Have you ever run into a man who had the beard of an adonis and wondered, “I wish I could grow a beard like that?” Have you secretly browsed articles, hoping for a trick or two to give you that thick stubble you’ve always wanted? Do you want to know if you can pull off a full beard?
We’re here to tell you that growing a beard faster, thicker and fuller is possible for you. We’re going to bust some myths and give you tips that will actually help you. And you’re going to find all of that information right here.
If you’re just here for the tips, you can use the table of contents above to skip right to the information you need. Otherwise, let’s get started with some much-needed education on beards.
Can I Grow a Beard?
Before we get to the tips, let’s talk about something important: can you grow a beard?
Not all men can. Medical reasons, such as a skin disease, can prevent you from growing a beard. You may also find you can grow some facial hair, but it’s patchy. There are some men who can’t grow a beard at all.
So what gives? Why can some men grow a beard and others can?
A New York Times article stated that testosterone, a hormone, plays a role in beard growing. The more sensitive you are to the hormone, the better your chances are of growing a beard. If you’re not sensitive at all, that might be a reason you can’t grow a beard.
Basically, if you can’t grow a beard by the time you’re 25, chances are, you won’t ever grow a beard. By this we mean if you can’t grow any type of facial hair. Some men have patchy beards when they’re 20, but age and lifestyle changes could change their beard growth over the years.
Is There Hope for Beardless Men?
Outside of transplanting hairs on your face, there’s little you can do if you can’t naturally grow a beard. While there are some medical options, we are talking about your face. You don’t want to do anything to harm the skin or hair on your face, right?
Some medical facilities or doctors say that testosterone injections may solve the issue, but we caution against that. The injections can actually make you lose hair on the top of your head and cause severe acne that will scar. You may even encounter liver problems that can be fatal, so use your judgment.
Growing a Beard - The Myths
If you’re one of the lucky men who can grow a beard, you’re probably hoping there’s something you can do to grow your beard faster. After all, that’s part of why you’re reading this article!
But let’s get a few myths out of the way, okay?
Shaving Will Make Your Beard Grow Faster and Thicker
Sorry, it won’t. Shaving doesn’t do anything but make you have to grow your beard out again. This will take time; depending on your genetics and lifestyle, it could take you a few days to a full week to grow your beard out again.
Growing out a thick beard also has nothing to do with shaving. That’s because the thickness of your hair depends on your genetics and nothing else. There are products you can use to thicken your beard, but like with other products, it will wash out.
Beard Growth Supplements are the Answer
Okay, we’re going to be honest with you: “beard growth supplements” are basically glorified multivitamins. Husky Beard showcases this by pointing out that Biotin, a vitamin you can get from food, is usually increased in these supplements; that’s the only major difference between these supplements and multivitamins.
It is true that some nutrients, like Biotin, can hinder your beard growth if your diet is deficient in them. However, making sure you get enough biotin-rich foods, like carrots, almonds, halibut and strawberries, will clear up that problem for you.
Rogaine Can Permanently Help Beard Growth
Again, this is a myth. While Rogaine, also known as Minoxidil, is known to work for some men, it will not work for all of them. But there’s a catch: you have to keep using the product in order to continue the results. That means this isn’t a permanent solution.
Best Way to Grow a Beard
Is there just one way to grow a beard? Is there a process every man can use that will increase beard growth? What makes a beard grow faster for all men?
The truth is, the best way to grow a beard is to take care of yourself. That’s right, pay attention to your diet, exercise, sleep more, stay hydrated, and basically keep yourself in the best of health.
Sounds a bit cheesy, right? Is that all you can do? There’s nothing else?
Well, there are some tips and tricks. What we’re going to cover next are things you can do to grow a full, thick, beautiful beard. But these aren’t quick fixes; you’re going to need to be committed and patient during the process.
Tips to Grow a Beard Faster
Here are ten tips that you can add to your routine to stimulate beard growth. Even if you don’t follow all ten, following just a few will give you great results.
1. Get Some Rest
This is one tip you see a lot, but maybe you don’t think it can help. But sleeping for at least eight hours a day can actually accelerate beard growth.
How is this possible? In basic terms, your body heals and regenerates while you sleep. Your body also gets a lot of the nutrients you’ve ingested while you sleep. That means that while you’re catching up on rest, your beard is growing.
2. Take Care of Ingrown Hairs
Ingrown hairs can be a nightmare when you’re growing out your beard. Basically, these hairs grow inside your skin instead of growing out of your face. This is a problem for trying to grow a thick beard as you can imagine.
So what can you do? You can start an exfoliation process, which will bring that ingrown hair out of your face. You can also try to use a product that’s made to solve this problem.
What we don’t recommend is digging into your face with a pair of tweezers to get the hair out. That just irritates your skin even more, so don’t poke at it. Let it grow and eventually, the hair will come out by itself.
3. Increase Your Protein
Here’s a quick protein lesson: hair is made up of protein and fat. This means that in order to have a full, thick beard that grows in quickly, you might need to up your protein intake. Meats, fish, eggs, nuts, and even spinach are good sources of protein.
4. Eat for Your Beard
Your beard doesn’t just need protein; it needs vitamins and minerals. Birchbox states that iron, zinc, Vitamins B through E, and more are important to eat every single day for faster beard growth. Simply put, what you eat during the day will have a direct impact on how fast and thick your beard grows.
5. Start a Beard Regime
That’s right, you need to start a beard regime. That means products, including beard oil, beard cream, beard brushes, and a consistent schedule. That means you have to maintain your upkeep in order to have a thick beard because if you start a regime and then stop, you’ll notice the quality of your beard will start to dip.
6. Take a Multivitamin
You should already be taking a multivitamin, but just in case you’re not, start taking one. That’s because you aren’t going to always get the nutrients you need during the day. A multivitamin can help shore up any deficiencies you may have, give you a thicker beard, and is super easy to make part of your routine.
7. Stop Smoking
If you’re a smoker, you should be aware that smoking can actually harm your beard growth. Smoking can halt your hair growth, making your whiskers thinner than they normally would be. This happens because smoking restricts blood flow to your hair, making it harder to grow out.
For the best results for a thick beard, quit smoking now. Not only will your skin, eyes, and face thank you, but your beard should come in healthy and full.
8. Maintain Your Growth
Beard maintenance is a real thing, guys. Whether you do it yourself at home with your trusty razor or you head to a barber to get it done professionally, you’re going to want to maintain your growth.
What does this mean? This means shaping and trimming your beard, but only after you have let it grow for at least six weeks. This is the point where shaping your beard becomes a regular part of your routine; your beard has already grown in and all you’re doing is making sure it looks healthy and thick.
Maintaining your growth is as simple as finding a beard shape and length you like and then trimming your beard to stay that way. Over time, your beard will look thicker, and it’s all because you groom on a regular basis.
9. Try DIY Recipes
Hear us out on this one: DIY recipes can be a lifesaver. Yes, we know that DIY hair and skin care is usually done by women, but you can use it too.
For instance, coating your beard with coconut oil and rosemary extract has been done by men for hundreds of years. That’s because it is thought to stimulate hair growth. All you have to do is coat your whiskers for 15 minutes and then wash the oil out. And you only have to do it three times a week!
There are a bunch of other DIY formulas you can use; GQ India is a great place to start. Try a bunch of different recipes until you find one that fits your needs.
10. Let it Grow Longer Than Your Ideal Length
Okay, so this might be confusing. Let it grow out how long? But growing out your beard longer than you want can actually make it look thicker. This is because not all your face hairs grow at the same rate. The longer your beard, the easier it is to mask a patchy beard.
Every man wants to grow a fuller, thicker beard faster. You know that the only way to do that is to educate yourself on what you need to do. Through science, this article, a little commitment and a whole lot of patience, you too will be able to have the beard of your dreams. Happy beard growing.