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Taming the Mane: Unexpected Growth Issues

Taming the Mane: Unexpected Growth Issues

So, you've decided to grow your beard beyond mere stubble. Congratulations! We approve, of course. But we also know that this decision comes with some caveats. By the time you get to the end of your first month of beard cultivation, you'll begin noticing some real growth developing on your face. This is also when you'll start figuring out the strengths and weaknesses of your beard: Essential factors you’ll want to keep in mind as you go forward. Much like any other bearded brother out there, you’ll need to overcome your share of unexpected challenges as you undertake your journey. You may experience areas of facial hair that don't connect together, uneven growth patterns in different portions of your face, and patchy spots that leave the underlying skin more exposed than you’d prefer. On top of that, you’ll also have to deal with some itchiness, something that can quickly become annoying.  None of these issues are fun to contend with, but they don't have to be a headache to deal with. We at The Beard Club know a thing or two about the issues that arise when it comes to taming your mane, and we’re more than happy to dish out some expert solutions to these problems. Our tips and tricks work best when you treat them as basic practice for growing and maintaining your luxurious beard. By the end of our crash course, you'll be ready to handle any whisker-related worries that come your way.
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Dealing With Growth Issues

One of the toughest things to deal with when growing out your beard is the enemy we all have to deal with: Time. Like it or not, everyone’s beard journey involves sitting back and waiting for their facial hair to do its thing.  Your patience will pay off, though. By the time you reach the 4-week mark or so, things should start looking more promising. Just remember, it's important to stick with it, even if you experience some moments where your efforts seem to fizzle out. We know the temptation to shave your beard will hit hard during that first month, but stay committed and eventually you’ll power through those growing pains. Definitely don’t let the irritation sensation of beard itch tempt you to back down. Shaving off your hard-earned growth isn't going to make things better. Sure, shearing things back down to the skin will get rid of the itch for the moment, but you’ll also be stranded in the land of the bare-faced. In order to achieve your whiskery destiny, you need to conquer itch, not capitulate to it.  If you hope to triumph over your itchy beard, you’ll need to dig deeper. The problem isn't your facial hair, but the skin underneath. And that means you’ll need to adopt a proper skin care routine to eradicate the underlying issue. Make sure to wash your face thoroughly, and then apply some Beard Club Beard Oil to help soften your whiskers and soothe your itchy skin. Making a regular daily practice of cleaning your face and applying and Beard Oil works wonders for irritated skin. Stick with it and you’ll see results right away—especially if you reinforce your routine with our Beard Cream, which is specially formulated to soothe beard itch by nourishing the underlying skin.

Scruffitosis: The Patchy Beard Conundrum

Another issue that may arise along your journey is a patchy beard. The reality is that your facial hair may not grow in at the speed you want or with the fullness you expect. Don’t take it too hard if this happens to you; not everyone is blessed with a thick, Zeus-like thatch on their chin. That doesn't mean you're completely out of luck! Once again, patience is key to seeing your beard become the beast you want it to. Patience… and The Beard Club.  If you hold off on the panic and simply let your beard do its thing for a few weeks, more often than not those patchy spots will be covered up as the surrounding hair grows longer. No one other than yourself will be the wiser.  Also, just as with overcoming itchiness, regular maintenance plays a critical part here. Healthy skin begets a healthy beard. The better you care for your skin, the more likely your hair is to come in full, healthy, and glowing.  Once it grows in, your beard will be the first line of defense for your face. You can help it battle the elements with a little TLC. Daily application of our Beard Club Growth Oil will help keep your skin in tip-top shape. Think of the skin beneath your beard as soil, just waiting for your whiskers to sprout forth. Our Growth Oil helps hydrate deep down, leading to better growth.  Remember: The longer your beard gets, the more nutrients your skin will need to keep things going strong. If you want to go the extra step, you can pair your Growth Oil routine with our Beard Club Growth Vitamins. This rich mixture of botanical elements and multivitamins combine to make the ultimate cure for a patchy beard, while fostering a super healthy environment. You can also try using our beard roller to stimulate beard growth. The derma roller’s .5mm needles trigger nutrient rich blood and collagen rich tissue to prime your beard follicles for optimal growth. Before you know it, your desire to shave off your beard in frustration will be a distant memory.
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Delay the Trim

Now that you've made it a few weeks and put some those early growth issues behind you, you’ll want to take some important steps to get your ultimate beard locked in for good. Regular upkeep will be a crucial part of your journey, and that means you'll need to incorporate some shaving and trimming into the mix—just a little bit! They’re important steps in keeping your beard healthy and shaped correctly. Depending on how you feel, there are two ways to tackle these important steps. If you aren't confident in your own beard trimming skills, there's no shame in letting a professional do it. Any barber worth their salt will be more than qualified to handle your beard, and they'll do so with the utmost care. Obviously we can't personally recommend a barber to you, but we're sure your friends and family can. Ask those close to you who they visit when it comes time for a trim, be it beard or hair related. Or look around for online reviews. Either way, you should drum up a few different options worth investigating in person. If you want to embrace the task of trimming for yourself, you’ll want to know a few crucial details first. First: Different parts of your beard will grow at different speeds, and to different lengths. For example, the bottom part of the neck will outpace the sides and chin. The more time you spend maintaining your beard, the easier it'll be to spot things like this and shift your focus to allow you to focus on the parts that need the most care. It's also important not to cut your beard too early. If you get in there and start shaving before it's time, you can create uneven growth, patchiness, and a shabby overall look. Give your whiskers time to grow, then take on trimming once you’ve reached a point where you can safely tackle your entire beard in one go.  As you trim, be sure to take your time. Keep a close eye in the mirror. Use a steady hand. Take a light touch. Remember, you can always trim closer on a second pass if you need to, but you can't fix what you’ve cut too short the first time around. If you still see a few wild areas or stray hairs once you’re done, you can put down the tools and manage things another way. Some Beard Club Sandalwood Balm or Beard Wax will help smooth down any troublesome spots and get even the peskiest hairs to sit exactly as you want them to. They'll also give your beard a softer feel and fresh scent, which is definitely a double bonus.
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Daily Grooming for Growth

At this point, we’ve gotten all the particularly challenging and unexpected growth issues out of the way. Now all that’s left to deal with are the niggling issues that pop up from time to time. They’re minor complaints, but learning to handle them like a pro will make your beard experience far more enjoyable. If you're growing a longer beard, day-to-day complications like knotted hair and matted-down messes will happen. Thankfully, all it takes to work these things out are some rudimentary steps. If you're experiencing tangles in your beard, reach for your Beard Brush and get to work. Gently but firmly make work the comb through your beard, and brush thoroughly across your entire face. When you reach a knotted spot, take your time and work on them slowly. A bit of Beard Oil can really make a difference here, loosening up the knot to help you glide through and undo it.  Once you're all brushed out, you can liven up the beard with a quick splash of water. That'll make your facial hair easier to comb into your desired shape. Water will also liven up your looks in general if you have a beard that's getting a little worn down from the day’s toils. Then top it off with a quick hit of our Riptide Beard Spray to seal in the freshness. A spritz of water, a few strokes with the comb, and a burst of Beard Spray can do wonders to help you go from unkempt to classy in just a few minutes.
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Consider Your Mane Tamed

That's honestly all there is to it. Taking on unexpected growth issues with all the knowledge contained in this feature will have your beard growing like a champ and looking better than ever. You’ve learned the value of patience, the ins and outs of beard growth, how to feed your whiskers, and a few quick tips to freshen up your look. This may not be rocket science, but you could definitely show those guys at NASA a thing or two about growing a great beard.

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