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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