That’s what you’re expecting me to say, right? It seems like nowadays, the only way you can grow a beard is by spending thousands of dollars on super expensive facial treatments.
Who has money like that?
Not you, I bet. Well, don’t break into your savings account just yet. The truth behind thick, full, and healthy beard growth has nothing to do with money and fame.
Honestly, the only thing that matters is you, your body, and the choices you make with your body.
To grow a beard, fast, all you need to do is make the right choices. The rate of fast-growing facial hair is based almost entirely on genetics. Of course, there are a few other tricks for optimal hair growth.
All you have to focus on is regularly moisturizing, cleaning, and exfoliating your face. Also, you should take vitamins and biotin for the best results.
In these next for sections, we’ll be exploring what, why, and where you can find everything you need to grow a thick, healthy beard.
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List of Methods
Growing and caring for your hair, facial or otherwise, takes time, effort, and a whole lot of patience. It’s true that some men grow facial hair faster than others. This is entirely based on genetics and diet.
However, there are certain things you can do guarantee that the hair you do grow is thick, healthy, and strong.
Here are a few methods and tips you should consider when growing beard hair.
1 - Care for Your Face
Exfoliate Your Skin
Skin scrubs and exfoliates aren’t gender-based practices. Both men and women should get used to exfoliating their skin on a regular basis. Exfoliators remove built-up dead skin, oil, and dirt.
This leaves your skin smooth and your pores free of suffocating toxins. It also stimulates hair growth by encouraging the circulation of blood through your skin.
Men should, of course, use men-focused facial scrubs or exfoliates. An exfoliating mask is always a good idea. While masks take longer periods of time to use, they perform other various functions. This may include deep moisturizing and toxin removal.
Keep Your Skin Clean
Tagging along with exfoliating your skin, you should be sure to wash your face every day and night. This helps to prevent the buildup of dirt and dead skin. Daily cleaners are a good option for detoxifying your pores.
However, you should be careful that you don’t dry out your skin through over-cleansing.
Cream Or Moisturize With Eucalyptus
Eucalyptus is an extremely popular product for the growth and retention of hair.
Here are 4 reasons why:
- Stimulates growth: When applying eucalyptus oil, creams, or moisturizers you may experience a tingly, minty feeling on your skin. This is the eucalyptus stimulating the hair follicles in your skin, which, in turn, improves the blood circulation. You need fresh blood to circulate nutrients into your pores and hair for constant growth.
- Prevents itchy, dandruff-ridden beards: Eucalyptus features antiviral and anti-bacterial properties that help to prevent the buildup of dandruff. It also helps to prevent ingrown hairs and other bacterial infections.
- Improves hair elasticity: Eucalyptus actually increases the number of ceramides in hair. It also strengthens the hair shaft while improving elasticity which guarantees a stronger, longer beard.
- Controls oily skin: Eucalyptus helps to regulate sebum produced among the base of the hair follicles. An overabundance of sebum will mix with dirt to clog your pores, create pimples, and ultimately cause your hair to fall.
Avoid Dry Or Flaky Skin
As mentioned before, it’s important that you wash your face daily to avoid the buildup of dead skin. Built-up dead skin can cause your hair to grow slower.
Using a daily moisturizer will create the perfect environment for hair growth while leaving your skin smooth and soft.
Check For Ingrown Hairs
Ingrown hairs happen when the hair grows sideways or back into the skin. It’s important to note that ingrown hairs are caused by the buildup of dead skin in pores.
This blocks your growing hair, in turn, preventing it from growing out straight. They can also be caused by shaving too close to the skin.
Ingrown hairs are very common in beards and pubic hair. It’s more prominent for curly, coarse hair types. They sometimes show up as spots of little pimples on the chin and neck after shaving.
Ingrown hairs can also cause the growth of little puss-filled boil-like sores. Most importantly, they keep your beard hair from growing out evenly.
Don’t worry too much about getting rid of ingrown hairs because they typically go away on their own. However, picking and scratching them often causes scars and infections.
If an ingrown hair becomes infected, it’s generally recommended that you consult your primary doctor. There, they’ll drain the infection with a sterile needle.
Get Some Rest
More sleep does not mean more hair. That’s not happening. However, less sleep can definitely mean less hair. Sleep deprivation is believed to negatively affect the body’s immune system and physical and mental stamina.
The body needs time to digest nutrients and detox. It does this while you’re sleeping. Sleeps lets your body repair and recharge itself.
If you withhold sleep, then you’re basically withholding the important nutrients that promote hair growth. This eventually leads to a whole mess of problems, including diseases, insomnia, stress, and hair loss.
So, while sleep doesn’t cause faster hair growth, it’s still necessary. Make sure that you’re getting 6-8 hours a sleep each day for the best hair growth results.
Exercise To Reduce Stress
One of the best things you can do to promote hair growth is to exercise. Firstly, exercise, like cardio, helps to increase blood circulation throughout the body.
As stated before, increased blood circulation helps to distribute important nutrients and vitamins throughout the body. That’s why incorporating a regular and healthy amount of cardio into your daily schedule can help you grow thick, strong hair.
Secondly, exercise helps to relive stress and stress can cause hair loss. There are, in fact, 3 stress-related forms of hair loss: Alopecia areata, telogen effluvium, and trichotillomania.
- Alopecia areata: Immune system attacks hair follicles and causes chunks of hair to fall out. Hair loss in beard is called Alopecia barbae. In men, alocpecia barbae is often triggered between the ages of 28 and 43.
- Telogen effluvium: Stress causes hair follicles to go into a resting phase. However, the effects of this stress-related hair loss might not be apparent for a few months after the stress is triggered. Sometimes you can start losing hair months after the stressor is gone.
- Trichotillomania: The action of compulsively and unconsciously ripping out hair due to stress.
While sleep and a healthy diet can help relieve stress, exercise is also a great natural way to combat hair loss. Exercise releases endorphins which are hormones most associated with pleasure.
This is a great way to prevent both present and future stress-related hair loss. Consider doing a sport or trying yoga. Basically, anything that can get you moving and relaxed can help you grow a thick, healthy beard.
Adopt A Healthy Lifestyle
Overall, it’s important that you try to incorporate a healthy lifestyle for healthy beard growth. This means that you may want to lay off alcohols, cigarettes, and any other unhealthy activities.
Make sure that you eat right and incorporate the recommended daily amount of fruits and vegetables into your meals. If you continuously don’t see results, you can always consult with a licensed doctor or dermatologist.
2 - Vitamins and Supplements
Daily Dose Of Biotin
Biotin is an extremely popular vitamin supplement for hair loss. It’s important to note that there’s no scientific evidence that biotin helps hair grow quickly.
However, there have been studies that suggest a biotin deficiency can cause hair loss or slower hair growth rates. Biotin is an important ingredient for promoting strong hair, nails, and skin.
That’s why the recommended daily dosage for biotin is 30 mcg for both males and females over the age of 19.
Biotin can be found in a number of different food sources. These include nuts, almonds, peanuts, egg yolks, wheat-bread, pork, avocados, fish, soybeans, and more.
You can also buy biotin vitamins or B-complex vitamins and take them daily. Just make sure that you consult with your primary physician before changing your diet.
While Biotin is an extremely important vitamin for preventing hair loss, it’s not the only B-vitamin you should be taking. Other B-vitamins are extremely helpful for growing a thick and healthy beard.
It’s important to note that Biotin is actually called B7 and it’s also a B-vitamin. That said, let’s take a look at the other B-vitamins you should be consuming.
- Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin (B2), and Niacin (B3) guarantee that your hair follicles are properly nourished.
- Pantothenic Acid (B5) helps to stimulate hair growth by supporting the adrenal glands.
- Pyridoxine (B6) helps to boost the metabolism while guaranteeing that your hair grows at a steady rate. It’s also necessary for the production of red blood cells.
- Cobalamin (B12) is important because it assists in the production of red blood cells.
B-vitamins are water-soluble. This means that if you take more B-vitamins than your body needs, you’ll simply “flush” the rest out in the bathroom.
However, B-vitamin deficiencies are more common than you would think. While symptoms vary based on the vitamin deficiency, some of the worst symptoms include anemia, memory loss, hypertension, and hair loss.
Taking a regular B-Complex supplement can help you reach your daily vitamin goals. You can also incorporate foods rich with B-vitamins into your diet.
Like biotin, these include nuts, almonds, peanuts, egg yolks, wheat-bread, pork, avocados, fish, soybeans, etc. Always check with your primary physician before making a major change to your diet.
Eat More Protein
Needing protein is a fairly simple concept. Protein is energy and your body needs energy to perform important, life essential, processes.
However, protein also composes hair. So, when you don’t consume enough protein, you’ll body will stop providing the protein it does get to the less essential parts or processes in your body.
This means that your hair growth rate may slow down considerably. That’s why you should eat more protein to guarantee that your body is receiving enough to grow a beard.
A typical American adult should consume 0.36 grams of protein per pound a day. That ranges from 46 to 56 grams. Protein is available in almost any type of food. This includes eggs, dairy products, meats, fish, nuts, vegetables, fruits, etc.
Fruits and Vegetables
I hope that you’re eating your fruits and veggies. Fruits and vegetables may not be the tastiest or most convenient option. However, they’re a great source of vitamins that are essential for natural, healthy beard growth. Here’s a quick look at some other important vitamins and the fruits and vegetables they can be found in.
- Vitamin A: this produces sebum which is an oily secretion. Sebum acts as a natural hair conditioner. Vitamin A also works as an antioxidant which protects against toxins and encourages hair growth. Found in kale, spinach, carrots, sweet potatoes, and broccoli
- Vitamin E: Acts as an antioxidant that protects against toxins. Also prevents hair damage from overexposure to the sun. Found in avocados, spinach, and carrots
- Vitamin C: Acts as an antioxidant that protects against toxins. It also produces collagen for hair production. Found in citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruit, etc.) strawberries, red peppers, broccoli, spinach, and tomatoes
3 - Drink Plenty Of Water
It’s amazing how people often forget how important water is for almost every bodily function. Humans are mainly made up of water.
It should come as no surprise that water is absolutely necessary for growing a thick, healthy beard. Water nurtures our cells, provides our body with energy, and prevents dehydration. V
Via hydrolysis, water breaks down nutrient compounds for distribution throughout your body. Water also activates nerve endings in our hair follicles to strengthen the roots of our hair.
So, please make sure you’re drinking the recommended 8-10 ounces of water a day. Not just for your hair, but also for your health.
If you don’t like water, here are a few healthy alternatives: coconut water, flavored water, cold brewed tea, seltzer water, etc.
Another helpful hint: Try different bottled water brands, such as Dasani vs. Aquafina. Bottled water’s taste is altered based on the amount of vitamins and minerals that are present.
It’s also determined on how well the water has been filtered. You’ll find that some brands have more a pleasant, or less chalky, taste than others.
4 - Leave Your Beard Alone
Don’t Trim Or Shape Your Beard
Resist the urge to cut, shape, and trim your beard before it’s even grown in. Over shaping in the beginning stages can leave you with a pretty tacky beard. Give your beard 4 to 6 weeks to fully grow out.
Then start shaping that hairline. When you do, make sure that you use a good electric shaver or safety razor. You’ll want to use the best beard trimmer you can find if you want your beard to continue to grow quickly.
Regular Shaving Does Not Equal Quicker, Thicker Beards
I’m not the first person to say this and I certainly won’t be the last: Shaving your beard won’t stimulate faster growth.
No, your beard won’t come back thicker, either. This is a myth. While shaving might temporarily trigger faster hair growth, it’ll immediately slow down afterward.
Your genes determine how fast your hair grows. Unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do to change that.
So, the best thing you can do is cultivate the perfect environment for optimal hair growth. This means eating right, exercising regularly, avoiding cigarettes and alcohol, and getting enough rest.
Also, leave your beard alone! Or at least wait 4 to 6 weeks before trimming it.
If you’re in the beginning stages of your beard growth journey, then I suggest you get ready for quite a lot of itching. Itching is caused by 1 of 3 things: growing hair, dead skin, and dry hair.
- Growing hair: When you begin growing your beard, the hair follicles will grow out through this skin. The hair cuts into the skin and causes irritations as it grows. This should pass as your beard base grows.
- Dead skin: Dead skin cells may build up on the hair follicles as it grows. This dead skin cells will rub against your skin causing irritation and itching. This can easily be remedied by washing and exfoliating your face, regularly.
- Dry hair: Beard hair is coarse. It may take some time to get used to the constant rub of dry hair on your face. To ease the itching you can either moisturize your face or soften your beard with a nice oil.
If you really suffer from a constant itch or rash, I recommend consulting your primary physician. They may prescribe you with a helpful hydrocortisone cream.
Remember to be patient and to not rush your beard. You’re beard hair will grow quickly if you follow these steps. You’ll see results in no time!
5 - Tips
- Exfoliate at least once a week! This will clean dead skin and clear the way for new growth
- Incorporate a men’s cleanser into your facial routine. This cleanses your face of frustrating toxins
- While genetics regulate and limit the speed of hair growth, a healthy routine will provide faster, healthier results
- All vitamins are important. Make sure you’re getting the recommended amount of A, B, C, D, and E vitamins each day for results
- Protein! Without a protein-rich diet, you’ll never get a thick beard. Remember protein! Protein! PROTEIN!
- Be aware of ingrown hairs. If a hair gets infected, don’t worry. See a doctor if the infection last 2 or more weeks
- Facial massages help to circulate fresh blood throughout your face. This lets essential nutrients reach your hair follicles
- Rashes or itching that last more than 1 to 2 weeks should be seen by a licensed doctor or dermatologist
- Shaving every day for faster, thicker hair is a MYTH! Leave your hair alone!
- Be patient. You’ll hair will grow quickly if you follow a healthy livestyle.
- Relax. 6-8 hours of sleep a day will help you reach your beard goals
- DRINK WATER. 6-8 ounces of water a day is necessary for even the basics of bodily functions
How Often Should You Moisturize Your Face?
Apply moisturizer daily after washing your face. Moisturizers prevent dry or oily skin. Both skin types can cause your pores and hair follicles to clog which slows hair growth.
Wash Your Face?
Wash your face 1-2 times daily, or as needed. By washing your face, you can prevent dead skin buildup. Make sure you do this if you want your hair to grow quickly.
How Early Can You Start Growing A Beard?
Completely depends on genetics! Some people start growing a beard between the ages of 17 and 22. Others may start at a much younger or older age. Many men may never grow beards due to genetics. It’s generally recommended that those under the age of 30 should not worry too much about not being able to grow a beard. If you have any concerns or questions, you should always speak with your primary physician.
How Long Does It Take To Grow A Beard?
Depends on genetics and how long of a beard you’re going for. It can be 2 months to 6 years. However, you should see hair growth between 4 to 6 weeks.
Thickness vs. Fullness vs. Liveliness
- Thickness: this typically determines the hair length. Because beard hair tends to be coarse, it needs to be moisturized or oiled to reach its real length potential.
- Fullness: tends to define how many hairs make up the beard.
- Liveliness: this means the hairs health. It’s easy to grow a long beard, but a vibrant, healthy beard can be a bit difficult. A lively built is vibrant, shiny, and withstands shedding. It helps to mess around with hair dyes, oils, and moisturizers.