WANNA GROW A LONG BEARD?
YOU MUST READ THIS FIRST TO KNOW WHAT ARE THE THINGS YOU SHOULD CONSIDER BEFORE GROWING A LONG BEARD!
Growing a long beard alters your appearance.
Okay, it changes your appearance significantly, but there’s a lot more going on beneath the surface when growing a full beard – or growing to your beard’s full potential.
There’s more to it than just not shaving. Growing a long beard requires patience, conviction, discipline, and stamina. We’re not saying it’s the Iditarod Dog Sled Race, but putting some serious distance between your chin and the end of your beard takes some serious willpower.
Everyone should grow a long beard at least once in their lives, in our opinion. It is a profoundly rewarding process to go through; one that will not only teach you a few things about yourself but may also reveal which people are truly on your side and will support you even if you look like the fourth member of ZZ top.
But before you dive in, we’ve compiled a list of things to think about before growing a long beard. We’ll then give you some pointers on how to get started.
But first, let’s define what exactly constitutes a long beard.
There is no formal definition, but at Beardbrand, any beard longer than six inches is considered a long beard.
Because everyone’s beard is different, it’s often more practical to measure a beard in terms of time, such as a six-month beard or a yeard (a beard that’s been growing for a year).
Beard hairs grow at a half-inch per month or six inches per year for the vast majority of men. It’s safe to say you have a long beard once you’ve passed the yeard mark.
What is the maximum length of a beard?
Your genetics determine the length of your terminal beard. Most men’s beard hairs reach terminal length around the age of six and peak at around 36 inches. Again, each beard is unique; some will grow longer than others.
Of course, there are outliers, such as Hans Langseth, who has the Guinness World Record for the longest male beard.
When he died in 1927, his beard was 17.5 feet long. Unless you’re a descendant of old long beard Langseth, you’re unlikely to break that record.
Now, let us talk about The things to consider before growing a long beard
PEOPLE WILL BE ATTRACTED TO IT OR REPULSED BY IT
While beards, in general, are becoming more popular and attractive in 2020. long beards are a different story.
There isn’t much of a middle ground when it comes to long beards. People are either completely repulsed by your long beard or are completely enamored with it.
What exactly is a pogonophile? It’s someone who has a strong attraction to beards.
IT CAN BE A STARTER OF A CONVERSATION
When your beard reaches a certain length, it will become the default opening line for the majority of strangers. It doesn’t matter where you are; it could be the supermarket, a coffee shop line, or the office. or a bar.
Fielding the same questions about your beard over and over again, like an athlete speaking to the media, will become part of your daily routine.
“How do you grow such a beard? How long did it take for you to grow? With that beard, you must be feeling hot, right?”
Prepare your canned responses for these possible questions.
PEOPLE WILL ASK TO HAVE A TOUCH ON IT
While beards are becoming more common, long beards remain somewhat mythical. People will approach you and ask to touch your beard. We have no idea why; it’s a strange thing that people do.
This is especially true if you’re drinking at a bar. When there’s alcohol involved, expect a few fingers to find their way to your follicles without your permission. This may not be a big deal for some, but if you’re not a fan of uninvited beard-to-hand contact, be wary.
IT WILL DEFINE YOU
It doesn’t matter how you look – if you have a long beard, it will become your most distinguishing feature. It will overpower all of your other physical characteristics, and people will refer to you as ” that dude with the ridiculous beard,” or something along those lines.
Of course, you’re more than your beard, but the long beard will become your signature.
YOU WILL BE CALLED BY JAMES HARDEN
It is human nature to compare – we’re all guilty of it. People will start comparing your long beard to James Harden, one of the most well-known for long beards. These people will also believe they are extremely witty as if no one else has ever noticed that you and Billy Gibbons both have long beards.
Simply smile, thank you, and walk away.
YOU WILL BE EXPLODE
As your beard grows longer, the hairs will reach their maximum length. As a result, you will begin to shed hair to make room for new growth.
Long beard hairs can be found in the shower, sink, bed, and clothes, among other places. Finding hairs that long and knowing they came from your face will slightly disgust you.
YOU’LL SPEND MORE ON PRODUCTS
Is it possible to grow a long beard without using products? Yes, regardless of how well you care for your hair, it will grow. Is it going to be healthy and attractive? Probably not. Growing and maintaining a long beard requires a serious maintenance regimen.
As the hair grows longer, the ends will become more prone to breakage and damage. Excessive breakage will result in a scraggly beard and will prevent your hair from reaching its full potential length. Keeping the hair and skin beneath hydrated will necessitate greater use of Beard Oil, Utility Balm, Beard Wash, and Beard Softener.
We recommend three to five drops of Beard Oil for most beards. However, once you get into yeard and weird territory, you’ll want to be using 10+ drops per day. You don’t have to be a mathematician to realize that you’ll go through a bottle of oil much faster if your beard is shorter.
PEOPLE WILL INQUIRE ABOUT YOUR PARTNER AND WHAT THEY THINK
People will ask you if you have a romantic partner how they feel about your beard as if your partner couldn’t possibly approve of it. It’s fascinating the first few times it occurs. This question is frequently posed by men whose partners are adamantly opposed to them growing a beard of this length—or at all.
IT WILL BE BLOWN BY THE WIND
Feeling the wind in your beard, especially when it’s long enough to be moved by the wind, is one of the coolest aspects of having a long beard. It’s a sensation that only a small percentage of men will ever experience. Just be aware that it will also blow in your eyes and mouth—as well as other people’s.
IT WILL BE CAUGHT IN EVERYTHING
Seatbelts, car doors, zippers, backpacks, you name it, your beard will become entangled. Do you share a bed with your partner? Yes, it will become trapped beneath their body. It will hurt and become irritating.
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