We’re probably going through a period of peak beard right now. Everyone knows someone who sports one these days, but the momentum is dying down a little. Don’t be surprised to see the next wave of hipsters going the opposite way completely.
Fashion aside, though, many people trying for a beard encounter several issues that cause them to drop out before growing an inch of length.
We’ve put this brief guide together to explain some of those problems, and to give you some solutions. If you are going to grow your facial hair, you’ll need to do it quick – time is not on your side. These tips should help you beard up before they go the way of the dodo.
Coarse hair can be difficult to grow out. It’s unruly, for a start, but it can also be uncomfortable and itchy. Your best bet is to wash it more often, use a good beard oil and moisturise properly. That combination should soften things up enough to get past the harsh period of growing out.
Beard dandruff is a very common problem. It’s embarrassing, too, and many men will just shave off rather than risk being caught with white flakes all over their chest. Again, a beard oil is an excellent tool for defeating dandruff. You also need to take a lot of care over washing your face better, and keeping it moisturised.
Unless you have a symmetrical face, styling and shaping can be tough to achieve. We’re all a little lopsided, and the DIY approach is fraught with difficulty. And, of course, the slightest slip can often mean the whole beard just has to go. Avoid this by booking into your local barbers for a trim every few weeks. They will have a better eye than you will, and a professional will keep your beard looking sharp.
Beard Acne is another common issue. As your hairs grow, bacteria can get deep into your follicles and cause an infection. There are a few oils that can help, including tea tree and tamanu oil. Both fight against bacterial and fungal infections, and should help clear up your skin in no time.
Got a thin, messy beard? You’re in good company. Blame your genes – and short of having hair transplanted, there’s not much you can do with it. That said, the scraggly beard can often look great – but it needs looking after. You’ll need to keep in touch with your barber every few weeks, and find an oil that can control your wildest hairs.
Brittle, dry beard hair can break – but there are plenty of options for you. The trick is to avoid dryness, and any products that reduce the number of natural oils you have in your beard. Rosemary oil is a good place to start. In fact, it even stimulates your follicles – although it also darkens the hair. If that’s an issue, try Vitamin E oil instead. It helps strengthen the hair and can protect and repair damage from the sun.
Hope you’ve enjoyed the beard science – let us know how you get on!