It’s amazing how many guys ask for Beard growing tips, surely it’s just a case of not shaving?

Well unfortunately not everyone has the genetic make up to just grow a big bushy beard and also many guys give up because the early stages are the most difficult!

I am fortunate to be able to grow a beard without much effort, I had always wanted to grow a full beard and yet I spent fifteen years with a goatee and moustache, this was kept trimmed very short. I had on several occasions put down the razor and started growing a beard, but the dreaded beard itch, the scruffy look and a wife that was vocally upset at my new look, meant that it didn’t last very long.

Finally in autumn 2015 I declared that I wasn’t going to shave from when the clocks went back until they went forward again in spring, my wife was horrified but I just smiled and carried on.


Unfortunately we can only grow the beard that our genetic make up allows, will it be a nice thick and fast growth, will it be dark or ginger and will it be soft and neat or wirey and messy. We can help our beard growth by using a beard oil, you don’t have to look very hard to find some, there are thousands of beard care companies and more are popping up every week. A lot of people think that using an oil and grooming is not very manly, but it’s the best way to make sure your beard is the best it can be. The oil is actually to keep your skin and pores healthy more than to keep your beard groomed, the carrier oils used in the oils help prevent beard itch, dry skin and beardruff and acne and they can actually help you grow a fuller healthier beard by making sure your hair follicles are in good condition.

The best time to apply beard oil is after you have washed your beard and again it’s best to turn to an actual beard soap or shampoo, shampoo for hair is designed to strip oil from your hair and this can leave you with a dry beard. However even a dedicated beard soap/shampoo shouldn’t be used daily,I actually use a soap just twice a week and I just rinse my beard with warm water morning and night and then apply an oil or balm. Balm usually contains beeswax, shea butter and cocoa butter along with essential oils and it’s better at keeping a bigger beard neat and tidy and sorts out those hairs that often want to stick out all over the place.

So growing a beard is really a case of just sticking with it, accepting what type of beard you can grow and using an oil to help keep the dreaded beard itch and beardruff at bay. There will be many times when you are tempted to pick up a razor and shave, don’t worry most bearded guys have had that temptation, just keep going. You can join the Facebook group I set up called Guardians of the Beard and there are guys who are always willing to offer advice and be there to tell you to put that razor down.

By Zechariah Richardson

Over 50, disabled, husband, father and gramps who reviews products and writes blog posts about his life, beekeeping, gardening and whatever pops into his brain!

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