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3 Stage Guide To Growing A Beard For Beginners

Updated on August 5, 2016

Do you want a beard, a beard that demands attention and makes you feel like a man? Are you looking for some knowledge on how to grow thicker facial hair? This article will show you the best way to grow a beard from scratch.

It is a step-by-step beginner’s guide using a simple 3-stage process. The guide will show you what to avoid when growing facial hair, providing tips that will help you style and shape your beard as you go. It starts with the one month growth and ends with the 12 week challenge.

1) One Month Growth

You want a beard? You have just finished your last shave and you're looking at a completely bare-faced excuse of a man. What’s next? You start by growing your beard for one month solid.

This is probably the hardest phase of beard growth, as well as the most uncontrollable. I want you to just let your facial hair grow for 1 month, no trimming! During this time you will discover the rate of growth your hair follicles produce, which will show you your bearded potential.

Unfortunately not everyone can grow a successful bodied beard but there is only one way to find out - just let it do it’s thing. It will look rugged at the beginning, you may get comments, and it will agitate you, but after this phase it gets good.

I first grew mine when I started travelling. No one knew what a looked like, no one knew who I was, so growing a beard was normal because no one knew me otherwise. If you have a length of time where you'll be away from home, this is a perfect opportunity to get growing!

Be willing to accept comments because the fist time you grow a beard can create a lot of different opinions between the ones you know and love. Some will love it and some will quite frankly hate it. However, in time this will all pass.

2 week Itch

Around the 2 week period you will most likely get the 2 week itch. When you shave, the cut can leave the tips of your facial hair quite sharp and as time goes your hair can curl and hit sections of your skin which leads to the dreaded itchy phase, the worst part to growing a beard.

I find it doesn't last long and to be fair you can get through it easily enough. It's not the end of the world and it affects people differently but it can cause a lot of irritation and discomfort. There are some measures you can take to keep it on an even keel.

Use beard oil

I would recommend using a good quality beard oil. It will condition your beard leaving it soft and healthy whilst moisturising and hydrating the skin under your facial hair, eliminating beard dandruff thus avoiding any skin irritations. Be sparing though! Only use a few drops (a small coin sized amount) worth of beard oil; you really don't need a lot, it goes a long way. This will help make it a bit more bearable.

Avoid alcohol

Say what? No, don't worry, I mean avoid using any products with a high alcohol content on your face and beard. This will dry out the skin, which will then increase the chance of itching, so avoid moisturisers with any alcohol content and go for the organic choices to achieve the best results.

Both these steps will keep the facial hair and skin healthy, and will help getting through the dreaded itch phase. During these first couple of weeks, make sure to keep your environment of growth natural to get the best results.

2) One month clean up

After the 1st month phase I would recommend giving it a good groom. At this point you might have a rugged facial piece on the go - giving it a good cut around the neck line for more structure will be good.

When trimming, aim not to cut too high on the neck line - some people advise 2 fingers from your Adam's apple. Alternatively just look in the mirror and aim to cut where your neck meets your jaw - this is the ideal guide to cut for the neck line.

You may also have a few rebellious hairs on the moustache. Only use scissors for the moustache and cut using your comb for a guide.

I find that moustache hairs can grow a little too low and irritate my upper lip. If you have the same problem, comb your moustache down so that the hair length is even, and cut the excess hair along the lip line. This should give a nice, even shape to your moustache.

NOTE: don't cut when your beard when it is wet! It will give the hairs more weight allowing them to drop a bit lower from their natural position. If you cut during this time you could remove too much - always cut when dry.

Other than this clean up I would avoid trimming or cutting. You are still very early in the growth process; it may look patchy or even thin in areas but just remember that 4 weeks is a drop in the ocean and only the start to your bearded journey. The next section is when you really start seeing results and success in your bearded adventure.

3) The 12-Week Challenge

The 12-week challenge is the true test and will give you an idea on what your facial hair is capable of. During this phase just cut any stray hairs but I would avoid any big trims or cuts and just let the beast grow! Some people find that after the 8-week period, you have the start to a successful beard.

Your beard will start doing different and maybe unexpected things. It won't grow seven heads or look like Medusa, but you may find uneven colouring, straight sections, wavy hairs, little patches; whatever the change, embrace your beard for what it is and just let it do what it needs to do.

The 12-week cycle is ideal. This gives a chance for the slower growing hairs (10% -15%) to finally come through and grow. Different follicles on the face creates facial hair at different stages so this time period will give you the chance to grow a thick, evenly distributed coverage.

It also gives time for the character of your facial hair to come to light - the little changes I mentioned before can really come to play during this time which will ultimately give you a better picture of the quality of beard growth.

This time frame will give you an idea of what style is best suited for your beard. It will also show you the styles you can't get away with when growing a beard so just use this as a learning period and discover what your beard can really do. Follow this simple guide to get the best results from your beard.


4) Patience

The final part to growing a successful beard is Patience. You are going to have days where you think there is no progress or you discover that some sections of you face are a lot patchier than other area's.

12 weeks is a long time so the main crucial step to this journey is to be calm and simply wait for your facial hair to do its thing. I'm not going to lie to you, the beginning stages are terrible, but when you get the fondation set in place the rest is gold - there is calm after the storm and an amazing bushy beard waiting for you on the other side.

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There you have it, thats your 3 stage guide to growing a beard! If you would like more for your beard, visit our website Rawbeards and find the answers on how to grow your beard faster

I hope you have found this article useful and thank you for spending time to read through it - stay patient and just let your facial hair grow. Thank you again and good luck on you bearded mission!


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