Beards are like men in the sense that not all of them are created equal. You may have a friend who could grow a full beard by 18 and another who barely has facial hair by 30. Patchy beards are frustrating for a lot of men who don’t know how to deal with them. You try growing your beard for a week or two and notice it’s really patchy.
Should you keep it and wait, or should you give up and shave?
The same thing happens every time you try to grow it because let’s face it your body won’t change next month especially if you’re past your early 20s.
In no way does this mean you should give up on having a beard. There are plenty of ways to fix a patchy beard. Most will take time, but once you have a thick and full beard you’re going to enjoy yourself a lot more.
Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can boost that beard growth.
Give it Time
Growing a decent beard takes time and effort. If you think maintaining a beard is low maintenance and easier than shaving a few times every week then you’re definitely wrong. In fact most men who have beards dread having to shave them for any occasion, not just because they love the way they look (they do), but also because of the effort it took them and knowing they’ll have to do it all over again.
Work with What You Have
You don’t need to have a beard of epic proportions in order to look good. One solution to a patchy beard is to simply make it work for you rather than against you. Use a beard trimmer to shorten your beard so that the empty parts become less apparent. Having a beard that’s slightly more than a stubble is very fashionable and most women love it.
Brushing your facial hair might also help it grow in the direction of the empty patches. Doing so will increase the volume of your beard and at the same time stimulate the circulation of the underlying skin bringing in more blood and nutrients for the hair helping it grow.
This should be a no brainer. If you’re not eating well enough don’t ask too much of your facial hair. Make sure to get lots of protein which will provide you with the amino acids needed to create hair. You’ll also need plenty of vitamins including but not limited to vitamins A, B6, B12, C, and E. These will give you better stronger skin while at the same time keeping it moist. Both are essential for the growth of a healthy beard.
Get Some Exercise
It seems like exercise is the answer to everything. Want to feel better? Exercise. Want to lose weight? Exercise. Well, exercise will also help out with your beard issues. Cardio activities such as running or swimming will be the most beneficial. These will increase the blood flow to your muscles, scalp, and face. Bringing in more blood is bringing in more oxygen and food for the hair. Exercise will also make you sweat (it sucks, right?) which is good for the body as toxins are eliminated in the sweat.
Time for Products
If you’ve done all of the relatively conservative methods such as eating well, exercising, and brushing your hair but you’re still not satisfied then perhaps it’s the time to invest in some hair products.
Beard oils are going to be some of your best companions as you grow a beard. The oil will remove dead skin cells from your beard area promoting the growth of hair. It also has antioxidants and vitamin E which we already mentioned help repair your skin (and in turn hair) as well as keep it moist.
Beard balm is another to consider. It’ll help hold your beard in a certain direction training it to grow in it. So you can use it to help maneuver your beard grow towards the patchy areas in order to fill them.
In order to use oil and/or balm you should first thoroughly wash your face. You then apply the product to the palm of your hand and get it onto your fingers. Then run your fingers through your beard softly brushing it. For oil you might want to do a little bit of massaging as well. Both products don’t need to be rinsed out later on.
Minoxidil is perhaps the only form of medication you can take that will actually enhance hair growth. It was initially invented as an antihypertensive drug, but eventually became well known for its uses in hair growth. The drug is applied topically as a spray and if you or someone you know suffers from male pattern baldness then you’re most likely familiar with Minoxidil. When sprayed over a particular area the drug will dilate the vessels bringing in plenty of more blood. This makes it effective in treating baldness and consequentially a patchy beard. If there ever was a patchy beard fix then this is it.
While using Minoxidil (Rogaine) you need to be careful not to spray it over other areas of your body or leave it on your hands for too long. It will exert its effects on anywhere in the body where there are hair follicles and you certainly don’t need excess hair on your lower neck, hands, or shoulders. The best thing is that it has no hormonal effect and will not alter your testosterone levels at all.
Hormone supplements to increase testosterone and DHT levels aren’t recommended. They’re unlikely to have any major effect as your hair follicles are genetically determined to only respond to a certain level of testosterone which your body already produces. Hormone supplements will also have lots of side effects.
Growing a beard is hard. If you didn’t already know that before reading this article then hopefully this has changed your mind. There are lots of things to try and doing several of them will contribute to having a healthy and thick beard. Just remember to give it time and not to stress too much.