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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 December 10, 2019

5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

Here’s the truth: your effectiveness at life is not what it could be. You’re missing out.

Each day passes by and you have nothing to prove that it even happened. Did you achieve something? Go on a date? Have an emotional breakthrough? Who knows?

But what you do know is that you don’t want to make the same mistakes that you’ve made in the past.

Our lives are full of hidden gems of knowledge and insight, and the most recent events in our lives contain the most useful gems of all. Do you know why? It’s simple, those hidden lessons are the most up to date, meaning they have the largest impact on what we’re doing right now.

But the question is, how do you get those lessons? There’s a simple way to do it, and it doesn’t involve time machines:

Journal writing.

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Improved mental clarity, the ability to see our lives in the big picture, as well as serving as a piece of evidence cataloguing every success we’ve ever had; we are provided all of the above and more by doing some journal writing.

Journal writing is a useful and flexible tool to help shed light on achieving your goals.

Here’s 5 smart reasons why you should do journal writing:

1. Journals Help You Have a Better Connection with Your Values, Emotions, and Goals

By journaling about what you believe in, why you believe it, how you feel, and what your goals are, you understand your relationships with these things better. This is because you must sort through the mental clutter and provide details on why you do what you do and feel what you feel.

Consider this:

Perhaps you’ve spent the last year or so working at a job you don’t like. It would be easy to just suck it up and keep working with your head down, going on as if it’s supposed to be normal to not like your job. Nobody else is complaining, so why should you, right?

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But a little journal writing will set things straight for you. You don’t like your job. You feel like it’s robbing you of happiness and satisfaction, and you don’t see yourself better there in the future.

The other workers? Maybe they don’t know, maybe they don’t care. But you do, you know and care enough to do something about it. And you’re capable of fixing this problem because your journal writing allows you to finally be honest with yourself about it.

2. Journals Improve Mental Clarity and Help Improve Your Focus

If there’s one thing journal writing is good for, it’s clearing the mental clutter.

How does it work? Simply, whenever you have a problem and write about it in a journal, you transfer the problem from your head to the paper. This empties the mind, allowing allocation of precious resources to problem-solving rather than problem-storing.

Let’s say you’ve been juggling several tasks at work. You’ve got data entry, testing, e-mails, problems with the boss, and so on—enough to overwhelm you—but as you start journal writing, things become clearer and easier to understand: Data entry can actually wait till Thursday; Bill kindly offered earlier to do my testing; For e-mails, I can check them now; the boss is just upset because Becky called in sick, etc.

You become better able to focus and reason your tasks out, and this is an indispensable and useful skill to have.

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3. Journals Improve Insight and Understanding

As a positive consequence of improving your mental clarity, you become more open to insights you may have missed before. As you write your notes out, you’re essentially having a dialogue with yourself. This draws out insights that you would have missed otherwise; it’s almost as if two people are working together to better understand each other. This kind of insight is only available to the person who has taken the time to connect with and understand themselves in the form of writing.

Once you’ve gotten a few entries written down, new insights can be gleaned from reading over them. What themes do you see in your life? Do you keep switching goals halfway through? Are you constantly dating the same type of people who aren’t good for you? Have you slowly but surely pushed people out of your life for fear of being hurt?

All of these questions can be answered by simply self-reflecting, but you can only discover the answers if you’ve captured them in writing. These questions are going to be tough to answer without a journal of your actions and experiences.

4. Journals Track Your Overall Development

Life happens, and it can happen fast. Sometimes we don’t take the time to stop and look around at what’s happening to us at each moment. We don’t get to see the step-by-step progress that we’re making in our own lives. So what happens? One day it’s the future, and you have no idea how you’ve gotten there.

Journal writing allows you to see how you’ve changed over time, so you can see where you did things right, and you can see where you took a misstep and fell.

The great thing about journals is that you’ll know what that misstep was, and you can make sure it doesn’t happen again—all because you made sure to log it, allowing yourself to learn from your mistakes.

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5. Journals Facilitate Personal Growth

The best thing about journal writing is that no matter what you end up writing about, it’s hard to not grow from it. You can’t just look at a past entry in which you acted shamefully and say “that was dumb, anyway!” No, we say “I will never make a dumb choice like that again!”

It’s impossible not to grow when it comes to journal writing. That’s what makes journal writing such a powerful tool, whether it’s about achieving goals, becoming a better person, or just general personal-development. No matter what you use it for, you’ll eventually see yourself growing as a person.

Kickstart Journaling

How can journaling best be of use to you? To vent your emotions? To help achieve your goals? To help clear your mind? What do you think makes journaling such a useful life skill?

Know the answer? Then it’s about time you reap the benefits of journal writing and start putting pen to paper.

Here’s what you can do to start journaling:

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