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The Ultimate Guide to Growing a Beard: What You Need to Know

The Ultimate Guide To Growing A Beard: What You Need To Know

Growing a beard isn’t the same for everyone. Some men have no trouble with quickly growing a thick, full beard, while others experience growth that might be slow or patchy. Most men experience slow hair growth in certain areas and consistent growth in others.

The good news is, there are tips and tricks to help you grow a beard that is full and healthy. The key is to have patience during the initial “growing in” process, which may last a few weeks or even months, depending on the individual person.

Being committed to the process and taking care to follow these beard growth tips will certainly increase your chances of achieving a full and healthy beard sooner rather than later.

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Proper Preparation

Starting with a clean slate, so to speak, is also beneficial at the beginning of your beard growth process. It might sound counterproductive, but shaving your face every day for a week straight is a great way to stimulate hair growth and strengthen those hair follicles.

Now, it’s important to remember that not every shave is created equal. You still might be shaving every day in preparation, but if you’re using harmful products or a dull razor, it could actually harm your efforts to grow a full beard.

Wash Your Face

Before shaving, gently washing your face with warm water will help to clean the area and open up your pores, allowing for a closer shave. Most men know to do this, but fewer realize the importance of washing after shaving.

By washing your face after you shave, you wash away any lingering dead skin cells, hair, or leftover product. Leaving these on your skin, especially after your initial wash that opened your pores, could result in breakouts. These will also hinder your beard growth since those pores would be clogged.

Trim Any Excess

If you have more substantial growth, make sure to trim your beard before shaving. This will prevent the razor from getting clogged and will ensure a much closer, smoother shave.

Improve Your Lifestyle

Not a lot of people are aware that your lifestyle, including your sleep pattern, diet, and even how often you exercise, can affect hair growth.

Get Enough Sleep

Sleeping doesn’t just replenish your energy, but it’s when your body works to repair itself at all levels. Scientifically speaking, most hair growth occurs overnight while you are asleep. Cellular turnover, which is vital for stimulating hair follicles, occurs during this time.

It’s pretty interesting, actually: if you’re not appropriately rested, this will result in decreased blood flow. This means your hair follicles won’t be getting the nutrients they need to properly stimulate growth, which results in slow or patchy growth, and most often both.

Eat Healthy

Similarly to getting enough sleep, making sure that you’re eating healthy food with essential nutrients from protein, whole grains, and veggies increase the likelihood of healthy hair growth.

For example, increasing your vitamin A intake helps maintain and repair skin tissue, which helps to stimulate hair follicles. Protein increases your amino acids, which turns into keratin, which is the main substance that makes up both skin and hair. Vitamins like B6 and B12 reduce stress and prevent hair loss.

Exercise

Taking care of your physical health by exercising will help improve your beard growth in many ways. First, exercise increases your blood flow, which allows the proper nutrients reach your hair follicles.

Exercising also increases your testosterone levels. Testosterone is a hormone related to hair growth, acting as a primer for the hair follicle. DHT, a hormone that’s converted from testosterone, promotes the actual growth of the hair.

Take Care of the Skin Underneath Your Beard

Of course, growing a full beard isn’t only about the actual hair. The skin underneath also needs proper care, and well-cared for skin increases the chance of a healthy beard.

As previously mentioned, shaving your face every day for a week before starting your beard growth journey will help stimulate your hair follicles and increase your chances of a robust beard. Adopting a proper skin care routine is also essential during this time, and leading up until your beard starts to come in.

It’s not common for men to have a fully-fledged skincare routine, but it’s crucial for beard health and growth. Washing your face thoroughly each morning and night, exfoliating up to two times per week, and using a moisturizer regularly will keep your skin properly moisturized to encourage hair growth.

Using the Right Beard Care Products

Once your beard starts to come in, you can move away from your skincare routine and into strictly caring for your beard. Fancy and expensive products aren’t really necessary unless you feel like splurging on that kind of thing.

Shampooing your beard is a necessary step, and whatever you’re using on your head can usually be used on your beard. Just make sure that it’s thoroughly rinsed out since any residue or buildup could potentially dry your skin and clog your pores.

Beard oil is another beneficial product. This keeps both your face and your hair moisturized, increasing hydration, and encouraging growth. These tend to be expensive, so it’s worth the effort to look up creating your own DIY beard oil. It’ll save you money in the long run, and it will work just as well as one bought at the store.

Maintain Your Beard Growth

The Beginning Stages

The maintenance part of growing in a full, thick beard is probably the most difficult part, but it’s definitely possible! When you’re hair starts to grow in, it could possibly be itchy or uncomfortable. When this happens, resist the urge to itch and instead condition your beard with beard oil, cream, or balm. This will neat up any flyaway hairs that might be causing the irritation. Feeling uncomfortable could also be because of dry skin, so these will also hydrate and moisturize your skin.

Trimming Your…

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Resisting the urge to shave your beard within the first month or so is key. This happens often with men who experience very patchy beard growth. If you wait out this stage, your beard hairs will eventually fill in and even out.

However, if you’re adamant about getting a trim, shaving the trouble areas against the grain can help the hair in the area grow back thicker. In fact, using different razor grades on different parts of your face can help to eventually even things out.

It will take around four to six weeks for your beard to really grow in. During this stage, trimming your jawline, top lip, and the rest of your beard will help with the shape and appearance.

It could be worthwhile to have this done by a professional (you might want their input on the right beard shape for your face anyway), but if you prefer to trim your beard at home, you should use a trimmer with a guard. This ensures an even finish.

Also, start with a longer setting. You can always go higher if you need to, but if you cut it too short, then there’s no going back.

Leaving Your Beard Alone

One of the most effective things you can do to help increase the growth and fullness, is to leave it alone. Obviously, you’ll still need to wash and moisturize your beard, but anything else could possibly harm your progress.

It might be tempting to play with your beard or to examine the skin underneath, but any unneeded tampering will hinder your growth. Picking at acne or scabs or even plucking occasional hairs can lead to skin that is irritated, and therefore less healthy. This could especially result in patchiness since you’d only be picking at certain areas of your face.

There’s also the chance that bacteria, as well as oils from your hands, will get into your beard and further damage it. If you’re committed to shampooing every night, this might not do too much damage, but it’s still unnecessary contamination for your pores.

Final Thoughts

With all this said, it will still be easier for some men to grow a beard than for others. For some, it’s as simple as not shaving, but others need some help along the way.

Even if you can grow a beard fast, that doesn’t mean it will be healthy. While you may be able to grow out your hair, maintaining it properly and taking care of both the hair and the skin underneath will ensure that you look your best.

No matter what category you fall into, there are proven methods to not only improve your hair growth but the health of your hair as well. There’s certainly a difference between seeing someone that takes care of their beard and who doesn’t.

You would much rather look like someone who is put together rather than someone who simply grew out their beard because of laziness, following these tips will help you avoid that.

LC Stephens

LC Stephens

What started out as a quest to style my beard, has turned into my passion to educate other men around all aspects of beard styles. Despite all of the different styles and products, I wanted to make this simple for everyone. Knowledge is power!

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