It might sound as easy as riding a bike, but for some people growing a bead can be a gruelling task that can end up taking a lot of work and time getting it right. The beard trend that has been popular for the last five or so years has not calmed down at all, a nicely groomed beard seems to be something most men want.
If you’re struggling to get the perfect shape, getting past the patchy stage or just want some tips on grooming your beard read on to find out how the Harley Street Hair Clinic can help.
How to start your beard off?
Shave it off. You might think this is the opposite of what you should be doing it you want to grow a beard, but sometimes, it’s just better to start fresh. Take out your razor and have a look at our grooming guide to make sure you’re having a proper shave.
Next step, wait. Your fresh facial hair will start to grow, this can be a little bit itchy but you just need to fight the itch. The skin can become dehydrated and dirt can get stuck in the hairs – causing the itch. To try and stop this, simply wash your face and facial hair on a daily basis and use a beard moisturise to keep the facial hair and skin in good condition (this should help with the itching too).
You’ll need to be patient and wait for your beard to grow. It’s a good idea to decide on the shape and length you’re aiming for as deciding this early on can help in the long run. This will help you decide how long you need to grow your hair out for, there is no point in letting it grow for months if you want something short and neat.
Once you’ve decided this it’s important to do a little upkeep yourself, as well as the daily washing and moisturising tidy your beard up a little bit. Comb it out every few days and trim up any stray hairs, this will result in the beard looking neat and tidy – even during the growth phase.
Visit a barber
It’s been a few months and you’ve finally got the start of a good beard coming along. We recommend you now visit your barber to get it cut into shape. Visiting your barber on a regular basis will mean you’ll always look neat and tidy as you’ll have a perfectly groomed beard!
When should I wash my beard?
It is advisable that you wash your beard as often as you wash your hair. Especially whilst it’s still growing, it is essential that you wash it regularly so that it is clean and there is no itching. When drying your beard, it is better to towel dry it, as blow-drying can make it very dry with split ends.
What about combing and brushing it?
Use a wide-toothed comb for the beard and a fine-toothed small comb for the moustache. Comb through the hair every time you wash the beard. If you notice tangles then comb more often. You don’t always have to brush your beard after combing, but it is good that you do that every now and then. It makes the hair look smooth and it helps flyaway or new hair to grow in the direction you want.
How should I trim my beard?
You can either use a pair of scissors or a beard trimmer.
Always trim the hair when it is dry. Do not trim wet hair as it looks longer and you might not like the result when it is dry as it’ll be shorted than you intended.
Run a comb through your beard and then cut the hair that is left on the outer side of the comb. Start from the sideburn or just below the sideburn and start trimming towards the chin. Do the same with the other side of your face. Any flyaway hair will become obvious with this technique. Just slowly comb your beard and then cut any hairs that are longer than the rest of the beard, or the ones that tend to fly over various directions. Always comb your beard downwards when trimming it.
If you are using a beard trimmer adjust the trimming scale to the length you require. You can also trim your beard to different lengths so that your beard flatters the shape of your face.
How often should I trim?
Trim your beard whenever you think is required. The frequency of trimming depends on whether you just want to maintain your beard in a nice shape or if you are growing it out. If you are growing it, you might want to trim it when you spot split ends, or hair very unequal in length. When you do just maintenance, you should trim your beard once in a while to get rid or flyaway hair and split ends. You should also trim it often to keep any shape you have created.
In what other ways can I tend my beard?
If you are a beard enthusiast and you require a little bit extra care for your precious beard, you can tend to it with special beard oils that make your hair smoother and shinier. They are also good nutrients for the hair and help it stay healthy. There are many products on the market, if you are looking for something luxurious.
What about a beard transplant?
Beards have been a huge trend in the last few years, and the trend seems to have stayed strong. We’ve had an increase in the number of enquiries regarding our beard transplant procedure and how exactly it works. Today we’re going to tell you exactly what a beard transplant is and how it works.
How do beard transplants work?
If you’re familiar with our FUE hair transplant procedure you will more than likely understand what a beard transplant is, and how they work. The two treatments are very similar and use the same process.
At the Harley Street Hair Clinic, we use the revolutionary FUE procedure for our hair transplants, and the same procedure is used for beard transplants. This results in the most natural and realistic result possible. During a hair transplant hair follicles are transplanted from one area of the head to another. Our beard transplants differ slightly.
The hair is found on the scalp and then transplanted to the beard area. Individual hair follicles are removed from the scalp with a specialist extraction tool, which leaves minimal scarring, these follicles are then prepared under a microscope and ready to be transplanted. One of our specialist doctors will transplant the hair follicles to areas of the beard that have noticeable scars, gaps, or areas of the face the patient wants us to build upon.
Our doctors have great experience with creating the most natural looking transplant possible and they are trained to place the hair follicles in the recipient area at an angle and density to match the natural hair growth pattern, resulting in a natural looking transplant.
Who is a suitable candidate?
We often get clients who have very little facial hair coming into the clinic wanting to leave with a much fuller and thicker beard. Sometimes transformations like these are not as easy to achieve as you may wish.
We believe the beard transplant procedure is perfect for those who have patchy beards. A lot of people will find certain areas of their beard will constantly have bald patches where the hair doesn’t grow, our treatment can work to fill those patches in. It also works great for anyone who has any facial scarring and has found that the hair will not grow.
Will a beard transplant be permanent?
Similar to hair transplants a beard transplant is the most permanent hair restoration treatment. We take the hair follicles from an area of the scalp where the hair is unlikely to fall out as you age, and this means once transplanted the hair should continue to grow for a number of years. However, as you age there is a chance your remaining facial hair could begin to change slightly. This is something we take into account and is something always discuss as part of our consultation process.
How popular is a facial hair transplant?
Since it became wide known, the beard transplant has been continuously growing in popularity. Now more men than ever are looking for a full, macho beard due to the recent beard trend.
Men who have sparse facial hair are now choosing to have a transplant as many of them want to boast a dense beard and copy their favourite celebrities’ look.
Exactly how popular is a beard transplant? It is found that 59% of men feel more masculine with a full beard and 45% of men have trouble growing a nice beard or sideburns. Beard transplant procedures are now even more popular than rhinoplasty, which is one of the most common cosmetic surgeries.
If you’ve tried everything, and you still can’t seem to grow a beard, it might be time to visit us at the clinic. We use the revolutionary FUE transplant procedure to help those who might have a patchy beard get the results they desire. Our treatment can be used to help shape up your beard and get it to look fuller than normal!
If you would like any more information on our treatments please contact us today for a no obligation consultation.