5 Things Black Men Can Do To Grow A Better Beard From Scratch
Congratulations on your decision to join the ranks of black men with well groomed, attention-grabbing beards. The secrets to a great beard are length, health, shape, and grooming. While these factors vary depending on the beard wearer, there are a few beard tips and strategies all black men with beards can use. Check ‘em out right here.
Take care of the skin your beard sits on top of. Just because you don’t see that skin, doesn’t mean it doesn’t need as much care and attention as the rest of the skin you’re in. The secret to a great beard is a solid foundation to build it on. Keep your beard clean and conditioned, paying extra attention to the skin. It needs to stay moisturized and flake free to help you minimize or completely avoid the dreaded beginner beard itch, ingrown hairs, and the urge to give up and shave it off.
Growing a beard is an investment in time. Take heart, though, we’re talking weeks, not months or years. Your beard can be itchy at first and might even grow in patchy. These are normal conditions and will improve if you give your beard the time it needs. It may take a minute to get used to a beard, but in a week or so, you’ll start to see an improvement as your new beard takes shape. The itching and patches will go away as your beard takes on a life of its own.
Speaking of shape, you’ll want to keep your beard shaped and lined as it grows. Once you’ve reached the desired length – and at every beard-length along the way – ask your barber to help you choose the shape and style that best flatters your face and suits your lifestyle. An outdoorsman may opt for a different shape than a conservative businessman. Just remember that in the world of beards, there’s no right or wrong length, style or beard fashion. Your beard shape is as individual as you are.
You beard is made up of hair that’s probably longer on your face than it is on your hair, so it does need special attention. Make sure you wash, condition, oil, and comb out your beard on a regular basis. Get in the habit of daily beard grooming right from the start and you’ll have the healthy skin and hair your beard deserves to give you the distinguished look you’re after.
Check out the plethora of beard oils, creams, liners, and other products available to help you keep your beard as neat or as bushy or as short or as long as you want it to be. Talk to your barber and ask bearded friends for their favorite beard grooming and maintenance products.
Whether you’re a beard beginner or a beard veteran, these tips will help you grow a beard you can be proud of and create a look of distinction that will set you apart from the bearded crowd. Trust your instincts, too, and grow your beard, your way. Learn to be comfortable in the skin you’re in and your beard will become an extension of the confident man you are.