How to Grow Out Your Beard
10/30/2018 12:47:42 PM
Growing a Beard

This month celebrates "No-Shave November,” an annual event where guys around the world grow out their facial hair to raise awareness for men’s issues such as prostate cancer and suicide prevention. You may also know the concept as "Movember” – a mashup of a slang term for mustache and the word November. If you’d like to participate this year, here’s some expert advice for growing out facial hair while still looking debonair.

Resist the itch!
Growing out a beard can be a scratchy process, according to Emily M., a barber at 1740 Barbier, L’Auberge Casino Resort. "The initial struggle most men face in growing out a beard is resisting the itch.”

To avoid a clawed-up face, she recommends stepping up skincare by washing the face (and beard) with a gentle facial cleanser and finishing with a moisturizer. Exfoliating two to three times a week can also help curb the itch factor, and beard oil and balm are a must for locking in moisture. 

Don’t shave. Do trim.
Movember is about growing facial hair, not the dreaded neckbeard. To avoid looking totally unkempt while you grow, Emily M. suggests investing in a good beard trimmer. "Once your beard really starts growing, your facial hair will grow at different paces, so trimming it will be essential.”

You can also use the trimmer to blend the hair on the neck into the rest of the beard by using a guard half the length of your usual beard trimming setting to trim the first inch of the beard neckline at a slightly lower length that fades into the longer, fuller beard to get the sophisticated, Sean Connery beard of your dreams.

Brush up
Investing in a good set of beard grooming tools is also important. "Brush your beard daily with a quality comb or beard brush in the direction you want it to go” Emily M. says. Brushing the hairs against the grain will make them stand out, which will make your beard easier to trim. 

Keep it trim
Whether you’re growing a full beard or just a mustache, you’re also going to need a good pair of mustache scissors. To keep your top lip clean, you’re probably going to need to trim a mustache twice as often as you trim your beard. 

And remember, mustaches require constant attention. Make sure you glance in the bathroom mirror after meals and beers to make sure there are no leftovers hiding behind.

For many men, "Movember” is a fun way to try out a new look for a good cause. To learn more about how to get involved, visit or
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