Since you have found your way to this ultimate perfect beard growing guide, we want to say- Well Done! Your beard is an achievement worthy of kudos. Committing to grow the perfect beard is commendable and if you follow this guide, your efforts will be rewarded.
Whether you started growing your beard because you lost a bet, to raise money for charity, or simply because you need a manly change, let's work together to keep your beard looking amazing.
A Bit About Beard Biology
Maybe your beard started growing in when you were a teen or not until your 30s. Either way, the timing of your beard growth is mostly determined by biology. Your genetics guide the timing of facial hair growth, the color, and the texture. The best we can do is work with what we are naturally given and give nature a boost along the way.
Beards grow best under healthy conditions. Stress, poor nutrition, restless sleep, and living a sedentary lifestyle can all take a toll on the health of your beard. Living a healthy life will result in a healthy beard.
Of course, hormones also influence whether your beard grows in nice and thick or a bit scraggly and patchy. Testosterone is converted to a powerful hormone called DHT. Men with high levels of DHT will naturally grow thicker beards. Increasing testosterone levels with diet and weight lifting is an effective, natural way to promote improved beard growth.
Now that we have a better understanding of the things about our beard we can't control, let's dive into what we CAN control.
Basic Beard Care
Growing the perfect beard requires a bit more than just the growing part of it. Maintaining your beard is what makes it perfect. Putting in a bit of work to care for your beard will pay off in the end.
Wash Your Beard
Don't you dare wash your beard with regular bar soap. Clean, soften and condition your beard with a beard wash that is handcrafted and formulated perfectly for the PH and texture of a beard. A daily wash is all it takes for a clean, fresh smelling beard.
Condition Your Beard
What is the secret to warding off discomfort and preventing you from suddenly shaving off your beard? Conditioning! Dry, scratchy beards are unbearably uncomfortable. A solid beard conditioner moisturizes beard follicles as well as the skin underneath. Beard butter also keeps stray hairs in check.
Oil Your Beard
While beard butter works hard to condition and tame your beard hair, beard oil penetrates beard hair to smooth and nourish. Beard oil also leaves your beard and face smelling fresh and perfectly scented.
Brush Your Beard
Use a high quality beard bush to prevent your beard from forming tangles. Brushing also helps to train hair growth direction and evenly distribute beard oil.
Trim Your Beard
Beard hair does not grow evenly and at the same rate. A perfect beard requires occasional trimming and shaping. Invest in a high quality trimmer with various attachments and trim as needed.
Battling Beard Issues
Although others may admire you for having the perfect beard, you will inevitably find flaws. Here are a few common beard issues that may come up and some ways to work through them.
Everyone goes through an initial "itchy stage" during the first few weeks or even months of growing a beard. Using beard oil and working it down into the skin will relieve itchiness and restore your joy in sporting a beard.
Beardruff Be Gone
Beard dandruff, or beardruff, is caused by a micro-organism that feeds off of your natural skin oils. The micro-organism breaks down the oils into oleic acid and many people have a sensitivity to the acid. The result is an overproduction of skin cells causing flaking dandruff. Beard flakes are a common and aggravating condition. Exfoliating, brushing regularly, and using beard care products with the proper PH level will help treat and prevent beardruff.
Growing in a patchy beard takes time and patience. Many times patchy beards will finally fill out at around four or five months. Longer beard hairs will begin to cover up sparser areas and give the illusion of a full, thick beard. Keep in mind that there isn't a single beard in the bearded universe that grows out with perfect uniformity and consistency.
Split ends occur when facial hair follicles become too coarse or brittle. They eventually split, causing rough, jagged ends. One main cause of split ends is using harsh chemicals to dye your beard without following up with proper conditioning. Rely on a heavy duty beard oil to maintain the tips of your beard hair.
Manly Beard Resources
Growing the perfect beard initiates you into a quirky and very cool community of worldwide bearded men. Don't be afraid to reach out to others for advice or encouragement. Here are a few of our favorite resources for the bearded community.
Dan C Bearded. Your Trusted Teacher for all things beard related. Dan breaks it down with reviews, beard truth and informational series on caring for your beard!
No BS Beard Reviews. This YouTube channel provides excellent beard advice and honest product feedback.
Reddit Beards. This forum is a great judgement free zone to ask questions and get honest opinions from other bearded gents.
If you didn't take the time to read all of this and scrolled through, here is the quick version- Be Patient, Stay Healthy, and use Whiskey 'N Hardtack beard products for growing the perfect beard.