You have thought about it. You want to do it. Now its time to finally do it! GROW YOUR BEARD. Most people think "why do I need to read about how to grow a beard? Don't you just stop shaving?" To put it bluntly, yes, you do stop shaving for the most part. But, there are a few aspects some people do not take into account:
A lot of men ask me what they should expect when they first visit their barber for a beard trim. For the uninitiated, this can be a bit intimidating. After all, our beards are our pride and joy! You do not want to risk someone messing that up. I can deal with a bad hair cut, but a bad beard trim? Absolutely not!
But first, a few tips for those new to beards.
If you have ever tried to grow a beard, you have experienced beard itch. Some have itchier beards than others. The question is, why do beards itch in the beginning? And what can I do to reduce the irritation and itch?
For most new beardsmen, the itch will stop within three weeks. Stay strong. It will subside. But, what causes the itch in the first place?
I did it boys, I shaved my beard! I know, I know, I’m sure you are thinking why did I do that? Well, I did it for one simple reason: to remind myself what it’s like to grow a beard. In true Marine Corps fashion, I believe in leading from the front. I will not give advice unless it is fresh, valid, and true to form. I’ve had my beard for years. Time to refresh my memory on growing awesomeness.
Beards take time. Each man has a different beard disposition. Some will have a rock solid beard within a week (I have mine by 5pm that day), others will take several weeks…and some just weren’t meant to display badassness (judgment free zone). But there is only one way to find out!