might take six months for someone else. Again, commitment, determination, and perseverance are essential to growing out the yeard you’ve always wanted.

The No-Shave Commitment is a Big One

Growing a full-on yeard will mean that you won’t be cutting, shaping or trimming your beard for an entire year. The reason for this is because the goal here is to see how long you can naturally grow your beard. The one mistake you should avoid, that many men have made, is trimming your yeard too soon. If you try to trim or shape your yeard sooner than you’re supposed to, it will make it harder for you to grow it out to the desired length.

Shaping Your Yeard is an Entirely Different Ball Game

Another important thing to remember is that men who shape a short beard will shape it differently than those shaping a long beard. So, in case you are growing out a yeard, you will need to wait until your beard is the length you want it to be before doing any actual trimming or shaping.

Grooming, Trimming, and Shaping

When it comes to grooming, trimming, and shaping, you’ve got options. Check ‘em out.

Invest in a Solid Beard Trimmer

You’ll know when it’s time to trim your yeard. When that point comes, however, you’re going to want to be prepared. To get your beard looking nice and neat, take a look at the Philips Norelco Multigroom. With chromium steel self-sharpening blades and a beard and hair comb with 18 different length settings, it will help you get that desired look you’ve been patiently waiting for the entire year.

Shaky Hands? Visit a Barber

Seriously – don’t risk it. If you don’t feel comfortable trimming your beard yourself, that’s completely understandable, because it’s a whole lot more stress than trimming a stubbly style. As a result, if you’re wary of slipping or tripping with your razor in-hand, you can always pay a visit to your barber and have them shape out your yeard. The absolute worst thing you can do is ruining the beard you’ve been growing out for so long by trying and failing to shape it by yourself.

Keep it in Tip Top Condition

Once you’ve begun shaping and trimming your yeard, the most important thing is to have it reshaped on regular basis. Bear in mind that shaping or trimming is not the same thing as grooming your beard.

In order to have and maintain a nice-looking beard, you will need to groom it at least once a day. This is most important while you are still in the process of growing your yeard out, and the best way to groom your beard is by using a strong boar bristle beard brush and natural beard oil that will give your facial hair all the necessary moisture and help it grow faster, thicker and longer.

Using a quality, natural beard oil daily will ensure that your facial hair will continue to grow and remain healthy. On top of that, it’s also excellent in taming flyaway hair, helping your beard look dope even before it becomes a full yeard.

Buy a Beard Shampoo

Although you have some choices in what products you use, a good beard shampoo is essential. By buying one, you’ll be able to ensure that you both keep your beard clean and the underlying skin healthy. In addition to reducing the chance of developing the dreaded beardruff, a quality beard shampoo will also help you to reduce any itchiness you might start to experience.

Growing a one year beard is a commitment, but the results are worth it. Making it through the first year is the hardest, but it’s incredibly rewarding, and by then your yeard will have become a part of your lifestyle and your overall image.

The Bottom Line

Again, the trick to achieving the perfect yeard is:

1. Lots and lots of patience (we mean it) – let’s be honest, a year is a really long time to do anything and with a beard, it’s probably going to feel like you’ve been growing it for a lifetime. Focus not just on the outcome, but each step in the process and you’ll make it to the end without any problems.

2. Perseverance and commitment – There will be times when you are going to get frustrated and want to quit and shave it all off. There will be problems you are going to have to solve. Stick out with it and don’t let it discourage you – with perseverance, you’ll get through it.

3. Quality grooming – Using quality grooming products will definitely make it a lot easier. A good beard balm and oil go a long way in helping you get that perfect, masculine one year beard look.

So there you have it – everything you need to know about nailing that yeard look that many men yearn for. If you’ve got any tips we haven’t mentioned, share them with your fellow bearded bros in the comments box below and as always, keep it real.

Categories: Growing A Beard

Mutton Chops – Everything You Need to Know About the Beard Style

It’s one of the least common beard styles of 2016. It’s warm, stylish, but also non-intrusive. You guessed it – it’s mutton chops.

Mutton chops is a bold fashion style to go for, but if you can pull it off it’ll go down like dynamite. Read on to find out everything you know about this in-your-face beard style.

What Are Mutton Chops?

It’s a good question and a really great place for us to start. Mutton chops – also known as sideburns, are stretches of facial hair expanding down a man’s cheeks, often forming a triangular shape that resembles a piece of meat. It sounds strange, but it’s what they are.

They’re typically grown from the ears down to the jawline, but they can also be mixed up and connected to other facial hair items such as a mustache or goatee.

History of Mutton Chops

From presidents to peasants and everyone in between, mutton chops – or sideburns – were worn by absolutely everybody. They were the height of fashion and a way of displaying class, intellect and masculinity above other competing males.

Nowadays, mutton chops are somewhat less fashionable, but they’re donned by a few brave males bold enough to pull the style off and make it work for them. Gone are the days of 1800’s civil rights activists in bowler hats and suits – it’s the modern man’s turn now.

There are those that believe that since Elvis Presley left this earth, mutton chops have been poised and ready to make a comeback. In the 70’s and 80’s, the disco era saw them donned by dancers, cops, hairy porn stars and hairy pornstar cops. Liam Gallagher from britpop band Oasis even brought them into the 90’s.

They’ve yet to surge into popularity yet, but that doesn’t mean they won’t. It also doesn’t mean that you can’t look seriously badass with a pair of them gracing your cheeks.Wolverine's Mutton Chops

Wolverine’s Mutton Chops

How to Grow Mutton Chops

Like any beard style that we discuss on this site, mutton chops start with a period of continuous growing. Whether you grow out a full beard first and trim out is up to you. Fortunately, unlike most other styles, with mutton chops this isn’t necessary.

To secure a pair of mutton chops that’ll make any aristocrat envious, follow these simple steps:

1) Stop Shaving

Naturally, if you want to grow facial hair, you’re going to have to stop shaving. This is the first step and probably the easiest to do. What you don’t want to do, however, is dispose of your razor. For some other, full-face styles such as the Bandholz, throwing away your shaving instruments can be a great way of maintaining motivation for your beard.

It’s a long process and looking scruffy and itchy will cause many people to drop off along the way. With mutton chops, however, this doesn’t have to be the case. Since the style only occupies the side of your face, you can start shaving the centre areas, mustache, chin and neck whenever you feel like it.

By doing this, you’ll also help yourself to avoid the scruffy look that’s typically associated with growing a beard.

2) Set Clear Lines to Shave Around

You don’t want to shave too close to the mutton chops initially, as if you cut too close it’ll look scruffy whilst you grow them back to their original thickness. Mutton chops are characterized by their wide and bushy shape, so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Leave yourself sufficient room for movement in the future, as what you want your beard style to look like may change.

3) Allow Time to Grow

Depending on your facial hair growing abilities, each person will need to allot a different period of time for this step. It can be easy to lose motivation during this part of the process, but it’s important to keep in mind your original goal.

When you stopped shaving, you did so on the basis that you wanted to craft a mighty beard style.

4) Complete Shaping

It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. Once you’ve been growing your mutton chops for a long enough period – usually 4-6 weeks, it’s shave time. Sculpt the final touches to your mutton chops by removing any excess cheek, jaw and central facial hair. A simple tip that people often don’t think about doing is to use clear shaving cream/gel so you can easily see where you are shaving ensuring that your lines are looking sharp!

Clear Gel Tip

5) Maintain Your Mutton Chops

Once you’ve perfected your beard style, it’s not quite over. Your mutton chops will require regular maintenance to ensure that they’re on top form. Although the style is characterized by its bushiness and broad structure, that doesn’t mean that your mutton chops have to be like this. In fact, the majority of all mutton chops styles are maintained regularly using a beard trimmer. With this – and a few other select products – you can seriously up your beard game.

Items You’ll Need

Just like any other beard style, you will need some specialized beard tools to achieve a decent mutton chops look. At the bare minimum, you should use: 

1) A Beard Trimmer

This item is an essential for any well-respected and to-do gentleman boasting a bushy beard style. A top level beard trimmer, such as one from the Philips Norelco range, will cover everything you need. It’ll also be ideal for full-body grooming; in case you have other areas that also need taming. Also be sure to check out our massive guide on choosing the right beard trimmer if you don’t know where to start.

2) Beard Shampoo

With long beard hair comes itchiness. It’s an unfortunate fact, but it’s definitely one that’s best tackled early-on. By investing in a beard shampoo, you’ll be able to subdue and directly treat any dry skin, avoiding the dreaded ‘beardruff’.

3) Beard Oil

Once you start to gain substantial length to your mutton chops, they’re going to start to get pretty prickly. This can easily be managed by a good beard oil, which will both soften your beard hair and promote future growth. We at Beardicure absolutely love the oil produced by Smooth Viking, so it’s well worth checking out.

Take these tips and products into hand and you’ll soon possess a wolverine beard that’ll even make the finest of bearded men jealous.

This Season’s Hottest Beard Styles – Your Personal Grow Guide

An Introduction to Beard Styles

As a man, your beard is an extension of yourself. It frames your face, it keeps you warm at night, but it also does so much more – it defines your personality.

Beards are quickly growing in popularity and with this has come a rise in demand for beard styles that will get men looking their very finest. With so many different face shapes and personality types, however, how can you be sure to pick the right one for you?

Coming from a bearded man who’s made more than one facial hair mistake in his life, trust me when I say this – there is nothing more frustrating than biding your time for 5 weeks growing out your face hugger, only to cut it into a style that doesn’t work for you. More than once I’ve made this slip-up and have had to start clean again.Bad Beards

Don’t Make the Same Mistakes I Made!

Don’t worry though, I’m not about to let the same thing happen to you. In this article, I’m going to give you a round-up of the different top beard styles.

We’re going to go all the way from bushy beards to thin beard styles for the slow-growing gentleman. If you’re struggling to find motivation, I’m even going to give you a few reasons why you should explore different beard styles.

Strap yourself in and read on to find your perfect look this season.

Why Should You Explore Different Types of Beard?

Far too often, the bearded male grows complacent, settling for whatever look is gracing his face at the time. It’s understandable – growing a beard takes a lot of time and dedication and, as I’ve already mentioned, changing beard styles can be a pretty risky move.

If you don’t experiment, however, how are you going to know that you’re on the top of your game? A couple of trims and a bit of shaping could have you on peak form, after making only a few minor changes.

The perfect beard styles are out there and finding the one for you will boost your masculinity, improve your confidence and ultimately, make you irresistible to the opposite sex. Take a look at some of the beard styles that your face could definitely be rocking.

This Season’s Top Beard Styles

The Bandholz

Created and aptly named by founder of BeardBrand, Eric Bandholz, this beard is an all-out war against clean shaven styles. Characterized by its bushy appearance and characteristic lack of trimming, this style is perfect for anyone looking to push their beard game to the max, without having to invest much time into maintenance.

founder of BeardBrand, Eric Bandholz

Eric quit his job in the corporate world after receiving too many negative comments about his face mane. He’s subsequently dedicated his life to the bearded cause and has built a brand that focuses on products for bearded men.

Perfect For…

This style is perfect for the nonchalant man with fast-growing facial hair, who also isn’t afraid to take risks. If you live in a cold area too, this one is definitely going to help you out during those chilly months.

Beard styles like this are particularly well-suited to men with diamond, oval, triangle, inverted triangle and oblong face shapes.

Achieve This Beard Style By…

Letting your hormones run rampant and throwing your razor in the trash are the primary steps to this style. A two-month stint in the secluded wilderness is also an option, as Leonardo Di Caprio was sporting an impressive Bandholz in The Revenant. Hopefully you’ll manage to nail this beard style minus the bears. It’d probably help to get those hormones pumping, though.

The Bandholz requires minimal maintenance, so it can be achieved by simply leaving your genetics to do their thing. If you struggle to grow hair quickly, you might be better off checking out some thin beard styles.

The Garibaldi

Do you often find yourself struggling to make time for a morning grooming routine? You’ve come to the right beard style. The Garibaldi is a truly stylish face bush that any man would be proud to bear.

The Garibaldi Beard Style

This style is slightly better kept than the Bandholz, so it will need trimming once in awhile. As a result, it’s best to hang onto that razor for now.

Perfect For…

Similar to the Bandholz, the Garibaldi is perfect for people who are time-poor but genetics-rich.

This beard style is perfectly suited for those with rectangular or oval faces.

Achieve This Beard Style By…

If you’re gifted with the power to grow, let your hormones do the talking and sit back. Minimal grooming is needed to keep this style in check, although the occasional trim will be required.

Goatee Overflow

Also referred to as the Hollywoodian, the goatee overflow is a prime combination of the goatee and an excellent mustache. If you’re looking to free up some real estate on your cheeks, this beard style is for you.

Goatee Overflow Brad Pitt
Goatee Overflow Brad Pitt 1

Originally made famous by Brad Pitt, this style has now left California and is being sported by men across the world.

Perfect For…

If you’re looking for a beard style without the excessive cheek hair and mutton chops, this one is for you. It’s also one of the best styles for patchy types of beards.

This look is perfect for people with an oval or square face shape. You’re probably beginning to see the trend with face shapes here. If you’ve got an oval face, lucky you. You’re going to be able to pull the majority of these styles off without looking like a mix and match Lego character

Achieve This Beard Style By…

Leave your facial hair untouched for a couple of weeks, or until a medium length stubble has cropped up. After this, begin by sculpting a tight line fitted around your jaw. Next, shave down from your cheek line until the length meets that of your lower lip. It’s up to you, but it’s usually a good idea to make sure your cheek line is shaved parallel to your jaw.

Friendly Mutton Chops

Do you want to look fun and approachable, but with a quirky, masculine edge? The friendly mutton chops will nail it for you. Also known as the sideburns, the term was coined by American Civil War general Ambrose Burnside. What a name.

Friendly Mutton Chops

Perfect For…

This beard style is perfect for those with an oval, square or circular face. It’s also ideal for men with strong chins that they don’t want to draw further attention to with facial hair.

Achieve This Beard Style By…

As with most beard styles, it starts with a period of continuous growing. Nail this style by letting your hair grow out for around 4 weeks, then shaving out your chin and lower lip. Depending on your preference, you can also trim and shave your neckline up to meet your jawline. Continue to grow your mutton chops and mustache until bushy.

Full Beard

Without a doubt the most masculine of the beard styles, the full beard is also the most popular. Whether you want to set yourself apart from the rest with a more unique style is up to you, but the full beard is a style that many can rock to perfection.

Full Beard

Perfect For…

This beard style will work for pretty much everyone, as you will no doubt have seen from the sheer number of men sporting it. It is, however, best suited to men with a triangle, inverted triangle or diamond face shape.

Achieve This Beard Style By…

Your ability to command this style is, sadly, largely down to genetics. If you excel when it comes to growing hair pretty much wherever, this style isn’t going to pose too much of a problem. However, if you’re looking for beard styles for patchy beards, this one probably isn’t for you.

To get this look, stop shaving altogether for a period of 4-6 weeks. After that, style in clean lines with your razor on your neck and cheek lines. Depending on how quickly your hair grows, maintain a set length by trimming it as required. This will help to keep your beard stylish and looking tidy.

Van Dyke

Coined by the popular painter Anthony Van Dyke, this beard style has surged in and out of popularity since his life over 300 years ago. Combining two popular elements of facial hair, the Van Dyke involves a high level of styling precision and maintenance to keep both the mustache and goatee on point.Anthony Van Dyke

Anthony Van DykeVan Dyke Beard Style

Current Van Dyke Style

Perfect For…

If you have a narrow chin, this style is absolutely perfect for you. It’ll help to draw attention away from it and accentuate it, making it look larger, wider and more pronounced. Should you want to strengthen your jawline too, you can also extend this beard style with a chin strap.

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Grow your hair out until it becomes long, fine stubble. This can take anywhere from 1-3 weeks, depending on how quickly your facial hair grows. After you’ve got a good length to work with, slowly begin to sculpt your facial hair, removing it from both the left and right sides of your cheeks.

Without shaving your mustache, sculpt the soul patch under your bottom lip into the desired shape and leave the beard to grow until about 2 inches in length. Again, this is down to personal preference. If you want to become a bearded Rapunzel and push the beard length to the max, we say go for it.


Robert Downey Jr. has been rocking this style for years and for good reason – it’s awesome. Throughout The Avengers movie series, he’s maintained this style to perfection and shown the rest of the male world how it’s done. If you like his style, why not give it a go?Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr.

Perfect For…

Much like the Van Dyke, this beard style is perfect for those with a narrow chin who are looking to strengthen and pronounce it. The Balbo can also help to draw attention away from other features, such as a larger nose.

Achieve This Beard Style By…

Before beginning this beard style, you need a sufficient canvas to work from. Make sure you let your facial hair grow out for a good 4-6 weeks. If you have trouble growing hair on your cheeks and are looking for beard styles for patchy beards, the Balbo could work well for you.

After you’ve got your beard to a good length, begin to shave off any cheek, jaw and neck hair on around the center of your chin. Then, carefully shave the gaps between your mustache and goatee.

Products You’ll Need

Although beards are free and grow on their own, they unfortunately don’t groom themselves. This means that there are a few items you’re going to need to help your style along the way.

In fact, there are even some items listed below that’ll promote fuller and faster beard growth. Take a look to find out what you’ll need:

1) A Beard Trimmer

In order to perfect any of the beard styles mentioned above, you’re going to need to invest in a purpose-built trimmer for your beard. This doesn’t necessarily have to be the most expensive model on the market, but you should look for one that comes with a warranty and will last you for several years. You can usually get a good one for around $20.

One of our favorites is the Philips Norelco Multigroom. At that $20 mark you’ll get a beard trimmer from an industry-leading and widely recognized brand who produce reliable and high-performing products.

In the kit, you’ll receive the main trimmer, a travel case and several length attachments to contour your beard and get it looking its best.

2) Beard Balms and Oils

During the beard-growing process, especially if this is your first serious facial hair, your skin isn’t likely to take a pounding. In order to promote a healthy complexion, we suggest you invest in a good beard balm or beard oil.

Once again, these aren’t going to break the bank. In fact, you can pick up a good beard oil or balm for around $15. For that money, they’re well worth the purchase.

Beard balms and beard oils will help to moisturize the underlying skin on your face, reducing your chance of developing the dreaded ‘beardruff’. They’ll also reduce the chance of you developing ingrown hairs and can even work proactively to promote hair growth.

3) A Beard Brush

This one might sound a little strange, but a beard brush is a piece of kit you don’t know you need until you don’t have one. Trust us – by that point, you’re really going to need it.

In unison with beard oils and balms, a good beard brush will help with even product distribution and will massage the underlying skin to promote a healthy complexion.

On their own, they’re an essential tool to make sure your beard remains knot-free and is looking its finest at all times.​

​For an in-depth look, check out our review of the top 5 beard brushes. My personal favorite from the list is Smooth Viking beard brush. It’s made with 100% boar hair and works better than any I’ve seen before.

Keep It Clean

It might seem obvious, but be sure to work a good beard wash into your daily washing routine. Beards can help to stop any infections or viruses from entering your body, but for a short time they’re still going to be stuck within the hairs. To start with, a regular sensitive hair shampoo will work fine for your beard. If you start to experience any dry skin, it’s time to invest in a proper beard shampoo.

If this is your first beard grow, check out our guide on growing a beard. You’ll find some useful tips on how to grow a beard the right way, which will no doubt save you time and effort down the line.

As with your dress sense, beards are a great way of defining what kind of man you are. Whether you’re going for longer or patchy beard styles, you’ve got the power to make it happen. Pick your look and start growing!

How to Use a Beard Trimmer – Learn the Correct Techniques

So you’ve started on your beard-growing journey and have collated enough facial hair to require a beard trimmer. Welcome to the club.

Beard trimmers are a must-have tool for any hairy gentleman and some can even double-up for full-body grooming convenience. Pretty handy. They aren’t, however, always as simple to use as you might at first think. Read on to find out everything you need to know about how to use a beard trimmer.

Why Should You Use a Beard Trimmer?

When growing a beard, we always advise that people set their sights to 4-6 weeks of continuous, uninterrupted growth. Within this time, you should have a decent amount of facial hair, although it might take you more/less time depending on your genetics.

Once you’ve passed through this period resisting the urge to tinker and trim, it’s time to get that face mane under control. Although you can do this with scissors, it’s best to tackle the trim head-on with a high-quality beard trimmer. Beard trimmers will help you to craft every detail of your desired beard style with a great deal of accuracy. They’re an essential tool for any bearded gentleman looking to refine and perfect his look.

Trimming Beard With Scissors

How to Use a Beard Trimmer

Once you’ve got hang of the process, trimming a beard will be second nature to you. Here’s what you need to know:

1) Acquire a Beard Trimmer

This step might seem obvious, but it’s important you buy a high-quality beard trimmer. They’ll deliver a much more precise shave and will be far more comfortable to use than cheaper ones, which can cause bleeding and pull out hairs completely.

If you’re not sure which one is going to be best for you, we’ve reviewed the internet’s best beard trimmers and summarized them in an article. Take a look and find the one that works best for you. We’ll also be mentioning our favorite in a little more detail at the end of this article – the Philips Norelco 5100.

Philips Norelco Beard Trimmer

2) Wash and Dry Your Beard

It might seem contradictory to get a beard wet before cutting it, but if you’re wondering how to properly trim a beard, this is the best way to go.

Wash your beard with a well-known beard shampoo. This will help to remove any dirt or trapped skin cells which could create knots – and a pretty unpleasant shaving experience.

Clean beards are much easier to trim, as the beard trimmer will be able to navigate your face with less difficulty. In turn, this will lead to a better end style.

Once your beard has been washed, dry it carefully with a towel. Ensure all of the hairs are pointing flat, as this will also make for a smoother trim. This part is particularly important for men with thicker, fuller and longer beards.

3) Start With the Neck Area

Once you’ve washed and dried your beard, it’s time to fire up your trimmer. Before doing this, it’s advisable to set your beard trimmer to the longest length setting.

This, if anything, is a safety precaution, as the last thing you want after weeks of growing is to take a huge chunk off and have to start over. If you need to, you can always adjust the length later on to suit a shorter look.

The best place to start when trimming the beard is the neck area. Keeping a tidy neckline is key to a tidy, well-styled beard. Hairs typically grow down your face and neck, so start by shaving up against the grain. Remove the height adjustment tool from your beard trimmer and shave a tight, clean neck line where you want your main beard to begin.

Neckline Example

The key to this step is moderation – shave a little bit at a time, then take a step back and have a look. It’s easy to get carried away when trimming a beard and take too much off. If this does happen, however, don’t worry. The hair on most men’s necks grows quickly, so just wait it out until you can try again.

4) Set a Clear Line on Your Cheeks

After you’ve taken care of the neck and created a tight, clean-cut neckline, it’s time to move onto the sides of your face. Your cheek line is the next most important point of your beard, as it’ll define your overall style and help to frame your face.

At this point, you need to make a choice. Do you want to keep a full beard that extends right up to the top of your cheeks, or do you want to trim in a cheek line that’s slightly lower?

If you’re looking to define a cheek line, now’s the time to set it out. Remove the height adjustment tool and trim downwards, gradually removing sections of hair. As with the neckline, take your time with this. The hair on your cheeks typically won’t grow as quickly, so you need to make sure you’re careful to avoid catastrophe.

After trimming a section, step back and review. Remember – make sure both sides of your beard match. Symmetry is essential for any beard style and a lack of it will throw the overall look and make you look untidy.Achieving a Proper Cheek Line

Example of a Proper Cheek Line for Liev Schreiber

5) Define Set Lengths For Your Cheek Hair

Although full beards can look great, I always think beards look tidier and better when the cheeks are trimmed down into a set line. Once you’ve done this, you’ll want to maintain a few different lengths for the rest of your cheek hair to create a styled, contoured effect.

I usually set a length difference of 2mm between my cheek hair and jawline. It’s not a huge difference, but it has a significant impact on your overall appearance. Start by moving your beard trimmer to the higher of your two settings and trimming the whole of your jawline and cheek hair. Do this for both sides. Then, you need to reduce that length setting by around 2mm, and shave the upper section of your beard, closer to your cheeks.

6) Trimming the Chin

This is a matter of personal preference, but I always like trimming my chin hair at a slightly longer length than my jaw, neck and cheek hair. I usually set my beard trimmer to 2mm longer than my jawline, which is 4mm longer than my cheek line.

​By doing this, you’ll be able to create added definition. You don’t have to do it this way, though. There are several different beard styles you can adopt that accentuate different sections of your face. Take a look at our beard styles guide and pick the one that works best for you.

​After completing this, you should comb your way through the beard to make sure there are no loose hairs left over by using a high-quality beard brush. This will ensure that you’re able to get the tidiest style possible.

7) Tackle Your Mustache

The importance of a mustache when trimming a beard is often undervalued. A good mustache, however, can really bring your overall style to life.

When trimming your beard, you should be extra careful of your mustache. Although slight mistakes and patches can be disguised in your beard with relative ease, a bad mustache can cost you your whole look. No pressure.

Firstly, comb your mustache downwards and use your beard trimmer to get any hairs that tangle over your lip. If you’ve got a love interest in your life, they’ll thank you for getting rid of those.

Trimming Your Mustache

For most people, mustache hair needs to be longer to remain flat against your face, so set your height guard to a longer length before trimming. Once again, a prickly mustache isn’t going to be nice for anyone.

Suggested Items

So there you have it – everything you need to know about how to use a beard trimmer. Here are a couple of items I’ve used which have both helped me trim my beard and kept it in top condition.

1) Philips Norelco 5100 Beard Trimmer kit

The Philips Norelco 5100 is everything you’ll need from a beard trimmer. It’s accurate, has decent battery life and can even be used in the shower for maximum convenience. It comes with several accessories including attachments for nose, ear and head hair. This beard trimmer is an all-in-one package that’s great value for money. Click here to check it out on Amazon!

2) Smooth Viking Beard Oil

If you suffer from an itchy beard before or after a trim, a good beard oil will sort this out. Beard oils such as Smooth Viking soften your beard hair and moisturize the underlying skin. Not only will this make your beard more comfortable, it’ll also prevent the dreaded beardruff which plagues many bearded men.

3) Spartan’s Den Beard Shampoo

Despite their rugged appearance, beards need just as much care as the hair on your head. By using a high-quality beard shampoo such as the one by Spartan’s Den, you’ll be able to keep your beard clean and healthy.

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Vitabeard Review – An Accelerated Beard Growth Multivitamin

I have luckily always been graced with the ability to grow facial hair with relative ease, but I know that, for some of you, it’s not always that simple.

For this reason, we’ve spent a considerable amount of time scouring the deepest and darkest corners of the internet to find you a solution to your facial hair growing issues and we’ve got it. It’s a facial hair growing supplement called Vitabeard and it could be the answer to your woes.

Why Vitabeard Might Be Suitable For You

If you struggle with growing facial hair at a fast pace, it might be worth considering a supplement like Vitabeard. In addition to boosting the growth-speed of your facial hair, you’ll also be able to improve the overall quality of your beard, thanks to its unique concoction of B-vitamins.

If you already have a strong beard ready to be styled, we understand why you would think that this product might not be right for you. It could, however, still help to improve the overall health of your beard and prevent the dreaded beardruff.

This product could be a great match for you if you’re typically one of the slower-growers, who needs that added boost to keep up with the competition.

Before buying this product, you need to think:

  • What am I looking to get from it?
  • Do I need help growing a strong beard?
  • Will I benefit from healthier hair?

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What is Vitabeard?

Vitabeard Supplements

Vitabeard presents itself as the original facial hair growth and maintenance supplement. Through a unique combination of vitamins, the supplement enhances and accelerates the beard growing process. If you struggle with growing healthy hair quickly, this product could be for you.

It claims to be the first of its kind and is specially formulated to support the growth of healthy facial hair. Due to its nutrient-dense profile, it can also be taken as a daily multivitamin. What more do you need?

It’s important to not be under any illusions as to what this product does. Although it won’t actually generate facial hair growth itself, it’s definitely a great fertilizer to help your body with the process. If you’re looking to support facial hair growth, then Vitabeard is worth a go.

Be aware, however, that it won’t spark growth in areas that previously haven’t had hair. If you’ve got a patchy beard with bald spots, you’re not going to get much from Vitabeard. If you’ve got areas, however, with hair that are growing less quickly than others, Vitabeard will be able to help you.

Finally Grow a Beard

Vitabeard’s Key Features and Benefits

So, does Vitabeard work? Although the core principal of Vitabeard is accelerated beard growth, there’s more to it than you might initially see. I’ve read over a great many of online Vitabeard reviews to sum up the key advantages of taking this supplement. Read on to learn more about Vitabeard’s key features and benefits.

Accelerated Beard Growth

One of the primary ingredients in Vitabeard is Biotin, also known as vitamin H. It’s a key-player in promoting the accelerated growth of beard hair in males and can seriously help you to up your facial hair game.

Biotin is responsible for several metabolic reactions in the body and it’s essential for boosting hair growth. Research has even shown that high quantities of biotin can assist in preventing hair loss in older males.What is Biotin

Biotin Chemical Compound

Strong Facial Hair

If you suffer from damaged or dry hair, Vitabeard is here to help. With a unique combination of vitamin C, Vitabeard will help to promote good beard health. Working to increase your body’s collagen production, vitamin C will help to repair and prevent split hairs and dry skin.

In addition to this, vitamin C is also instrumental in keeping your immune system in top condition. This is especially handy heading into colder months, as not only will you be able to protect your facial hair from split ends and being dried by the wind, you’ll also be able to keep yourself healthy. There’s nothing worse than catching a winter cold and Vitabeard can indirectly help to reduce your chances of getting one.

Reduce Beard Itchiness

One of the key things I see that makes people drop out of the beard-growing process and go clean-shaven again is an itchy beard. It’s uncomfortable, frustrating and to be completely honest, a damn inconvenience.

Resist the itch

I must admit that I’ve crumbled and drawn the razor from my wash bag more than once over the past 5 years. Had I have known back then, however, that a supplement could help to reduce the never-ending beard itch, I probably would have given it a go.

Vitabeard can help to reduce annoying beard itches with its Beta Carotene (vitamin A) complex. Beta Carotene helps to reduce the amount of oil your face produces, which in turn can help to prevent the clogging of oil glands. It’s this that leads to dry skin, beardruff, and the dreaded accompanying itch.

Give Your Beard A New Shine and Sheen

When scouting out other men’s beards in public (come on, we all do it), it’s easy to pick out ones that are well looked after from the rest of the bunch. Beards that aren’t cared for are often frizzy, overly bushy and look dry and damaged. Unless you’re Grizzly Adams, it’s not a look that many can pull off.

With vitabeard, you can improve the overall health of your facial hair and give it a shine and sheen that’ll make it look brand new. In the winter months, this is absolutely invaluable, as cold winds will really do a number on your beard.

Packed with vitamin E, Vitabeard improves the circulation of oxygen and nutrients in your blood around your body, helping them to reach your hair follicles and work their magic.

Prevent Grey Hair

Some of you will no doubt know the pain of looking in the mirror one day and noticing that first grey hair. I’ve yet to reach this stage, but years of emo-phase hair straightening will have no doubt left me somewhat predisposed for grey hairs. It’s only a matter of time.

Checking For Grey Facial Hair

Strangely, beards seem somewhat susceptible to greying earlier than other bodily hairs. A greying beard can actually look great, especially if you’re going for the archaic Philosopher look. If you’re not a fan of grey hairs, however, your options are either beard dye or supplementing to prevent them from occurring in the first place. Vitabeard can help with this.

Containing Para-aminobenzoic Acid (PABA), Vitabeard can help to prevent grey hairs from arising in the first place, a true blessing for the stressed modern male. If you’ve already started sprouting grey hairs, it might not be too late. If your grey hairs were caused by a nutritional deficiency or stress, Vitabeard may be able to restore it to its former glory.

Reduce the Chances of Hair Loss

The same as greying hair, some of us are predisposed for hair loss from an early age. I’ve previously suffered from it. In addition to losing head hair, I started to develop patches in my beard where hair would occasionally come out when I ran my hands through it. Fortunately, it was long enough to go unnoticed, but it was still a huge inconvenience.

I later found out that this was largely caused by stress (I quit my job and all was fine), but I started supplementing zinc to promote healthy hair growth. As well as being vital for maintaining strong immune system health, zinc also helps to prevent hair loss. After a month or so of using it, my hair started staying on my head. What a relief.

One of Vitabeard’s main ingredients is zinc, meaning it can help you to avoid hair loss, too. Your body can deplete its zinc sources pretty quickly, so supplementing it can be a good idea. Zinc deficiencies can lead to dry and damaged skin, as well as a slowed growth of facial hair.

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Other Products to Consider

Although Vitabeard is an all-in-one solution for beard health, if you only need a few of the effects it might be worth looking at other products:

Beard Shampoo

If you suffer from damaged and dry-looking hair, a good beard shampoo will produce quick results. It’ll help restore sheen to your beard and work to actively reduce beardruff. A supplement like Vitabeard can take up to a month to kick in, whereas the results from a good beard shampoo, such as that by Mountaineer Brand, will be visible within a few washes.

Beard Oil

Looking to soften your beard hair and reduce beardruff? When used well, beard oil can nail both of these points for you. Best used after a shower following a beard shampoo treatment, beard oils provide benefit that you’ll feel instantly. Say goodbye to those uncomfortable itches.

I absolutely love the beard oil produced by Smooth Viking, so it’s well worth you checking out.

Look after your beard and it’ll look after you. As with anything, this supplement should be taken in moderation. If you overdo it, Vitabeard side effects may start to present themselves. Vitamins and nutrients are good for you, but not in huge quantities. Pay attention to the recommended daily intake and it’ll be nothing but smooth sailing for you.​

How to Grow A Beard – The 6 Key Steps That Every Man Should Know

If you’re reading this article, it’s probably because you’ve decided to grow a beard. Firstly, congratulations and secondly, welcome to the club.

Although the biggest step is deciding to grow a beard, it isn’t always as cut and dry as you might think.

Don’t worry, though. We’ve compiled this article to show you how to grow a beard the right way. We’re going to take you through a bit of beard background, then give you the tips to grow a beard that’ll blow people away.

Why Should You Grow a Beard?

When the norm is clean-shaven smoothness, why not bend the rules a little? Growing a beard can be a great way of expressing your character and setting yourself apart from the hordes of other males.George Clooney With and Without a Beard

George Clooney With vs. Without a Beard

Like a well-tailored suit, growing a strong beard will be an essential part of your style arsenal and it can really help you to define yourself as a man. Best of all, whereas suits are going to set you back hundreds of dollars, a beard is basically free. All you need is a face.You’ll command masculinity, push yourself into the alpha mindset and also, women absolutely love them.

Read on to uncover the 6 essential steps on how to grow a beard. You’ll be chopping down trees and throwing babes over your shoulder in no time.

The 6 Key Steps to Growing a Beard


Set a Start Date

Although most men can start growing a beard whenever, it’s always best to time it well. Why? The first few days of the beard-growing process are probably going to have you looking like an extra from an apocalyptic future movie. It’s an unfortunate truth, but sadly not all men can work stubble like Brad Pitt.

Brad Pitt's Stubble

If you’re particularly self-conscious, or have a boss who commands especially high standards, you might want to time your beard-grow around being out of the office. This doesn’t mean shutting yourself away in a log cabin – starting on a Friday before the weekend will do. By the time Monday rolls around, you’ll hopefully have collected enough facial hair to look tidy.

Another great time to start on your beard-growing quest is right before a vacation. This will hopefully give you at least a week to let your facial hair run wild, without having to worry about work or personal commitments.

You shouldn’t focus too much on other people’s reaction to your beard, either. Once you’ve started the grow, the process has begun and most people are probably going to like the end product anyway.


Commit to the Process

If you’re lucky enough to be blessed with the gift of good beard genes, you should embrace it, not hate it. Prior to starting the grow, you need to ensure that you can commit. That means sticking with it no matter how scruffy you might look, no matter how displeased your boss looks, and no matter how itchy your face may be.

The main reason that there aren’t a huge amount of beards on faces isn’t because men can’t grow them – it’s because most crumble within the few days and don’t follow through. Although they know it’ll ultimately end up looking great, it’s very easy to second-guess it and quit.

Because of this, many beards die off before they’re even born. If you see a man with impressive facial hair, you know that he’s sat down, thought about it and committed to the process.

Now, thats a beard that took some commitment!

If you’re wondering how to grow more facial hair, it’s largely down to genetics and sadly, there’s not much you can do to change that. If it takes you longer to grow facial hair than other people, though, there’s nothing preventing you from trying. As long as you’re prepared to commit a bit more time to getting your facial hair to the right length, there’s not much that’s going to stop you.

Everyone should try out a beard at least once in their lifetime and the best time to do it is when you’re young. Believe it or not, those hormones pumping through your veins play a large part in how quickly facial hair grows. By capitalising on them, especially if you have difficulty growing facial hair, you’ll be able to get an added boost.

Puberty Face

How long you grow for and how long you stick at it is completely down to you, so why not give it a go? Who knows, you might even be pleased with the result. Above everything else, you’re making the calls. If you don’t try, you’ll never know whether your beard would have made you look great. At the very worst, you’ll look like Grizzly Adams’ homeless Uncle and can just shave it off.

If you can weather the disapproving glances from colleagues and loved ones during the first week, you’ve got nothing to lose. Dedicate yourself to the cause and stick at it – you’re probably going to look awesome by the end.


Stop Shaving

Once you’ve decided on a date to start and have committed to the beard-growing process, the next – and pretty simple – step is to stop shaving. As mentioned, you might feel a little self-conscious during the first few days, as many men struggle with pulling off stubble that’s only a few millimeters long. For that reason, you’ll do well to start your grow before a weekend or vacation.

Keep Calm and Don't Shave Your Beard

When you stop shaving, stop for good. No matter how tempting it may be to tinker and play around with your facial hair, at this stage you’ll probably do more harm than anything. It might look simple, but styling a beard whilst it’s still growing to its intended length is a challenge that most can’t pull off.

Instead, leave the styling until your beard has been growing for at least 4 weeks. By this time you’ll probably look like Tom Hanks in Castaway, so not only will you have a good idea of what you want to do with it, you’ll also be aching to get styling.


Resist the itch

When growing a beard, especially if you’re used to a regular clean-shave routine, your face is going to be pretty confused about having so much excess hair.

Ordinarily, this can lead to itching and discomfort for a lot of men. Don’t be disheartened and resist the itch.

Resist the itch

If you experience it, you can often get rid of itchiness altogether by shampooing your beard once every other day. Just work it into your daily shower routine, but be sure to only use sensitive shampoo. If you go for a heavy-duty strengthening one, you could end up making things worse.

Whilst your beard is still growing, don’t worry about specialist products too much. We’ll get to those later on. As long as they’re suitable for sensitive skin, a sensitive hair shampoo and moisturizer will help to keep your face happy.


Set a Target Date

When men lose faith in the beard-growing process, it’s usually because they haven’t created any goals. For that reason, once you’ve got used to the sensation of having excess hair on your face, set a target date for when you’ll stop growing your beard out.

This can be anywhere from 3-6 weeks after your start date, but usually 4 weeks on will give you a good canvas to work with. Once again, regardless of the temptations, commit to not shaving before that date.

Setting a date for grooming your beard also gives you a long period of time to plan what products you’re going to require. Spend some time researching around and settle on the best products for your needs. We’ll talk a bit about these products below.

Once you’ve reached that point in time, you’ll probably have an idea of what you want to do with your facial hair. Whether it’s shave it off or style it to perfection, that’s where the next step comes in.


Shave Time

After weeks of dedicated beard-growing, you’re now ready to shave.

The first step, if you haven’t already done it, is to invest in a beard trimmer. This doesn’t have to be overly expensive, as you can usually pick up one that’ll do the job for around $40. Although some people choose to keep their beards in shape using scissors, with a beard trimmer you’ll be able to maintain precise lengths all over and craft your facial hair to perfection. 

When starting styling your beard, you’ll usually want to craft a strong neckline at the base. Although you can do it yourself, the first time around it’s best to go to a barber or stylist. Cutting your own hair in a mirror isn’t easy and all it takes is one slip.

Give your beard a border

Generally speaking, you’re going to be best off leaving the upper part of your beard around your cheeks alone. Most men have a natural hairline that stops around their cheek bones and it’ll look great as it is.

Although they’ve got the tools that they need, a lot of men destroy would-be strong beards by shaving strange shapes into their cheek lines the first time they style them. After that, the easiest option is to shave the beard completely, so it’s easy to get disheartened. If you do need to trim it, do it slowly and be careful to maintain clear lines on both sides of your face.

Many beard trimmers come with adjustable heads that allow you to select the length you want to trim to. These are the trimmers that you want to look out for and purchase. You can easily make your beard look well-kept by picking a length you’re comfortable with, then picking another length that’s a few millimeters shorter.

Shave your whole beard with the trimmer set at the longer length, then go over the outer portions of your neck and cheek line with the shorter length. It’ll give you a professional-looking, graded effect which can help to take the weight out of the beard.

If you’ve got weaker features, you can also use this technique to accentuate them. For example, maintaining slightly longer hair around your jaw will give you the appearance of having a stronger jaw. Strong jawlines are typically associated with alpha masculinity, so this might be something you want to try out.

Key Products to Step up Your Beard Game

Once you’ve got your beard, the next step is looking after it. Although standard shampoos and moisturizers will work, why settle for second-best? Take it to the next level with some of these products.

Beard Shampoos and Conditioners

If you’re not careful, regular hair shampoos can actually worsen any discomfort you’re experiencing, as the chemicals in them aren’t intended for use on your face. Splash out on some purpose-made beard shampoo and conditioner to get the job done.

For those persistent itches that just won’t go away, beard shampoos and conditioners are an excellent choice. Washing your beard with these will help to clear up dead skin cells whilst restoring the natural oil balance.

Beard Washing Technique

A cleansing beard conditioner will help to restore the underlying skin’s PH balance, which will work to prevent itching from reoccurring in future.

Beard Oils and Balms

If you’re prone to chronic cases of ‘beardruff’ that shampoo simply won’t remove, beard oils are your best friend. They’ll get beneath your beard, providing intense moisturization for your face, whilst also softening your beard hair. It’s a win-win.

Much like your hair, beards can suffer from bed-head too. Balms are a top way to avoid this. By rubbing a small amount onto your palm and running it through your beard, you’ll be able to keep your hairs in check and pointing in the same direction. In addition to giving you a fuller beard, they also smell fantastic.

So there you have it – your guide to growing your own beard. Follow these steps above and you’ll have blossoming facial hair in no time.

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