Growing out a beard takes time, effort and patience. Many men anxiously wait for months until their facial hair has finally reached the desired length. But, during the growing process, things can get a bit, well, awkward. At certain points, the length can be unflattering. And, even worse, many men find that their beards look crooked as they continue to grow.
Today, we’re going to be talking about why crooked-growing beards can happen, and what you can do about it so that your facial hair is far more even-looking.
Why Can Beards Grow in Crookedly, Anyway?
When it comes to our bodies, perfect symmetry is very rare. If we stare at ourselves in the mirror for a long enough time, we will notice that our eyes are slightly different in shape, that our eyebrows don’t match precisely and that we may even have one arm that’s slightly longer than the other.
So, why are we telling you this? Because this law of nature applies to beards as well. It’s very rare for a beard to be perfectly even between both sides. Now, many men trim their beards so frequently that they don’t even notice the natural crookedness of their facial hair. But, if you’re dedicated to growing it out, you’re probably not trimming it that frequently, and so this unevenness is more apparent.
Of course, chances are that your crookedness is not as noticeable as you think it is. Because we spend way more time looking at ourselves than other people spend looking at us, we tend to feel that things like beard crookedness are far more apparent than they really are.
What to Do About It
Still, if you’re unhappy with this situation, you can follow the tips below.
Tip #1: Train Your Beard
Many times, a crooked beard isn’t caused by an uneven length, but an uneven hair growth direction. In other words, some hairs are growing downward while others are growing out to the side. This only gives the illusion of crooked growth.
Luckily, there’s an easy fix. You can train your beard using a brush or a comb. This basically programs all of your facial hairs to grow in the same direction. Simply use a brush or comb twice a day, making a point to hold the comb or brush for a few seconds when you reach the end of the beard. Over time, the hairs will get used to being held in this direction and grow in that direction on their own.
Tip #2: Stay on Top of Trimming and Shaping
If your crookedness is actually caused by an uneven growth, as in, one side of your beard is growing at a faster rate than the other, you can simply trim and shape your facial hair regularly in order to keep things looking nice and even on both sides. Every guy’s beard grows at a different rate, so how often you should do this should be based on how long it takes for the crookedness to be visible.
Tip #3: Be Patient
Of course, you can always wait it out. Like we said, most guys will find that their beards become more even as they grow, and once your beard has reached the desired length, you can trim it to keep it looking nice and symmetrical.