If you browse around Pinterest you’ll find countless DIY posts for beard oil, beard balm, beard butter, beard wash – you name it, it’s there. “Magic”, “Amazing”, “Healthy” they claim to make your beard, costing you only the change in your pocket. Maybe you’re considering spending $1 per month for your beard oil, surely it’s good [enough] you tell yourself.
We get it, premium beard products can be expensive. You’re a man after all. You hesitate at checkout, hovering over the ‘Buy’ button. You think, should I really throw down my hard earned $25 for 1 oz of premium beard oil? Is this beard balm truly better than simply buying some shea butter from my local vitamin shop? Let me explain why it’s a resounding YES on both counts.
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Let’s suppose you’ve never grown a full beard before. You’re a young lad ripe with optimism for your first attempt, or an older gentlemen, a late bloomer of the bearded realm. Maybe you’ve never gone for more than a mustache or goatee, or you’ve been oppressed by your wife, boss, or local culture. Let’s also suppose that while you’re interested in embarking upon the journey of growing a lusciously full face farm, you’re more than a little curious [nervous?] about what’s in store. You wonder, will it be thick, and full? Will it have streaks of gray, be patchy, fire engine red? Will my significant other, coworkers, laugh and poke fun? Will it be wondrous, a thing of beauty, or possibly end up something you want to lock in a box under the stairs never to speak of?
Growing your first beard can seem daunting at times full of uncertainty, but once you commit and push through all the amazing stages it brings, you’ll come out a better man. Or at least a hairier one.
With that in mind, let me present to you, the various stages of growing a beard. And... a few random bits and bites along the way.Read more →