With the growing popularity of beards in modern culture, it only makes sense that many younger people are picking up the trend and running with it! So, we here at volt thought we’d write an article on how to grow a beard in your 20s!
Growing a beard takes work, dedication, and time, but the rewards are huge and awesome! Growing a beard is an excellent way to give yourself a sense of style, edginess, and masculinity as a young man in your 20s!
Considering most men in their 20s are likely growing a beard for the first (and possibly last) time, we’ll be going over 5 beard-growing steps chosen by the experienced beard professionals here at Volt Grooming.
Here are the 5 steps:
- Don’t Shave For A Month
- Choose a Beard Style
- Trim Your Beard Evenly
- Maintain Your Beard
- Customize Your Beard
Before we dive right into the article, here’s a quick Volt video on this exact topic! Be sure to Subscribe to Volt’s YouTube channel.
Step 1: Don’t Shave for a Month
Anyone who grows their beard out for the first time needs to recognize the importance of genetics when it comes to facial hair. Chances are, you already have an image in your head of what you will look like with a particular beard style, but that style is going to depend on where and if your facial hair grows in that way. Put simply, some men can grow thick, full beards, and some men may be stuck with patches or thin areas here and there.
Having some patches or thin areas in your beard is nothing to worry about, in fact, it’s more normal to have some thin or unfilled areas than it is to have facial hair grow evenly. But here’s the point, patchy or thin areas in your beard may affect the beard style you wish to pull off.
That’s why it is so important to abstain from shaving or trimming your beard for a full month so you can gauge your beard’s growth more accurately. Once you are sure of where you can or cannot grow facial hair, you can choose a beard style that plays along in step 2.
Step 2: Choose A Beard Style
After letting your beard grow uninterrupted for a full month, it’s time to take the evidence of your facial hair growth and use it to choose a realistic beard style. In fact, we’ve got an awesome article (and video) on how to choose a beard style based on face shape! Go read (or watch) the article/video to determine your face shape and, consequently, your optimal beard style as well!
Step 3: Trim Beard Frequently for Even Growth
This step is more of a tip on how to avoid the horrid and frightening “awkward beard phase”. The awkward beard phase is the stage in your beard’s growth where patches and thin areas are more noticeable. This is most often the case when different areas of somebody’s beard grows at different rates, causing the overall beard to look unkempt, scraggly, and awkward. You’ve probably noticed this in step 1 (when you couldn’t shave for a month)
There is a way to get rid of the awkward beard phase and keep your beard looking maintained and professional throughout each stage of it’s growth. All you have to do is regularly trim the longer parts of your beard to match the length and growth of the shorter areas. Do NOT trim or shave the shorter areas.
Here’s an example: Let’s say you are like me and your mustache grows much more slowly than beards tend to. You should regularly trim your beard to match the length of your mustache, thereby making your mustache and beard appear more in-tune with each other. Over time, your mustache will continue to grow, meaning that your beard doesn’t have to be trimmed so shortly along side it. This way, your beard and mustache can grow at the same rate without looking awkward or scraggly.
The benefit of this tip is that the awkward beard phase is no longer an issue, the disadvantage here is that your overall beard growth is going to be delayed until the slowest-growing areas of your beard are all caught up.
Step 4: Maintenance
Too many men out there think that beards are a “set it and forget it” kind of thing. But this isn’t the case. Beards, much like everything, require regular maintenance to keep in tip-top shape.
Beard maintenance isn’t exactly hard, but there are some things you should keep in mind. For example, you can’t just use any shampoo to wash your beard. Most shampoos that are made for your scalp contain harsher ingredients because the skin on your head is much tougher than the skin on your face (where your beeard is). Using a scalp shampoo to wash your beard may, therefore, have some unwanted effects.
Here at Volt, we recommend that you use dedicated beard products that will not only nourish and moisturize your beard, but also keep you safe from unwanted ingredients. Beard shampoos and conditioners as well as premium beard oils, balms, and butters do wonders for your beard and the skin underneath!
You’ll also want a good set of trimmers or clippers (preferably with adjustable guards) so you can customize and trim your beard more evenly and precisely. These products simply make it far easier to manage the maintenance of your beard in a healthy way.
Step 5: Customize Your Beard
A beard is meant to stand apart and make you unique! Why limit your options to the status quo? Here’s what we’re going to talk about here: Beard Color and Beard Wax
Did you know that you can now customize your beard COLOR too? Without all the chemicals and commitment of hair dyes! Its true, Volt Instant Beard Color is a brush on dye-free beard coloring that can also fill patches. If you’ve got some areas where your beard may appear patchy or thin, Volt beard color can be used to fill the patch and darken the area to give your beard a thicker, fuller look.
Check out my demonstration of this product by clicking HERE.
Beards/Mustache wax can also be used to give you more control over the hair in your beard. Whether you’ve chosen to rock a short, medium, or long beard, you can use mustache wax to give it shape and style! For example, many men want to rock the handlebar mustache look, which can be done by adding some Volt Sculpt Wax to your mustache and teasing it into place.
Personally, I use beard wax to keep all the flyaways and stragglers under control and properly ordered in my beard!
Overall, these 5 steps are all going to help anybody who is thinking of growing their first beard!
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