5 Tips for Black Men to Grow the Perfect Beard

Beards have long been known to keep a man warm, add character to his appearance and if you ask the ladies, known to add a flare of sexiness to him too.

We have done a little digging to find the best beard growing tips out there for you, so if you want to grow a fuller beard that is healthy and well maintained, follow these tips.

  1. Keep brushing! 
    A common misconception amongst afro-caribbean men is that grooming is not necessary until the beard has actually grown – wrong! Your hair follicles need to be trained in preparation for your beard. Getting them ready and healthy is key. This can be accomplished by brushing your face in the direction you want your beard to grow and by applying the right products that are effective in creating the optimum beard growing environment.
  2. Under your nose!
    Too many men neglect to take care of this area of the face when they start to grow their beards. Keep in mind that when someone is looking directly at you, their eyes are likely to shift towards your mouth/nose area when you’re talking, so do not forget to trim this area and your nose hairs too. This will have a dramatic impact on the look of your entire beard.
  3. The scruffy look needs work too!
    We know how popular the scruffy look is and while we understand that this is the desired effect, this too takes effort on your part. To prevent your scruffy beard look getting lost in a sea of stray hairs, make sure you trim the area underneath your beard, neck and under chin.
  4. Give it time!
    Be patient. It’s one of the hardest things to do, especially when a man already has a beard and you keep wanting to get it trimmed up. Sometimes the best and healthiest way to do is to wait for the beard to grow back a little more, THEN get it trimmed again. If you keep trimming it, it could be getting smaller and thinner, not to mention the wear and tear on your skin. So waiting a few extra days can help.
  5. Know your shape!
    Last but not least, know the shape of your face. Does a more rounded beard look better on you? Perhaps your face calls for a more sharp, straight-lined beard. What about your cheek bones? Does your face need a high beard or a low beard. A trained barber should be able to help you. Keep in mind that not every beard looks good on every face.

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Beard Oil, Beard Balm or Beard Butter: What is the difference?

Having a grooming routine and staying consistent in the care of your beard is vital to making sure it grows thick and healthy, but where do you start?

The rise in beard popularity amongst black men has meant a rise in beard care products being introduced into the market. From oils, to balms, to butters, there is a vast range of product types and brands to choose from. Many men often wonder which product to buy and what the actual difference is, so we have made a simple guide to explain the differences allowing you to make an informed decision when buying products for your beard.

 

Beard Oil: What Are Beard Oils?

This one is pretty self explanatory. Oil products consists mainly of essential and carrier oils, and also have a fragrance to give it a nice scent. It’s great for softening the hair and making sure the skin below the beard is nicely moisturised. Beard Oils are a great source of nourishment for your facial hairs. When looking for an oil, make sure you look for those containing Argan, Almond or Jojoba Oil, as these soak quickly into the beard and hair follicles without weighing down the beard.

Beard Oils are perfect for short stubbles and sharp facial hair as it softens the hair shaft and leaves your face not as prickly. Use it in the mornings or after washing your beard because the hair follicles and pores are open and so the oil will easily be absorbed.

 

Beard Butter: What Is Beard Butter?

Butters are normally a mix of oils and butters, like Shea or Cocoa. The natural butters used in beard butters are used to help lock in moisture whilst making sure the beard remains soft and manageable.

Butters also provide a light hold so that you can tame and style your beard. It’s therefore the ideal product for styling and will keep your beard nicely in place.

 

Beard Balm: What Are Beard Balms?

The Beard Balm is a mix of oil and wax. It’s essentially a butter mixed with beeswax for maximum hold. Allowing you to shape and style your beard how ever you like. If you have unruly hairs that need taming or need to lay down like the rest of your beard, then this is the ideal product to do that with. Be careful not too use too much of it or to use a product that contains too much beeswax, because this can leave you with a crunchy, hard and dry beard.

 

Conclusion

What you should use is dependant on that results you’re looking for. A Balm or Butter will give you a more matte-like finish whilst offering styling capabilities. An Oil will leave you with a shinier finish whilst softening, nourishing and moisturising your beard. Let us know in the comments what you use!

 

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How to Wash Your Beard Like A Pro

Just like the hair on your head, it’s important to stay on top of your beard cleanliness. Regular questions like "How often should I wash my beard?" often arise. It doesn’t need to be a complicated routine, but a wash once or twice a week is essential to maintain a healthy beard.

You can use specialist beard shampoo and conditioners for this, or use your regular shampoo, provided it does not contain any harsh chemicals as the skin on your face is more sensitive than your scalp.

If your beard is still very short, you can wash it as part of your face washing routine, using soap and water.

How To Wash

Apply beard wash or shampoo generously throughout your beard, making sure you dig deep with your fingertips in order to reach the skin. This is essential to do as it will ensure the skin beneath your beard is left clean and hydrated. Keeping the skin underneath in optimum condition is vital to healthy beard growth.

Rinse with warm water making sure you move your hair in all directions so that everything is rinsed out thoroughly, leaving no washing products behind in your beard.

The temperature of the water matters, if it’s too hot you can dry out your skin which can impact the proper development of your beard. We recommend using lukewarm water at this stage as it will open up the pores allowing clogged up dirt to be cleaned out.

After all the beard wash or shampoo is gone you can use cold water for a final rinse to close the pores and leave you with that feeling of freshness and shine.

 

Drying Your Beard

Avoid using a hair dryer as this can cause heat damage and leave the beard feeling dry and brittle. Instead, pat your beard dry using a clean towel making sure to be gentle as you do so because a wet beard tends to be more delicate.

 

After Care

After your beard is nice and clean and no longer dripping with water, apply a drop of Beard Oil to lock in the moisture and give it a nice shine. Beard oils are very effective at softening the beard and once you’ve used it, you’ll realise that beard oils are worth every penny.

We recommend using the ‘Regal Beard Oil‘ as it contains Almond Oil and added Vitamin E. Avoid using beard oils that contain Olive oil because it does not absorb well and can cause break out.

What you want to use instead are products that contain Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil or Avocado as they are ideal and absorb rapidly into the skin.

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7 Vitamins & Nutrients For Better Hair Growth

There are thousands of blogs and products that are geared towards improving healthy black hair. While many are true and will indeed go a long way to improving hair growth, never forget that it all starts from the inside. Hair, just like the rest of your body depends on specific vitamins and minerals to grow and remain healthy.

What you eat matters when it comes to hair growth. Below is a list of 5 vitamins for hair growth and 3 nutrients you should include in your diet to improve your hair growth.

1. Vitamin A

All cells in the human body need Vitamin A in order to grow, and this includes the fastest growing tissue in the human body, the hair.

Vitamin A also helps your skin glands make Sebum, the oily substance your skin produces to keep your hair moisturized and also prevents split ends.

You can get Vitamin A from sweet potatoes, carrots, spinach, kale, milk, eggs and yogurt. Cod liver oil is also an excellent source for Vitamin A.

 

2. Vitamin B

Biotin, a B-vitamin, is probably one of the best known vitamins for hair growth. Studies have linked a deficiency in biotin to hair loss.

Other B-vitamins help create red blood cells, which carry oxygen and nutrients to the scalp and hair follicles. These processes are important for hair growth. You can get B-vitamins from whole grains, almonds, meat, fish, seafood and dark leafy greens.

 

3. Vitamin C

Your body needs Vitamin C to help you absorb iron, which amongst many things is necessary to afro-hair growth.

Adding to that, Vitamin C is needed to create a protein known as Collagen which is an important part of the hair structure.

Good sources for Vitamin C are strawberries, peppers, guava and citrus fruits like oranges.

 

4. Vitamin D

Research has shown that Vitamin D helps create new follicles, the tiny pores in the scalp where new hair grows. Low levels have also been linked to alopecia.

Through direct contact with sun rays, your body produces vitamin D, but you can also get some of it through fatty fishes, cod liver oil, some mushrooms and fortified foods.

 

5. Vitamin E

Vitamin E, like vitamin C, is an antioxidant that can prevent oxidative stress.

A study showed a substantial increase in hair growth after supplementing with vitamin E for 8 months, which is also the key reason why a large percentage of our products, like the Deep Cleansing Shampoo and Regal Beard Oil for example, contain added Vitamin E. You can get vitamin E from sunflower seeds, almonds, spinach and avocados.

 

6. Iron

The reason iron is such an important mineral for many bodily functions, including hair growth, is that it helps carry oxygen to your cells. High iron containing foods include clams, oysters, eggs, red meat, spinach and lentils.

 

7. Zinc

You can get your zinc dosage from oysters, beef, spinach, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds and lentils. Zinc plays an important role in hair tissue growth and repair. It also helps keep the oil glands around the follicles working properly.

8. Protein

Hair is made almost entirely of protein so consuming enough of it is essential to hair growth. There are many sources for protein. Some of the best include, eggs, chicken, yoghurt, nuts and fish.

The best source for vitamins and nutrients is from foods, by ensuring you have a varied diet that includes all the right foods.

 

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Does your beard have split ends? Here's what's causing them and how to avoid them in the future!

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Split ends will cause your beard to feel a lot more rough and will probably feel incredibly uncomfortable - not just to you but also to those who come in contact with it.

Adding to that, split ends will ruin your whole look as it will make your beard appear unkempt and messy.

What causes you to get split ends is your beard follicles becoming too coarse and brittle which leads to the tips of the follicles eventually fraying. You have these glands called Sebaceous Glands at the root of every beard follicle. These glands are really tiny and can only produce a certain amount of Sebum Oil every day, and the amount differs from man to man. It is the Sebum Oil that keeps your hair follicles moisturised and feeling soft.

At some point your beard becomes too long for the Sebaceous Gland to produce enough Sebum Oil to cover the root and entire shaft of the beard follicles in order to keep it well nourished. The lack of nourishment causes the tip of your beard follicles in particular to dry out, becoming more brittle and course. This is what then leads to split ends and is the reason why Beard Oils come in handy. Beard Oils are a great supplement to the natural Sebum Oil that your skin is already producing.

Other causes of issues that lead to split ends are:

  • Excessive coloring. Whether for expressive reasons or to cover the greys, over coloring damages the hair follicles. If you must colour, try to reduce the frequency and opt for colouring products that contain the least mount of harsh chemicals. And always be sure to nourish your beard with the right beard products
  • Blowdrying your beard will dry the entire shaft of the follicle. What you want to do instead is pat your beard dry with a towel after you have given your beard a good wash.

To avoid the brittle ends splitting further down the hair follicle and causing more damage, it is wise to cut them off. Now for the frequency at which you should trim your split ends, this is entirely dependant on the overall health of your beard. When you do notice brittle, thin, dry ends, it may be worth trimming it down.

Tools needed for a solid trim sessions:

  • Comb for detangling
  • Scissors to trim the ends
  • Beard oil or moisturiser for softness and health

 

Steps to take when trimming your beard:

  1. Comb it out: Get all your hairs settled in one direction. Make sure to comb everywhere, from the moustache down to the bottom.
  2. Use the scissors: Cut away any strays and thin, brittle, dry looking tips.
  3. Finishing touch: Apply the beard oil or moisturiser. This will help keep your beard healthy and prevent them from drying out.

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Patchy Beard: 3 Important Things You Should Know

The beard is here to stay - many black men rock it and seem to do so effortlessly. However, not everyone is lucky enough to have a straightforward journey to attaining a full, thick and healthy beard.

If you have a patchy beard, areas that seem to refuse to grow any facial hair, there could be a range of reasons for it. Truth is, not all beards will grow the same, and this will differ from one person to the next. Adding to that, beards rarely grow evenly across your own face, which is why trimming is a thing. Here are some key things about your patchy beard that you should know:

 

Give Your Beard Time To Growth

Many black men expect their beard to be thick and full within weeks of their last shave and the truth is, that’s an unrealistic expectation to have. The reality is that facial hair growth takes time and patience. Growing a healthy beard requires dedication and consistency in your beard care routine. The more time passes, the more even your beard will look - plus length means those extra stubborn areas will be nicely covered by other longer strands.

 

Age Matters With Hair Growth

The way a beard grows on someone who is 18 years old versus someone who is 25 years old is completely different, and the same is the case for a 25 year old compared to someone in their 30's. Beards get denser with age. Even in this case it still boils down to giving it time.

 

What You Eat Matters

Healthy hair and skin starts from the inside out. It’s important to eat whole nutrias foods. Increasing your diet with the right nutrients, natural protein and drinking plenty of water can help improve hair growth too. The foods you consume could stimulate facial hair follicles and eventually lead to a thicker, less patchy beard.

Always make sure your beard care routine is followed consistently and your beard care kit contains the right products. If you haven’t started growing your yet, check out our 30 day growth plan to start growing yours today.

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How to Stop An Itchy Beard

There are few things that come close to the level of irritation an itchy beard can cause. In fact, many black men stop growing their beard in the early stages because the itchiness gets so severe that it causes skin irritations.

When you first start growing your beard, you will likely experience itchiness while the hairs are coming through. This is because the sharp new hairs irritate the skin. However, this should get less and less over time as the hair grows longer.

If you have a long beard and still experience itchiness then it may be as a result of damaged hair or dead skin cells that get stuck on to the hairs and as they grow out end up rubbing against the skin, leading to irritation. Thankfully, there are ways to reduce the itch and possibly even get rid of it all together.

 

Cleaning and Washing Your Beard

Just as the hair on your head needs to be cleaned, so too does your beard. Wash it using a chemical free shampoo. For tips on how often you should wash it, you should check out our beard washing post.

The human skin sheds thousands of dead skin cells on a daily basis, and this happens on our face as well. New beards can catch these cells and cause it to rub against the skin as the hair grows, causing irritation. Washing your beard will eliminate dead cells and keep your skin nice and clean.

 

Repairing and Moisturising Your Beard

If your beard hairs are already long and you’re still suffering from incessant itchiness, then there is a chance that this is the result of damaged hair follicles. Damaged hair causes a slow down in growth and will likely travel down the hair follicles to the skin where it starts to cause irritation.

Damaged hair is largely caused by neglected dry hair. Moisturising daily with a good beard oil will keep your hair follicles nourished and soft, minimizing your chances of getting more split ends or causing more damage to your hair.

 

Conditioning Your Beard

Many black men underestimate just how valuable conditioners are. They help lock in much needed moisture directly in to the hair follicles, keeping them soft and nourished for longer.

We advise that with each shampooing session you have, you make sure you condition it afterwards to keep your beard and the skin beneath it nice and soft.

Let us know in the comments some of the issues you’re facing whilst growing your beard that you would like to see addressed in the BCU. 

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30 Day Beard Growth Plan for First Time Growers

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© Black Men With Beards 2017 

Growing a beard is for the dedicated and consistent of men amongst us. We at Shear & Shine and BMWB are big believers in team #BeardGang. As such we are dedicating the month of March towards #BeardCareMonth.

To help you on the way, we have put together a handy 30-day plan you can instantly implement so that you too can be the proud owner of a thick, healthy and full beard to enter the spring with.

Let’s start with an inventory check list:

 

 

Week 1

This week it’s not so much about what you should be doing as it is about what your should NOT be doing. No matter what happens, you should resist the urge to shave, trim or cut your beard.

Your beard will likely look weird at this stage and feel even weirder, but do not dare touch it! It’s all part of the process. You need to get a sense of the shape of your beard so it’s important at this stage to just let it go.

After day 3 your beard will probably start to itch and as annoying as this is, avoid itching as this will irritate the area. Invest in a Beard Oil instead to help keep it soft and smooth

 

Week 2

The word for this week is observation. Try to get a sense of the shape of your beard, look for where it’s patchy and where it’s thick. This will help you eventually determine which style will suit you best. Beard growth is still number one priority at this stage so fight the urge to trim it or clean the edges.

Some may want to start using supplements at this stage although our Beard Oils contain added Vitamin E, which aids in hair growth. The itching will likely continue at this stage too so keep applying the oil to your beard daily.

 

Week 3

The hardest part is now over. The itching should have calmed down by now and your scruff should start taking shape. At this point you will want to start using a cleanser to keep your beard nice and clean. You need to develop a routine so that you can remain consistent in your care. Shampoo and condition once or twice a week.

Start to train your beard using a beard brush and you can now start trimming patchy areas but be sure not to trim any hairs you intend to keep.

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Week 4 

Congratulations! This is the first major milestone and your beard should be taking shape. The itching should have gone by now and the patches should have filled up.

It is now time to choose a beard style that suits you and stick to it. Stay on top of your grooming routine by washing and conditioning once or twice a week and applying Beard Oil and brushing daily.

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Beard Care Month

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Growing a beard is one of the most manliest journey a man can take. Besides the obvious patience and dedication, it requires you to develop a routine of care. As one can only imagine, we get a ton of inquiries in regards to growing, maintenance and upkeep of the glorious beard. 

We do our best to provide expert advice for our bearded black brothers, so we thought it would be great if we could provide you with an entire go-to series for all things beard care and grooming. Black Men With Beards is elated to announce our partnership with Shear and Shine, the UK's first black owned grooming brand for black men. Shear and Shine is committed to redefining the perception of black men and inspiring them to be the best they can be. We have officially dubbed the month of March "Beard Care Month", and our friends over at Shear and Shine have laid out a regime tailored for black men with beards at every stage, including what to look forward to and how to handle it for optimum beard growth! 

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