With Movember already upon us, I'm sure most of our men will be participating in this month long movement. Movember or No-Shave November raises awareness for men's health, particularly prostrate and testicular cancer, by way of changing one's appearance or not trimming or shaving one's moustache and facial hair. We at The Brunette Diaries believe in the noble cause, and would be more than glad to answer any related questions, but if you want to know more about Movember click here: All You Need To Know About Movember
Now for the interesting part! If you too have decided to participate in Movember by not shaving off your beard and moustache, you're going to need a few helpful tips on how to manage the fuzzy face.
A typical hipster beard is a long, full beard, usually combined with a clean pompadour haircut (Photo credit: Gregor Hofbauer from gregorhofbauer.photography)
Thankfully a full-grown hipster beard is pretty much ‘in' these days; this means Movember has come right on time! So how do you exactly go about growing a beard? The short-cut method is to simply stop shaving. But there's more to it than meets the eye. Here's what you need to do if you want to go hipster for this cause.
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Test the waters:
In order to grow a hipster beard without looking like a murderer, you need to make sure you are able to grow a full beard. I suggest, stop shaving for a week. After the seventh non-shave day, examine your beard. Is it even or patchy? If you don't have a good, even stubble, then the hipster may not be a good option for you. However, if you've got a bushy tuft all over the face, congratulations! You may proceed with the next step.
A full, burly beard may take a while to grow, so you need to be patient. There will come a time when you'll look completely unkempt, but that's okay buddy; try to tame your beard with hairspray and hang in there.
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Groom it well:
A hipster beard is a long and full beard which does NOT go near your neck. So if you find that your beard is growing out on your neck as well, carefully shave your neck and let the hair on your cheeks and under the chin remain as it is. Go for a first trimming to a professional stylist and tell them exactly what you want. After that, you can trim it yourself whenever necessary. Invest in a good moisturizing shampoo and serum to take care of the itchy feeling. You'll take a while to get used to it and you won't notice it with time.
Hollywood heartthrobs like Brad Pitt and George Clooney have been seen sporting the hipster
Show some love:
You need to really care for your beard to make it soft and manageable. Shampoo and condition it properly. There are special products made for beards but a mild baby shampoo would also work just fine. You can also use a light, non-sticky oil at night to boost hair growth.
Growing a beard is a fun and inexpensive way to freshen up your look, but keep in mind that a beard is not for everyone. You may not have that kind of growth required to maintain a full beard, or you may find the maintenance part too trying. If you get fed up of it, you can always shave it off. But we hope you'll at least keep it until Movember ends!