Beards are becoming more and more popular among guys, since it’s a unique style choice that if done right, creates a very classy look befitting of a gentleman. It’s a style that takes a long time to achieve, and a high level of dedication to keep it looking nice and groomed. For those thinking about pursuing the path of the beard, here are some of the most commonly asked questions (and answers) about growing a beard.

How Long Does It Take?

bearded man looking in mirrorUnfortunately, the answer here depends. Everyone’s hair grows at a different pace, and there are some guys out there that unfortunately won’t be able to grow a full beard. For some of us it’s just not in the cards, and if you’re stuck in that boat, maybe it just wasn’t meant to be.

If you do have the potential to grow a beard, again, it all depends on how fast your hair grows, along with a bunch of other factors such as your genetics (that’s a big one), diet, exercise, etc.. For some, they can grow a decent looking beard in a matter of a few months, while others can take up to 6 years to achieve that full beard that they want.

Does It Itch?

When you’re growing a beard, it’s very common for it to become itchy. A common misconception is that it’s just dirty, which isn’t true if you take proper care of your beard. The itching comes in with just simple skin irritation; the hair rubbing against your skin, you skin beneath your beard not getting as much moisture as it used to, and a bunch of other factors can cause that irritation.  

To alleviate the itching, you should do your best to keep your beard clean, and in the early stages of growth, moisturizing cream can work wonders.

Can I Still Look Professional/Classy With A Beard

If you take care of your beard by keeping it clean and not letting it get out of control, you can still look classy and professional without a problem. Even if you’re going through a phase of your beard growth that is a little bit patchy and rough around the edges, do your best to clean it up and trim it. Most importantly, in order to look and feel classy, you have to own it. Your attitude and how you carry yourself gives off more of an impression that your beard will.  

Is It Difficult To Maintain?

We wouldn’t say that it’s difficult, but it is an extra thing that you do need to put in the time and effort to care for. From cleaning to grooming, you need to make sure that your beard is always looking good, just like you would the hair on the top of your head. There’s also so many products out there just for beards, from beard shampoos, creams, trimmers and combs to keep your beard looking clean and stylish. And don’t forget, you can always go to a professional men’s salon like 18/8 Westwood for a precision beard trim so you look you best.  

Can I Touch Your Beard?

No. No you can’t. Grow your own.

Contact 18|8 Fine Men’s Salon of Westwood!

If you’re thinking about growing a beard, contact the men’s grooming experts here at 18|8 Westwood. Our professional stylists that specialize in men’s grooming and styling can help guide you on your path to an epic beard. We also offer professional beard trimming, coloring, and full range of other classic salon and barbershop services, so you can always be looking like the modern gentleman you are.