Quarantine beards are an official and global thing. Why? Maybe because of laziness or because of curiosity to see “how long it can get”. Are you also part of this worldwide movement or have you decided to keep on shaving despite forced isolation?
We have seen it happening in Zoom meetings where men who you are used to seeing all the time without a beard have all of a sudden become unrecognisable. The fact is that the Covid-19 quarantine has created a monster (but a cool monster): men with beards everywhere. Actor Jim Carrey even posted this at the end of March 2020:
Day 1. I’m growing a beard until we all go back to work. I’ll post reg pics so you can marvel at the miracle of my meaningless transformation. Normally, I try to stay on the cutting edge of entertainment. Now I shall conquer the uncutting edge. Please join me.
You can even see hashtags such as #coronabeard on social media. The website Today even says that it is an act of regaining control over one’s own face in an article published earlier this year.
How to grow a beard for the first time?
If you have decided to join the quarantine beard movement you may be wondering how to grow a healthy beard for the first time, if you have never done it before. If this is you, then go for it, just let it go and let your facial hair be free. Perhaps you did not even know until this point that you had the potential of growing a beard and you are about to find out.
However, it is important to know a little bit about the essentials of beard care so that you don’t end up looking like Tom Hanks in Castaway (and so that you may consider keeping it, even after quarantine ends). Take a look at some of the beard care products you may want to purchase to help maintain your new facial look.
If in two to four weeks you feel as though your facial hair has taken over your face, it is time to apply some maintenance to it. You can shave on the upper cheeks and asses neck hair to have a clean beard look that does not require a lot of styling skills.
USA Today interviewed Greg Berzinsky, a man who calls himself “The Zeus of Beards”, who advised the following: “Put your finger above your Adam’s apple. You can shave below that line, but don't come up any higher than that."
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Why have men decided to embrace beard growth during quarantine?
As we said at the beginning of this article, many men have decided to let their beards grow and be free. We spoke to Juan who told us that his reason for letting his beard grow was to see how long it could get. He will shave once he resumes work.
Today also mentioned a Twitter post by user @A1_SEM where he invited men to a “lockdown beard challenge” where his followers had to send their photos with facial hair during the quarantine.
Santiago, another man who has decided not to shave during the coronavirus quarantine, said that his reason was “just because I can”. Pedro said that since he did not have to go out it was the perfect time to let his beard grow out (something he hadn’t done since the 70s).
Others, such as Angel Lasic, also interviewed by Today, said that his reason was that he does not groom his own beard and the barbershop he goes to is closed. Therefore, he has just embraced beard growth.
How to get rid of the annoying beard itch?
Beard itching can occur because of new hairs pushing through. When you shave you exfoliate dead skin, but since you now have a beard, you have layers of dead skin falling off, which produces itching. One way to assess this matter is by washing your beard. Check out our related post to know how often you need to wash, enough to keep it clean, but not too much that it gets too dry.
Moisturizing with beard oil or balm is also advised for a healthy beard and healthy skin. Remember also to use products created especially for this purpose. It is not a good idea to use the same soap or shampoo you use for your body or head.
What if you have bald spots?
Don’t worry, everyone has bald or patchy spots on their beard. How do you deal with them? Very easy, by using a beard comb, you can cover bare spots, but you will also see that when your beard gets longer, those pots will start to get covered. Remember that it takes on average about a month for your facial hair to grow half an inch.
Having a great and healthy beard can be time-consuming (depending on what you are going for with your style), but all it really takes is a routine that you can do daily and that we are positive will make a huge difference on your success regarding beard growth.