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Should I Grow a Beard? – 3 Pros and Cons You Need to Keep in Mind

Should I Grow a Beard? – 3 Pros and Cons You Need to Keep in Mind

At some point in every man’s life, the question eventually pops up: should I grow a beard? Considering that your decision may radically alter your appearance and how people perceive you, we’ve compiled 3 pros and cons you need to keep in mind.
Should I grow a beard

There comes a time in every man’s life when THE question pops up: should I grow a beard? At par with the most fundamental questions affecting life, existence and everything in between, it is not one to be answered lightly. 

The question heralds the threshold of manliness and constitutes an important step in the true becoming of a man. Considering the importance of this decision, it’s understandable that you’ve taken a moment to think about it. The fate of the world may depend on it. 

Okay, maybe not the fate of the world, but you get the idea already. 

Deciding to grow a beard may radically alter your appearance, and even how people perceive you. It can often be the hirsute equivalent of a boob job or butt surgery. And just like boob jobs, you may come out looking incredible or worse off than where you started. 

For you to make the best possible decision, there are certain factors you need to keep in mind. While there are great pros to growing a beard, there’s also the dark side to the incredible appearance you may be gaining. 

Because we’ve seen hundreds beards and helped nurture quite a few hundred more, we’re in the perfect position to help you understand the pros and the cons. So, to help you make the perfect decision, we cooked up this article to give you an idea of the good and the bad aspects to growing a beard. 

Should I grow a beard? – Pros to consider

Oh there are plenty advantages to growing a beard. Apart from the obvious fact that it lends you immortality and the strength to vanquish your enemies, here are three common pros to consider. 

#1: Beards are sexy as hell

At least that’s what women think. In a study that was conducted to conclusively settle the sexiness (or otherwise) of beards, Bustle found some eye-opening results. It was found that over 60% of women find men with facial hair attractive. 

While many preferred beards over mustaches, an even larger percentage preferred a man that has both a beard and a mustache. They felt men with beards are better for committed relationships, apparently because they are more masculine, confident, industrious, generous and sincere. If that isn’t God’s own truth. 

Finally, the study found that women are even crazier about full length beards than they are about stubble. Full beards ranked higher and were thought more attractive than light 5-day stubble. 

#2: They give you a confidence boost 

Apart from making you a lot sexier, beards also give you a confidence boost. They give you an aura of power and assurance that make you look like you know what you’re doing. 

While this does not flow from the fact of having a beard alone, there’s a lot to it that comes from how people perceive you. Bearded men tend to be perceived as being capable, strong and industrious. 

Perhaps, this is why women were also more likely to rate bearded men as better father figures. As far as they were concerned, a bearded man was more likely to stick around and protect his own. 

#3: Not just cool, beards are also healthy

Now, there’s a lot of science behind this one. This study shows, for instance, that thick beards are capable of blocking out 95% of the UV rays that fall upon your face. They not only keep your skin from getting burnt, they also protect you from cancer. 

Beards serve as a natural filter, keeping dirt and air-borne bacteria from reaching your skin. Together with mustaches, they serve as a screen that protects your nose and keeps allergens out. 

What they do for the nose, they also do for the mouth, protecting you from pesky diseases such as hay fever and keeping you in fine fettle overall. 

Should I grow a beard – Cons to keep in mind

As awesome as beards are, they do have their drawbacks. It’s only responsible of us to point you towards some of these. Here’s why you should think carefully before getting that beard. 

#1: That beard may not be for you 

Truth be told, beards are not meant for everybody. At least, some beards are not meant for certain people. Thinking that horseshoe will look good on you? It may be the worst horseshoe the world has ever seen when it gets on your face. 

Pro tip: don’t rush into growing out your beard in any particular style. It makes sense to consider which beard styles flatter your face and then seek advice as to which is best. 

The general rule of thumb is to allow the beard soften any extremities and complement the shape of your face. For instance, if you have a round face, don’t go for a beard with extra wide sideburns and an oval bush. Instead, you should soften the jaw with trimmed up sides and add a fuller patch under the chin. 

#2: With great beards come great responsibility 

Truer words have never been said. Yeah, beards may be sexy, confidence boosting and all, but it won’t take care of itself. In order to keep a beard that is worth the attention, you need to invest a lot into it. 

While beards don’t need a truckload of care, you need to establish a grooming routine and stick with it. Ideally, you should wash it with beard-friendly shampoo 2-3 times a week and add in some nice beard conditioner. 

Moisturize your beard every day to ensure it stays hydrated, nourished and healthy. Beard oil usually does the trick as far as moisturizing is concerned and if you get a brand with jojoba oil in it, you’ll keep your beard in fine shape. 

For the added advantage of nourishment and styling, you can cop yourself a beard clay product to go with the beard oil. Heck, you can drop the beard oil altogether, so long as you have a beard clay made with the best essential oils and ingredients. 

#3: ‘ware the beard itch

Yep. At some point during the process of growing your beard, you will have to contend with the beard itch. Although it’s not often as bad as it sounds, it can get pretty bad for some. 

The itch usually starts up around the 4th-5th week mark. It is often caused by a range of factors including irritation of the skin caused by ingrown hairs. 

While beard itch can be easily taken care of, especially with great beard oil or beard clay products, it can drive a man mental. Many have given up on their journey to beardhood because of the itch. Will you be found worthy of the beard? That’s one thing you need to keep in mind. 

Get the perfect beards and mustaches with Vainglory’s beard clay

So there you have it. All the pros and cons of growing a beard laid out nice and clear. Where will the penny drop for you? To beard or not beard? Now you have your answer to the question: should I grow a beard?

If you’re half the man we think you are, we can already guess at your answer. Make the most of your beard growth journey by relying on the best beard growth product this side of Valhalla. 

Vainglory’s beard clay was made for men that know what they want out life. Created and developed by a Special Forces (Green Beret) medic, our beard clay has everything you need for the beard of legend. Try it out here and take your place among the esteemed fellowship of the bearded men.