How To: Grow & Maintain Your Beard

Contrary to popular belief, growing a beard takes more effort than just putting down the razor. Reach your ultimate beard potential with these handy tips and tricks.
Patience is everything when growing a beard. Resist the urge to trim or style for the first 4-6 weeks to help the hairs grow in evenly. Use Barber Club 3-in-1 Beard, Hair & Face Wash two or three times a week or as needed to help soften the hairs, reduce itching sensations and stimulate the hair follicles.
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After 4-6 weeks, you’ll be eager to trim your now-full beard. Start by washing with Barber Club Beard, Face & Hair Wash, then brush in an upwards motion with a comb or soft-bristled brush. Using Men Expert Hydra Sensitive Shave Gel and a razor, shape above your cheekbones and below your Adam’s apple. Next, clipper stray hairs with a small pair of shears until you reach a point where the hair is becoming denser. With regular trimming, your beard will grow into your desired shape.
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Your Barber Club Long Beard & Skin Oil is about to become your new best friend. Use it every day to tame and condition your beard while soothing your skin. Work a few drops in from the base of your beard to tame flyaways and to give your beard shine. Finish off with a quick comb through to tidy it all up.
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Have you been trying to grow out your beard for some time and can’t quite get the trimming down pat? Or maybe you’re completely new to the beard game and need a bit more help? Never fear, we’re here to give you the complete low down on beard trimming, why you need to do it, how often and exactly how to wield those clippers (or scissors!). Not to mention the exact products you need to keep your beard in tip top condition, no matter if it’s long or short. Read on for all the beard tips and tricks of the trade. 
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So, you’ve been letting your beard grow out for a while now and it’s starting to get a little thick and filling out nicely. Even if it’s still a little patchy, it’s probably time to start trimming regularly. Not sure how to trim your beard without a trip to the barber? Our grooming experts give us their best tips. 
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So, you’ve decided it’s time to start trimming your beard, but how often should you be doing it? Contrary to popular belief, regular trimming (not too short of course) can help promote healthy growth of your beard and make it appear thicker and healthier. The sweet spot? About every 7 to 10 days. Of course, this will depend on the style and length you’re going for but keep this as a general ballpark for keeping your facial hair looking healthy and neat.
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We suggest starting off with beard trimming clippers, with a guard of course, but also having some scissors on hand. But don’t worry, we’ll get to the specifics shortly.
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Okay, now it’s time to get down to the nitty gritty and learn exactly how to trim your beard. Follow our step-by-step guide for a fool-proof and perfect trim every time. 
STEP #1: Wash your beard
Cleansing should be the first step before any beard grooming session, so it’s time to wash your beard. Ensuring you cleanse your face and beard will remove any impurities, dirt or oil before you start. We recommend the Men Expert Barber Club 3-in-1 Beard + Face + Hair Wash, rich in natural oils. This all-rounder is the perfect cleanser for those with beards. Your skin and beard will feel refreshed and nourished.  
STEP #2: Grab a beard moisturiser 
Next, you’ll want to grab a beard moisturiser. Not only will this keep your beard hair and face hydrated, it will also ensure your beard hair is easy to brush out and isn’t too unruly when you start to trim. Try the Men Expert Barber Club Short Beard Moisturiser which soothes and comforts while softening unruly facial hair. 
STEP #3: Comb it out
Before you reach for clippers, you’ll want to comb out your hair. This will help you identify which hairs need to be trimmed for an even, neat finish. 
STEP #4: Time to trim
Use a beard trimmer to slowly trim your hair to an even length. Since beard trimmers come with various clipper attachments in different sizes (known as guards), you’ll want to find the right one to trim your hair with. Always start off slowly and don’t go in with the smallest guard first. It’s best to work your way there if you’re going for a big trim. You can always take more off, but the only thing that will put length back is time. After you’re done with the clippers, follow up with a pair of scissors to trim stray hairs and even it up if needed. Remember that different areas of your beard may look best at different lengths – one of the most flattering shapes can be to keep it a little shorter on the sides, and longer at the chin. If your moustache is getting a little long, a quick trim with scissors to keep it above your lips will do the trick.
STEP #5: Seal the deal
Once your beard is nicely trimmed, it’s time to finish off your look. Reach for the Men Expert Barber Club Beard Oil as your last step to neaten up your beard and condition the hair. This daily beard oil is enriched with essential oils for healthy looking facial hair that doesn’t feel greasy. 
Want to continue to grow your beard out? Maintaining the health of your beard is key! With regular trimming and the right beard products, you’ll have a thick, even beard in no time. 
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