The ultimate thing is that no one is entitled to your life. No one is entitled to be your friend, to be your boss or employee. Ultimately you are in total control of how you live your life. Life is too short and too full of stress to draw the line of what’s acceptable at facial hair. If wearing a beard makes you happy; if wearing a beard is part of who you are, then fuck it – grow your beard and don’t look back.
There are a few B vitamins that can help your hair grow faster. The most widely used is biotin (vitamin B7). A small daily supplement will give you the biggest kick of any tips on this list. Ask your dermatologist for the best dosage for you, though Dr. James Collyer of Modern Dermatology in Seattle suggests 2.5-5mg daily. But don’t ignore the other tips here—especially #3—if you start relying on biotin for hair growth. Drink plenty of water when supplementing with biotin, to prevent dry skin and breakouts. Biotin strengthens the proteins in your hair, skin, and nails (called keratins), and helps each grow stronger and quicker. You’ll probably first notice it in your nails. Other B vitamins to ask your doctor about are thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3). These are called “B-Complex vitamins” that also strengthen the same proteins in hair, skin, and nails.
After you’ve trimmed your beard and mustache, then you should maintain the shape of your beard. Use the beard trimmer with the adjustable trimming guide removed (be careful) to keep the neck line of your beard well-defined. Alternatively, you could carefully shave the lower portion of your neck to maintain the neck line of your beard.
Another main moisturizing ingredient is lanolin, which deserves its section, as its excellent skin benefits have largely been forgotten. Lanolin is a natural moisturizer that comes from sheep’s wool, in the case of Beard Balm, Merino sheep. In the days of yore, shepherds and sheep farmers were known for their amazingly soft hands, and it was the lanolin all along. And since lanolin comes from the wool, it doesn’t harm the sheep, so it’s still animal-friendly by most people’s standards.
These herbal lubricants are distilled from bark, flowers, leaves, roots, and other elements of botanical plants — creating the aroma found in beard oils. Once those aromatic chemicals are extracted, they are combined with a carrier oil to finalize the solution. Examine these usual suspects:
One of the main causes of split ends in your beard is a lack of sebum oil, which is a natural oil produced by glands in your body. These glands can only be so big and produce the same amount every day. Every guy is different, but at some point, your beard will get so big that there won’t enough sebum oil to cover it all. This causes the tips of your beard to miss out on those sweet nutrients. To help combat that, you can use some beard oil to keep the whole thing moisturized and help mimic what your body is already trying to do.
During the early nineteenth century, most men, particularly among the nobility and upper classes, went clean-shaven. There was, however, a dramatic shift in the beard’s popularity during the 1850s, with it becoming markedly more popular. Consequently, beards were adopted by many leaders, such as Alexander III of Russia, Napoleon III of France and Frederick III of Germany, as well as many leading statesmen and cultural figures, such as Benjamin Disraeli, Charles Dickens, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Karl Marx, and Giuseppe Verdi. This trend can be recognised in the United States of America, where the shift can be seen amongst the post-Civil War presidents. Before Abraham Lincoln, no President wore a beard; after Lincoln until Woodrow Wilson, every President except Andrew Johnson and William McKinley had either a beard or a moustache of some sort.
Beard Oil is the more common product of the two, with many different Beard Oils offered on the market. Beard Oil is basically a blend of choice oils, which is then blended with a scent – often natural essential oils. The purpose of beard oil is to nourish the beard with the benefits that each oil provides, to promote a healthy beard. Beard Oil can be used everyday if your beard is quite dry, or every couple days for maintenance. Here at Big Red, we have crafted our Beard Oils with, what we believe, to be a premium blend of oils that offer maximum advantages for the beard.
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This lightweight beard oil is designed to care for your beard and the skin beneath it without being too “in your face” (see what we did there?). The scent, a blend of cedarwood, sandalwood and eucalyptus is both masculine and sweet, while the oil itself is soft and moisturising. It’s also much less greasy than other products, which means that your beard will be feeling silky and dry almost straight away.
Sleep is also essential for a properly nourished body—all the way down to the hairs on your chin. Collyer says that 7-8 hours nightly is imperative. Cellular turnover accelerates while we sleep, meaning that most of the growing and healing your body does happen overnight. You’re not giving your healthier, stronger cells a fighting chance if you deprive them of rest and recharge. Similarly, the body’s blood flow slows when it is poorly rested, and this lack of circulation means that fewer nutrients and vitamins reach their destination. (Similar to being dehydrated.) Since the hair doesn’t get as many nutrients, it doesn’t grow as fast or as strong. In fact, this can also lead to hair loss atop your head in addition to a compromised beard. (Side note: Why not magnify the benefits to your skin with a night cream?)
Think of beard oil more as an everyday habit and a companion in building a fierce beard and less like a weird new trend that set off out of nowhere. There is one thousand and one reasons for you to start using the oil that will make your beard better and healthier and sooner you understand it – the better.
While other models come with far more length settings, the 6 on Wahl’s model are enough for many. At half the cost of other options on the market, this model is certainly a good choice for those shopping on a budget.
Having protein daily will also increase your teen son’s chances of growing facial hair and growing a mustache. Some of the best sources of protein include meat, eggs, lentils, nuts, and beans. Depending on whether your teen follows a non-vegetarian or vegetarian diet, you can ask him to eat accordingly.
A beard that feels “oily” is no fun. Using too much beard oil can get in your mouth, make your food taste funny, stain your clothes, or get on your significant other when you lean in for a kiss. You want to lightly glaze your beard with the oil, and rub it in so that every strand can absorb it. If your beard feels oily or slick afterwards, then you probably used too much.
Besides growing at different lengths from your cheekbones to your chin to your jawline, beard hair also grows in different directions, often times leaving your beard looking like you slept on it awkwardly regardless of the time of day. Using a brush or comb to more evenly distribute your facial hair and therefore making your beard appear inherently fuller. Will it feel a little strange at first? Most certainly, but before long combing your beard out will be second nature and it’ll be looking better than ever.
I have been growing a full beard and keeping a waxed mustache for several years but let it grow since May 2015. I am pleased with the look for my age now 70 last January. I am a long slow distance runner with long hair (Dreaded to my waist). I have added Horsetail Fern in capsules to my daily diet
Utility balm is a great product for men rockin’ a medium to large sized beard, but also a solid choice if your skin is dryer than most. The utility balm was designed to have a higher viscosity than the oil – meaning it’s thicker in texture and takes longer to absorb. Where beard oil comes in a bottle of liquid, utility balm is closer in texture to pomade or solid cologne.
Unfortunately, there is no way to escape the low temperatures or the hard water. Unless you want to move to the south and wash you face only with spring water. But that would be a bit of an extreme gesture to do just for the sake of growing a beard.
Fine question, and we respect your thoroughness. The fact is, Texas Beard Co. Oil and Balm are both excellent at making your beard feel, smell and look spectacular, but there are differences. Consisting solely of natural oils, Beard Oil has an easier time getting to and being absorbed by your skin to minimize beard itch and flaking. Beard Balm, meanwhile, provides more and longer lasting control through the addition of natural butters (our balm contains no wax and therefore is easier to apply and less likely to cake).
Societal attitudes toward male beards have varied widely depending on factors such as prevailing cultural-religious traditions and the current era’s fashion trends. Some religions (such as Sikhism) have considered a full beard to be essential for all males able to grow one, and mandate it as part of their official dogma. Other cultures, even while not officially mandating it, view a beard as central to a man’s virility, exemplifying such virtues as wisdom, strength, sexual prowess and high social status. However, in cultures where facial hair is uncommon (or currently out of fashion), beards may be associated with poor hygiene or a “savage”, uncivilized, or even dangerous demeanor.
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Still, beards remained rare among the Romans throughout the Late Republic and the early Principate. In a general way, in Rome at this time, a long beard was considered a mark of slovenliness and squalor. The censors L. Veturius and P. Licinius compelled M. Livius, who had been banished, on his restoration to the city, to be shaved, and to lay aside his dirty appearance, and then, but not until then, to come into the Senate. The first occasion of shaving was regarded as the beginning of manhood, and the day on which this took place was celebrated as a festival. Usually, this was done when the young Roman assumed the toga virilis. Augustus did it in his twenty-fourth year, Julius Caesar in his twentieth. The hair cut off on such occasions was consecrated to a god. Thus Nero put his into a golden box set with pearls, and dedicated it to Jupiter Capitolinus. The Romans, unlike the Greeks, let their beards grow in time of mourning; so did Augustus for the death of Julius Caesar. Other occasions of mourning on which the beard was allowed to grow were, appearance as a reus, condemnation, or some public calamity. On the other hand, men of the country areas around Rome in the time of Varro seem not to have shaved except when they came to market every eighth day, so that their usual appearance was most likely a short stubble.
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The balm actually sits on your beard and skin longer than the oil does before absorbing, which gives you more nourishing and longer-lasting moisture. This is also what gives your beard some extra shine while keeping it healthy.
It’s very simple to apply our beard oil. Detangle beard with a comb. Shake bottle well. Splash a small amount of beard oil in palm about the size of a dime, or 1-2 pumps, and massage into skin and beard. Use more for longer, thicker beards. Optionally, you can top with beard balm to seal in moisture. Finish by brushing beard to evenly distribute oils.
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Beard balm is a great all-in-one beard moisturizer, conditioner and styling aid that is especially helpful for people who want their beards to look thicker. For best results, wash your beard with an all-natural beard soap and apply beard balm when dry. Scrape out a dime sized amount of balm and rub between your palms. Run your fingers through your facial hair, starting from the neck and working up, making sure to rub balm into the skin where your beard grows.
Another cause could be that you are trying to dye your beard. The chemicals in hair dye dry out the follicles and your skin. Using it frequently can cause a lot of damage to your beard. That doesn’t mean you can’t dye your beard. It just means that you need to properly take care it each time you do it, and on a regular basis. You also don’t want to be using a shampoo meant for your hair in your beard. They don’t have the same ingredients, and it can really damage your beard as well.
A beard trimmer is what its name suggests – its job is to trim your beard and maintain it at the length you desire. Trimmers aren’t used to shave your hair clean and down to your skin, like an electric razor. In fact, a trimmer’s blades should rarely, if ever, touch your skin.