When it comes to growing a beard, we often wait to establish a proper grooming routine until there is a good amount of growth. After all, it's just thatch, isn't it? What many men don't know is that how you take care of new beard growth at the beginning has a direct impact on the long-term health and appearance of your beard. Early care also sets the stage for grooming your beard by getting you used to using the right products and techniques. Today we cover why your first week of beard growth is a crucial step, the key aspect of beard growth that has nothing to do with hair care. Follow these three beard growth tips and start things off right.
TIP #1: Make sure to have these three key products on your counter. Beard Wash: Even when you're only working with stubble, keep that area clean with a gentle beard cleanser. The right beard wash will clean the beard strands and underlying skin without stripping the area of too much of its natural moisture. Beard Butter: Again, don't neglect your beard, especially when it comes to moisturizing. Think of it this way: the stubble eventually becomes the oldest part of your beard. It's basically the tip of your beard. The longer the facial hair grows, the further it moves away from the sebaceous glands in the skin. Since these natural oils cannot reach the tip of the beard, the tips are very susceptible to split ends, splits, and damage. Don't wait for your beard to be dry and brittle, moisturize and hydrate the beard from the start. Beard Oil: For the same reasons that a beard moisturizer is essential, beard oil should also be part of your beard maintenance routine. Beard oil is used to soothe and soften new growth. If you've ever grown a beard before (or at least tried) then you know that new growth tends to be a little painful. Beard oil seals in moisture, which is not only good for the health of your beard, but also good for the appearance of your beard.
TIP 2: EXFOLIATION is key. Now that we've covered how to take care of your short beard, let's talk about the skin. If your skin is dry or irritated, using a quality scrub/exfoliator will gently remove dead, flaky skin cells. and it will keep the area around the beard smooth. Exfoliation also prevents other problems like bumps and infections, which are caused by bacteria and fungi trapped under dry skin. Using a quality beard scrub is also the best way to avoid ingrown hairs, which occur when hair grows back into the follicle and gets stuck under the skin.
TIP #3: BE PATIENT AND TRUST ON THE PROCESS. Gentlemen, you need to be realistic about your journey and your pace. You can't wait to get that end result. Instead of worrying about what your beard will look like in 7 or 30 days, focus on what your beard needs right now. Mindset can make the difference between a frizzy, dry beard and a strong, healthy beard. At the start of growth, some of you may not be used to the new look. Maybe it's not as bushy as you'd like. Maybe your skin is a little sore. If you're having trouble growing your beard, come back to the present moment, there's a reason a beard is a sign of dedication, patience, and perseverance. Tell us, what's your favorite part of starting a new look? What's the hardest part? Leave a comment below and join our community dedicated to transforming the landscape of grooming and personal care for Black men.