5 Tips for Growing a Better Beard!
There is still time to start growing a beautiful beard, and Movember is the perfect time.
No Shave November Is upon us:
"Movember - is an annual event involving the growing of mustaches during the month of November to raise awareness of various cancers, such as prostate cancer. The Movember Foundation runs the Movember charity event. The goal of Movember is to "change the face of men's health."
By encouraging men to get involved, Movember aims to increase early cancer detection, diagnosis and effective treatments, and ultimately reduce the number of preventable deaths. Besides annual check-ups, the Movember Foundation encourages men to be aware of family history of cancer and to adopt a healthier lifestyle." - Wikipedia
Let your beard hair go crazy.
Growing a long, and healthy beard takes, at minimum, one month; hence, No Shave November. If you're looking to grow a bead just for charity and to represent a good cause then we recommend you stop shaving as soon as early October for a decent growth.
It's quite simple really, just let it grow naturally. It may look odd at first, but some of those patches, and light spots will grow in and darken up.
"When in doubt, grow it out." - A really wise man.
The skin under your beard is important.
One of, if not the, most important things about growing a beard is keeping the skin underneath healthy and soft. A good beard oil is great for helping to prevent beard itch, acne, beard dandruff (Beardruff), and other irritation. It also helps to keep your beard hairs growing in healthy. No more ingrown beard hairs! Beard oils are filled with vitamins, healthy oils, and skin protectants. Be sure to find one in a scent that suits you and whatever other products you wear.
Keep the beard hairs soft.
Part of the irritation you, and your significant other, may feel is due to rough, or coarse hairs. These scraggly, unkempt hairs may lead to unnecessary irritation, or a possible relationship issue. Keep these growing hairs soft as possible with a good, vitamin rich, beard balm. This will help you keep irritation, for yourself and significant other, at bay. For a shorter beard you will want to find one that is light on wax and heavy on butters and oils. Some balms can be wax heavy and are mostly used for shaping. More about this later.
Stay away from cheap shampoo.
At some point you may think about shampooing your beard, but your skin may not agree with this. Many over the counter, and less expensive, shampoos have sulfates. These sulfates will dry out your hair and skin, which completely destroys all of the work you are doing to keep it healthy. Beard itch is no joke; however, you don't want to reach for a razor, or just any shampoo. Everyone's skin has a different PH and what works for one person may not work for another. But, there are some neutral products that will most likely work for you. Here are a few good quality, and regularly available, bar soaps: Dr.Bronner's castile bar soap, Grandpa's Pine tar Bar Soap, and Dr. Squatch Bard Pine Tar Bar Soap.
We are also looking to get into the beard soap, and beard wash, game. So, keep an eye out for new Rockriver products.
Keep your beard looking nice and healthy.
Many people want to grow a beard, but don't want to look like the homeless 'survivalist' they saw at Waterfront Park in down town Portland. That's where beard grooming products come in. There are many products to use that will help you keep your masterpiece of manliness looking as good as good it deserves. Beard wax, mustache wax, and a heavy beard balm will all do the trick in keeping it shapely. However, a good light hold pomade will do the trick just fine. Make sure you pick one with good, healthy, and natural ingredients. You don't want to fill your beard with plastics, sulfates, and alcohols; these can cause irritation to your skin, or even cause your beard to weaken and break. You can use a beard balm, beard oil, and pomade at the same time, just work out a proper ratio of each that will work for you. You don't want your beard to look like a mess with 20 different products in it.
Remember If you look good, you feel good. The difference between a distinguished man and a homeless looking man is the care he takes in his beard.
Check out our full line up of beard care, and hair styling products here.