We’ve all developed our own sets of grooming practices or beliefs over the years; some based on fact and experience...and some that are based on common misconceptions and bearded folklore. In this article, we're going take a look the 4 Most Common Myths About Beards...
Myth 1: SHAVING MAKES YOUR BEARD GROW BACK THICKER AND FASTER.
This old wives tale goes: if your whiskers are growing thin or patchy in certain areas, somehow shaving them off is supposed to encourage them to grow back thicker and faster. This advice has usually been passed down, father to son….a little "tip" from dad to help his adolescent man progress past the awkward stages of teenage facial hair growth.
While this may not be true, If you’re familiar with the structure of a newly grown hair, it’s easy to see why this tall tale has survived the ages. You see, when new hair begins to grow, it’s tapered at the end; slightly thinner than the rest of the growing hair shaft. Shaving doesn’t make the hair any thicker, it just removes the tapered end of the hair, exposing thicker shaft. The actual thickness of the hair is determined by...you guessed it, Genetics, not shaving.
Myth 2: AS LONG AS YOU DON'T TRIM, YOUR BEARD WILL CONTINUE TO GROW!
Sounds like a reasonable assumption, doesn’t it? If only that were the case...You see, the Number 1 determining factor of beard length is genetics(it’s in the genes). That’s right! You’re max beard length was actually determined well before you were even born. Genetics determines beard density, texture, and rate of growth.
Genetics also determines your terminal beard length. What’s “terminal length?” Terminal Length in the length in which your hairs begin to split and break naturally, as well as the length that the rate of growth tends to slow down. Ever notice that some gents sport beards that touch the belt buckle, while other can’t seem to grow anything longer than their shirt pocket. That's Terminal Length….and as I just mentioned, it’s already predetermined for you. That’s not to say there aren’t products that can help increase terminal length slightly. Good Beard Oil and Balm can help minimize breaks, but ultimately, there’s only so much you can do.
Myth 3: BEARDED MEN GET ALL OF THE LADIES..
While it’s common to hear this myth spread throughout the bearded community, the truth is, some women dig facial hair, and some women can’t stand it. Simply growing a beard doesn’t automatically make you more attractive to the opposite sex. In fact there are several studies that indicate the attractiveness of facial hair is inversely affected by the number of bearded men in a particular population. In other words, the more bearded men there are, the less attractive bearded men become to opposite sex. Go figure.
Ultimately, it’s your attitude that determines your attractiveness. If you happen to be an asshole, facial hair isn’t going to change that….The Beard Doesn’t Make the Man. The Man Makes the Beard, or so I like to say.
Myth 4: GROWING OUT YOUR BEARD IS GOING TO SAVE YOU A TON OF TIME IN THE MORNING.
Whoever started this laughable myth clearly never had facial hair. I have literally never hear a bearded man utter those words!
Sure, initially, you’ll save a bit of time. When you finally decide to put down the razor, it’s going to take a few days for the whiskers to grow to any reasonable length. After this honeymoon period is when beard itch tends to set in. It’s also the point in time when you’ll need to start combing, brushing, applying beard oil and balm, etc. The longer the hair gets, the more care it’s going to need to stay in top form.
Washing and conditioning your stubble takes time. Styling your beard takes time. Waxing the stache takes even more time. If you were planning on cutting a few minutes from your morning ritual, sorry to say, but you’re mistaken my friend. Maintaining beard takes work...but it is, without a doubt, is a labor love...and totally worth it in my humble opinion.
Well, I guess that’s about it for now. Hope I cleared a few things up for. As always, feel free to leave any comments you have below. If you found this article entertaining or informative, please be sure pass it along.
Until next time...Stay Bohemian!