The fall months bring about some amazing things; cooler weather, the beautiful colors of the leaves changing, layered clothing, and facial hair abound.

No-Shave November and Movember are often times just the catalyst guys need to muster up the courage and reason to skip the razor and embrace the au naturel look. But if you’re going to brandish a beard, you’ve got to make sure you’re armed with the right knowledge. That’s why we’re coming at you with our One Upped Beginner’s Guide to Growing a Beard series. So let’s dive right in with part one; how to get started with growing your beard.

Let It Grow, Let It Grow, Let It Grow

It might sound obvious, but you’ve got put down the razor and just let your beard grow. While it’s a simple first step, this can actually be a pretty difficult thing to do. Many times guys – especially those who have been shaven for the majority of their lives – hit the one or two week mark and feel a slight panic. It’s the most facial hair they’ve had and they aren’t used to the way their faces look with a mane, so the first reaction is to pull the plug and just shave it off before things go any further.

Relax.

You’ve got to power through the beginning stages and give yourself some time to grow into your new look, pun totally intended. Once your brain registers your beard as a normal part of your style when you glance in the mirror, the initial shock and worry about sporting the new look will subside and you’ll develop an attachment to the beard.

What To Expect

Let’s talk about how hair actually grows. Some guys don’t realize that hair – whether it’s on your head or on your face – doesn’t all grow at the same speed. As your beard starts to fill in, you’re going to notice that things aren’t looking perfectly even and shapely. Your reaction is going to be to grab a pair of trimming scissors or a beard trimmer and start hacking away to even things up. But fight the urge – now is not the time.

Patience is Key

Trims are absolutely a key to keeping your beard looking clean and well-kept, but it’s not time yet. If you start felling follicles now, you don’t have a lot of real estate to work with and you’ll likely make a mess of things. Slow down and give it some time. Your first trim won’t come for a little while longer, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride for now.

Photography by Patrick Lipsker