Grow a Beard and Facial Hair
Beards and facial hair are all part of a man’s fashion. You may also have felt a desire to grow a beard at some point in life. But do you know what is the best way to grow a beard? Is it true that some men face more difficulty than other people? Here we are going to discuss how to grow thicker facial hair faster and how to fix a patchy beard.
The beard has long served as a symbol of virility and masculinity. Although you will often see clean-shaven people in the contemporary world, it is now becoming commonplace to see perfectly manscaped beards take center stage as an extension of a modern man’s style.
The Benefits of growing a beard
Beards seem to be a great equalizer as far as age is concerned. They make men with baby faces look older while making older men look younger.
2) Sign of maturity and experience
Younger men especially those who are looking to climb the ranks amongst seasoned professionals can be benefitted from growing a beard. It projects maturity and experience.
3) Makes you look healthy and trustworthy
Growing a beard signals vitality especially when you are older. A beard project warmth and trustworthiness. Many professional men dealing with sensitive information and situations choose to grow beards to convey these traits to their clients.
4) Makes you look like a leader
People experience that they have gained leadership because of the beard. Other people will just seem to see you as a more responsible and stronger man after growing beard.
5) Great conversation starter
Beard can be a great conversation starter for anyone. Strangers will come up to offer compliments and start a conversation with you.
Your Beard is not patchy- It is just growing
If your beard isn’t growing in the way you would like it to then don’t worry. Most men cut their growth short when they start noticing that parts of the beard are coming in thicker or are just patchy or not growing in at all. Believe me, this is completely normal. Your beard is not patchy. It is just growing.
Beards take some time to grow in.
If you are not quick to grow a consistent beard then it is best to start growing it just before going on vacation. You may even decide to take a “beardcation” just to help grow out the beard without looking awkward at the workplace. If you have holidays coming up, stop shaving a day or two beforehand hopefully by the time you return to work.
The first month of not shaving!
For most men, beards only start to fully connect without glaring patches after a full month of growth. This is the average though for some men it may take longer.
This is why the beard is a commitment.
Growing it out takes patience and some work. You will be dealing with a few issues:
1) Patchy and unkempt facial hair that looks like you forgot to shave.
2) Itchiness in skin
3) Coarse hair which others may dislike
4) Having to deal with people commenting because you will look a little around the edges.
Keep in mind!
As soon as you start growing your beard, there are a couple of things you should consider doing to keep it healthy.
1) Wash your beard regularly. Keep it hydrated but don’t over-wash the beard. It doesn’t need to be washed daily just like your hair.
2) Immediately begin applying beard oil to keep it soft and prevent excessive itching and keep it healthy.
3) Growing a beard takes commitment and will grow out eventually.
After 1st month-What to do?
After the first month has passed, you are left with two options. Either commit to growing a beard or start grooming the beard to look more polished. Grooming can be done from the start. But the risk of starting too early is that you won’t have the chance to see how your beard grows along its natural lines.
If after the first month, you still notice glaring patches or a lack of density in certain areas then you may need to give it a bit of extra help. There is also a piece of good news that if you are having trouble growing a beard then you don’t have to worry about going bald. Studies have shown that most men who easily grow beards from a young age are more prone to male pattern baldness.
1) Your beard is not growing slowly
Your beard actually grows at the same rate as every other man unless you have some kind of skin condition.
2) The patches are caused by the thickness and not the length.
There are a couple of factors that cause some beards to look denser and others to look patchy.
- If you have lighter hair, it will almost always appear thinner than someone with dark hair.
- Like the hair on your head, facial hair can be thick or thin and thicker facial hair always appears fuller.
You cannot make your beard grow faster but you can possibly make the hair appear or even grow thicker. Start trimming after about every four weeks for better results.
Here are a few tricks and tips to grow a beard
1) Don’t shave it- Grow a beard without shaving
Shaving a beard does not cause it to grow back thicker or faster. The only way to grow a good beard is by actually making the commitment to let it grow. You will surely reach there.
Exercising and losing weight increases testosterone and blood circulation which both have a huge effect on facial hair growth. Short but intense workouts will cause testosterone to increase faster and will also prevent it from declining. Testosterone and beard growth go hand in hand so head to the gym and break a sweat to see thicker beard growth.
3) Get a good night’ sleep
It is always necessary to have a good sleep in order to remain healthy. Studies say that if you sleep for 5 hours or less, your testosterone levels will decrease by as much as 15-17 percent.
Stress has been shown to constrict blood vessels and some evidence even points to cortisol reducing testosterone levels. The same way you can lose hair due to stress, it can also prevent you from growing your beard out.
5) Eat healthily to grow a beard
A healthy and well-balanced diet is the key to growing facial hair. Growing thicker hair requires vitamin, proteins, and minerals rich diets.
6) You can also consider taking supplements to grow a beard
Taking supplements like iron; vitamin B, D, and E; magnesium; zinc and copper can all increase hair thickness. First, go and check your doctor before taking any supplements.
7) Use the proper tools
Your grooming kit should contain beard oil. comb, straightener, beard wash, and wax and many other things for your beard growth.
Give yourself a break and Chill!
We all know a big part of how fast our beard grows in is caused by simple genetics. But unlike some aspects such as your height, your beard will keep growing. It may take a little bit of time but if you make the commitment, you will be rewarded with a lush and majestic beard.
If for whatever reason, you aren’t growing any facial hair, that is a whole different issue. You may require medical treatments to fix it.
Fixing Glaring patches
If you can’t justify waiting for all the hair to grow out and you need to fix glaring patches then the only way is to trim the entire beard down to the length of the lowest patch. Trimming your beard to match the lowest patch can help but lengthens the process.
It will prevent your beard from growing out quickly but it will help to improve the hair growth consistency and density. Make sure you outline the beard so it looks like you didn’t forget to shave.
1) VitaBeard Facial hair growth Multivitamin-
It is a well-reviewed and well known OTC assistant. Take it to grow your beard which requires some extra help.
2) Beard Grow XL-
Beard Grow XL maintains an impressive 4.5 stars on Amazon with more than 900 reviews. There aren’t many supplements that can make that claim.
3) Huntsman Beard Co. Beard comb and pouch-
I really like this beard comb because one side of it has teeth perfect for coarse facial hair whereas the other side is intended for thinner hair. If you are new in growing a beard then use this product as it will give you the best results.
If you find you have a patchy beard or are having trouble growing it out, rest assured it will come. It may take one, two or even three months but it will come with time and patience. Just start imagining how great it will look fully grown.
What beard issues do you face? Do you want any tips or tricks? Just let me know in the comment box.