First Time Beard Growers, Tackle These 7 Key Phases For Bearded Greatness

To all of the first time beard growers, if you want to go from a bare face to having an awesome looking beard, it is likely that you’ll have to go through these 7 key phases to see if you truly are worthy of bearded greatness. We thought we’d share with you our wisdom. Check them out…

Phase 1: Desire – This is the start of an epic journey. You’ve probably been inspired by someone else’s beard, which has created a desire deep inside of you to add a positively unique and distinctive feature to your appearance.

Phase 2: Excitement – You’ve taken the first few steps of your journey, you can officially say that you are growing a beard. Stubble will show up and you can see the beginning of what you hope will be a piece of fashionable art. Excitement will re-occur throughout the growth process whenever you see something to admire in your facial hair.

Phase 3: Criticism – once you are a fair way in to your journey, it is likely that you will start to see flaws In your facial hair and growth. Areas that could be better, other people may pick up o. This and start to comment. Some will be positive and some will be negative, both of which can have a strong impact and be taken seriously. Stay strong, stay resilient, stay on your path.

Phase 4- Frustration – There may be a period where you start to get frustrated, your facial hair may be taking forever to grow to the length you want, the quality of your facial hair may be thinner than you expected it to be, the may be patchy/bald spots on your face. These issues will frustrate you, the key is to stay strong and persist, your facial hair coverage will improve over time.

Phase 5- Jealousy/Envy – Other guys your age with what you think to be better facial hair quality and beard coverage may make you green with envy and you notice other men’s mature beards. You’ll start saying to yourself: “why can’t my facial hair look like that? Will my beard ever look that good?”

Phase 6- Depression/Desire to shave – You’ve lost hope! Your beard hasn’t necessarily turned out to be be what you thought it would be, and now you are seriously considering on giving up and grabbing that razor…don’t!

Phase 7- Acceptance/Hope – You see the light! You finally realize that your beard is unique and would rather be with a less than perfect beard than bare faced. You will also begin to see that it IS getting better with time, albeit very slowly.

Once you have reached the final phase, start to play around with it, investigate different types of grooming and styling products, which can aid you in enhancing the way it looks.

Much of coming to the acceptance stage is in redefining your expectations and realizing that no beard is perfect. Keep growing right through the doubt, stay resilient and witness bearded awesomeness prevail.

Have you been through or are going through any of these 7 phases? Let us know, we always want to hear what you awesome people are thinking in the comments section or over on social media.

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The 4 Huge External Pressures You Must Overcome When Growing Facial Hair

You see yourself in the mirror and you say to yourself…”damn I’d look good with a beard”, knowing that there is real potential to spruce up your current look and style, taking your appearance and sex appeal to a new level…exciting times lie ahead, don’t they?

The actual act of growing facial hair is easy. Whether it be a epic beard, classy moustache or unique goatee, it’s up there with one of the simplest things a man can do… no work is involved, nature takes it’s course and it just grows!

But

Some men underestimate the pressures they will face when embarking on the journey towards awesome looking facial hair. Many face external pressures during the growth process, leaving them feeling discouraged and low in confidence, doubt creeps into the mind and has them believing that they just aren’t cut out to be part of the ‘awesome facial hair gang’.

There are external pressures and hurdles that have proven to be stumbling blocks for a many men. This article will give you the insight you need in order to get over the obstacles that you may face.

If you can get through the obstacles that we are about to disclose, (we’ll give you some guidance on how to do so of course) it will help to make the process of growing facial and the decisions you are about to face so much easier. Clearing the path for you to enhance your appearance and stand out from the clean shaven masses.

You will be required to look carefully within yourself and the world around you, a lot of self analysis lies ahead. Not all issues will affect you, but some might.

Your Place Of Work Has Strict Views On Beards & Moustaches!

An issue for so many men, it is likely that you may one day cross paths with someone in your workplace who has a firm opinion about what is and isn’t appropriate about facial hair, especially if you are growing a larger beard or outstanding moustache. The most common cause of this is the company’s corporate culture and the image they want to convey.

If your facial hair is unkempt and messy, there is a strong chance that you will be called up on it. Having a 2-3 day stubble is also frowned upon in a lot of workplaces. If you are to sport facial hair within the workplace, we suggest that you keep it well styled, groomed and maintained at all times, this will help you to give off the impression that you respect the company you work for, it’s corporate culture and most importantly, you respect yourself and the way you look. In general, you should be safe to parade your awesome looking facial hair in most places of work. If there is an issue, talk to your seniors privately, do research on the company you work for and their regulations and see if there is any way around it.

Your Wife/Girlfriend Hates The Prospect Of You Having Facial Hair

This is a big one. There are two common issues as to why your partner may dislike your facial hair.

1. The first one is that she hates the way your scruff feels when your face is rubbing up against her.

2. The second reason is that she hates change, the beardless guy she fell head over heels for is changing his appearance.

Don’t let this put you off, if she loves you for who you are, she’ll stick around (hopefully). Stay firm, keep growing and help her to understand why you’re doing what you are and just how important this is for you. She’ll soon come around and start to love the new you!

Your Friends & Family Are Showing Discouragement & Negativity

When you make the decision to grow facial hair, you may face adversity from your friends and family, they may think that you don’t fit in.

Some will admire you for what you are doing, while others may discourage you. People are familiar with who you were, new things and new ideas scare a lot people.

The people you care about will always have an opinion, it’s up to you on how you deal with it. If other people’s opinions matter to you, acknowledge what they have to say. Emphasize how important growing a beard or moustache is for you and how they should support you and not bring you down. Talk and act positively about what you’re doing.  Your family and friends will soon start to realize that they will get nowhere and will give up on their comments. In the end they’ll respect you for seeing it through.

Current Fashions & Trends Tell You What’s Hot & What’s Not!

We live in world where we are constant being overwhelmed and put under pressure by advertising and marketing material, telling us what we should do and how we should look. You see the latest looks and styles being modelled, fashion gurus saying “beards are out of fashion!” You start to question whether your current style is en vogue which casts doubt in your mind.

We say…don’t panic!

Undoubtedly trends and fashions will impact your mind. However, remember that style is personal, it’s comes from within, don’t feel pressured to follow the herd and choose a style that everyone is wearing but you know won’t look good on you. Choose a style that suits you and your lifestyle. Observe the trends, take on board what looks good and start experimenting with that style to see if it looks good on you and whether it accentuates your facial features. Whatever you choose the secret is keeping it tidy.

Everyone’s situation is different and unique, not all of these external pressures will apply to you, but some may. So, analyse yourself in accordance with this list In detail, see what issues relate to you and how/if you can overcome them.  This is where your own inner strength will take charge. A strong mind and perseverance is what’s needed.

Your facial hair is a form of expression that says “This is me, this is how i want to look, it is intentional. I am comfortable in my skin”. The day your facial hair causes you to dislike the man in the mirror is the day you should shave it. No external pressure should have this influence on you. Grow baby grow!

Are any of these an issue for you? Let us know, we always want to hear what you awesome people are thinking. Tell us if there are any that we haven’t included in the comments section.

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To Beard Or Not To Beard? Here’s What You Can Expect When Growing One!

 

We have come up with a list of  what you can expect when growing a PROPER beard. So if you’re serious about changing your appearance and coming over to the side of the bearded, you seriously need to check out the following…

WARNINGYou must be resilient!

If you haven’t come over to the bearded side, and have been thinking about whether to grow one, we hope this helps to make your decision easier.

If you’re already bearded or even if you’re not,  we’d love to know if you can relate to any of these! Let us know in the comments section below.

16 Common Misconceptions About Beards!

 

Over time we have come into contact with a huge number of people who are bearded and wanting to grow beards that have a lot of questions. We have found that there are a lot of misconceptions about growing a beard, so we decided to separate fact from fiction and reveal what the reality is when it comes to beards.

Bearded Myth or Reality?

1. Myth: A beard should look complete in 2 to 3 weeks.

Reality: Believe it or not, it actually takes up 2 to 3 MONTHS for the majority of men to have a complete, FULL beard!

2. Myth: If my beard has not filled in by the time I’m in my 2os, it never will.

Reality:The reality is that most beards IMPROVE throughout your 20s and 30s, sometimes even into your 40s and 50s. The majority of men do find however that their beards fill out into their late 20s.

3. Myth: Having a beard in the summertime will always make me feel hot.

Reality: Beards actually make you feel COOLER in the summer! The reason for this is because it shades your face and acts like an evaporative cooler when you sweat and get a little breeze. Some men do report that in humid climates having a beard makes them feel uncomfortable, but it is not entirely clear whether shaving it off will help.

4. Myth: If you have a job interview coming up, you should shave.

Reality: The everyday reality is that the majority of employers that are not anti-facial hair or anti-beard and in general will not discriminate against a someone wearing a nicely styled, well groomed and maintained beard. It may in fact help the employer remember the candidate even more, and it may also give the illusion of additional experience and confidence. In the cases where the company has a no-beard or facial hair policy, the interviewer will likely inform the candidate of this restriction, and this information should help the candidate decide if he wants to work for such a company.

5. Myth: My girlfriend thinks my beard makes me look like a homeless dude or a creepy perv.

Reality:  It is often the CHANGE that she objects to. It takes time to adjust to a new look and in most cases, she will come around. We think that the best approach is to discuss WHY you are growing your beard and how it feels to you, and ask for patience, understanding, and tolerance while you journey to epic beardedness.

6. Myth: A good looking and well styled beard requires you to have connectors between the mustache and goatee to look good/complete.

Reality: Look around you! You’ll see lots of guys with missing connectors between the beard and mustache. The truth is that when we observe other people’s appearance, we tend to see the beard as a whole and how it suits the man, not the missing parts. However, when looking at ourselves, we focus on what the imperfections are. We recommend that if you find one connector is weak or missing, shave the other to match. Symmetry is much more important that complete fullness.

7. Myth: Shaving will make your beard grow back faster/darker/thicker.

Reality: There is no real evidence that shaving does any of these things. It CAN give the illusion and make the stubble appear as if it is coming in thicker. This is because the blunt ends of the hairs when cut reflect light differently.

8. Myth: The darker the beard, the better it looks!

Reality: Guys with fair haired beards have the potential to grow awesome looking beards though it may not seem that way until the beard gains some decent length. This is the result of how the color of your facial hair reflects the sunlight. Multi-colored beards can sometimes make the beard look even fuller during a face-to-face encounter (bearding).

9. Myth: Beard inheritance (growth pattern, density, color) comes from your mother’s side.

Reality: Beard inheritance comes from both your mother and father. The myth comes from the belief that the “baldness gene” comes from the mother and therefore so do the beard genes. Experts have shown this to be false as well as lots of anecdotal evidence.

10. Myth: if you want your beard to always be well styled, groomed and maintained, a barber is the best place to get it done

Reality: Always make sure you have flawless communication between you and your barber to ensure you get the style you want!  If you go to your barber and you don’t exactly know how to describe what style you want, then it is up to the barber to interpret your needs – just like cutting the hair on your head.

In many cases, having your own beard trimmer is the best way to go. Over time you’ll soon become a pro. If you want easy and applicable advice on how to achieve unique styles why not check out our kindle book, New Facial Hair, New You!

 11. Myth: Having more than one color in your beard makes it look weird and out of place.

Reality: Having multiple colors in your beard or facial hair gives it a unique and distinguished look in the eyes of most people that appreciate beards. It is often only on ourselves we tend to find this some kind of deficiency.

 12. Myth: Products such as Minoxidil and others, will help to make your beard denser, give you full coverage, or even kick-start a beard growth on a teenager.

Reality: The reality is that only a few products have demonstrated any improvement to beard growth. Minoxidil has demonstrated some success, but most report that the gains are lost when the usage of the product stops.

13. Myth: If I grow an awesome beard, I will have problems when travelling due to my passport and other forms of ID show me as shaven.

Reality: Officials see hundreds of photos a day and are trained to look past as superficial as a new beard or different hairstyle.

 14. Myth: I can’t grow a full beard because I have patchy areas on my cheek(s).

Reality: In most cases we suggest that you give it 2-4 months of committed beard growth, the patchy spots will fill-in or fill-over completely due to slower growers emerging or sufficient length that some of the beard will lay down over the sparse area.

 15. Myth:  Having a “corporate” beard is less maintenance than shaving daily.

 Reality:  A decent looking “corporate” beard requires at least as much time in the morning as a regular shave due to regular trimming and grooming.

16. Myth:  My beard will go grey when the hair on my head does.

 Reality:  Beard hair and head hair are independent in just about every regard, including color and the rate they’ll go grey.  Some beards go grey many years before head hair, and vice versa.

Are any of these an issue for you? Let us know, we always want to hear what you awesome people are thinking. Tell us if there are any that we haven’t included in the comments section.

The 6 Most Important Reasons Why You Must Grow A Beard!

 

Beards have a special meaning, both for the men who wear them and for the women that adore them. Not only are beards the supreme sign of masculinity and strength, but they also indicate toughness and force. The beard is a classic alpha male trait.

It takes time, patience and genuine commitment to truly grow a flawless beard that will reflect your personality. While this can be very challenging at times, one thing is for sure: growing a beard will undoubtedly pay off in the long run, as it will boost your self-esteem and add so much to you and the world that you live in. Here are six strong reasons why you should start your journey into ‘beardedness’.

1. Your Inner Masculinity Comes Out To Play!

The ancient Greeks regarded a beard was a sign of manliness. A beard gives a man a desirable, dishevelled look, if you are looking for something that will validate your manhood, a beard is certainly what you need. If you take a moment to look around you, you will see that some of societies best and tough-looking men have beards, it has almost become a stereotype, it’s now back in fashion!

Recent studies have shown  that women are more attracted to a man with a sexy, well-defined, clean and properly maintained beard, as opposed to one who’s always perfectly shaven. There is just something dangerous about having a plush beard on your chin. Beards simply portray you as a rugged man with an edge that clean shaven guys don’t possess, the typical alpha male that the  ladies tend to drool over.

2. Shaving is No Longer A Chore

After a while shaving becomes an absolute chore!  Are you tired of waking up half an hour earlier in the morning, to cleanly shave your face before going to work? Does your skin often get irritated after shaving? Do you accidentally cut yourself while doing it? This is reason enough to consider growing a beard! Growing a beard will mean not having to shave everyday, for a little while at least, but do remember that having a beard requires a different sort of upkeep!

3. Give Your Face A More Defined Look

Any irregularities of your that you may not be too happy with are easily hidden under a beard. Beards conceal and they add sex-appeal to your overall look.

If have insecurities about certain aspects of your face such as  acne or scars, or perhaps a jaw that’s not as defined as you wanted it to be, it is nothing to be worried about…Beards make everything better! Your face will look manlier and you’ll find a jaw line that looks a lot more defined in no time! With a beard, your face is fuller and the blemishes take a back seat, it gives you a distinguished look that says this is a face that is well taken care of. The face of a tough, rugged, yet well groomed and styled man.

4. Having A Beard Signifies Physical and Emotional Maturity

Studies show  that men with beards look 8 years older than clean shaven men and the impression they give to others in society is that they certainly act like it at first glance.

Years and years ago, every single man had a beard. Any man without a beard was considered to be inferior and immature. They say there is nothing new under the sun and that people never really change. Do not let the new ‘metrosexual’ wave fool you, women still find themselves attracted to the bearded man. That is exactly what women crave, it’s hard wired into their DNA, they deeply desire a MAN, not a boy…someone who can take charge and lead just like he’s supposed to.

5. Radiate Sex Appeal

Women look for men who send them the right signals, those who are the most suitable to be both their husbands and the parents of their children. After all, what exudes more stability and responsibility than a man’s beard?! A recent study was conducted by researchers at the University of New South Wales, which found that women find men with beards more attractive than clean shaven men and rated them as being people with high parenting ability…HELL YEAH!

If you grow a beard that is well styled, groomed and considered to be ‘en vogue’ and you know that you look good, feel more confident and have an extra spring in your step,  you’ll start radiating sex appeal through every pore! you’ll come across as more attractive to women who you see checking you out whilst you’re on your way to work, if this isn’t a good enough reason to grow a beard, we don’t know what is.

6. Your Self Esteem Will Sky Rocket

Confidence arises from the meanings or associations that you may attach to a beard. You’ll begin to feel confidence within yourself if you see your beard as a visible sign of masculinity, virility, sex appeal or if it enhances your appearances in another way such as accentuating certain facial features. If you’re a young guy, people might take you more seriously or expect more from you if your beard makes you look older, more respectable or responsible), which in turn will affect your own perception of yourself (so you will probably start to act more confident and mature because that’s what other people are seeing in you now).

It takes courage to grow a beard in a society where shaving it off is the norm. If you can hold out long enough until a recognizable beard emerges, you will gain the confidence in knowing that you can  grow a beard and intentionally making yourself look different from other people and not die of embarrassment in the process, something that will help you come across as unique and appealing in the process.

Enjoy Being Bearded

It is clear that growing a beard has some serious advantages that come with the territory.  You might actually be amazed to see how much a good facial hairstyle can change you, both inside and out. No matter if you no longer want to cope with the burden of shaving on a regular basis or you simply want to make a change that will make you more likeable and more successful when it comes to dating, a beard is certainly a great choice. As much as you may want to look rugged and dishevelled, grooming is a big part of keeping your beard and overall appearance in good nick . So, keep your beard well kempt and before you know it, everyone will be looking to you for advice.

Tell us what you think of beards and why you may consider growing one, has it made an impact upon your life? We always want to hear what you awesome people are thinking!

Simple & Effective Ways To Maximize The Potential Of Your Patchy Beard

 

Let’s face the cold truth, many of us have patchy facial hair; beards that we may not exactly be pleased with. Here you’ll find out some ridiculously simple and effective ways to maximize the potential of your patchy beard, helping you to get the most out of your appearance.

Patchy beard growth can be particularly annoying if you are trying to grow a full beard. It makes it difficult to achieve the look you desire. But apart from the annoyance of not being able to get the look you want; having patchy facial hair growth is rarely a cause for alarm.

Why Do Some Men Have Patchy Facial Hair?

Unlike the growth of head hair and other facial hair such as eyebrows, beard hair growth depends on compounds called androgens. These compounds are responsible for what are considered to be masculine features. Testosterone is the most famous androgen. It is the hormone that stimulates hair follicles in the ace to activate the hair matrix to start making hair. Hormonal imbalances therefore disrupt the even growth of a beard.

Hair follicles also mature at different rates which may result in bald patches in certain areas of your bearded face. This is why bald patches on beards are common among adolescents. The general consensus is that a man’s hormones do not stabilize until he is about 30 years of age, it becomes easy to see why many people have to endure patchy beard growth from their teens through to their late twenties.

What Can You Do To Eliminate Patches?

Growing a beard is definitely one of life secret joys, even a token accomplishment but not all men find it easy to grow plums of facial hair. Fortunately there are a few things you can do to stimulate facial hair growth to fill out the bald patches:

Reduce Stress and Get Plenty of Rest

It may sound obvious but the condition of your facial hair corresponds directly to your body’s overall health. Although no one quite knows how stress inhibits hair growth resulting in bald patches, corroborative studies where stress management techniques were used on patients point to a positive role in patchy facial hair growth.

Consume A Healthy, Protein Rich Diet

Increase your protein intake. Like toenails and fingernails, hair is composed of proteins. Incorporating protein rich foods such as fish, eggs and beans into your diet may therefore help stimulate those stubborn follicles to start making hair.

Take Vitamins

A number of vitamins have been linked to facial hair growth and taking dietary supplements with vitamins that promote hair growth can also b effective. Many people have reported significant improvements in facial hair growth after taking supplements containing vitamins B6, C, and E. the only downside is that taking this supplements also accelerates the rate of growth of nails and other bodily hair.

Testosterone Creams and Supplements

Using testosterone creams and supplements increases testosterone levels and can be used to trigger additional beard growth in men. While testosterone cream does no cause a massive increase in facial hair growth and thickness, it’s effect on growth is often noticeable. Increasing testosterone levels stimulates follicles to start growth hair while speeding up hair growth among the slower growing follicles to effectively cover up the bald patches.

Ultimately, beard growth depends a lot on your genetic predisposition unless causes by a specific medical condition, none of the above remedies are guaranteed to help you grow a thicker beard. And no, shaving it will not make the beard grow back thicker or faster.

What You Can Do With The Facial Hair That You Do Have?

No matter how patchy your beard is, you probably have areas with some facial hair (usually the chin and mustache). The sideburns and cheeks are in many cases, where the problem lays. Choose a facial hair style that will highlight the thick spots of your beard and hide the patchy spots. But before you can do this, you should stop shaving and let the beard grow out. Wash the beard a few times a week with moisturizing shampoo to keep from getting brittle. This will prevent hairs from breaking off and make the beard look healthier.

Try out different styles before settling on one that works for your face. You will begin to find after a while that wearing a style that suits you not only enhances your appearance but also boosts your confidence. With the right style, you can go from being bland and neutral to masculine and sexy.

4  Styles Of Beard That Will Help You Get The Best Out Of Your Patchy Facial Hair

The Scruffy Beard

This is the most popular looks among young men. It is a great hairstyle that requires little upkeep and allows you to look rugged and masculine. To achieve this look, simply stop shaving till the slower growing follicles fill out. Moreover, letting the beard grow long also covers up the bald patches making for a “fuller” beard.

Mustache and Goatee Combo (Van Dyke)

Think Johnny Depp – many celebrities too have patchy facial hair and have nothing to do about it except adapt. This look is perfect if you can grow sideburns and have dark hair. The beard style is also quite versatile and can be worn in many different lengths. Marc Anthony wears his short.

The Brett Beard

This style covers the chin and stretches along the jaw line ending at the ears. The Brett is the ideal substitute for the chinstrap in men with patchy beards.

The Lumber Jack

This is a facial hairstyle associated with men with full beards but you can easily pull it off if you only have a few bald patches and have the patience to let the beard grow. This will allow the slow growing follicles to catch up and any bald patches will barely be noticeable under the long, thick beard in surrounding areas.

Once you’ve grown your facial hair and picked a style that makes the best of your patches and facial features, you will have to maintain it with periodic trimming. If you’re thinking about changing your facial hair style and want a bit of advice and inspiration on what style may suit you best, then check out our easy to follow and applicable Amazon Kindle book New Facial Hair, New You!

We hope this gives you a bit more insight about your patchy facial hair and makes you think about the numerous amount of positive possibilities and how you can get the most out of patchy facial hair…don’t sweat it!

Have you had problems with patchy facial hair? How did you deal with it? We always want to hear what you awesome people are thinking!