If you are looking for information and products that will magically transform your beard into a long, thick majestic cascade of hair, keep reading:
That is unrealistic and does not exist.
Sorry to disappoint you. Anyone who claims that a product or tip will allow anyone else to grow a full, thick beard after struggling with growth... is simply lying. The brutal truth is that growing a full, thick beard takes commitment and patience, and what you're naturally capable of growing.
Don't despair, though. There are several actions you can take to improve both your overall health and the health of your beard.
Accept Your Beard DNA and Work With It
If your beard simply doesn't grow or is too patchy to grow out, beard growth may not be in your DNA. While the complete role of DNA in hair growth is not fully understood, researchers have identified that a marker in the LNX1 gene of chromosome 4 influences facial hair growth. This may mean that you are incapable of growing a full, thick beard. If that is the case, consider growing a shorter beard or remaining clean shaven. Don't waste your time or money purchasing products promised to stimulate beard growth. Accept your beard DNA.
Work Through the Initial Beard Itch
If you have never grown a beard before, you may not be ready for the itch that accompanies the stubble stage. For most new beardsman, the initial itch subsides after two to three weeks.
When you shave, the razor cuts your beard hairs at angles that leave sharp edges. As your stubble emerges, these sharp edges irritate and scratch your facial skin. Couple this with dry facial skin and it is a recipe for beard itch.
How can you work through the itch? Using a light application of beard oil on this new stubble-beard can help you greatly minimize this itch. Beard oil is formulated to soften beard hair and nourish facial skin and moisturize your skin. Healthy skin is the foundation for a healthy beard and will reduce the initial itch.
Maintain the Beard Hair You Have
One mistake that many aspiring beardsman make is obsessing about growing more hair while neglecting the hair they already have. Our hair naturally sheds and is replaced by new growth. When more existing hair sheds or breaks than normal, you will notice your beard will be thinner. This happens for a few reasons:
Don't be a rough groomer. Use grooming tools and allow them to do their jobs. Don't power through tangles. Apply oil and gently work through snags.
Don't pull out gray hairs. Gray hairs are inevitable. The more you pull, the thinner your beard will be.
Don't nervously pull your beard. If you play with your beard, twist it or pull it, your hairs are at risk of prematurely falling out.
Your beard hair is dry and brittle. This is a two part issue. First, keep your body hydrated by drinking lots of water. Second, apply beard oil to facial skin and beard hair to keep them from drying out (We also recommend using a beard butter before bed).
If you want a beard that is thick from the front, the bottom and the sides, stop over-trimming. Allow your neckline to grow as low as possible to allow the supporting hairs to grow underneath. When your neckline is free to grow below your Adam's apple, your beard will be full and dense. Trimming is for shaping, but resist the temptation to trim the underside.
Avoid Beard Products with Damaging Chemicals
The products you use on your facial skin and beard can cause your beard hairs to break. When shopping for beard balms and butters, avoid the following chemicals:
- Isopropyl alcohol
- Mineral oil
- Polyethylene Glycol
Moisturize your beard with all natural ingredients that allow your beard to absorb all that nourishment.
Manage Your Stress Levels
Stress causes physical processes to take place in your body that inhibits beard growth. Experiencing long term stress can reduce testosterone production, constrict blood vessels, and disrupt sleep. Stress triggers the "resting phase" for hair resulting in a halt of beard growth.
Improve Your Diet
A vitamin rich diet is beneficial for every aspect of your life. Hair is a protein filament and thrives on protein rich foods. Adding collagen peptides naturally improves the health of skin and hair. Increasing your consumption of amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein, will result in a healthier beard. Our bodies rely on nine essential amino acids. Foods that contain all nine are called complete protein sources and include:
Incorporate a variety of high protein foods in your diet and eliminate sugar and alcohol.
If you were hoping for a magic pill to grow a full, thick beard, sorry to disappoint. Being a beardsman takes discipline and commitment. A healthier you means having a healthier beard.
Stay Bearded, Brother!