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Top 5 tips for new facial hair growers

November 7, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

IMG_8326The 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. 

Facial hair takes the national (and often international) stage during November.  Commonly known as No Shave November and Movember, men across the world take to growing facial hair to raise awareness, money, and show their support for a number of charitable causes.

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.

For this article, I have teamed up with my TitleBeard cohort, Captain, to offer some tips to encourage and aid some of you new facial hair growers as you go on your month-long (and hopefully longer) journey.  Take a look at our Top 5 tips for new facial hair growers.

1.  Make sure that you are good to grow.

Captain: Some employers may freak out if you just stopped shaving. Check your work policies and be sure you’re not going to get yourself in trouble with your new face do. Hopefully you can get the go ahead and start your journey.

TitleBeard:  Also make sure you check in with your significant other before you do this, especially if you’re considering growing for the long haul.  Your significant other may not care if you’re only growing for No Shave November or Movember but may strenuously object if you’re planning on never shaving again.  A conversation now could prevent a fight later.

2. Set aside the razors and trimmers.

Captain: Even if you just want to grow a mustache or chops, you need to let what you’ve got grow in so you know exactly what you have to work with. By achieving a few days growth you should be able to determine if you have any problem areas.

TitleBeard:  This is an imperative step, both for growth and style purposes.  Take you Movember growers, for example.  You may be thinking about just growing a regular moustache that you want to keep tightly trimmed, but you may realize after some growth that you could sport an awesome Fu Manchu or even a tight handlebar.  You can’t get anywhere if you’re trimming too often.

3. Don’t expect too much too soon.

Captain: Every person has a different rate at which their facial hair cultivates. Don’t fret if it takes a week or two before people start to notice your new growth. Remember it’s a marathon and not a sprint, and you just started.

TitleBeard:  If you’re looking at growing a full beard, you may realize you have some patchy areas here or there.  Don’t let this bother you.  There is nothing that will fill in these patchy areas other than time.  The longer you let it grow, the less of a problem it may become.  If patchy areas are still a major issue, consider a slight style change to sport a facial hair style that is more in line with your growth pattern.

4. Be very cautious if you do decide to shape things up.

Captain: I have seen a lot of guys accidentally go back to baby face overnight because they slipped up while trimming. It’s a costly mistake that can put you back at zero. Don’t just start hacking away with total disregard for beard safety.

TitleBeard:  I’ve had some form of facial hair since I was 16 and until I started growing my current beard, I trimmed weekly or monthly at the latest.  With my current beard, I didn’t do a serious trim until after two years.  Obviously you don’t have to wait that long, but let your facial hair grow for a while before you decide to shape it, and if you’re worried about doing it yourself, talk to your barber or stylist and see if you’re comfortable having them do it.  Especially early on, even minor trimming/shaping can make a major difference.

5. It may itch some at first. Don’t be alarmed.

Captain: This is common to most men I know. Find a soap or oil, even a balm like the Backwoods Beard Balm and dig in for the long haul. The hair will soften up soon enough and you will enjoy it.

TitleBeard: Itching can be caused by a number of factors, not the least of which is your facial hair being too dry from over-washing.  While beard specific products aren’t always a necessity early on, have a look around for natural soaps or refrain from washing everyday to make sure you’re not washing out the natural oils that keep your facial hair healthy.

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, for the really fun part – this week’s giveaway. For this week’s giveaway, you need to have a Twitter account. To enter:

1) Follow The Mod Cabin on Twitter @TheModCabin.
2) Follow TitleBeard on Twitter @TitleBeard.
3) Tweet a picture of your current facial hair (or lack thereof if you just shaved for No Shave November or Movember), and mention @TheModCabin and @TitleBeard.

You have until 11:59 PM ET on Thursday, 11/13/14 to enter. Once the deadline has expired, a winner will be randomly chosen. Good luck!  The next article in the series (and giveaway) will be posted on 11/14/14 so make sure to check back then for another chance to win some great products from The Mod Cabin!

We sincerely hope you’re growing for long term and not just for November or that during November, you’ll realize that even more facial hair fun lies ahead. But we will provide the support for any form of bearding. It’s a fun lifestyle and we would be glad to have you on board with us. Beard On!

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