Have you ever seen a woman who looks super spicy, but without her makeup, she looks like a wildebeest? For men, the same thing can happen with a beard. A beard can transform an average dude to Jason Mamoa’s level IF you don’t make any of the mistakes I go over in today’s video.
Beard-growing and maintenance errors
- Giving up too soon on growth — proceed through the awkward stage to assess the situation after 30 days. During that growth period, edge and trim boundaries (neck and cheeks included). It will look thicker and fuller with edging and trimming, and you won’t look like a slob.
- Not finding proper boundaries — take a straight implement, then draw an imaginary line from the top of your ear to the corner of your mouth. Shave everything above, and leave everything below. The neck is where most men mess up by trimming too high underneath their chins (into the neck fat meat area). This will make you look like you have a double chin. Watch my demonstration on where to place your finger and shave. I use my Brio and its Zero Blade (shaves skin bald).
- Using crappy grooming tools — upgrade the quality of your grooming tool. The best on the market is the Brio 2.0, which I use on my face and body. Check out how I groom my 10-day stubble with my Brio and micro attachments.
- Having nasty mustache hairs — hairs that curl into your lip need to be trimmed.
- Not caring for your beard — don’t just let it grow unattended once it passes the two-week mark. Use a boar’s bristle brush twice daily to train your beard and camouflage thinner, patchy areas. Brushing also stimulates blood flow to carry oxygen and nutrients for a healthier beard.
- Not giving it proper nutrition — consume strategic vitamins, minerals, and fatty acids to have your beard look as good as possible. These include Biotin and Omega-3 fatty acids.
- Not moisturizing — avoid having a dry beard and dry skin underneath by using a beard or argan oil daily. Rub it in to make it shine and eliminate skin flakes. If your beard is flaky or itchy, you need to hydrate it. I opt for argan oil as I prefer the smell (it doesn’t smell like a lumberjack’s nuts).
- Having harsh transitions — if you shave your head and rock a beard, ensure a seamless transition without a big, harsh line. Fade and blend.
- Having a full, chubby-looking beard — if it’s fuller on the checks as opposed to transitioning and tapering, you will appear to have a fat face with chubby cheeks. Ensure the beard is a bit longer in the chin area, fading and tapering down to make your face look more angular with a more defined jaw.
- Comparing your beard to other beards — yours is unique with its genetics. Some of us have beards at 12, and some take longer. Don’t give up the fight.