beard care

First time beard growing tips

Here are a few tips for the novice beard grower, these tips will help you get on the road to the perfect beard.

1. Let it grow, don’t start trying to trim
and shape it at first.

2. Keep it clean, it’s still hair so make sure you wash it! Might also be wise to use a beard oil from an early stage, find out how to make your own here – https://thebeardedgentlemanblogs.wordpress.com/2014/09/23/the-perfect-beard/

3. Push through the itchy stage, it only gets better.

4. Let it grow below your jaw line, chip straps are horrible, avoid any sharp lines with your beard.

5. When you do get to a substantial length after say 3 weeks, you can make it neater by making the edges a bit sleeker. You can either use a beard trimmer or scissors to rid any stray hairs. Make your beard tighter on your cheek, I tend to trim my beard on the sides and keep it longer at the bottom to give a well groomed appearance.

6. Use a beard trimmer to keep it at a fairly even length. A beard that’s uneven all over will look scruffy.

7. The most important one, Have patience! Trust me, having a beard is worth it.

The perfect beard

I really want to share my enthusiasm for good beards, I’ve been growing mine for around 4 years now (with the obvious occasional trim). Some people think having a beard is easy and for lazy people, but let me tell you that is far from the truth, so much time and care goes into maintaining a good beard…Nobody likes a scraggly beard.

Some quick tips for the perfect beard –

1 – WASH YOUR BEARD – your beard needs the same type of attention as your head of hair, make sure you keep it fresh and clean with shampoo and occasionally you can condition it to keep it soft and healthy.

2 – FACE SCRUB – be sure to use a good face scrub that will exfoliate the skin under your face rug, I’ve been using clinique face scrub which you can get from boots for £19. It will lift the oils away from your beard and remove any dead skin

3 – MOISTURISE – I use a L’oreal moisturiser that’s actually recommended for stubble, but I feel it gets into my beard and reaches my skin beneath to leave my skin soft and fresh.

4 – BEARD OIL – in my opinion this is the most important part of beard care, a good beard oil that will turn your rough beard into the soft perfect beard which will also smell great! I actually make my own beard oil (which I will explain later in this post) which not only leaves me better off in my pocket in the long run as beard oil can be very expensive but I can also make the beard oil smell and have the exact effect I want it to have by using certain different oils.

5 – TRIM – Be sure to trim your beard every so often, i trim mine around every three weeks using a pair of hair scissors and just snipping away any out of place, messy hairs!

How to make your own Beard Oil

All of the items i use are from Holland & Barrett and in total it costs me around £35 for 4-8 batches worth depending on how strong you like your oil (you could always go with a pre made shop bought one at around £15-20 for 10ml). You will also need some sort of container to mix which you can get from Superdrug/Boots for around £2

First off you need to make a base which consists of Jojoba oil 30-50ml (£15.99) & Almond oil 30-50ml (£5.89)

This isn’t a base ingredient but i always add Rosemary around 2ml or a few drops (£5.19) which adds a fresh, uplifting herbal hint to it

Then you can start experimenting with smells! I’ve gone with a citrus scent for mine and i have used Sweet Orange around 2ml or a few drops (£4.99) & Grapefruit around 2ml or a few drops (£4.99)

Other Combinations – you could go for a woody smell and replace the orange and grapefruit with Pine Oil & Cedarwood Oil or maybe a fresh scent using Vanilla Oil and Lemon Oil

Just experiment and have fun! You can also contact me on twitter @beardedgentblogs if you need any help or instruction on how to make your own oil or anything else that you may want to know! 

Below are the links to the products i have used.

Jojoba Oil –  http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/holland-barrett-jojoba-oil-60017068?c=jojoba%20oil

Almond Oil –  http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/miaroma-sweet-almond-oil-60060103?c=almond%20oil

Rosemary Oil – http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/miaroma-rosemary-pure-essential-oil-60060124?c=rosemary%20oil

Sweet Orange Oil – http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/miaroma-sweet-orange-pure-essential-oil-60029066?c=sweet%20orange%20oil

Grapefruit Oil – http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/shop/product/miaroma-grapefruit-pure-essential-oil-60029071?c=grapefruit%20oil

And so it begins…

I am the Bearded Gentleman and i’m here to write about everything you will want to know as a man – from music to fashion and grooming tips (particularly hair and beard products) plus everything related to the modern gent….I’m being very vague i know, don’t want to give too much away just yet.

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Quick facts about me:

Age: 23

Where were you born: Southampton

Favourite Movie(s): The Big Lebowski, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and Shaun of the Dead

Favourite Band(s): Biffy Clyro, Arcane Roots, Nirvana and Kings of Leon

Favourite Song: Cold Desert – Kings of Leon

Football Team: Southampton FC

Rugby Team: Worcester warriors

Hobbies: Rugby, Music, Football, FIFA, Fashion

Favourite Book(s): Last Light and The Book of Lost Things

Favourite Food: BBQ/American grill