What To Do After The Barber (Or You) Botched Your Beard
We have all been there before, you go to a barber that you aren’t familiar with, whether it’s on your lunch break from work or simply one that you pass on the street.
You take the first barber available and tell them how you want your beard to be styled.
Personally, I go for a bit more of a tapered look, with lighter sides and a bit more length at the bottom.
In my head the style will look great…
As I take off my glasses and lean back and eyes closed…
I suddenly notice that the barber just took a hack with the shears right under my nose!
What the heck is he doing, I didn’t say anything about the mustache, yet he just thinned out my mustache completely.
Should I say something?
Or is it just too late and there is nothing that I can do, or should I just let the barber do his thing, after all he is a professional…
But then as the appointment goes on, I start to notice a few other little things that seem to be off, particularly on the edge work around my beard.
Once he is completely done, I open my eyes, lean forward, and put on my glasses as I look in the mirror I am completely pissed off. This so called professional completely wrecked my beard.
It doesn’t even look remotely close to what I was hoping for.
So, what should be done about this?
Of course I will say tell him that I am not happy about the results, but unfortunately the whiskers are gone and there is not much that I can really do.
Well, if all this sounds sadly familiar to you, I wanted to quell the fears and outline some stuff that you can do to get your beard game back on point.
Should You Shave It Completely Off?
Of course, one option that exists for every man will be to completely shave off your beard.
This is the nuclear option should things really go south.
I will be honest, when I was looking at my beard in the mirror, this was the second thought that went through my head.
Besides, according to our recent survey, we did find that women actually prefer men with just a bit of stubble as opposed to a full beard.
But if you aren’t ready to part with your prized facial fuzz quite yet, you can of course try and wait it out.
To give you a baseline, you can expect your beard to grow at about 1cm (.39”) per month, or about 4.75” per year.
Depending on the severity of the hack job that the barber performed, as tough as it may be, it may be better to just simply wait it out.
But don’t worry there are some things you can do to speed up the growth, and make it look fuller nearly instantaneously.
Check this out:
Be Sure To Brush As It Will Give A Fuller Look
When it comes to using either a brush or comb on your beard, they both have their unique advantages and disadvantages.
Beard combs are all about style and will help to move your whiskers into the preferred direction of your choice.
Therefore, if the barber completely botched an area of your beard, a comb should serve you well in making sure that the whiskers are moved over to hide any errors.
If you are looking for a recommendation on a particular beard comb, especially if you don’t have one in your repertoire already, then we invite you to check out our in-depth analysis on the best beard combs on the market.
Most men reading this article though will probably be grappling with a beard that is just simply too thin or light looking.
A boar’s hair bristle beard brush can be the perfect remedy to get you back on track to a full(er) looking beard.
Beard brushes are terrific in that they don’t necessarily concentrate on the style of your beard, but rather their purposefully offset bristles will get to your whiskers at any level and move them in a way that will give you a much bushier look as opposed to a comb.
When you couple a beard brush with a beard balm, the results should be drastic (in a good way this time) as the butter and wax in beard balms will help to hydrate your beard and allow you to have some light styling abilities through the use of the natural beeswax that is included.
This light coat of beeswax on your beard will help to retain that full bushy look throughout the course of the entire day.
For recommendations on a quality beard brush, be sure to check out review roundup.
Performance Enhancers – Is It A Route Worth Going Down?
You thought the constant bickering between Republicans and Democrats is bad?
Well when it comes to performance enhancer (vitamins or growth products), the beard community appears quite divided on whether to use these products.
Beyond minoxidil, which is FDA approved to regrow hair, the other options that exists are beard vitamins.
Virtually a market with no competitors only a few short years ago, there are now so many manufacturers jumping on the beard vitamin bandwagon it can be quite dizzying.
But to help you out along the way, you can check out our review of the best beard growth products out there.
You will notice that many of them rely on Biotin – a Vitamin B7 to accelerate beard growth.
Biotin was recently found in a study published on the National Institute of Health (NIH) website to be effective at re-growing hair in a double-blind, placebo controlled study.
However, it’s important to note that Biotin is naturally found in many of the foods we eat, so the inclusion as a supplement in your regular diet (more on this in a minute) may or may not yield any results.
So, if you are really looking to erase the mistakes of your barber and are looking for all around beard growth, a regimen of beard vitamins might be just what the doctor ordered to get you back on track to a full and healthy looking beard.
Load Up On Proteins And Get Plenty Of Rest
As we just eluded to above, many protein heavy foods are packed full of Vitamin B7, the natural vitamin that will help to strengthen and grow your hair follicles.
If you aren’t a fan of ingesting vitamins, then we would recommend doubling down on your proteins for several meals a day.
This means you will want to eat the following foods:
- Lean Beef
- Pork Chops
- Soy Milk
- Seeds & Nuts
Beyond the Biotin packed diet, it’s important to ensure that you get plenty of rest.
This means you will want to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night. Adequate sleep will ensure that your body will get well rested and allow the above foods and/or vitamins to do their job.
Also 8 hours of sleep will help to reduce your stress levels that would otherwise inhibit beard growth.
Is Your New Years Resolution Still Holding Strong?
Beyond all the heart healthy benefits of exercising, getting your heart rate up and blood flowing can also be great for your beard too!
Increased blood flow should help to grow your body hair (facial hair and other areas) – so be sure to hit the weights and cardio machines hard.
Secondly, when you work out regularly, your testosterone levels will rise, which gives way to spur on growth for your androgenic hairs (body hair).
Explore Your Options And Pick One
As you can see above, fortunately not all is lost if the barber completely botched your beard.
The other options that we outlined, while should prove effective, just simply won’t be nearly as immediate.
However, as the saying by Benjamin Franklin goes “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” couldn’t ring truer here.
Be sure to read reviews of your local barbers and find out what the consensus is within the community before you walk out the door.
Also, be sure to be as explicit and detailed as possible when describing the cut and style you are looking for when sitting in the barber chair. A good option would be to have a bearded celebrity in mind and show the barber that it’s your desired look.
Lastly, never ever cut your beard one day before a big event.
While it may give a much more sharper appearance, a few days lead time before the occasion will at least give you a chance to fix your whiskers.
Until next time bearded brothers – beard on!