HOW TO GET HAIRY FOR MOVEMBER

Tips and tricks on growing a beard in November—and maintaining it.

Movember 2019 is here, which means it’s time to kick that facial hair growth into high gear! If you’re beardy already, keep up the good work. And if not, did you miss the memo? “Movember draws attention to facial hair and creates awareness to the possibilities that men actually have with beards, mustaches and specific grooming products,” says Patrick Butler, Technical Director/Education for Floyd’s 99 Barbershop.

Butler, who has been in the industry for 25 years—six with Floyd’s 99—is a hands-on pro when it comes to cutting techniques and men’s grooming. His current role allows him to dominate a job that he loves, which, today, entails some trade secrets on how to win Movember.  

Whether you’re loving life in straight Chewbacca mode, or are seeking tips to grow the ultimate face fur, Butler has served up the tricks you'll need leading into Movember—a reason to get beardy, in the name of tackling prostate and testicular cancer, along with mental health awareness and suicide prevention.

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BE PATIENT

“If you’ve never grown a beard before, you will be tempted to ditch it early on,” says Butler. “You have to allow it to grow, so you can see what type of facial hair you have, and then you will be able to make decisions on what you want to do with it.”

Luckily, you have a whole 30 days to coach your face to get into the game. In terms of how long it will take to motivate this beard brigade, Butler says it really depends on you. “Some men are satisfied with a short stubble look, while others want to take it further and get a couple of inches of length coming off their chin,” he says. “That means within two weeks you can see definition, while other men may take months to get length they are after.”

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CLEAN YOUR FACE

No, this isn’t your mom screaming, “Don’t forget to wash your face!”

Although growing hair isn’t magic, you can help ensure the conditions are right for good growth.

“Proper cleansing of the face is key,” says Butler. “Making sure you are cleansing your face on a regular basis allows you to remove any buildup of dead skin cells. You need to create a clear path for the hair to grow through,” says Butler.

And, even as you start to see stubble or a short length, you should to continue to cleanse, and apply a balm to condition the beard—now things are getting serious…

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MAINTENANCE IS KEY

Once you have your growth good and locked in, you’re going to have to keep at it. Yes, it’s one more thing to add to your to-do list—but, good news: we offer regular beard trims, so you don’t have to do the dirty work yourself! A great beard trim will help you grow a shape that suits your face. “You should also beware of beard drift,” Butler alerts, “where stuff gets caught up in the beard close to the face.”

Cheeto debris is real, and probably not what you want to show off on your first date—or maybe that’s what they’re into…Who knows? Either way, Butler advises a beard cleaning to get your face feeling nice and conditioned. And, what will happen if you don’t maintain your beard? “You’ll lose friends, potentially your job and find yourself wishing you had taken a few key steps that could have saved all of the above!” Butler warns. “All kidding aside, you just won’t look polished. Grow your beard, but do it with purpose.”

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DEFAULT TO 'STACHE

Remember that Movember doesn’t discriminate. If you live in a city that’s hot AF, default to a light stubble or a stylish ‘stache, instead.

“The mustache is coming on strong,” Butler says. “There are a variety of ways to look sharp with a ‘stache.” You can grow out the ends on the corner of your mouth—but make sure to score some mustache wax, so you can take it up right with some definition.

Another strong style right now is the ‘70s ‘stache (looks like your old Uncle Rick ranks high on the cool meter after all). 

If you’ve still got cold feet surrounding Movember, man up and get some winter boots, dude.

Or, come visit Butler in Denver (or one of his proteges around the country), and one of them will hook you up with a proper consult and trim.