Growing A Beard: From Stubble To A Full Beard In 4 Steps

Growing a beard
Sander van de BaardmanBy Sander - The Beardmen
Updated on 12 Aug 2023

Growing a beard: for whatever reason you decided to have a beard or mustache. As with everything in life that you do for the first time you have questions such as: how do I start, how does it work and what do I need to consider? No worries, we want you to know that you’re in the right place: we’ve been there! We explain to you from A to Z how to maintain and grow a beard so that you end up with a nice full beard. Let’s get started!

A beautiful beard or mustache doesn’t just happen: it requires hard work. Some people are more privileged than others when it comes to beard growth, but with a little perseverance, anyone can grow an attractive and full beard. Our beard growth beginner’s guide will give you the right tools, but ultimately you’ll have to accelerate yourself.

For anyone wanting to grow a beard: Welcome to the world of masculinity!

I want a beard: how do you start?

The answer to this question is quite simple: leave your stubble and forget about trimming or cutting. In addition, you need patience and perseverance. It’s really that simple.

In this article, we will explain for each phase (length) what exactly you need to do to get a nice groomed full beard.

What do you need?

  • The right knowledge (we’re giving it to you)
  • The right grooming products and routines
  • The right accessories: e.g. beard trimmer and beard scissors

What kind of beard suits me?

When starting anything, it’s always good to set a goal. What kind of beard style are you going for and what is the desired length? It’s helpful to make a decision about this in advance. A ring beard requires a different method than a balbo beard.

Growing a beard: The different stages

How it works

Cliche but true: everyone is different. Some have faster beard growth by nature, while others have to make do with thin “pubic hair”. The speed of beard growth, where the hair grows and its thickness: it’s all a given. This, of course, has to do with genes.


You can encounter all sorts of obstacles: an itchy beard, bald patches or uneven beard growth. This is the moment where many men give up.


Fortunately, for every problem there is a solution. Grooming routines, products, accessories and the right knowledge make it possible for anyone to achieve a stunning beard. However, some require more patience than others.

1. Stubble: Nothing to worry about

It all starts with a little stubble: The hair is then 1 to 5 mm long. Depending on how fast your beard grows, it takes about one to two weeks to get out of the stubble phase.

2. The fledgling beard: stinging and itching

The hairs grow significantly longer: from 5mm to 1 cm. In this phase, your perseverance will be put to the test: The small and coarse hair can sting and cause itching. A little beard oil will soften the beard hair, but itching will not disappear 100%. Patience and perseverance are the key!

3. The short beard: uneven beard growth

During this phase, it becomes clear where you have more and less beard growth. Uneven beard growth can result in bald or balding areas. At this stage, it’s important to trim your beard hair correctly.

4. Final destination: a nice, full beard

Slowly, your beard begins to get fuller and fuller. It’s important to properly trim, comb and groom your full beard to maintain its being well-groomed. Beard scissors, a brush and the right beard accessories come in handy here. On average, it takes most men about two months to achieve a full beard.

Beard growing: step by step

For healthy beard growth, it’s important to give your beard hair the proper care and a little love. Below we explain step by step what you need to do to achieve a groomed and masculine beard.

1. Stop shaving

Put away your beard trimmer and scissors: you won’t be needing them for a while. This first step may seem simple, but it’s not when your beard starts to itch. For many men, the beard doesn’t look very nice at first, which can tempt you to style the first beard hair by trimming. Don’t do this! Be patient until you can see what kind of shape and texture your facial hair have.

2. Maintain the rest of your facial hair

If you haven’t yet determined what kind of beard you want to grow, we recommend getting beard inspiration. Once you are clear on what kind of beard you want, you will know where you want to trim facial hair on the neck and chin.

3. Proper grooming

The right grooming products and daily routines promote healthy beard growth. You will come across many beard care products on the Internet, but the most important are a good beard oil, shampoo and, in some cases, a special conditioner. It is especially important to take good care of your skin around your face, because this is where the hair follicles are located. Regular exfoliation is a good idea to remove dead skin cells.

As your beard grows longer, it is important to brush it regularly with a brush or comb. This way, you encourage beard growth to grow in the right direction.

4. Touch-ups

After a few weeks, you probably already have reasonable beard growth. This can soon look a bit unkempt. Longer hairs stand out, so it’s a good idea to touch these up. You can do this with a beard trimmer or with scissors.

Tip: Pay attention to bald spots caused by uneven beard growth. In some cases, it is better to leave the long beard hairs standing so that they fall over the bald spots.

5. Styling your beard

After about one to two months, most men will have a fuller beard. When your beard is long enough, it’s time to style it. It’s important to determine for yourself the length and shape you want. Styling by alternating the right lengths is not easy for novice beard people. A little dexterity is a requirement, but that’s not what happens to anyone. If you fear ruining your hard-earned beard hair, consider visiting a barber.

6. Maintain

Once you’ve achieved your desired beard length and shape, it’s important to maintain it through regular trimming and regular shaving (neckline). Full beards require a lot of maintenance because beard hair grows quickly and the amount of beard growth means that the underlying skin requires more attention. Your beard is your new baby, requiring daily attention.

Growing a beard: Tips!

Growing a groomed beard isn’t that easy, but with the tips below we hope to make it a little easier.

Don’t give up: be patient!

In the beginning, you’re going to have moments when your beard doesn’t look very groomed. When uncertain, it’s easy to grab a beard trimmer and shave it all off. But aren’t you going to regret this later? Keep the desired result in mind and don’t give up. If things get tough, you can always visit us on our website for some support!

Softening the beard

Experiencing an itch is no fun! When it all gets a bit too much, you can reduce beard itch by moisturizing your beard and skin with beard oil. This will also soften your beard hair. Unfortunately, this won’t make beard itchiness go away completely.

Stimulate beard growth

Does it all take too long and would you like your beard to grow faster? With a healthy lifestyle and the right grooming products and routines, you can stimulate beard growth.

Healthy living: exercise, eat and avoid stress

How healthy a person lives can often be measured by their skin and hair growth. By exercising a lot, you stimulate the production of testosterone. The hormone testosterone promotes faster hair growth (beard and head hair). Stress has a negative impact on hair growth and can even cause hair loss. So it is important to eat enough (lots of protein), eliminate stress and get enough sleep. A healthy life ensures a lot of new hair :).

Beard care & maintenance: what does your beard need?

You’re not there yet even with the above tips. It’s important to get the right products to take care of your beard in the best possible way. The Beard Man can tell you exactly which products are best for your beard.

The best beard trimmer

A good beard trimmer is a must! To make your choice easier, we’ve compiled a list of the best beard trimmers. Our goal is to help you get started and avoid a bad purchase.

The best beard care

Beard oil, shampoo and/or a conditioner? The market for beard care products is growing rapidly. More and more men are deciding to grow a beard. Marketing talk quickly makes you feel that your beard needs many products, but that’s not true. The less, the better we always say.


Use mainly grooming products with natural ingredients. These products tend to be slightly more expensive, but offer the best care.

Frequently asked questions

The Beard Man regularly receives questions from visitors who are at a loss for words. Is your question not among them? Check out our blog articles or send The Beard Man an email.

How long does it take to grow a beard?

How quickly beard hair grows varies from person to person. For most men, it takes one month for a short beard and 2 months for a full beard.

How does a beard grow?

Growing a beard is not nearly as simple as stopping shaving. With the right care, you stimulate beard growth. It’s not just the beard that needs grooming, but the underlying skin as well. This is where the hair follicles are. Shampoo or conditioner helps keep the beard clean, beard oil gives it a nice shine and a scrub removes dead skin cells. It is also important to trim split ends.

How long can my beard grow?

The longest beard in the world is 8 feet. But how long your beard hangs depends on your genes. With the right care, you can promote beard growth.

Why grow a beard?

Besides offering some warmth during the cold winter months, a beard looks masculine and tough. Nowadays, growing a beard is very trendy! With a beard you will win but also lose women. It is important, however, to take good care of your beard, as it can easily look unkempt.