Growing a beard at 19 can feel like a daunting task for many young men. Whether you want to add some more masculinity to your appearance or purely because it’s trendy, it can be difficult to get your desired results. Whilst some may wait until they hit their twenties before they start growing their facial hair, some might get discouraged, as they may find that their facial hair doesn’t grow quite fast enough.
Never fear – with the right know-how, you can help the process along by following a few key tips. For starters, a basic knowledge of genetics will help you understand why some men seem to struggle growing facial hair at such a young age. Some genetics, such as the androgen receptor gene, determine how easily you can grow a beard and even, to some extent, allocating the thickness. So if you want to speed up the process, you should take these into account when making decisions about growing your beard.
Secondly, the diet you follow can play a huge role in the speed with which your facial follicles grow. It’s believed that proteins, minerals, B vitamins and beneficial fats are all beneficial to beard growth. Eating a balanced diet that contains these things can help to make sure that your body is getting all the nutrients it needs to analyse growth. Additionally, reducing stress and getting good sleep can be beneficial for beard growth as it helps to give your body the rest it needs to repair, grow and perform.
And finally, don’t despair if you don’t find the results you wanted right away. Growth takes time and you may find that some beard styles take a longer time to look their best. If you are patient and put in the effort to take care of it as you grow it, you should get the results you desire. Disciplined exfoliation, moisturizing and styling can also help you to make sure that your beard looks its best too.
Even whilst growing a beard, trimming is important to maintain its overall shape. Therefore, having the right tools for the job is essential. An electric trimmer is one of the most useful appliances for beard maintenance and whilst it is a more expensive investment it’s wise to purchase a quality one to avoid regular repairs and replacements. Most ones come with a bunch of attachments that allow you to get the exact length or shape you are looking for. It is also a good idea to invest in a comb and a sharp razor to assist you with styling and trimming your beard. Alternatively, you can also invest in professional help to assist you with maintaining your desired style.
To keep your beard in check, there are a few products to consider for your grooming routine. Firstly, it is important to keep it clean and conditioned with the help of a wash or a shampoo specifically formulated for facial hair, as regular shampoo can be too harsh for facial hair. Secondly, keeping your beard oiled can help to keep it healthy and tangle-free. A small amount of oil applied gently with your fingertips to the length of your beard can help to soften, nourish and condition the hair follicles. Opt for natural ingredients that hydrate and protect the beard.
In order to make sure that the beard grows in in the right way, having access to the right styles can come in handy. Firstly, consider the size and shape of your face. This can help you to choose a style that will suit your features and is unlikely to tire you of it once it is fully-grown. Secondly, consider your personality and lifestyle. For those with an active lifestyle a trimmed down neat look might be more appropriate compared to those that don’t mind exuding an edgier look with a more ruggedly unkempt beard kind.
Maintenance and Care
Once you have grown your beard, maintaining it is paramount to keep it looking, healthy, shiny and on point all day. Many of us sweat, eat and drink and to keep your facial hair from looking patchy and out of control you need to take proper care and maintain it on a regular basis. A good cleaning routine with a specialist cleanser for beard along with the occasional beard wax can help to keep your man mane looking smooth, polished and defined. Additionally, one should not forget conditioning and hydration. Leaving a conditioner or even an occasional hot oil treatment can help to keep it supple and free of any tangles.
Conclusion and Aftercare
When growing a beard at 19, consistency is key, from the decision and acceptance to the evaluation of choices when growing, styling and maintaining it. Of course, this doesn’t mean that your appearance has to stand still and be kept the same way for as long as you can. Variety is fun and experimentation is vital and so altering the style or shape is always welcomed when deciding to amp up your look or deciding to switch it up.
Finally, it is important to note the potential drawbacks when growing a beard at 19. It is always vital to use suitable products to taking the care of it seriously, as too much heat or styling can lead to damage and breakage, as well as bleaching of the hair’s natural colour. Additionally, extra facial hair can lead to discomfort, including itching and jagged or split ends, as well as an accumulation of dirt and irritants in-between the hair follicles.