Celebrate Movember in Style: 5 Tips for Men’s Facial Hair
by J’Nel Wright
It looks like my entire neighborhood has gone hairy.
The postal worker who delivers my mail now has a burly beard. The grocery cashier is sporting a dapper moustache. Since the weather has turned colder, even I have let the hair on my legs grow an inch (or five) longer than usual.
I shouldn’t be too surprised. Early November is not just the kick-off for the holiday season; it marks the beginning of Movember. That’s right. The month where facial-hair enthusiasts can grow their whiskers for a great cause.
Whether you fancy facial hair in support of men’s health or simply because a robust beard performs well against frigid winds, a hearty beard or moustache can accentuate attractive features (think Keanu Reeves) and hide ones that are less so (think Joaquin Phoenix).
Although you may have shelved the razor, that doesn’t mean you should ignore healthy hygienic habits. By incorporating these five simple tips into your daily routine you will enjoy a fashionable face full of hair all year long.
- Trim back then “grow” forward. Human hair grows about half an inch a month, depending on the season. And it’s not uncommon to see signs of scruff in as little as eight hours. But because some follicles grow faster than others, the best way to maintain a polished appearance is to trim the faster-growing follicles to match the shorter ones. And be sure to comb and brush your beautiful moustache and beard every day.
- Use facial-hair-specific cleaning products. Just think about what your moustache and beard come in contact with during the day. Food, sweat, heat, humidity, mucus, and good ol’ fashioned dirt from your hands can all affect their appearance. The solution? A good shampoo that is designed specifically for facial-hair care. “Natural ingredients are an important factor when keeping your beard clean and healthy,” writes beard blogger Domen Hrovath. “They can be the difference between an itchy, irritated beard that’s plagued with beardruff and one that’s soft and manageable.”
- Don’t forget your skin. One of the most common complaints of those who are new to the moustache-and-beard-growing scene is itchy skin. A high-quality beard oil will help soothe irritated skin and soften rough whiskers. “Picking a beard oil is about more than just what scent you’re after,” according to beard expert and blogger Cody Murphey. “Each oil has unique properties and weights that come in handy during different stages of beard growth. Some have vitamins to repair hair; some have vitamins to repair skin. Some are better for stubble, and some are better for huge, righteous beards.” Murphey explains that each stage of beard growth requires a different oil blend. For example, for hair growth around one to three inches, Murphey suggests using heavier oils, like products with sweet almond or hemp seed oil, that will help shape and weigh down facial hair.
4. Exercise. Exercise improves and increases circulation throughout your body. And that includes your face. “Encouraging circulation throughout your whole body helps your physiology absorb nutrients and oxygen more effectively,” says Wil Mouradian. “Amping up your circulation helps stimulate hair growth, too.”
5. Eat right. Foods high in protein, iron, biotin, and healthy fats encourage faster and healthier hair growth. Foods like eggs, berries, spinach, and avocados are great sources of nutrients that are ideal for increasing hair growth. Since hormones affect facial hair growth, eating foods that increase those levels will improve beard growth.
“Besides proteins, the calories you need to incorporate in your diet should come from different sources, like monounsaturated fats and carbohydrates,” says health writer and beard-wearer extraordinaire Zack Robbins. “Your diet should contain about 30 percent of monounsaturated fats. These fats are part of the red meat, milk, avocado, dairy, and olive oil. Carbohydrates are the remaining 50 percent of your calorie intake. You can find them in potatoes, some fruits, and whole grains.”
Robbins also recommends supplementing your diet with more broccoli, walnuts, fish, carrots, and citrus since they help to support healthy facial hair growth.
Whether your decision to grow out your facial hair is a new phase for life or merely a month-long challenge, sporting clean, healthy, and hip facial hair can easily be achieved with simple lifestyle changes. Your face will love you for it.
The Movember Foundation started in 2003 as a way to build awareness about men’s health. Since its inception, over five million facially hirsute men and their loved ones have participated in the 30-day Movember challenge to build awareness and raise funds in support of testicular cancer, prostate cancer, mental health, and suicide prevention. For more information about the Movember Foundation, click here: https://us.movember.com/
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J'Nel Wright is a freelance writer and editor who specializes in topics concerning health and wellness, aging, caregiving, humor, travel and business. Her work has appeared in a variety of regional and national publications. Her educational background includes a bachelor's degree in English and Social Work. She has traveled throughout Europe, Africa, Southeast Asia, French Polynesia, Mexico and much of the United States. She is a full time writer.