When I ask friends why they have done the horrible and abandoned their splendid beards, 9 times out of 10 they give me the same excuse – it was the itch.
Yes, for those who don’t know, the first few weeks of growing a manly beard come packaged with some itchiness that can be quite a bother, especially if you are not used to it. I’m here to tell you fellows that the itch is temporary, and that the greatest pleasures in the world await your chin if you only power through the itch.
Someday, if you have patience, your beard will be soft and downy. On that day, your woman will find comfort in your beard as she nuzzles up to you. When she has a hard day, your beard will be a beard to cry in, absorbing her precious tears.
When you become a manly father, your child will find endless fascination with your beard. He’ll grab it, pull it, yank on it, play with it. Power through the pain like you powered through the itch. The boy is just showing his appreciation of your beard.
When you join the workforce, all of your coworkers will stand in awe of your beard. Walking into work with a beard instantly gives you command and dignity. Coworkers will flock to you for advice and counsel. You’ll receive promotion after promotion for your wisdom and hard work. In short, my bearded friends, if you power through the itch, the world will respect you.
GROW A BEARD.
During those first few weeks, it may be rough dealing with the itch. Here’s a 6-step plan on how to manage. Many of these steps are important after your beard itch is gone, too.
Beards itch for two reasons. First, when you first start growing a beard after having shaved all your life, your beard hairs are sliced off, leaving a sharp edge on the hair. If you shaved really close to the skin, then the beard hair can sometimes get sucked back into the follicle. This means that as it grows, it scrapes the edges of the follicle as it comes back out, causing itch.
Second, if you have a full-grown and manly beard, but it itches, this is due to a combination of dry skin and a wiry, scraggly beard. If your beard is not moisturized or conditioned, it will get dry, brittle, and coarse. During the course of a day, it will rub against your cheeks and chin, causing irritation and itch. The cure is to go through the steps I outlined above to soften beard hairs and soothe your face irritation.
ENJOY YOUR BEARD.
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