1. Beards are skin deep
Any ol’ guy can grow a normal beard– it’s a fairly simple and lazy approach that requires little or no work. Unfortunately, the results will be proof of the effort you put in (or the lack thereof).
But to grow a healthy, thick and shiny beard you’ll need to put in some extra work.
If you want to grow the perfect beard and ‘stache, you’ll need to start by setting the right foundation for its growth. That means taking care of your skin first, ensuring it’s in the right condition to foster the growth of an award-winning beard.
Start by understanding the type of skin you have: is it mostly dry, oily, combination (of both); or normal? If you’re unsure, start small with a simple three-step solution that includes a face wash, toner and moisturiser, like the Baxter of California Skin 1-2-3. If you’re more confident with what you’re doing, then add some extra steps to your routine. An exfoliating face scrub like Hunter Lab Cleansing Face Scrub will open up your pores, clear away any dead skin and leave your face feeling smooth. Try a once-a-week facial mask (we recommend Anthony Logistics Deep Pore Cleansing Clay Mask) that will replenish the nutrients that your skin loses from daily activities like shaving and cleansing.
2. Let it go; let it grow
This step might seem obvious, but you’ll be surprised how many guys give up on growing the perfect beard right before they reach their goal.
The truth of the matter is, growing a long, thick, shiny and healthy beard takes some patience. While each guy (and beard) is different, it will generally take a month of letting your hair grow wild before you see any real results. That means avoiding all temptation to do any heavy-duty trimming, shaving, cutting or shaping for at least the first month of growing your beard.
This step is not only important to gain some length that you can work with, but letting your hair grow out undisturbed will also help you understand the type of beard you have, the rate at which it grows, and how and where it grows too. During this stage, your new best friends will be the Baxter of California Beard Comb, the Kent Beard & Moustache Comb and the Redecker Beard Bush – depending on your beard type, they’ll keep you looking clean and groomed while you grow your new mane.
3. So fresh and so clean
Just like you take care of the hair on your head, you’ll need to add some extra TLC to help maintain the new mane growing on your face.
Keeping your beard squeaky clean will help you fight the dreaded beard itch (trust us, it’ll come! Think of it as a sort of a rite of passage you have to endure to join the Beard Gang). Plus, using a beard shampoo and conditioner will also keep your beard looking and smelling clean, and soft to the touch.
A clean and soft beard will be free of knots, and look shinier (not from gross oils, but from nutrients that will promote beard growth) and healthier too! According to the experts, you should apply the same mindset to beard cleanliness as you would to the hair on your head. Depending on your lifestyle, it’s not necessary to shampoo your beard daily, but try get at least three thorough washes in a week.
4. Beards need love too
Once your beard starts gaining some steady growth, you’ll probably feel the urge to start paying it more and more attention (that’s a good thing). The best thing you can do for your beard is keep it moisturised!
You don’t want a dry and damaged beard that makes you look scruffy and unkempt. This added moisture will replenish your beard with essential nutrients and proteins that will keep it looking sleek and shiny, and most importantly promote healthy growth, resulting in a thick and perfectly groomed beard.
Try a lightweight beard oil to give your beard a boost, like Prospector Co.’s Burroughs Beard Oil, or Captain Fawcett’s Beard Oil. Or maybe you’d prefer a thicker texture like the Scoop Deluxe Beard Balm (in Original or Gold Label) – an all-natural and handmade balm, perfect for all types of beards.
5. Trim and proper
Finally, the stage you’ve been waiting for! Now that you’ve grown a out a long, thick and healthy beard you can really be proud of, it’s time to play.
By this stage, you should have a good understanding of how your beard grows and what you can do with it. If you know your way around a sharp blade, then you can start shaving, trimming, cutting and shaping your beard to your desired style. If you’re going it alone, we can’t stress the importance of using the right tools on your beard too much! This will ensure comfortable shaving experience that guarantees a proper shave whilst also protecting your skin underneath. Wet shavers should start with a good shaving brush, choosing from different bristles that will serve your beard best. You can choose from different badger hair, boar hair or synthetic bristles. We recommend the value-for-money MÜHLE Mens Shaving 3 Piece Shaving Starter Set (available in Aloe Vera, Sea Buckthorn, and Sandalwood) that includes a badger hair shaving brush, stand, and shaving cream.
Next, choose from an array of razors (depending on your preferred shaving style) like the double-edged The Piccadilly Shaving Co.’s 180 Safety Razor that will give you a safe, close, smooth and clean shave the traditional way.
The less brave can seek expert advice and beard guidance from the professionals at the Pureman Salon located in the heart of Brisbane’s CBD (121 Albert Street, Brisbane, QLD).
All products mentioned above are available for purchase online at pureman.com.au/shop/. Free delivery in Australia for purchases over $20.00.