It's been a while since we've seen Jeff, but he's back again to go over the basics of beard care. It's meant to build your foundation so you can grow and maintain the best beard possible. The first thing we want to talk about it growing your beard and the process of growing it. When you first start out, you basically just want to grow as much as you can and get the most length out of your beard as possible.
If you want to get a really long beard, just stop trimming it. Unfortunately, if you don't like how it looks in the middle you're out of luck. You have to grow through the awkward phase. You can trim every couple months for a clean up, but that's mostly to maintain. Just bear with it, and stop trimming. You can't put hair back, so the shortest point is always what you want to focus on. Getting a beard that you're super happy with can take anywhere from two months to six months.
Don't use any shampoo or conditioner in your beard that is made for your head hair. Your face and scalp are completely different skin types and hair types. There are far less chemicals in a Beard Wash and Softener, and they are specifically designed for your beard. If you don't have access to it, you can use a natural based soap. It treats the skin and hair much better since it is so gentle. Also, keep in mind you don't need to wash it every day. Just rinse it on the off days. Just find the schedule that works best for you.
Oils and treatment is honestly the best part of having a beard. It smells great and works wonders for your beard. A dime-sized amount will do you just fine. Warm it up in your hands, and work it through your beard and get it to your skin. Beard oil doesn't grow your hair faster. It helps your beard grow healthier.
A lot of people think that if they just grow a beard then it will look good automatically. Unfortunately, that's not always the case. You have to style it in a way that works for your face shape and proportions. A few things you might want to consider, beyond watching some more videos, is pay attention to your beard. You gotta comb it, or brush it, use a hair dryer in those problem areas. Using pictures of other bearded guys, who are similar to you and the way your beard looks, is a great way to see what you're capable of accomplishing.
The last thing is protection. A lot of people pull and stroke their beard and just mess with it. This can damage your beard in the long run. It can break hairs or even make them fall out. Your beard isn't indestructible. Don't compare your beard to others. You can use it as inspiration, but don't use it as an end all be all of beards. Focus on your own growth instead and make your beard your own.