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How to Grow a Beard

Whether you're a first-time grower or a seasoned veteran, these beard grooming tips will help you reach your whiskered potential. Read below for everything you need to know about growing a beard, from daily maintenance to styling tutorials.

The Fundamentals

Like anything else, growing a great beard comes down to a few basics: diet, exercise, plenty of sleep, and a little everyday maintenance. Watch this video to prepare yourself for the road ahead.

Keep It Clean: Beard Wash

Your face isn't the only thing that needs a daily cleanse. Washing your beard removes dead skin and particles that are trapped within your whiskers, keeping them healthy while soothing any itchiness.

How to: Find the Right Beard Style

When you start growing a beard, it pays to have a game plan. Early on, decide which beard style best complements your face shape—so you know how to trim it when it reaches a suitable length.

Keep It Soft: Beard Oil

Left rough and unchecked, your beard can be a danger to yourself and others. Luckily, a daily conditioning oil will keep hairs soft and smooth (here's a handy guide on how to apply it).

How to: Trim Your Beard

After 4-5 weeks of untouched growth, your beard should be ready to trim (this is important even if you're growing it long). Here are a few key pointers to help you refine your technique.

Keep It Smooth: Combs and Brushes

Okay, so you've grown your beard: Now it's time to bend it to your will. A good beard comb or brush will train your hairs in the right direction—and distribute conditioning oils for maximum effect.