Are you growing a beard for the first time? Most of us have no idea what the hell we need to do to properly aid the initial beard growth stage and maintain it afterward.
There are three hair growth cycles.
Anagen is the phase of growth when the root of the hair is dividing rapidly and the hair grows approximately 1cm every 28 days and it’s active for two to seven years until the hair enters the next phase
Catagen lasts for up to three weeks right after the anagen and this is the time that the hair becomes a club. The blood supply stops and the hair is cut off from the cells that produce new hair. And this is when the hair enters the last hair growth phase.
Telogen is when the hair follicle finally rests. And this means that hair dies and starts falling off. (source)
In this article, we are breaking down the entire beard growth process by weeks, for those that want some additional info.
Week 1: You made the decision to grow.
During this growth phase, you won’t be needing to worry about investing in products. While they will provide great moisturizing benefits to your skin, they will be overkill while your sebaceous glands can keep up with new growth.
There isn't much to do now so just sit tight and wait for those hairs on your face to sprout. We recommend leaving the liners, razor blade, or whichever tool you use stored away for a few weeks.
Weeks 2-3: The itchy phase. Stubble will start to come in and this is a popular stage with some folks because you will either start to fill in nicely, or you will have the awkward growth. There might be a gap between where your mustache ends and the growth on your cheeks begin and you aren’t really feeling the patches on your face. This is also a great time to start using some Black Beard Brigade beard oil, balm, and/or butter.
Weeks 4-8: Welcome to the bum stage. You have made it through a month of beard growth. Resist the urge to shave and fight through it. The patches will begin to fill in for most folks. If you haven’t started feeling the itchiness, then it is most likely kicking in by now.
During these weeks you have crossed over the mark of which sebum oil production just simply isn’t enough for your beard. Your skin naturally produces sebum oil which is produced naturally by the sebaceous glands. This oil coats the beard follicles as they grow longer. The rate of oil production does not increase because the glands do not increase as your beard grows. Once your beard hits a certain length, the sebum oil being produced naturally is not enough. Beard oil acts as the supplement you need to provide the proper nourishment and helps reduce split ends. It depends on how fast your facial hair grows.
Months 2-3: Seek professional help, unless you know what you’re doing. The patches should be filling in nicely and now is the time to get that trim. Some people have a tendency to pick at various parts of their beard and this is a bad thing. This can create new patches that may not grow back.
Months 4-5: You will now know which beard shape you like best. Beard growth appears to slow down. It is possible that you have never seen your facial hair at a long length before, you might see things that you’re either going to love or hate. You should also wash it less often. Instead of washing it every day just like you were doing with your beard stubble, it might be a good idea to skip a day every once in a while. Use a wash that is formulated for your hair and face. Black Beard Brigade carries a face and beard wash that is good for use once maybe twice a week.
Months 6-8: You have a pretty full beard. Depending on the beard style you decide to rock, trimming your beard every one or two weeks is necessary, especially if you want to keep it clean and well defined. If you haven’t found one yet, then you should invest in a good sandalwood beard comb and keep styling.
Months 9-12: A year is complete. You will either keep it growing longer or find the length that works best for you and stay fresh.