New year, new beard? Here, the men’s hair gurus at Mavericks Barbershop Letterkenny share their six best tips on how to grow great facial hair the right way:
- Don’t touch it.
Growing a solid beard takes at least a month. While we want you looking your best at all times it is highly recommended that you hold off any heavy-duty shaping or trimming for at least a month.
Doing this you allow your beard to be fuller and get an idea of what kind of shapes your beard lends itself to, also what may have been a light patch in the beginning could now be completely blended in with the rest of the beard.
- The dreaded itch.
The beard may start to itch in the first few days or not until week three, but rest assured it will happen. At this point it is time to grow a pair and tolerate it, as I can assure you, it will pass.
The itch is due to the sharp edges of your stubble which is strong hair that curls back and pokes you in the skin. There are a few trade secrets to get through this, none better than Prorasso Beard Balm which moisturises and softens the hair. Using a beard balm will make this phase a stroll in the park.
- The psychological.
If you are new to the beard-growing process you’ll find the most challenging part being how to handle other people’s reactions, going for a different look will without doubt get comments from others. However, trust us when we say, the vast majority of the time the beard doesn’t look bad at all, you’re just getting comments because it is different!
- Look after it.
When growing a beard, you will find the hair very strong and stubborn. Also what most men don’t realise is that the skin underneath begins to get very dry.
A good quality beard oil will solve both these issues. A very small amount (5 drops) massaged in daily will be all the care your skin and beard needs with a simple comb in the right direction, it will be at its best.
Once you feel you have gone beyond the length you were aiming for, you can now trim it back into the shape you desire. Careful, this is where we lose most beards. Trimming the beard into a perfect shape on your first attempt is a delicate task. If you feel confident go for it, if not, a trip to your barbers is a must (as long as you are sure they’re capable of delivering your request).
After that enjoy your new look, it may make you more handsome, rugged, distinguished, mature or care free.
Whatever it is, be happy with yourself and enjoy the fact that you tried something different and a new experience. I can assure you, the process will develop you to become more open minded towards other, more patient and more confident. Enjoy.
For any advice on beards, the barbers in Mavericks or only too delighted to help, we would talk beard all day, call in and we will help you any way we can. Also, you can catch up with us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Maverickstraditionalbarbershop) and follow us on Instagram (maverickstraditionalbarbershop) Snapchat @MAVERICKSTBS or Twitter www.twitter.com/mavericksbaber…