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May 16, 2017

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Top 5 Things You Should Know When Growing Your Beard

 

 by Tim Kramer

 

I’ve had a beard of varying lengths for over twelve years now but did not start grooming it until about four years ago. I often think of how much healthier my beard would be had I known what I know now. To help others who may be beginning the beard growing journey, here are five things I wish I would have known twelve years ago.

 

Washing

 

When I first started growing my beard I did not have much motivation apart from simply not shaving anymore. My beard was definitely dry and not very clean. Honestly it looked and felt terrible most of the time but I was not about to shave.

I wish I would have known the importance of washing your beard! After all, beards are hair too. Washing your beard regularly not only keeps the hair clean but it also keeps the pores clear which enables healthier and fuller growth.

 

Oiling/Conditioning

 

It may be tempting to think of beard oil as just a trend that popped up recently and has grown rapidly. While there's certainly been a boom in interest and awareness, the truth is that oil has always been a part of any proper hair conditioning routine. In many ways, we’re just applying what we have always known about conditioning our hair and applying it now to our facial hair, and beard oil cannot be underestimated as a vital part of beard grooming. I noticed a huge difference as soon as I started grooming my beard and using beard oil.

In fact, the difference was so big that I wondered how I had made it almost eight years without using it. Beard oil is a conditioning agent that replenishes and protects your beard. Without it, your beard will be constantly dry, full of split ends, and downright raggedy looking.

 

Brushing/Combing

 

I literally did not own a beard comb or brush the first eight years of growing my beard. Part of this was because I did not own a comb or brush for my hair either (I’ve had dreadlocks on and off for over a decade).

 

It never occurred to me how I might be damaging my beard by not ever combing or brushing it. You see, what I know now is that brushing or combing eliminates tangles from your beard and stimulates follicles, promoting better and healthier growth. No matter what length of beard you plan on growing, you’re eventually going to need a quality comb or brush.

 

Patience

 

Like most men, I thought growing a beard would be a much quicker process than it actually is. At the beginning of the beard-growing journey there are some days, weeks, or months where you feel like there’s no growth at all and you start wondering if it’s worth it.

While patience is something one has to learn from experience, it can still be helpful to hear someone who has been there tell you “It’s worth it; don’t give up now!” Looking back over the past decade I now know growing a beard both requires and teaches a lot of patience.

 

Don’t Trim

 

Directly related to patience is the vital lesson of learning to NOT constantly trim your beard or moustache. In my early beard growing years I would actually shave my moustache off every spring. This is not necessarily the wrong move but it is going to severely limit the growth you see. There were other times I would trim (hack really) my moustache because I was tired of eating it. I know now that the better way is to take some time and to invest in some supplies like a moustache comb and moustache wax to help train the whiskers to get them out of your way.

I hope these tips that I learned the hard way can help save you some headaches and keep you from making a spur of the moment decision that will cost you months of growth. If there’s anything you’d add to this list, please comment below.


As always, thanks for reading and stay bearded!

 

This post is part of an ongoing Can You Handlebar series designed to help our customers.  Please visit our full library of articles at TheBeardMentor.com

March 02, 2016

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How to Maintain Your Beard--Brushing/Combing

Quick Tips: After washing and oiling your beard use a high quality brush or comb (Like our Can You Handlebar Beard Oil Brush™ or one of our Wooden Combs) to brush or comb your beard. Then go be your awesome self and enjoy the “Nice beard!” compliments.


So far we’ve looked at How to Maintain Your Beard--Part One: Washing, then we talked about How to Maintain Your Beard--Part Two: Oiling, and now we will have a look at how to brush or comb your beard.


Why do you need to brush or comb your beard?


Without brushing or combing your beard it won’t be long before your beard is a shambled mess of tangles, knots, and maybe even some critters. Haha, okay, maybe not the critters part. Brushing and combing can, however, help with overall beard health by minimizing tangles which can lead to an unhealthy beard.

Brushing stimulates the natural oils in your whiskers, removes loose hairs, and encourages good healthy beard growth.


What brush or comb should I use?


For starters, pick a brush or comb that you love. We carry three different ones that are all amazing. I (Tim) personally prefer the Beard Brush by Wet Brush. It doesn’t hurt to have both a brush and comb to test out. Depending on the length or style of your beard one may suit you better than the other.


How do I brush or comb my beard?


After you’ve washed your beard and then oiled it you’re ready to brush or comb it. Here’s how:


  1. You’ll want to start the end of your beard.  
  2. You want to use light short passes. This allows you to work out any snags or tangles.
  3. Work your way from the bottom of the beard to the top this way and then you can go back through with longer passes. Brushing your beard this way keeps in the healthy hairs you don’t want to lose and also prevents tangles that can lead to split ends or other damage.

This video of Andy is a nice summary of the four steps above. 

 


We would caution not to overdo it. Find what works best for you and do that once a day. Over brushing your beard can actually do more damage than good.


Combined with How To Maintain Your Beard: Part One--Washing and How To Maintain Your Beard: Part Two--Oiling, you should be well on your way to confidently maintain your beard! We will explore the topic of brushing vs. combing your beard in future blog posts so stay tuned! 

 

This post is part of an ongoing Can You Handlebar series designed to help our customers.  Please visit our full library of articles at TheBeardMentor.com