Growing a beard comes easier to some men than others, but these tips should help any facial hair novice grow the beard that they desire.
Over the last ten years, beards have gradually become more and more popular. If you're in an office or a coffee shop right now, take a look around. Chances are that more of the men in your immediate vicinity have beards than don't. It is the ultimate fashion accessory for a man in 2018 and unlike most fashion statements, it's absolutely free as it grows right out of your face.
If you're reading this article, however, you need help with your beard. Don't worry, you're not alone. You know as well as we do that growing a beard isn't as simple as just not shaving. It takes time, care, and attention, and if you don't know what you're doing then it can be a daunting task. It also differs from man to man, and we are here to help with that with an assist from Men's Health.
First thing's first, examine your facial hair. How it grows will determine what kind of beard you can have. If your facial hair grows thick and even then you'll be able to pull off that big-bearded lumberjack look if you so desire. If it gets patchy once it reaches a certain length, don't worry, that just means you'll need to keep it shorter, neater, and sharper so those patches don't show.
Now comes what is perhaps the most important part, maintenance. Most of us can grow a beard to an extent, but once we have it we don't know how to keep it looking at its best. The tools you're using definitely make a lot of difference. If you have a good trimmer, then use it to go over your entire beard. Start from the base of your neck and move upwards, but stop short at the base of your ear. That will enable you to properly blend your beard with your sideburns.
All that's left is to perfect your brand new beard. Make sure the lines along your cheeks and neck are straight to keep it looking neat. Also, keep an eye on how long the facial hair on your chin gets. If you have a long face, you want to make sure you keep that hair short. From there, just be sure to keep everything in check and looking neat and tidy and above all, be patient. Growing a beard takes time, care, and attention. Follow the guidelines above and you should have no problem at all.