Myth #1: Frequent shaving makes your beard grow fuller
The Facts: Yep, you guessed it: shaving only removes hair, nothing more! Shaving regularly to promote beard growth is an old wives tale with no merit whatsoever. The truth is, when you shave your beard, the hair is cut blunt which often makes it appear thicker as it grows back, but there is no evidence to support this theory.
Myth #2: You need 2 – 3 weeks to grow a full beard
The Facts: There’s a belief that if you haven’t grown a full beard within one month of trying, it’s just not going to happen for you. The reality is, however, growing a thick and healthy beard worth envy is a labour of love and patience! Most men with full beards have grown it over two to three months before seeing the results they want, so you’ll need to be patient. But this doesn’t mean looking scruffy: Keep your beard trim and tidy with a trim now and then.
Myth #3: Your beard is always itchy
The Facts: One of the major reasons some men quit on growing a beard is complaints about itchiness. Beard itch is either caused by harsh shaving that has left the hairs blunt and skin irritated; or by dead skin cells collected in your beard. Beat the itch with a smooth moving razor like the Giesen & Forsthoff Timor 1363 Vermillion Safety Razor made to glide across the skin. And be sure to keep your beard clean with beard shampoo and conditioner, finishing it off with moisturising beard oil like the rich Captain Fawcett’s Ricki Hall Booze & Baccy Beard Oil.
Myth #4: You can only grow your beard in its natural direction
The Facts: When your beard is long enough for styling, many guys throw in the towel because of the many whacky directions beards can grow. But you can visit your barber to select a suitable style for your face shape, and maintain this style with regular use of a taming beard balm like the Scoop Deluxe Beard Balm Gold Label, which helps the hair to be softer and suppler. Also use a beard comb (we recommend the Baxter of California Beard Comb 3.25”) or brush (such as the Redecker Beard Brush) to train any wayward hairs into growing downwards.
Myth #5: Beards look best when they’re full
The Facts: There’s a misconception that the only acceptable beard is a completely full and thick beard. But much like the head on your hair, your choice of beard needs to suit your face shape. There are at least a dozen different beard style to choose from, ranging from short stubble all the way to full bearded glory. Whatever you choose, make sure to take care of the skin beneath with a simple three-step program, like the Baxter of California Skin Care 1-2-3.