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THE BEST WAY TO WASH YOUR BEARD Life is good. Your beard is growing in great, and your boss is being unusually cool. As you stroll through the office in route to recharge your coffee; it hits you…a combination of stale beer, that steak you ate on Saturday, and a splash of old perfume. What.The.Hell. It’s Tuesday, but your beard smells like the weekend. As a well-groomed gentleman, this is clearly not okay. We receive a lot of questions about beard care and maintenance. One of the most popular questions relates to cleaning the beard. What is the best beard shampoo? Is there a great natural beard wash? How do I properly wash my beard?
Washing your beard is easy, but if not done properly, it will dry your beard out and make it more abrasive. Wash your face every day, but not your beard. As men, we have naturally oily skin. To keep things clear and healthy, you should wash your face twice a day. Once in the morning and once before bed. Your beard is a different story. …


before and after the beard

We’ve written about beard growth rates before, and you may remember that, on average, your beard grows half an inch per month. It's an average because your beard – and all of your other hair – has a defined, four-phase growth cycle, and during several of these phases, your beard isn’t actually growing. The hair follicles are dormant.
Okay, we may have exaggerated a little...your entire beard isn’t growing or dormant at the same time. The majority of your hair follicles are on a similar timeline, but not all. Some will be growing while others take time off. So let’s get to it: Here are the secrets of your growing beard.


1. Anagen – The growth phase
During this stage, the hair forms and grows. The duration of anagen varies by hair type. For the hair on the top of your head, this growth phase can last for years. For your beard, this can range from two to four months...or longer depending on genetics.

2. Catagen – The regressive phase
Once anagen is complete, your hair enters catagen. During this stage, the compartments of the follicle used for growth begin to shrink. The hair follicle shortens by up to 70 percent. This regressive phase allows the follicle to be ready to evolve and grow again once the proper stimulus is applied. This phase can last several weeks.

3. Telogen – The resting phase
Vacation time. After months (if not years) in action, the follicles take a break. This resting phase can last several months.

4. Exogen – The shedding phase
This fourth stage was only recently recognized in humans. While anagen, catagen and telogen hairs are anchored to the follicles, exogen hairs are only passively retained… meaning they can easily fall out.
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Hair growth is coordinated by hormones. These hormones instruct the hair follicles on what changes to make during the next growth cycle. Androgens – primarily testosterone – are one of the prime regulators of human hair growth.  

As adolescents, our bodies are primarily covered by vellus hairs. These hairs are tiny and virtually colourless. Think “peach fuzz.” Once we hit puberty, hormones signal the hair follicles to evolve. Instead of producing vellus hairs, these follicles now begin producing terminal hairs, often thicker, darker body hair. This transition doesn’t happen in a single day, week, or even year.

In your twenties and still don’t have the beard you want? Don’t worry about it, there is still time. Patchy beard? That too can change. The only way to know your true beard potential is to let it grow and watch what happens as your hair follicles evolve. Your beard weight continues to rise until your mid-thirties. That’s right, you studs in your twenties still have your best beard years ahead of you.


It’s kinda like your height: If you aren’t genetically predisposed to have a big, thick beard, no amount of “beard growth” supplements will magically cause your body to create new hair follicles. There are, however, ingredients that cause increased circulation to your existing hair follicles, which encourages healthier growth. 


Now some of you might be wondering: Since there is a defined growth cycle if there is an ideal time to grow your beard or a time when your beard grows faster? Short answer: yes, but it’s probably not when you’d expect. Our next blog post will dive into this very topic. Subscribe to our email list below and be the first to know when it drops.

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