How to Grow a Beard (Afro Hair)


It is finally November and so its time to grow your hair out! Not just the hair on your head, the hair on your face now too. This post is for the men because its time for Movember. If you have curly or afro hair, you might find other resources online unhelpful but here is the curly movember guide.

What Is Movember?

Movember encourages men to grow their facial hair for a month while being sponsored to raise money for various men’s health causes. Not everyone looks good with a month-long moustache, meaning this can lead to a great deal of banter and discussion – which is exactly what the charity behind the cause, the Movember Foundation, wants. In particular, it aims to raise awareness of prostate cancer and testicular cancer, as well as men’s mental health issues. The ‘official’ rules of Movember state that only moustaches, not beards, count towards the cause, (but we can include beards over here, because come on, who doesn’t love a beard).

Growing Your Moustache

Growing out a moustache for your curly movember is all about careful cultivation. You’ll want to keep an eye on growth and keep shaping it every day. We’ve already given you a rundown of the products you need to do that, but here’s one thing you may not have considered: Now that any facial fuzz is gone from your cheeks and chin, you’ll want to pay extra-special attention to that newly exposed skin. Moisturizing is all part of the maintenance.
It takes a while to grow a moustache. Maybe more than a month, if you’re not a particularly hairy guy. So part of the process is simply patience. You’ve got a long road ahead, but you’re doing it for a good cause. Here’s to your mo!

What You Need To Begin

  • Shaver
  • Moisturiser
  • Wax

Technically, the rules of Movember require that you kick things off with a cleanly shaved face. If you’re going for it, you’ll need a good razor, plus the right shaving cream and aftershave. Luckily, we’ve got you covered on that front.

Moisturising Your Moustache

Even though it is a small strip of hair on your face, like all hair your moustache needs moisturising too. Moisturising you moustache can help prevent split ends and breakage and can promote growth. Facial hair tends to draw moisture from the skin, resulting in dry flaky patches beneath and within your moustache. Hydrating this area with a regular moisturiser can prove tricky, becoming ‘tangled’ within your hair and not easily absorbed. A dedicated moustache and beard moisturiser is the solution. Natural oils like Argan Oil and Jojoba Oil are also great especially for curly or kinky hair moustaches because they are lightweight oils that will be absorbed by the hair cuticle.

Washing Your Moustache

You should wash your moustache daily. Check your moustache for flakes of dead skin or waxy residue. Brush your moustache with a stiff, dry toothbrush to remove the debris and exfoliate your skin. Next, wash your moustache with shampoo. This will remove the wax and skin oils from your moustache.

  • Some people choose to wash their moustache in the mornings. If you sleep with wax in your moustache, it may leave a colourful residue on your pillowcase.
  • If shampoo isn’t powerful enough to remove the wax from your moustache use dish soap instead.

Shaping Your Moustache

When you start growing your moustache you don’t want to look like a mess with dirt on your top lip, you want to make sure you shape your moustache. To start shaping the new hair by twisting the ends. Your moustache won’t be long enough to get a good curl but you’ll be able to get an idea of how it might look. In this stage, you can start trimming the sides to create different shapes.

  • Never trim the hairs directly above your lip. If they stay short, you won’t be able to brush them into your moustache.
  • Give uncooperative hairs time to grow out. Once they’re longer they’ll be easier to manipulate.

Train the new hairs. Once your moustache is long enough to comb, start training your hairs to keep the shape you like. Part your moustache down the middle of your lip and gently comb each half away from your nose. Add a small amount of moustache wax or hair putty before combing to help your hairs stay in place.

Growing Your Beard

Beards are like makeup for men, they can transform your face and can contour and hide blemishes better than any makeup I’ve ever seen, plus it’s free. Growing a beard can be a long itchy process and according to Murdock London, it can take 3 months to grow a perfect beard so it’s important to know how to take care of it. Keep your beard clean and conditioned, paying extra attention to cleaning and moisturising the skin underneath as well. What you will need is beard oil, beard wash and a beard comb, talk to your barber and ask bearded friends for their favourite brands in beard grooming products. Beard oil is necessary to moisturise your hair and the skin underneath. A Beard comb will trap the products inside your beard and train the hair to grow in the right direction, while beard wash will keep your hair soft and clean. Another tip is to condition your beard in the shower, this method is similar to co-washing but for your beard. Like the hair on your head, your beard needs moisturising.

I hope this ‘Curly Movember’ guide and I really hope that my content helps you guys to try new things and embrace your hair. If you have any specific struggles or concerns with your hair, don’t hesitate to comment below, submit a hair analysis form or just send me a message.

– Paris x

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