Unless you’ve been trapped under an 127 Hours-sized rock, you’re probably aware that the NHL playoffs are in full swing. Which means that playoff beard season is also well underway — or it is for everyone other than the Toronto Maple Leafs’ peach-fuzzy rookie core, at least. If you’ve decided to grow your own chin curtain in the hopes of aiding your team’s fortunes this spring, we’ve compiled a few helpful tips to ensure it sprouts looking as fulsome and fetching as possible.
That means four to six weeks of continual effort, depending on the rate of growth of your facial hair. Keep it looking neat with the aid of an electric trimmer.
You’ll find making it through the grizzly, unsculpted phase of this process a lot easier if you start growing at the beginning of a vacation or holiday long weekend, when you won’t have to worry about snarky comments from colleagues.
Scratch That Itch
Beards itch, especially early on before the hairs begin to soften. Try a moisturizing cream to reduce the irritation, or a dandruff shampoo if things start to get flaky.
Get That B7 Boost
If you’re worried that your beard density won’t pass muster, biotin (vitamin B7, found in carrots, berries and walnuts) is known to promote hair growth.
Now You May Trim
Once you’ve gotten a full impression of your beard-growing capabilities, it’s time to begin sculpting. Shorten rogue long hairs and she off the more sparse hair high on your cheeks to create a thick, uniform appearance.
Developing a Beard Border
Picture an imaginary line, like a snug helmet strap, going from the back of one ear, down below your jaw, around the back of the other. Use this as a guideline for trimming the lower border of your beard.