As you've probably noticed, over the past few years beards and the "3-day beard" scruffy look have become increasingly popular. Maintaining a well-groomed beard or a maintained scruff/stubble can really change your appearance and give you a whole new look that will definitely have people taking notice.
Growing a beard comes with new challenges and awkward stages you might not be familiar or comfortable with at first. Pushing through the initial awkward "no, I didn't forget to shave" stage can be the toughest part. I know for me personally, I would always end up shaving it off just as it was turning into something I could keep and then I'd have to start all over again. I started keeping a short beard a few months ago and haven't looked back since. I've really enjoyed the new look and for me has given me more of a mature look that I'm digging at the moment.
As your beard gets longer, you may benefit from using a good beard wash and beard conditioner to keep the area clean and moisturized as well as the beard feeling as soft and fresh as possible. A leave in beard conditioner, beard balm, or beard oil will also help with controlling the beard and keeping it soft throughout the day. For longer beards, a beard comb will likely be beneficial as well. You can find the selection of products available here.
The Finishing Touches
As your beard grows longer, you may find that there are some hairs that are difficult to reach around the lip area. Using a small pair of grooming scissors can be useful for this area. In addition, you'll still need to use your razor to maintain the outer lines of your beard to keep the shape that you desire. This is the cheek area and the lower neck line.