Story Time: How to GROW your First BEARD
Have you decided to finally take the plunge to grow your beard? This article will go over what it’s like to grow your first beard.
We need to preface this by saying that this is going to be an uncomfortable, possibly unfulfilling journey. It may even be the longest thirty days you will experience, but whether you have the genes for a perfect beard or not, every man should take this journey at least once.
That being said, this is how it will be to grow your first beard. It’s Story Time.
The first week is a whole lot of nothing. The only choice you have to make every day is to not to touch your razor. It’s easy, for now.
You don’t see much growth. What you can see is your growth pattern. It’s either heavier in the cheek area, or the goatee and mustache area, or both. But you’re not going to take this as proof of what your beard’s going to look like.
You start to see your growth pattern around the 5-7-day mark. It’s at this time you start to feel an itch coming.
It’s just the beginning. Be prepared. Get a hold of a moisturizer and/or some beard oil.
The itch is getting worse. It’s almost unbearable. Luckily for you, it doesn’t have to be as bad, because Groombox told you to use beard oil to soften the bristles growing on your face.
The pain is bad, and you help yourself to some coconut oil, or beard oil or a light moisturizer. You apply it regularly, really digging in to get to the skin underneath.
The stubble is becoming heavy stubble, and it’s not amazing, but it’s getting somewhere. In fact, you’re not looking all that put together anymore. You look disheveled, dirty and people may be asking you to shave it off.
But you won’t. So be honest and tell them why, especially if you are in a professional environment where you need to look clean at all times. Inform them that you are not a walking dichotomy of wearing nice formals, yet on your way to looking like Tom Hanks in Castaway.
To make a compromise, you may have to decide whether to trim the neck and the cheek lines. You probably take care of the neck at least. Since you’re not sure how to trim your neckline, you read Groombox’s article on how to trim your beard.
Most people tap out here. It’s painful and you look bad, but patience is a virtue, and nothing good came without pain, so you don’t give in.
The difference in the growth from the first week to the second week is significant, but from the second to the third is almost unnoticeable.
It looks roughly the same. If anything, it looks worse. Congratulations, you’re in the middle of the awkward stage.
If you hadn’t trimmed the neckline before, you may have to do so now. Since you’re not sure how to trim your neckline, you read Groombox’s article on how to trim your beard.
However, you notice that your face isn’t as uncomfortable anymore. Well, at least you have that going for you, eh?
The fact that you’ve been moisturizing your beard has come to your aid now. It’s comfortable, so you focus on that instead of thinking about how you look.
Just one more week to go.
You notice that the beard is filling in. But you try not to obsess over it.
The beard is comfortable now, but it’s looking all scraggly, especially around the neck and cheek lines.
It’s been thirty days. You’ve made it, so give yourself a pat on the back. It’s time to go to the barber and get a nice line-up, maybe a trim in the right areas if you need to reinforce some areas of the beard, but now you know exactly what your growth pattern is and what kind of beard you have.
You’ve made it. You now have a full beard. Maybe it’s a full, sexy, masculine beard, or maybe it’s a bit patchy. Whatever it is, own it and work on its strengths. This is no time to cry over what you don’t have. It’s time to focus on what you do have.
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