Welcome to our article which is part of our beard mistakes you must avoid series.
As soon as you stop shaving, growing a beard becomes easy. However, growing an awesome beard and maintaining it, is not quite as simple. Which is why it is important that you stop making these beard grooming mistakes you are most likely making.
Giving Up To Quickly
Many of us guys have been there.
Within a week or two of growth, we saw that something wasn't right, therefore shaving off the beard was usually the next step.
Have you allowed your facial hair enough time to develop to its full potential?
My prediction is no.
Most men simply lack the patience to wait and see how their facial hair develops.
So, wherever possible, I advise giving yourself at least 2 months to think things through.
A long time, indeed.
However, even those men who start off with the most patchy beards are typically much happier after a little while, when the facial hair has become long enough to hide the gaps.
Good things come to those who wait!
Using Poor Quality Products
The first beard grooming mistake is using poor quality beard grooming products. Your beard will reflect the quality you are feeding it. Now this goes for beard grooming products as well as your diet.
Therefore, you should care about what you are fuelling your beard with. Products are very important due to the ingredients being absorbed not only by your facial hair but also the skin beneath.
Any product that contains alcohol or any harsh chemicals should be avoided. There are many products that even contain silicone which you 100% want to avoid.
These products can cause harm to your facial hair and your skin, which will lead to some uncomfortable irritation and will cause your beards growth speed and health to be affected.
Any product you use for your beard, should contain only high quality all-natural ingredients.
When you use products that contain only high quality ingredients, you will notice the difference. These ingredients contain many benefits to your beard and skin, from providing nutrients to stopping beard itch and other beard related irritations.
What ever country you buy your products from, always look at the ingredients prior to using.
You should only want to use high quality products on your face and beard.
Many people tend to go cheap on beard oils for example and although there are quality beard oils that are cheap, there are many that are cheap and full of rubbish. Just because the front of the bottle says "all-natural" or "no fillers", it doesn't actually mean that's true, which is why you should always look on the ingredients label.
Not Using Beard Oil
You should buy some beard oil if you're even a little bit interested in growing a beard.
It's the most significant beard care product you will ever own, to put it simply. Here are just a few advantages you will experience if you use it consistently:
• Hydrated skin. The oil can reach those difficult-to-reach places under your beard, unlike the moisturizer you use on the rest of your face.
• An enhanced appearance. Who desires a beard that is shinier, healthier, and fuller looking?
• Helps to maintain. Your facial hair will be much easier to brush because the hairs are oil-coated. It can be really unpleasant without it!
• The itching is gone. Do you know what happens if the skin behind your beard isn't moisturized? It hurts and itches. Beard oil can easily solve the issue.
Washing Your Beard With Bar Soaps Or Head Hair Shampoos
The second beard grooming mistake is using the wrong products to wash your beard.
Your beard hair is completely different to the hair on your head. The skin beneath your beard is also different from the skin on your scalp.
Therefore, it is essential that you treat both differently.
Regular store-bought soaps and shampoos contain chemicals that will dry your beard out by stripping the natural oil called sebum from your skin and facial hair.
This will almost certainly cause dryness over-time which will cause irritation to the skin and damage your facial hairs while slowing beard growth.
Using a quality beard wash, which has been formulated for your beard and the skin beneath it, is important. The ingredients used in a beard wash are designed not to remove the natural oil (sebum) from the skin or beard, which in return will not dry your beard out.
We recommend our premium beard wash. Our beard wash is a plant based beard wash, full with excellent ingredients like Aloe Aloe Vera Extract and Pro-Vitamin B5. This beard wash will cleanse your beard of any dirt, grime and remove any dead skin cells lurking in your beard. It also contains ingredients that help to add moisture to your beard, leaving it feeling clean and fresh.
Not Brushing Your Beard
I could never have imagined brushing my facial hair when I first started growing it out. After all, all you have to do is watch it grow and nothing else right?
You need to brush your beard every day in order to maintain it looking it's best. Brushing your beard will help you maintain a neat and tidy beard.
Brushing the hairs on your face will help train them to grow downward rather than outward, making it easier to manage, and it can help prevent that unsightly beard dandruff.
It also helps in evenly dispersing beard oil through your facial hair. I would absolutely advise starting with a beard comb if your facial hair is on the shorter side and switching to a brush as it grows longer. Unlike a comb, beard brushes can get to the hairs that are deeply buried in your beard.
Using A Beard Straightener
The third beard grooming mistake is using beard straighteners on your beard.
Beard straighteners have become quite a big topic in the last two years. There are people for and against. Beard Beasts is against.
Why you ask...good question. We are against the use of a beard straightener because the heat that is directly applied on your facial hairs will cause serious dryness to your beard which will damage your man mane over-time.
When women use hair straighteners on there hair, (the hair on their head, not beards of course), the heat causes the hair to dry up which causes split ends.
Do you want to walk around with a beard that is dryer than the Sahara Desert which has some serious split ends? Nope, didn't think so.
Another thing to note, is that most of these cheap beard straighteners you see advertising on Amazon, Facebook and Instagram are not a great quality. Most are sourced cheaply from China.
If you are putting something on your beard, make sure it is high quality.
Using A Blow-Dryer
It makes sense that you'd like to dry and style your facial hair as quickly and efficiently as possible while you're racing to get ready for work in the morning.
A hairdryer comes in quite handy for this.
However, when you're using the hottest setting, it often dries out the facial hair and makes it feel brittle, then before you know it difficulties begin.
Conversely, if you must use one, we recommend you use the lowest temperature setting and detangle any knots with a comb.
After drying, you can use beard balm to hydrate your beard.
Hopefully, there will be a noticeable difference!
Beard Trimming Mistakes
The forth beard grooming grooming mistake is beard trimming mistakes.
I see many guys make one mistake over and over again when it comes to trimming their beard.
When it is time to shape your beard, the lines are very important. Therefore, you need to make sure you get them right as there isn't no second chance if you cut too much off.
I see so many new bearded brothers make the same mistake and that beard trimming mistake is trimming far too high on the neck area, just before your jawline.
Bro, that is far too high up.
Trimming your beard that high up on your neck will distort the look of your beard.
Where you should be trimming up too on your neck is literally above your Adams Apple.
Anything further up, is simply too much my friend.
Another beard trimming mistake many people make is using poor quality beard trimmers.
Poor quality beard trimmers tend to pull your hair out rather than trim it and they are usually made with poor quality blades, which leave a terrible cut on your hair tips and this can lead to irritations and itchiness.
Using high quality trimmers ensure your beard hairs get a clean cut that leaves your facial hair tips in a healthier position.
They also tend to out-last poor quality trimmers by far.
A high quality beard trimmer is essential for your beard grooming arsenal.
The beard trimmers I recommend and use myself are the Hatteker Beard Trimmers For Men. The battery lasts for a long time, they are actually comfortable to hold as odd as that may seem, but others I have used in the past were quite bulky. They give your beard hairs a clean cut and don't leave you itching afterwards.