It may seem like an easy thing to do, but growing facial hair can cause some men nothing but worry and trouble. Getting a nice, groomed look takes more than just dropping the razor and shaving lotion. A little time and tending, though, are all you need to learn how to grow facial hair you'll be proud of.
Your face is going to get very itchy when you stop shaving and begin to grow stubble. Be very aware of this problem and avoid scratching as much as possible. Constantly scratching the area will cause skin irritation, inflammation and a potential rash. It will look terrible and can even inhibit healthy hair from growing.
Use some sort of moisturizer on your lower face to help ease the itching caused by stubble. Try pre-shave oil, facial moisturizer or even body lotion. The added moisture not only eases irritated dry skin, it makes facial hair healthier.
As tempting as it may be to start trimming your stubble, you really need to let your facial hair grow out before trimming and styling it. Depending on the exact area, you're going to want at least one or two inches of hair growth before trimming, if not more. This usually takes around one month for most men to grow.
For the best look and style control, you should always grow out all facial hair at the beginning. Once there is enough hair, you can trim, shave and style your facial hair as desired. Trying to grow facial hair only in certain areas to match a certain style often ends up looking spotty and messy.
It's important to be honest with yourself about your facial hair and chosen style. You'll be out of luck if you want a burly, knee-length beard, but can barely grow stubble. Make sure your facial hair is the right width, texture and type for the chosen style.
Go to your barber if you're not sure how to achieve the look you want. Your face is a very obvious place for any trimming mishaps, so you really don't want to wing it. In one quick appointment your barber can teach you how to create and maintain your desired style.
You may have it a little easier when it comes to grooming, but you still have some work to do to look your best. For starters, washing means more than splashing water around on your face. Use facial cleansers matched to your skin type to deep-clean your skin. Then move on to the details, like trimming any beard or mustache and removing any stray hairs on your face.
I have learned that most men don't like to shave. At least, the men I know would rather forego this male ritual. I've heard men complain of getting razor burn, (the red, sore bumps), after a shave, and I've actually seen men walk around with bits of spittle and toilet paper dotting their faces. Men may be surprised to learn that women sometimes have the same troubles when they shave their legs and armpits.