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How to Grow a Beard

How to Grow a Beard

A lot of people think that growing a beard is easy. After all, the hair just grows naturally anyway, right? Well, if you have ever actually tried to grow a beard, you would know all too well that it is not always the easiest thing to do. Sure, you could just let the beard hair grow in willy nilly, but it isn’t going to look good. You actually have to take the time to work on your beard and make sure that it is well-shaped, clean, and looks great. Here are some tips that will help you to have a great-looking beard in just a few short months.

1. Forget the itching.

For the first few weeks, you are going to experience a lot of itching while your beard is coming in. This is the time when many men give up and shave, because they just can’t handle the itchiness. Ignore it, and it will be worth it in the long run. The itchiness will go away after a few weeks, and you will hardly notice it after that.

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2. Just let it grow.

It is going to take a few months to get your beard looking just the way you want it. Whether you plan to keep it short or grow it longer, you will need to make sure that it is shaped for your face. This involves trimming, but don’t start trimming until your beard is a bit longer than you actually want it to be. Then you can start trimming and shaping.

3. Do maintenance.

In addition to trimming, you should also be combing or brushing your beard regularly. “This is going to help train the hairs to grow in the same direction so your beard isn’t sloppy or scruffy looking. It is also important to brush or comb against the grain so the hairs stand out,” suggests an expert from Prestige Barbershop. Do this just before trimming to make the job a lot easier. Brushing should be done daily, and brushing and trimming done every couple of weeks.

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4. Use the right shampoo.

It is as important to wash your beard as it is to wash your hair, and you need to use the right shampoo. Don’t use the same bar of soap that you would use to wash your body. This is going to dry out the beard hairs, as well as your facial skin. Use shampoo that is mild and contains moisturizers.

5. Use the right conditioner

You also need to use a good conditioner on your beard. It is recommended that you use a conditioner that is thick, which will help keep the beard hairs from becoming overly wiry. Just like with your hair, let the conditioner sit for a couple of minutes before rinsing it out.

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6. Use the right beard tools.

There are certain tools you will need to have in order to have a great looking beard. One of them is a good trimmer for the edge of your beard. You will also need to have scissors and a good comb for shaping your beard. You won’t cut as much off by mistake with scissors as you can with a decent pair of trimmers.

7. Eat the right foods.

Your diet plays a huge role in your overall health, as well as the health of your beard. If you are not getting the right nutrients in your diet, the beard hair is going to look dull and be unmanageable. Make sure that you are getting plenty of biotin, which is a B complex vitamin that helps to strengthen the hair. If necessary, start taking a vitamin supplement.

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Last Updated on June 13, 2019

How to Quit Your Boring Life and Start Living an Interesting One

How to Quit Your Boring Life and Start Living an Interesting One

Think you have a boring life?

The definition of boring is dull or not interesting. Maybe you’ve been doing the same thing and living the same life for too long, or maybe your daily routine is limiting your growth and happiness. Whatever your reason is, the following list of 20 things can definitely make any day more interesting. Some of them are silly, while some are more meaningful, so hopefully just reading the list makes your life less boring and sparks your creativity.

Let’s dive in the list to quit your boring life and start living an interesting (and meaning) one!

1. Channel Your 7-Year-Old Self

What would he or she want to do right now? Color? Paint? Run around outside? Play dress up? Eat with your hands? Play that instrument hiding in the back of your closet that you haven’t touched in years?

Just because you’re a grown up doesn’t mean any of this stuff will be less enjoyable than you remember it. Give yourself permission to play.

2. Go Play with Kids

Speaking of little kids, if you have your own or access to any (in a non-creepy way, like they’re your niece or your best friend’s kid, you get the idea) go play with them!

They didn’t create an entire show called Kids Say The Darndest Things because kids aren’t hilarious. They also keep things so simple, and we can really stand to be reminded of this and stop allowing ourselves to get bogged down in boring details.

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3. Order a Hot Dog

While you’re eating it, Google: “What’s in a hot dog?” You decide whether or not you want to finish it.

4. For the Ladies: Wear Your Sexiest Lingerie Under Your Work Clothes

Your “little secret” will leave you feeling anything but boring all day!

5. Play Cell Phone Roulette

You’ll need at least one buddy for this. Scroll through the contacts in your phone, stop on a random one and call the person.

You could spark an incredible catch up session or be incredibly awkward. Neither are boring.

6. Fill out a Pack of Thank-You Cards

Give them to random people who probably don’t get thanked too often for doing what they do ever day.

Ideas: police officers, librarians, servers, baristas, cab drivers, sanitation workers, teachers, people behind any check out counter, receptionists, your friends, the guy at the falafel stand, etc.

7. Sign up for a Class in Something You’ve “Always Wanted to Do”, or Something That Makes You Really Uncomfortable

Ideas: pole dancing, salsa lessons, improv, pottery, cooking, knitting (yup, there are classes for this, too!), karate, boxing, something techy like the workshops they run in Apple stores, get Rosetta Stone and learn that language you’ve always wanted to speak, etc.

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What’s good about joining an interest class is that you will also meet new people!

8. Interview Your Grandparents About Their Lives

You can bet they’ve had some crazy experiences you probably never knew about.

9. Get up on Stage at an Open Mic Night

Whether you’re funny or not, get up on stage and just talk funny. And if you’re not, memorize a few of your favorite jokes and tell those!

10. Do Something for Someone Else That You Wish Someone Would Do for You

We all have a few ideas on this list. I promise you will feel amazing after and anything but bored.

11. Start a DIY Project in Your Home

It doesn’t have to be super complicated. If you need ideas, there’re plenty on Pinterest. Or you can also check out these 30 Awesome DIY Projects that You’ve Never Heard of.

12. Plan a Weekend Trip or an All-Out Vacation

This will give you something to look forward to.

Even if you don’t have the time or money to go on a vacation, plan for a staycation, which is same fun and relaxing!

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13. People Watch

Find a bench in a crowded area (centers of transportation like airports, bus stops and train stations are great for this!) and just observe.

People are infinitely interesting.

14. Eat Something You’ve Never Eaten Before

Bonus points if it’s a random fruit or veggie.

15. Dance

You can get your friends together for a night on the town or just pull up a video on YouTube and bust a move from your own living room.

If you’re feeling extra brave, you can even dance in public and get other people involved.

16. Go to YOUTUBE and Search “Funny Pets” or “Funny Babies”

This is also a great quickie ab workout as you will be laughing hysterically.

17. Pick up a Book and Start Reading

Check out the NY Times Best Sellers lists and grab a new book you can get lost in.

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18. Step Away from the Computer and Go Get Some Time with People You Care About in Real Life

Facebook stalking doesn’t count as real social interaction. You can even share this post with your friends and vote on which one you’d like to do together!

19. Check out a Museum You’ve Never Been to Before

OK, depending on your interests, this one might actually be boring. If you love learning, art or different cultures though, this one is for you!

20. Write a List of Things You Desire and Truly Want

This is a great way to help you figure out the real reason why you’re feeling bored about your life. Maybe you haven’t really done things that you truly enjoy? Maybe what you’ve wanted to do all the time has been left behind?

Think about the list of things you really want to do, and ask yourself why you aren’t doing these things (yet). Then start taking your first step to make what you want happen.

Now go make your life interesting and live your dream life!

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