8 Beliefs About Beards That Are Just Myths
Beards, being somewhat uncommon, have achieved a certain mysterious image in our day and age. With mystery come mythical beliefs which only serve to keep the beards out of the mainstream. In an effort to make beards less of a rarity, let us dispel the false rumors circling about this subject. Here are 8 commonly held beliefs about beards that are just the stuff of myths and tall tales.
1. BEARDS CAUSE ITCHING AND DISCOMFORT
Correction: Dry skin causes itching and discomfort.
Your beard hair might be scratchy to others who get too close to your facial hair’s pointy ends. Your skin, however, is not affected by the ends growing away from your face. The only reason you might feel itchy in your face is due to dry skin. Beneath your beard, your skin still needs to be taken care of. If you constantly wash your beard with cleansers that strip your skin of moisture-binding oils, then you have to replenish your face’s oil supply. Beard oil as well as beard balm will help you take care of your dry skin. Once you learn how to maintain moisturized facial skin, there will be no itchiness to associate with your beard.
2. BEARDS ARE HIGH MAINTENANCE
Correction: Beards are easy maintenance.
You might fear that having a beard will require a regular visit to a barber’s chair. There is no reason that you have to put the care of your beard in anyone else’s hands. You are perfectly equipped and able to maintain your beard in top notch condition. Just invest in a beard comb, scissors, and beard trimmer. Then just have an image within your mind or a photo of your ultimate beard. With a bit of practice, your hands will easily maneuver the tools to create the exact look you are aiming for. Think of it as being a sculptor and your beard is your personal masterpiece.
3. BEARDS GROW THICKER IF YOU SHAVE THEM
Correction: Beards grow, period.
4. BEARDS AGE POORLY
Correction: Beards make faces age like fine wine.
You might fear what will happen when your hair starts to turn white or gray. Will your multi-colored beard give away your age or even add years to your face? Will you be forced to sit in a barbershop and have your whiskers dyed to match your remaining colored hair? The truth is that graying hair is not at all indicative of age. Everyone’s hair turns gray at a different rate. No matter whether you choose to keep your white whiskers, color them to match your original color, or dye them a completely new tone, facial hair helps you look ageless. Your beard and mustache cover many markers of age, including naso-labial lines and jowls, while defining your jawline. The result is a face whose age is hidden.
5. BEARDS INTERFERE WITH JOB PROSPECTS
Correction: Beards make men more memorable prospects for hiring employers.
You might believe the notion that a beard makes you look less professional, more lazy, and all around less appealing for a prospective job. The truth is that a well maintained beard makes you look like a mature, responsible man dedicated to his exterior presentation. Employers will definitely know the difference between a raggedy, unruly facial hair growth and a trimmed, styled beard. If you are sporting the latter variety, you will surely come across as a man who knows how to take care of his physical presentation. You will not only seem responsible, but also leave a memorable impression on an employer who will likely be interviewing a ton of job candidates. Chances are that if you are one of the top prospects, you beard could seal the deal because it makes you stand out it the interviewer’s memory. So rest assured that your beard could very well enhance your prospects.
6. BEARDS REDUCE YOUR SEXY FACTOR
Correction: Beards lift your sexy factor to new heights.
The idea that beards are unattractive to the opposite sex might come from the image of Santa Clause. It is probably true that the grandfatherly look is not attracting any women. Unless you are also wearing a red onesie, riding a sleigh, and have a belly laugh that makes the earth shake, you probably do not resemble Santa Claus in the least.
Numerous recent surveys and studies have shown that women prefer short facial hair to both a clean-shaven face as well as a foot-long Santa beard. Anything from a three-day’s stubble to an inch of well maintained beard evokes virility, mystery, and maturity; and don’t we all know that the ladies, in general, love a masculine, mature, and mysterious specimen.
7. SPARSE BEARDS REDUCE YOUR SEXY FACTOR
Correction: Fullness does not factor into your beard’s sexiness.
Unless you can sprout a mammoth beard, you might feel that your facial hair growth is not up to par. If you set aside your tunnel vision and take a more honest, expansive look around, you will find plenty of sex symbols who sport facial hair of less than mammoth proportions. The truth is that any facial hair, from full, Middle Eastern proportions to the sparser, Asian beards, holds an important position in the huge gamut of sexy whiskers. Johnny Depp’s sex appeal definitely has not suffered; if anything, his sparser whisker growth looks like a finely coiffed, deliberately grown piece of art.
8. BEARDS ARE DIRT COLLECTORS
Correction: Any unwashed surface collects dirt.
There is a reason that your mom told you to always wash behind your ears, as well as under your armpits… and anywhere else where the sun don’t shine. The fact is that we have to scrub from head to toe, particularly the parts that are not directly under the stream of the shower. So yes, you have to wash your beard and the skin underneath; and no, just the water stream does not suffice. Every other day or so, you have to lather your beard with shampoo and rinse. If you combine it with your daily shower and hair washing routine, this beard maintenance will require about 5 extra seconds of your time.