What is the best way for a black man to grow a stylish beard? This is a common question that many Nigerian men ask, especially those who are new to the beard game.
The short and simple answer is. Stop shaving. That’s right. Tell the barber not to touch that hair on your face.
But not all things are as easy as they sound.
For the best results there are certain steps you need to take, plus the Nigeria factor means that your beard will need extra special care.
Before we get into the details lets take a quick look at a few of the benefits of growing a beard.
Benefits of growing a beard
Growing a beard has become a trend around the world. Just search for the term #beard on instagram and you will find thousands of posts of black men rocking an array of different styles.
Styles of beard include stubble, corporate, chin strap, chops, circle, van dyke, handlebar, cop, walrus ……… and so on and so on.
This grow a beard trend is very true in Nigeria, where it has become somewhat of a status symbol. You can find youths and middle aged men across the country from Abuja to Lagos to Kano, all wearing different beard styles.
Black men grow beards for a variety of reasons. Some see it as a sign of a man’s coming of age or masculinity. It shows power, intelligence and responsibility among other qualities.
Others want to grow a beard because of the jealousy factor and they want to be on the winning side.
Perhaps the most important reason for growing a beard is that women find it sexy for men to have one. Probably because it’s something they can’t get themselves.
There are a number of other reasons which we will cover in another article. For now let’s gets to the ‘how’ of growing a beard in Nigeria with a few tips below.
1. Stop shaving: let it grow
The first step you need to take is to stop shaving. I know many Nigerian men love to go to the barbers often: Some even 2-3 times a week! However, the barbers and growing a beard sometimes do not get along.
You don’t need to stop going to the barbers, but if you do, make sure you tell him (or her) not to touch your facial hair.
Many of you have become accustomed to your barber, so much so that barbers don’t even ask how you want your cut anymore. So it’s important to give your barber clear instructions. This is really important for the first couple of weeks growing your beard.
After those first few weeks, if you must, feel free to trim and shape but try not to impact the length at all. If you have a typical style of side burn or mustache you like you can have your barber line that up for you but hair length should not be reduced for a month at a minimum.
It should be highlighted that every black man’s beard is different. So, for instance, in the early days your mustache might grow faster than your sides or your chin. This is perfectly normal. Trust in the process and you will eventually get the results you want, after all Rome was not built in a day.
2. Dealing with the beard itch
Not all beards itch. Some do some don’t. Some itch straight away some later. And some itch for only a day and others for a few more. So it depends.
The itch can be very annoying especially if you pay it too much attention. However, the itch will reduce over time as the hair grows longer.
Beard oil is a solution for the itch. Just grab a little oil and massage it in. This will soften your hair follicles and soothe the skin underneath. Be sure to do this daily to keep the skin and hair healthy. This is especially important in the first weeks of growing.
The itching stage is often where a lot of black men end their journey to growing the perfect beard. Thankfully now you know the secret solution to the problem: beard oil.
3. Keep your beard healthy
Eating and sleeping right is something we should all be doing regardless. This is also true when it comes to having a weekly exercise routine.
You will be glad to hear that these 3 factors what you eat, how you sleep and exercising can have a positive impact on promoting thick beard growth. So if you are not doing these things, now is a great time to start.
Hair is made up of a protein called keratin. Healthy hair is coated in fats and oils. Therefore a healthy beard needs a balanced diet of healthy fats and proteins. Most of these foods are easily available in Nigeria.
We have foods such as:
These foods also contain essential vitamins that your hair follicles need like vitamins A, B, C and E.
Growth hormone output increases as you sleep so getting a good amount of sleep, 6-7 hours, should help with growing your beard.
Exercise raises the heart rate hence increases blood flow around the body: making sure that needed nutrients get where they need to be (including to your hair). Lifting weights also help with boosting testosterone. Testosterone is the reason why a black man can grow a beard!
4. Maintaining the beard
For your beard to look the part it needs to be maintained. You do this by regularly washing, conditioning, oiling and combing. Yes this costs money but it’s totally worth it in the end.
Luckily many of the grooming products you need to maintain a great beard are now readily available in Nigeria.
- Wash it: Use a beard wash to wash your beard 2 to 3 times a week. Beard wash maintains the natural oil serums in your beard which normal shampoo tends to strip out.
- Condition it: After washing you beard use a conditioner to moisturize. This can be the difference between fine-looking hydrated hair and damaged brittle hair.
- Hydrate it: Make sure to apply beard oil daily especially after a shower to keep your beard soft and moist.
5. Styling it
Now that you have successfully grown a beard of some sort, it is time to learn how to style it. A number of products can help you with that.
Beard balm works like beard oil to moisture, soften and condition hair follicles. Beard butter provides a light hold so that you can keep any frizzy hair tamed. A beard comb also helps to deal with any knots.
An excellent tip is to comb in a downward direction to train the beard hair to grow in that direction rather than in random directions.
It is important to note that beard oil does a great general job so make sure you have that in your cupboard and use these other products on top, if you want to go the extra mile.
6. Shaping it
Once you have a decent amount of hair on your face. It’s time to start thinking of shaping up.
The first thing you’ll want is a good quality barber. A good barber is a black mans best friend.
At a minimum have your beard trimmed once a month. And for those who love going to the barbers there no harm in going more often.
Start your beard growth journey today
That’s all there is to growing a stylish beard in Nigeria. Basically there are 3 easy steps to follow.
- Let it grow
- Look after it
- Look after yourself
Patience, proper care and using the appropriate products all help you in following these steps. The outcome of which will be a beard you love.
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