The beard represents grit, it represents what it means to be a man. In a modern-day American culture that has downplayed good old-fashioned masculinity, is too politically correct, and is often times too soft, growing a beard let’s those around you know that you are not afraid of being a manly man. You can reclaim your position in the world by growing out and maintaining a monster beard that is not only manly but is sign of style and fashion among those that care for their hair.
Growing The Facial Hair
Ditch the razor blades and the foam-cream and let that sucker grow! If you are done with the baby-faced look and are ready to make a change for the better, let’s get this hair game rock’n. Like anything else in life, this works best of you commit to it and stay with the plan. Don’y let that nag’s broad you live with voice her opinion on it, retake control of your life and let it grow! Not like she gives you what you want anyways, right? This is a non-negotiable event that only you have a say in, everyone else can wonder off a cliff.
Now I like to encourage buddies to choose a bearded role model as not only a reference point but also a source of inspiration during the growth period. You gotta have an end goal and something to look forward to. Having an image of a famous beard, or an actor from a movie from which he played the role of a bearded badass is helpful. In other words, keep your eyes on the prize.
If you have never grown a beard, you may have second thoughts as your facial hairs start rolling into your mouth and falling into your food. Don’t trip! This is what it means to be a man! Have pride in the fact that you are growing this hair on your face into a manly mane of awesomeness. Do not be concerned about the reactions of those around you. They are only envious of your facial hair and will continue that envy until you shave.
What kind of beard is best for you? This is sort of dependent on your own fashion sense and style. I prefer a pretty rugged mountain man look with minimal care and treatment. My brother wears fancy clothes and cares about his appearance, his is manicured to the max. He actually goes to a barbershop in Denver and trim his beard up for him. They actually trim his ear hair and neck line while they are at it. Me, I just trim mine with my cleaver. At the end of the day, growing your beard should be about being yourself. It is about being a manly-man. Grow you’re out how you like, and if style is something that you fancy, then check out what’s trending and trim accordingly. If you want my opinion though, just let it grow!
After you have given that some thought, the next phase of understanding is genetics. How much facial hair can you really grow? Is it patchy? Does it grow evenly? These are variables that have to be met with creativity. Not all of us can grow the perfect beard, but we all can take what we have and shape it into something that shouts – bad ass! There are some dudes that have a massive amount of facial growth, while other guys have little to no growth. The average dude lands in the middle of that. The guys that can’t grow a thick mane of the beard are no less than the guys that can. This is just something that those of you that have beard challenges should take into consideration.
All you dudes out there that don’t have a problem with the hair, I suggest you grow the heck out of that thing. The full beard look is beast, it’s iconic, and it’s American. If you can’t make the full growth look happen, then do your best to grow something that bestsellers suits your face, something you like, remember, this is about you!
However you go about growing your beard just remember not to touch it for the first few months. Let the hair grow and settle before you dive into trimming and shaping your masterpiece. A beard needs to grow to be healthy, once it reaches that point of health it can be trimmed and shaped to your liking. This is something you should think of like a plant, a plant needs to grow and bloom before you really have an opportunity to shape it.
The Beard Might Itch
It’s possible that during the growth period your beard may begin to itch like an unwashed sack. If that’s the case, don’t give up. There are lotions out there that provide itch relief. Apply some of this to your beard hair and thoroughly rub it in deeper so that it makes contact with your skin. This should stop the itching. If it doesn’t, simply purchase a bottle of whiskey and drink it.
As mentioned before you can locate a local barbershop and leave the trimmings and sculpting to a professional, or you can get some trimming scissors and a blade and do it yourself. The self-trimmed beards are always convenient, they can be done just about anywhere and at any time and don’t break the bank. The work of a professional barber, however, can be something to enjoy. Hanging out in the barbershop, shooting the breeze with the guys helps to pass the time and the guys trimming your beard usually have one of their own so there is no shortage of conversations.
Getting your style in shape is a process and an adventure that every man should experience. There is a ton of info available online about the various ways you can grow and maintain a full beard. These are just my thoughts, thoughts that sprouted from experience like a facial hair follicle. Take what I have to say as the end all of beard growth know-how and look no further than here for bearable advice.