How To Grow A Beard From Scratch

 

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In the midst of prime facial-hair growing season, too many men give in to the growth and start a month or two of looking disheveled. But growing a beard isn’t an excuse to do so. We caught up with Justin Virgil, Master Barber at Persons of Interest in Brooklyn, to tell us what to do to keep a clean look in the process. “Growing a beard requires some exploration if you’ve never really done it before,” he says. “But it should never be intimidating. Remember the essence of a beard is its raw masculine roughness.” 

 

 

 

 

Slough Off Dead Skin

 

 

Slough Off Dead Skin

Exfoliating is necessary to prevent that bane of all nascent beards — ingrown hairs. Virgil recommends starting the growth process off the smart way by using a scrub, such as Portland General Store’s Face Bomb, one to three times per week.

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Start Shaping Right Away

 

Start Shaping Right Away

Growing your hair out is not a pass for a mangy appearance. “You can actually start cleaning up those stray hairs right away,” says Virgil. “Shave your neck, upper cheek area, and around the ears.”

 

Strategically Avoid Patchiness

 

 

Strategically Avoid Patchiness

Unless you were blessed with incredible beard genetics, you probably are going to has some unevenness at first. Rather than just letting it appear like a blighted suburban lawn, Justin says, “Start your beard off by trimming it once or twice a week with the lowest guard setting on your trimmer — not the bare blade — for the first two to three weeks. This will give some of the more timid whiskers time to show up while reigning in the wild ones, and will provide a sense of overall fullness before your beard starts to grow long.”

Comb It Out

 

Comb It Out

Combing your beard is a great way to help it along. “Most beard hairs are fairly curly and coarse, so they can reenter the skin or never make it out,” Justin advises. “Take a comb and run it through your beard hair, pulling it outwards, until it looks cartoonishily big, then tamp it back down. This will help direct the hair growth away from the skin, and distribute your skin’s natural oils.”

 

Seek Advice From A Pro

 

Seek Advice From A Pro

Learning how to create the best shape for your face is a skill you can master, but it’s best to learn under guidance. “Make an appointment with your barber about two or three weeks into your beard’s initial growth,” says Virgil. “If you come in with a little bit of a good scruff, your barber can educated you about maintaining your new beard and develop a shape that suits you.”

 

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