How to Grow a Beard
Your beard tells the world who you are. A stylish, well-maintained beard tells people you’re the kind of man who takes pride in his appearance. You set and accomplish goals. You pay attention to details. You conquer challenges.
And make no mistake – growing a beard can be a challenge. A growing beard doesn’t always look or feel very good. Fortunately, I’ve discovered some techniques and strategies which make growing a beard a more pleasant experience. Here’s what you need to know:
Growing a beard requires patience and persistence. Understanding what to expect will help you stay the course when your beard is itchy and rough-looking.
Step One: Leave Your Beard Alone for the First Two Months
At first, simply let your beard grow. Don’t worry about styling, trimming or other maintenance. Just let your beard develop naturally.
Don’t do anything to your beard for the first six to eight weeks. This is often harder than it sounds.
First, your beard won’t grow in uniformly. After a certain point, your mustache hair will likely be much longer than the hair on your cheeks and chin. You might feel compelled to trim your mustache. But the other parts of your beard will quickly catch up and a trimmed mustache will look uneven.
Has it been a while since you’ve grown any significant facial hair? Don’t be surprised if your beard doesn’t look like what you expected. Your facial hair might be a different color than your head hair.
Follicle structure can also change as you age. If you’re over the age of 25, your beard might be thicker and darker than you remember.
After about four weeks you’ll likely notice a fair degree of patchiness. Don’t worry. Parts of your face might be patchy for a month or two only to fill in quickly.
The first two months or so are the worst parts of growing of beard. Make no mistake. Your beard will itch. It’ll look scraggly and unkempt. You’re not going to like the look and feel.
Don’t give up! A full, well-maintained beard is worth the trouble. The first two months are only temporary, so stay the course.
Step Two: Proper Beard Care
After about two months you’re ready to get more hands-on. Your beard can now be trimmed. Beard care techniques can now be used.
First, tame your wild mane with a trim. Find the shortest patch on your beard. Trim the rest down to that level.
Even if you want the beard longer eventually, you want to trim it all down to the shortest level at first. Doing so will help your beard grow uniformly in the long run.
You’re also ready to start grooming. Beard requires daily maintenance. Otherwise, the hair will trap dirt and grime against your face. Clean beards are less likely to itch and irritate.
The right beard brush is key. You’ll want a brush with boar’s hair bristles. Boar’s hair helps your beard stay soft and smooth. The unique shape of the bristles helps spread natural oils throughout your beard.
Each morning and afternoon, brush your beard vigorously. Then rinse your beard with warm water. The shower usually works just fine. Running water is enough to wash away any dead skin and debris.
Avoid using regular soap or shampoo to clean your beard. Instead, you’ll want to use products made especially for beards. You’ll want a beard balm, oil or both. Regular use helps keep your beard moisturized, detangled and smelling fresh.
Step Three: Healthy Eating
A great beard starts well before follicles appear on your face. What you eat can have a big impact on the type of beard you’re able to grow. Here are a few key foods you’ll want to include in your diet while you’re growing your beard.
Brazilian Nuts contain selenium, a mineral which helps with hair growth. Just a few nuts a day gives you enough selenium to help your beard grow in faster and thicker. Nuts with intact skin will have the most selenium.
These little guys have a lot of boron, a mineral which helps boost your testosterone levels. Just 10 mg of boron daily can increase testosterone production by 28%. That can result in thicker, faster-growing hair.
Eggs are both protein rich and filled with biotin, a vitamin which helps strengthen hair. Lack of biotin contributes to hair loss. Eating eggs on a regular basis will help keep your beard full.
Step Four: Workout
Don’t overlook the power of regular exercise. A healthy heart and improved blood flow help your beard grow in thick and full.
Plus, exercise will help boost your testosterone levels. Low T-levels contribute to hair loss and impede healthy hair growth.
Feel free to do pretty much whatever type of exercise you enjoy. Anything which gets your heart rate going will have beard benefits. The one type you might want to avoid is swimming. Regular exposure to chlorine and harsh pool chemicals can dry out your skin.
Growing a beard presents challenges – but the strategies above will help your beard grow in full and fast. Let your beard grow naturally for eight weeks. Then wash and use beard grooming products each day. Finally, don’t discount the benefits of regular exercise and proper nutrition.
A great beard can be yours – it’s time to get started!