Being a teenager is tough for everyone: you’re experiencing puberty, listening to terrible music, and constantly feeling out of place. Yet, one of the major aspects of becoming a teen, as a guy, is the first sign of facial hair. For most of us, it starts with hints of a mustache or rumors of thicker sideburns, but just because those things are obvious for some guys doesn’t mean that everyone is going to start growing facial hair at the same time.
It’s easy to fall into this trap, but, according to Beardbrand founder Eric Bandholz, what you don’t want to do is start comparing yourself to other guys at your school. You never know how old everyone is in your class or school, or what their genes are wired for. Instead, look at your family for inspiration and knowledge regarding your future beard growing abilities.
Remember, just because you might not be able to grow a beard as a teenager doesn’t mean you won’t be able to later in life. In the meantime though, grow out whatever you can. If you have a signs of a mustache, grow it out. Similarly if you have a hairy chin, let it fly. Every beardsman starts from the same place.
Not all of the hair on your face is going to become terminal hair, which is what thick beards are made up of, but be patient. The hair on your face is going to become thicker and fuller over time. No matter what kind of beard you grow it is going to be yours, which makes it great regardless.