Mustaches & Beards

How to Grow a Beard for the First Time

October 26, 2014

GQ recently published an article on growing a beard for the first time. Is it good? Does a walrus mustache blow in the wind? Well, I guess it depends on how course your facial hair is. Anyway, it seems pretty accurate. I mean, do you really need instructions on how to not shave for a month? OK, well here are the highlights:

1. Be patient

Stop complaining to your sister that her beard grows faster than yours. It's not a contest. Some people's beards grow faster than others. If you're one of those people just give it some time and don't giveup too early. Give it a chance to fill out; sometimes the hairs grow at different speeds and need time to catchup with the rest.

2. Man up

Beards itch, that's just the way it is. The longer the beard the greater the itch. It will get better as time goes on but if it really bugs you a shorter trim may be an option.

3. Wash it

Don't be the stinkiest person in the room because you took a shortcut in the shower. Lather, rinse, repeat. When you shampoo your hair bring some of those suds down to your face and give it a good scrubbing.

4. Condition it

This depends on your level of self maintenence. You probably don't want your beard looking better than your hair. If you condition your hair to maintain a healthy sheen, do the same for your beard and vice versa. There are some conditioning products made especially for beards like Dude No. 1 Beard Oil

5. Don't be a douche

If you can use your beard as a straight edge you probably need to reconsider your look. Beards look best when shaped naturally. Let the beard trail off into nothingness just above the neck.

6. Transform yourself

Beards are a great way to add control the shape of your mug. Sculp that pudgy round face into a slab of chisled slate, or soften up your existing pointy chin into a warm and fuzzy feature.