Beard Life – Part 2

So did you become one of those people who accidentally messes up your lines? Has your beard gotten really itchy? Are you at your wits end with your beard???

If you do accidentally mess up your lines, don’t worry! There are a few ways to deal with this, the most obvious being start over. Who really wants to start over on their beard though?! So, if you do mess up, we now play the waiting game. You have what the pros call the all-in method, and the iterative method. Basically, both methods require you to let the beard hair grow back which will in turn allow you to re-trim to your desired style. You will want to give the new growth some time to grow out so you can visualize where you want the new cheek or neck line. With the all-in method, you’ll want to allow the new growth to go for at least a couple weeks. You may look a bit scraggly, but it’s all worth it! With the iterative method, you can let it go for a couple days, and then slowly shape as time goes on. It takes a bit longer to get the beard shaped how you want, but you look less rough during the process.

Don’t let itching deter you! If you experience itching, keep your skin clean by daily shampooing (with a gentle shampoo) and optionally using a conditioner. Your skin will eventually adjust to the new situation. Itching should be only a temporary phase. If you happen to need more relief, try applying some baby oil or moisturizing lotion to the areas that are itching. That should help to soothe your skin while you go through the transition. There are also beard oils and balms you can buy that help alleviate the itching by keeping the skin under your beard moisturized. Your beard will also look real slick and smooth, so that’s a bonus!

Don’t give up! Set a target date. For example, give yourself a minimum of six weeks’ growth before deciding to abandon your beard-growing effort. Commit to not shaving before that six weeks is up. When you’ve reached the six weeks date, then you can decide whether you want to continue with the beard or get rid of it.

Invest in a beard trimmer and learn how to use it. Usually you should shampoo your beard with the same shampoo you already use for your head. Some may prefer to wash their beards with soap instead. You could try out soap and shampoo to see which you like best. Pat your beard gently dry with a towel. Blow drying is not usually necessary and is probably not recommended anyway.

If you choose to get rid of your new beard, the easiest way to dispose of it is to use a beard trimmer or other hair clippers. Use the trimmer or clippers to trim away as much hair as possible. Follow that with a regular shave. Be extra careful cause your skin may or may not have become more sensitive due to the beard growing process. Make sure to follow safe shaving procedures and enjoy being back to your baby face!