While some men are blessed with fast-growing facial hair, others are struggling with slow-growing or patchy whiskers. Whether you belong to the first or the second category mostly depends on your genetic equipment, but there are certain things you can do to maximize the growth rate and speed up the growth process.
In this article, I am going to give you some tips on how to grow a beard naturally. Keep on reading fellas!
Are You Losing More Beard Hair Than Normal?
Have you noticed more beard hair than normal cling through your brush or float down the drain lately? A loss of beard hair can have many causes. Here is a list of possible reasons.
- Long and dried out beard hair: The longer your beard, the more likely it is that your beard will fall out.
- Playing with your beard: This is probably not the best habit if you want your beard hair to be healthy. Tugging on your beard absentmindedly can make your beard hair fall out.
- Overwashing: Washing your beard frequently can cause damage to your beard hair as well. Also, try to be gentle instead of washing your beard aggressively.
- Bad brushing technique: Combing your beard excessively can lead to a loss of beard hair. You shouldn’t comb your beard more than 4 times a day.
- Aggressive rubbing and drying: Drying your beard by rubbing it aggressively can cause excessive shedding. Gently pat your beard instead.
- Using the wrong comb or brush: Using a cheap comb or brush can be another reason for losing beard hair.
- Applying too many products: If you are applying one or more products frequently, you might be wearing out your beard hairs prematurely.
- Alopecia areata: This condition causes a sudden and patchy hair loss, which can affect your beard as well.
Other conditions that might cause a loss of beard hair are thyroid diseases, telogen effluvium, fungal infections, autoimmune disorders, chemotherapy or trichotillomania, a mental disorder which leads to a repetitive hair pulling.
How Does A Beard Actually Grow?
Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a hormone which is made from testosterone by an enzyme called 5-alpha reductase, and testosterone travel both from the bloodstream to your facial hair follicles. By using micro and macro nutrients such as carbs, fat, minerals, proteins and vitamins, your body produces keratin.
During the growth cycle, your facial hair will go through the three phases of hair growth (anagen, catagen and telogen).
How Long Will It Take To Grow A Beard?
One of the most common misconceptions about growing facial hair is that it takes just as long as growing hair on your scalp, which in fact isn’t true! Actually your beard grows even faster than the hair on your scalp.
The two hormones that are responsible for beard growth are testosterone, which defines your beard thickness, and dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is responsible for your beard density.
Men who have low levels of testosterone and DHT are usually struggling to grow a beard at all. BUT: Not being able to grow a beard in your 20s simply means that your body isn’t sensitive enough towards these two hormones.
Natural Ways To Grow A Beard
1. Exercise: Working out on a regular basis and eating a balanced diet that is rich in essential nutrients can help you grow a beard faster as this increases your testosterone levels and improves the blood circulation to your face.
2. Keep your skin clean: A clean skin encourages hair growth.
3. Reduce your stress levels: Stress not only causes scalp hair to fall out but also facial hair.
4. Use a moisturizer that contains eucalyptus: This will help your facial hair to grow more quickly.
5. Healthy sleeping habits: Getting plenty of sleep helps promote hair growth by repairing damaged skin cells.
6. Take vitamins and supplements: Try to incorporate vitamins into your diet. Vitamins like biotin, Vitamin B1, B6, B12, proteins, fruits and vegetables help promote hair growth.
7. Be gentle: Avoid overusing products as this can irritate your skin and lead to more hair loss.
8. Kick the picking-your-beard habit: Constantly grabbing and picking your beard may lead to a loss of facial hair.
9. Exfoliate your skin: Dead skin can impede the growth of facial hair. Removing dead skin cells by scrubbing and rinsing your skin with a mild soap and warm water will stimulate new hair growth.
10. Stay hydrated: In order to grow a full beard fast, you need to drink enough. If you don’t drink enough water, the blood flow to your face will decrease and your beard won’t grow fast.
11. Quit smoking: According to science, smoking has an impact on your beard growth as this disables a proper blood circulation to your hair roots.
Alternative Methods For A Fast Beard Growth
1. Microneedling: Microneedling works by stimulating the blood circulation to a specific area on your face. It delivers essential and necessary nutrients to the hair follicles.
2. Red light therapy: Combining a red light therapy with microneedling, minoxidil and a healthy and balanced diet is said to be very effective. It works by pointing a red laser to a beardless area on your face, which will produce cellular energy in your beard follicles and, as a result, make your beard hair grow faster.
3. Minoxidil (Rogaine): As Rogaine increases testosterone, nutrients as well as the DHT circulation to your beard follicles, it is recommended to use it if you want to see fast results.
4. Beard transplant: This is the last thing you should consider doing as it requires surgery and carries some risks. You should consult a doctor before you decide to undergo a beard transplant.
5. Beard oil (Beardoholic): You can use a natural beard oil to increase hair growth if you want to stick to something more natural.
I hope you enjoyed reading this article! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment in the comment section below and I will be more than happy to help you out.
Founder of The Hairy Solution