How To Grow A Yeard Beard
The yeard is a beard that’s been grown for a full year. This beard style isn’t for just anyone. It takes courage and commitment to let your beard just do its natural thing for 12 months straight. Growing a yeard will change you and not just in the sense that you’ll have a flowing, strokable beard by the end of it. The process of letting your facial hair grow for that long will challenge you. It will push you out of your comfort zone. We believe it's good to get out of your comfort zone and experience different beard styles.
While growing a yeard you’ll endure awkward stages and awkward stares from strangers and passer byes. Your confidence will be tested, and your ego will take some hits along the way. You will repulse some people, and some people will stop seeing you as a human with a personality and only as a walking, talking beard. This is going to be strange and hard to take at times so you must hang in there. But when it’s all said and done, you’ll be in a one of a kind club of bearded yeard legends!
So at Viking Beard Brand, we’re here to help you out every step of the way. So we want you to bookmark this blog because this is your definitive guide on how to grow and take care of a yeard beard.
GROWING A YEARD & SOME THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND
Growing a yeard isn’t a small decision you want to make before thinking it through fully. Not if you actually want to see growing a yeard all the way through. So before you put down the razor for the year, there are a few small things to consider.
1. Are you fully prepared to commit to the yeard?
Beard hair grows at aprox half an inch per month, so you’ll be looking at a solid 6 inches of growth by the time you reach the end of the year. That may not sound like a whole lot, but that’s a hefty amount of facial hair, and you should be fully ready for what comes with having a beard of that stature.
2. Choose the type of yeard you want to grow
Once you’ve made the decision that you’re up for the challenge, you’ll want to choose what type of yeard you want to grow. Are you going to go with a fully natural yeard or allow for some mild trimming during the process?
Now if you really want to be a purist....a yeard would be grown without any trimming at all. You would just let it go natural for the entire year. We think that’s a little much. Also it doesn’t fully help with some of the stigmas that are out there regarding beards. That said if you want to go the all natural route, more power to you! It’s your beard and your face.
We are proponents of making a few tiny adjustments along the route. These trimmings aren't meant to shorten your beard; rather, they're meant to help you shape it so you can look and feel better about yourself. And having more confidence ultimately gives you the motivation to keep growing your yeard.
Of course, if you decide to go the all-natural route, you can always change your mind along the way.
Once you’ve decided on the type of yeard you want to grow, it’s time to get growing.
GROWING A YEARD: MONTHLY JOURNEY
THE YEARD - MONTH ONE
There isn’t much you need to do during the first month of growing a yeard other than kicking back and letting your beard grow.
That said, there are a few things you’ll want to do right from the jump to help set you up for success.
This not only lessens uncomfortable ingrown hairs but also promotes healthy beard growth. An applicator or even a boar's hair Beard Brush are options. A couple times a week should be adequate; any more frequently and you run the risk of drying out your skin.
Washing your face with a mild cleanser twice a day will help keep the skin on your face healthy, which will benefit your beard.
Try utilizing the oil cleansing technique at night if your face wash or soap is drying your skin. Use Viking Beard Brand Beard Oil to accomplish this. The like-dissolves-like principle is, in theory, applied when washing your skin with oil. In other words, the oil aids in removing extra oil and debris from your pores so that they may be rinsed away when you use water.
Start with a quarter-sized amount of beard oil and gently massage your face for 1 to 2 minutes to do a basic oil cleanse. Any remaining oil on your face can be removed using a moist cloth.
You should begin applying a conditioning cream as your beard hair grows to soften the hair. You really can't go wrong with either the Viking Beard Brand Beard Oil or the Viking Beard Brand Beard Balm, which is what we recommend. Both can reduce irritating beard itch and help keep your skin hydrated throughout the day.
Dealing with beard itch
Everybody has to put up with an itchy beard for the first few weeks of development. It won't last forever, so don't worry. As the facial hair grows, it starts to curl back toward your skin, which is what is happening. You want to soften the hair as much as you can because the harsh tips of your freshly grown hair irritate and itch. Generally speaking, after the first month of growth, beard itch goes gone.
TRIMMING YOUR NECKLINE FOR MAXIMUM YEARD
Once you get towards the end of your second week of your yeard, you’ll want to clean up your neckline to keep yourself a little more presentable.
HOW TO TRIM YOUR NECKLINE
As you grow your yeard, the bulk of your beard will originate on your neck and under your chin. That’s where most of your beard length and shape will sprout. So when trimming your neckline, you want to ensure you don’t go too far up. You want to set a neckline at the point where your head and neck meet—typically right around the Adam’s apple. This gives off a clean look and better frames your face.
Here’s how to do it:
Grab a razor or an electric beard trimmer. Together with your middle and index fingers should be placed on your neck with the middle finger resting on top of your Adam's apple. Your head and neck are joined at the place where your index finger rests. You will be speaking on this line. Trim the hairs on the bottom line above the Adam's apple with your electric razor. Take after the contours of your jaw. Trim the sideburns straight down from the back until you reach the bottom line for the outer margins. All hair below the freshly formed line should be trimmed or shaved.
THE YEARD - MONTH TWO
Your facial hair will begin to resemble a real beard in the second month of your year. Throughout this month, you'll continue to trim your neckline and cheek lines, but you shouldn't touch any other areas of your beard just yet.
The second month of the year is when you're really going to want to incorporate beard products into your routine, if you haven't previously.
The necessary items listed below will make your yeard adventure much simpler.
1. Beard Oil
Probably, you've heard of beard oil or even used it before. Every man with a beard should have some in his collection because it is a classic. Because it may be used on your skin, hair, and beard, beard oil is fantastic.
The sebum your skin produces is what feeds your beard, yet taking a shower might wash away those vital oils. Your beard will grow dry if your skin is dry, and dry hair is more prone to breakage and difficult to manage.
Viking Beard Brand Beard Oil helps hydrate and replenish your skin and hair so that your beard remains healthy, smooth, and manageable. Since it is a liquid, it is the most natural way to inhale any aroma and is also the lightest.
You don’t have to wait for your beard to get long. A few drops a day in the early stages of growth can do wonders for preventing beard itch.
2. Beard Balm
Designed to stay on the surface of the hair and skin longer, Viking Beard Brand Beard Balm is absorbed slowly, giving you the effect of a leave-in conditioner. It's not a styling product, so don't expect hold, but it is slightly heavier than our sandalwood beard oil, giving you more control of those stray hairs in your beard.
Our beard balm is designed for the beardsman who needs a grooming product that can do it all. It features all the benefits of our legendary Sandalwood Beard Oil but in a balm form that gives a little more control to those pain in the butt flyaways, works magic on dry skin and prevents beard flakes and dry skin.
3. Beard Wash & Softener
The number one complaint about beards is that they’re dirty. However, beards don’t have to be dirty if you wash and condition them on a regular basis. But there’s a catch. Most skin soaps and hair shampoos are formulated with heavy surfactants that strip away too much oil from your face. That’s bad news for beards, as it can leave you with a dry, itchy beard that is more susceptible to damage.
Instead, keep a couple of things in mind when cleaning your beard:
- Choose gentle cleansers that don’t dry out your beard and face.
- Don’t wash your beard every day. Instead, we recommend co-washing (see below).
We recommend a method known as co-washing (conditioner washing). This is where you wash your beard daily with a beard conditioner. It will also help make your beard soft to the touch.
Then, two or three times a week, do a deeper cleanse with proper Beard Wash. And remember, whenever you use Beard Wash, follow up with the Beard Softener or add in a little beard oil.
4. Boar Hair Beard Brush
What distinguishes a boar's hair beard brush from a synthetic one? For any man with a beard, boar's hair is a crucial grooming item because it mimics human hair. Each bristle has a scaly surface that attracts dirt and extra product from the hair as you use it. The hair is kept clean, healthy, lustrous, and protected by the stiff bristles, which help promote the skin's production of sebum and distribute it along the hair shafts.
THE YEARD - MONTH THREE
The third month of the yeard isn't all that remarkable. The majority of your beard will grow on your cheeks, giving the appearance of a bigger beard. Continue with your grooming regimen while feeling free to make changes in response to how your beard feels and appears.
THE YEARD - MONTH FOUR TO SIX
Things really start to take off in the fourth month of your year. You'll be working with a beard that is about two inches long when you reach 120 days. It takes longer than it seems to. You should also take into mind the following adjustments to your grooming routine as you draw closer to the halfway point.
1. Add a Beard Comb to your tool kit
If you haven't already, you should include an excellent beard comb in your growing arsenal of beard care products. The Beard Comb is essential for preventing tangles and beard knots as your facial hair grows longer.
2. Stop trimming the neckline
Around month five, it reaches a time where maintaining your neckline trimming becomes ineffective. As your beard develops, your neck will become unnoticeable, thus maintaining a clean line is no longer necessary. How then can you determine when to stop shaving your neckline? It's okay to stop once you start moving your beard out of the way to do it.
3. Look for a great beard barber in town
Skip this step if you are cultivating the all-natural yeard. If not, have a beard barber give your beard a quick trim. Although you don't want to shorten the bottom, you can tame the cheeks, especially since these hairs will soon start to attain their final length. Tell the barber that you are growing a yeard and don't want any length removed.
THE YEARD - MONTHS SEVEN TO YEAR END
When you reach month seven, you are nearing the finish line. You've made it through the most difficult months, and your beard now has a hefty appearance. However, things might not be perfect at this point in the game, and your yeard might have to deal with a lot of difficulties in the months to come. In the last six months, troubleshooting has been the focus. Since no two yeards are alike, the key is to find solutions that suit your needs.
Approaching The End Stage Yeard
End stage yeard is when your beard hair stops growing. According to studies, the typical beard will reach a length of three feet if left untrimmed. It is unlikely that it will grow any further than that because a beard's growth stage only lasts for a certain amount of time. Typically, a beard never extends beyond its length at six years of complete growth.
Your age and, to some extent, the length of your end stage beard are determined by your genetics. You might not complete the entire year's 12 months before your hair reaches its final length. Does that imply that you failed? Without a doubt. We can only grow what our genetics enable us to, after all.
THE YEARD - MONTH TWELVE & AFTERWARDS
Great job! There is no sensation like reaching your year's journey's 1-year milestone. It's a remarkable achievement.
However, you might be wondering what to do next.
You can always try for the tweard, a beard that has been grown for two complete consecutive years, if you haven't reached end stage length yet. Alternately, you can cut your beard to the length you think suits you the best. In either case, you have the freedom to treat your beard whatever you want. In the end, the best course of action is the one that makes you feel more assured.
Are you growing a yeard and need help? Or just have questions about your beard? You can email us for your yeard support at: email@example.com