How to Grow Your Beard Long Without It Looking Shaggy

by Christina Martinez

Facial hair comes in several forms: from the gentleman sporting a handlebar mustache to the guy with long sideburns and a goatee. Growing a full beard will take some time, but keep it maintained so it doesn't look unkempt. Beards, especially long ones, require several steps of care to keep them looking neat and not shaggy. Treat the beard like the hair on your head and care for it in the same manner that you would that hair.

Items you will need

  • Beard trimmer
  • Scissors
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Olive oil
  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Fine-tooth comb
Step 1

Grow the beard out for about one month without trimming it, according to Hudson's FTM Resource Guide on facial hair.

Step 2

Trim your hair accordingly after the four-week period. Continue trimming it about once a week, depending on the style you are seeking. This will help the beard keep its shape. Like the hair on your head, trimming the beard will keep it healthy looking while you are growing it out.

Step 3

Wash your beard as often as you wash your hair with a specific shampoo for facial hair. If you don't have shampoo for facial hair, use the same shampoo you use for your head on the beard. The beard will get dirty, and needs to be washed regularly.

Step 4

Run some conditioner through the beard if it's dry or coarse, or use a conditioning agent like olive oil. Massage the conditioning agent into the beard, aiming for the roots. Rinse the beard thoroughly.

Step 5

Comb through the beard with a wide-tooth comb to get rid of any tangles. Continue to comb out the beard with a fine-tooth comb, like you would the hair on your head. This will help you keep the beard clean and neat when it's dry.

Step 6

Comb through your beard after every meal to get rid of any crumbs that may be found nesting in the facial hair.

Warnings

  • Do not wash your beard with bar soap. This will dry out the the facial hair and the skin beneath.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Christina Martinez has been writing professionally since 2007. She's been published in the California State University at Fullerton newspaper, "The Daily Titan." Her writing has also appeared in "Orange County's Best" magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in communications and print journalism from California State University.