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5 tips for better beard growth

November 20, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

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The TitleBeard and Mod Cabin No Shave November and Movember series is sponsored by The Mod Cabin’s Backwoods Beard Balm and each article in the series will feature a giveaway of products from The Mod Cabin and occur on a different social media platform. To learn more about what Backwoods Beard Balm can do for you, take a look at this article, Backwoods Beard Balm from The Mod Cabin. You can find more details on this week’s giveaway below. 

In celebration of No Shave November and Movember, TitleBeard has teamed up with The Mod Cabin to present a series of articles during November.  The series is sponsored by The Mod Cabin’s Backwoods Beard Balm, and with the publication of each of the three articles will come a giveaway where each winner will receive a bar of The Mod Cabin’s Birch Tar Soap, a bottle of the Gunbarrel Beard Oil, and of course a tin of the Backwoods Beard Balm.  If you just can’t wait to win one of the giveaways to get these products, you can use the code TitleBeard to get 15% any (or all) of these three.

To read the first article in the series, visit Top 5 tips for new facial hair growers.

To read the second article in the series, visit Beard Product Breakdown.

For the third article in the series, I have once again teamed up with my bearded brother, Captain, author of the infamous Captain’s Log.  This week we’re taking some time to address our bearded friends that have been growing for a little bit longer, and we hope these 5 tips for better beard growth might give you some help in getting the most out of your beard.   Of course these tips are good reading for new growers as well, and starting some of these habits early can help you separate your beard from the pack.

As with the first two entries in the series, The Mod Cabin has once again donated products to go to one lucky beardsman.  More details on that below.  For now, we move on to the tips.

Vitamins and supplements

Captain:  Vitamins are good for your body and if it’s good for your body it’s good for your beard. I take a regular multi-vitamin every morning as well as a Biotin supplement to promote healthier hair growth. I don’t have an opinion about “beard vitamins” as I have never tried them, but folic acid and biotin (two common ingredients in these vitamins) both promote stronger and healthier hair growth so there!

TitleBeard: I’m in the same boat as Captain (Get it?  Thank you, I’ll be here all week), never having tried a “beard vitamin”.  But I too generally take a multi-vitamin daily as well as a Biotin supplement, Fish Oil, and a Probiotic.  It’s not hard to find people on both sides of the aisle.  Some beardsmen and non-beardsmen alike swear by the efficacy of vitamins and supplements, some people think it’s a waste of money.  What I know is that in the times where I routinely take my vitamins and supplements my beard seems healthier.  I recently did about a six week stint where I made sure to take all of my vitamins and supplements on a daily basis.  I’m currently on about week two of not having taken anything.  I do notice minor differences in my beard, but they are enough that make me want to stay on the vitamins and supplements.

Mod CabinA good product regimen is very important

Captain: Know your skin type (dry, oily, etc.) to know what would suit you best. Find a good soap to use on your beard and avoid using hair shampoo and conditioner as beard hair and head hair react differently. Some guys may use them but not me I have had bad luck in that area and actually use the soap for my beard in my hair now too. Figure out your beard needs and find a product/products that suit them but don’t overdo it!

TitleBeard: I need to stop letting Captain talk first, he always steals what I’m going to say.  Stay away from off-the-shelf shampoos and conditioners – the chemicals in them will dry out your beard.  If I’m using Mod Cabin products, for example, my daily product regimen is washing my beard with Birch Tar Soap, then oiling it up with Gunbarrel Beard Oil after drying off, then Backwoods Beard Balm before I go to bed.  Regardless of the products I’m using, that’s the regimen I’ve found that works best for me.  Don’t be afraid to experiment with applying different products at different times of the day to see what works best for you.

Combing and brushing are good for your beard

Captain: Get a good detangling comb for when you get out of the shower and a nice boar hair brush for dry brushing. Don’t be too rough on it for obvious reasons. I have a separate comb for my mustache as well, finer and smaller so it’s easier to use. I usually dry brush it when I wake up to remedy the bed beard look.

TitleBeard: Combing and brushing are great, but don’t overdo it.  It is normal to lose a few hairs here and there when combing or brushing, but if you’re routinely losing handfuls you should probably take it easy for a bit (or see a doctor).  I use a medium boar hair brush for dry brushing, a paddle brush for brushing after applying a beard oil or beard balm, and a moustache comb when I’m styling my moustache.  Look for handmade or hand cut combs, and the longer your beard is, the wider the teeth the better.  The handmade/handcut factor will likely mean a smoother comb, so less snags, and wider teeth will also mean less snags while still allowing you to keep your beard looking great.  Repeated brushing and combing (especially when combined with routine product use) can help you train your beard so that the hairs lay a certain way giving your beard a better look.

Don’t be afraid to trim your beard

Captain: Split ends cause hair follicles to fall out which is very counterproductive to our mission of growing awesome beards. Every few days I go through my beard and knock off the split ends with a small pair of scissors. I also approve of a quarter to half-inch trim once in a great while. It’s actually good for the growth of your beard and keeps it looking fuller.

TitleBeard: I’ve been lucky enough to not have a lot of split ends, and when I have found a few, I trimmed them with some small (and very sharp) scissors.  I used to trim my moustache with a standard electric trimmer on a weekly basis, but stopped that about six months in.  Besides that, I got what I consider to be my first real beard trim about a month ago (I’ve been growing for almost 28 months now), where I had the bottom of my beard rounded out some, and took some off of the sides.  I was admittedly hesitant going into it, but it really did improve the overall look of my beard.  If you’re not comfortable doing these more drastic trims yourself (and I wasn’t), I once again encourage you to talk to your barber or stylist, and reach out to your bearded friends to see who they have trim their beards.

Take caution with your beard

Captain: I don’t smoke anymore for two reasons: overall health, and because of my beard. I try to be careful around open flames. Watch out for your beard while working with glues, paints and various chemicals. I don’t chew gum anymore because of my mustache. This may sound funny but if you do everything else right but singe your beard goofing off with 151 and a lighter it’s your own damn fault.

TitleBeard: Also be aware of how the weather can affect your beard.  Back in Beard Advice Vol. 3 – Summer (and winter) beard care tips, I talked about this.  Besides open flames, also be careful in exceptionally cold weather.  The “snow beards” you see circulating around the social networks may get a laugh, but this extreme cold can really damage your beard.  Also, be sure to stay well-hydrated, because a dry beard means an unhealthy beard.  Be careful working around power tools and when in doubt, don’t hesitate to tuck your beard in your shirt.  Better safe than sorry.

Bonus Pro Tip: Look for support in the community and take advantage of resources like TitleBeard. We’ve been there, we’re here now, and we’ll be here in the future. Have questions or concerns? No problem. Comment on this article, send us an email at TitleBeard[at]gmail.com, check out the TitleBeard Facebook page, Follow TitleBeard on Twitter @TitleBeard, and on Instagram @TitleBeard.

Now, the part you’ve all been waiting for – this week’s giveaway.  For this week’s giveaway, you need to have a Facebook account.  To enter:

1) Like The Mod Cabin’s Facebook page

2) Like TitleBeard’s Facebook page

3) Post a picture of your current facial hair on your own Facebook page (even if you recently shaved for No Shave November or Movember) and then tag/mention The Mod Cabin and TitleBeard in a comment on that picture (so we can accurately track entries).

You have until 11:59 PM ET on Thursday, 11/27/14 to enter. Once the deadline has expired, a winner will be randomly chosen. The final article in the series (and giveaway) will be posted on 11/28/14 so make sure to check back then for another chance to win some great products from The Mod Cabin!

Please email TitleBeard@gmail.com with any questions. Good luck!

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