Yes!! Congratulations, you have decided to join us in the beard growth community. Ok, no, there is no such thing (that we know of), but still, we are happy that you have decided to learn how to grow a healthy beard because it is one of the best things that you will ever do. It just is.
However, not everything is as easy as it sounds because very often men make mistakes that are actually very easy to avoid. So, keep reading because if you have started your beard growth journey, you will want to know more about this. And if you have already made some of these errors, it’s fine, it is how you learn from them that counts.
Mistake 1: Not using beard oil
We have talked about beard oil and beard balm before but we will never say it enough: it is an essential beard care product to have if you want the best results possible. Not using one of these products is a mistake.
Some of the benefits you will see right away are having moisturized skin, an improved appearance, the beard will get easier to maintain and if you have suffered from beard itch, it will go away.
Mistake 2: Not brushing your beard
If you are thinking that all it takes to grow a nice beard is let it grow and you are done with it, you are wrong. In order to make it look its best, you need to brush it on a daily basis to keep it neat and tidy.
Brushing it every day also helps distribute beard oil throughout your facial hair and you train your hair to grow downwards rather than outwards, which in the end will make it easy to maintain and also helps get rid of beard dandruff.
Mistake 3: Believing in beard myths
It happens with pretty much anything in our modern world: myths. And for some reason, it is very easy to believe them. Here are some of them related to beards:
1. If your beard is patchy you cannot grow a full beard.
After a few months, any patchy beard will begin to look full since the “holes” will be filled in.
2. Shaving will help hair grow back quicker
This is a myth that has never been proven. The hair growth rate depends only on genetics.
3. Having a beard will keep you from getting a job
Absolutely not true. Beards actually can make you look wiser and serious (a groomed, nice-looking beard at least).
4. Beards make you feel hotter in the summer
We have actually experienced the opposite, that beards can have a cooling effect during the summer season.
Mistake 4: Neglecting your mustache
If you are focusing all of your energy on your beard and forgetting your mustache entirely, stop right now! There is plenty to do with your mustache besides trimming stray hair:
- You can style your mustache, there are many options available;
- Use mustache wax for taming your hairs;
- Keep it under control with a pair of beard scissors to trim it;
- Comb your mustache to have it look neat and tidy.
Mistake 5: Shaving your neckline too high
If it is time to shave your neckline, be careful because many things could go wrong. If you trim the hair too high from your jawline, you will look AWFUL. To do this right, you need to imagine that there’s a curved line between both of your ears that passes underneath your chin.
This mistake can go so bad as to give you a double chin even if you don’t have one, so be careful!
Mistake 6: Washing incorrectly
As we have written before in this blog, washing your beard is very important, but unlike people who sweat a lot daily or do manual labor, such as construction work, you do not need to wash it every single day.
Another mistake related to washing your beard is using a regular shampoo that is destined for your head. This type of product will strip your beard from its natural oils that helps keep it moisturized and you will feel sore and itchy. This is why you need special beard soap or shampoo for the best results. Check out some of our favourite products here.
Mistake 7: Trimming too much, way too soon
The most common mistake related to trimming is overdoing it and then having to shave it all off and start all over again. Nobody wants to do that!
To get trimming right you need to consider your face shape and use a style that suits it. Trim small amounts at a time so that you can rectify any mistakes. Use beard oil regularly and brush it every day. Oh, and only trim it when it’s dry.
Have you ever made one of these mistakes? Tell us in the comments!