LEVEL UP YOUR BEARD GAME : A BLACK MAN'S GUIDE
Black men often email and ask us for tips on how to properly grow a beard and stay ahead in beard game, so we wanted to share those tips here.
Because of the tightly coiled nature of black hair, which is due to the flat, ribbon like structure of the hair follicle, many black men deal with ingrown hairs when they shave. There are ways to help prevent ingrown hairs, however. One way is to stop shaving and grow a beard. Aliver Beard Care for Black Men by November Beard will explain how black men can grow, style and maintain healthy facial hair.
After helping over 2000 black men get better beards, we decided to put this guide together for you so you can rock a beard gang worthy beard.
Guess what? Nothing works if you don't put in the necessary effort to get the results.
You know what really pisses me off?
When people complain about NOT getting the results they want, but when you look at their day to day they didn't put in the necessary effort in order to get them.
..you see it on social media day in and day out.
DESPITE GIVING YOU THE MOST EFFECTIVE BEARD CARE PRODUCTS ON PLANET EARTH...
There are still a few boxes (5 to be exact) you should check to put your beard in position for maximum growth, and getting the most out of our Classic Aliver Beard Kit For Black Men.
1: TAKE CARE OF THE SKIN BENEATH YOUR BEARD.
The old adage "Black don't crack" may be true, but that doesn't mean you get a pass on sticking to a skincare regimen. "Cleaning and exfoliating help treat the hard-to-reach skin under your beard, especially if it's full and lengthy," says Hall.
As a general rule, black men should avoid using products that contain dyes, artificial fragrances and lanolin, as these can cause irritation, dryness and clogged pores. Harsh soaps are also moisture- and oil-stripping culprits. Akridge believes exfoliating cleansers with salicylic acid or fruit acids will help to prevent pores from getting clogged or causing ingrown hairs.
To keep your skin healthy be sure to:
- Apply Beard Oil Daily - Duh!
- Keep it Moisturized -Get down into your pores to make sure your oil absorbs. It gives your hair the fuel it needs to grow healthy and fast.
We asked beard model Carl Battee about the advantages and challenges black men encounter when they decide to grow a beard.
Well being of of two different ethnic backgrounds (black/Hispanic) makes my facial hair much more difficult to manage, so I would say the biggest challenges of growing facial hair as a black man would be not knowing how your hair will look or react to products in the beginning stages of growth.
2: Use The Right Products
Because black men need extra moisture to keep their beards from becoming dry and brittle, it is important they use beard grooming products that hydrate their facial hair and skin. Unfortunately most store bought soaps and shampoos actually dry out your skin and strip your facial hair of necessary oils. We recommend avoiding store bought soaps and synthetic shampoos.
3: YOU ARE WHAT YOU EAT.
You’ve heard it before, “you are what you eat.” So if you're not consuming foods that get your daily dose of vitamins, and nutrients don't expect any miracles in the beard department.
A poor diet can leave your beard dry, brittle, and patchy. According to Jim White, registered dietician and spokesman for The American Dietetic Association, the condition of your facial hair directly corresponds to the health of your body.
When's the last time you hit the gym? Exercising has been scientifically proven to improve the overall health of you skin (which includes your hair). Working out regularly:
- Increases testosterone levels - which boost beard growth
- Reduces stress - Too much stress lowers testosterone
- Boosts metabolism - which triggers hair growth
5: BE PATIENT HOMEY.
This is the biggest lesson! Give your beard some time to grow. Growing a beard is an investment of time. Don’t fear though, we’re talking weeks, not months or years. Great beards aren't built overnight. Fight through the ugly, patchy and itchy phase - it's normal.
- Fight the itch -Just give it a few days. Once your face gets used to your new beard, the itch will subside. Keeping your face clean should help, but unfortunately won’t always eliminate itch 100%.
Avoid shaping or trimming your beard - Give your beard time to find its true pattern, it will take at least about a month.
Your Beard Care Checklist
When you decide to grow a beard, make sure you have the following items to help get your started on the right track:
- Beard Shampoo– look for all-natural soaps that have not had the naturally occurring glycerin removed. This makes a more moisturizing bar of soap.
- Beard Oil– make sure your beard oil contains unrefined jojoba and pure argan oil. Stick with essential oils and avoid synthetic fragrance oils.
- Beard Balm– your beard balm contain both sealants, such as unbleanched shea butter and beeswax, as well as moisturizers like unrefined jojoba and pure argan oil.
- Beard Brush– boar’s hair brushes are best for distributing oils and balms evenly through facial hair due to the natural scales along the boar’s hair bristles.
Beard Comb– a good beard comb will have teeth with smooth edges. Cheap combs will have teeth with sharp edges, which will cause facial hair to snap or break when combing.