If you’re like most people, you’ve probably considered growing a beard at some point. Or maybe you just had a sudden urge, but you’ve put it off long ago. The hard truth is, to grow a beard requires a routine and discipline. Just like anything else. It takes patience to cultivate a beard that you’ll be proud of.
Unfortunately, there is no way to control when your beard comes in, how thick it is, or its color or texture. All that is tied in with your DNA, much like your height and hair color. If it’s not in the genes, it’s just not going to happen. You will not suddenly grow a beard if you’re 35 and haven’t seen much hair on your chin yet. That’s just the way it is.
However, beards aren’t at their best when you are under stress, missing nutrition from your diet, and not properly exercising. For maximum growth, you need to take care of your body, eat right, and exercise.
There are a few things you can do to slightly accelerate beard growth. This will also promote the health of your facial hair as well.
How to Grow a Beard Naturally
These steps will assist you to grow a full and healthier beard. Also, it will make you more confident you.
1. Give it time
Just put down the razor and let it grow. Everyone’s facial hair grows in at different speeds, thicknesses, and ranges. There just isn’t a whole lot you can do to change this. The good news just don’t shave. And the bad is waiting!
Don’t give up because it seems like you aren’t making progress. Instead, develop a clear understanding of what you can and cannot do and proceed from there. It’ll take roughly 30 days before your beard kicks in. In fact, facial hair grows 1/2 an inch per month on average.
While you’re at it, forget the urban myth that shaving your beard will make it come back stronger. It’s simply not true.
Remember, the true measurement of a beard is months, not inches. Besides, most of the best things in life take time. You can even set a target date for yourself, say six weeks when you’re going to make the decision whether the beard stays or goes.
2. Don’t pick at it
Other than the morning grooming a beardsman should keep his hands away from his beard at all costs. If you’ve never grown a beard before, the first week is going to be interesting.
Your skin will be itchy due to dryness under your new facial hair and because you don’t cut the hair – results in pointy edges that touch the surface of your face as your beard grow. You have to resist the urge to scratch it at every opportunity. Because that can bring on an infection. Besides, the beard is also going to transform and makes you looks strange initially.
You must also resist the urge to shave. People are probably going to comment on your new facial hair but don’t let their observations throw you off track. Besides, many of the comments will be positive – use them to help you keep striving for your goal. We know it’s impossible to keep your hands off your beard at all times, but if you can reduce the amount you do it.
3. Live healthily and grow your beard naturally
Taking care of your physical health gives your hair the nutrients it needs to thrive. It will also boost your testosterone, a hormone related to hair growth. More testosterone leads to more facial hair and better growth.
A healthy diet is another way to boost testosterone. This is particularly a diet high in protein. Some good foods to add or increased to your diet, include spinach, nuts, olives, broccoli and olive oil. You can also add a vitamin supplement to your diet, including biotin or a multi-vitamin that contains zinc, vitamin B6, and magnesium.
Get plenty of rest
Sleep will help your damaged skin cells repair themselves and promote beard growth.
Exercise can play a role in your beard growth. Losing excess weight helps you increase testosterone. This in turn helps promote facial hair growth. Exercise also improves blood circulation. Your blood carries proteins and vitamins to your hair follicles, enhancing growth.
Stress can play a vital role in your quest to grow a beard. Stress messes up with your male hormones. It can also constrict blood vessels and cause your hair roots to receive fewer nutrients. Try to reduce stress by meditation and exercise.
4. Wash your beard
A clean beard grows fuller and thicker. Much like your head hair, when you keep your beard clean it will appear much fuller than if you let it become too oily or completely dried out. Food, dirt and other things can end up trapped in and under your new beard. Wash it at least every other day, preferably with a shampoo made for beards. Exfoliate 1-2 times per week.
Eucalyptus helps promote facial hair growth, so use a moisturiser with eucalyptus as the main ingredient. Massage it on your face to grow your beard faster. Make sure to dig deep down to the skin, and then rinse it thoroughly. These will hydrate your beard, relieve itchiness, and help your beard grow fuller, not patchier.
5. Trim Beard
By now, it’s probably 4 to 6 weeks so you can start trimming your beard. If you groom your beard well you’ll come across as more mature, more responsible…and more powerful. That said, you’ll want an electric shaver or razor to make sure you get the job done right.
Do NOT trim too close to the area between your chin and neck. The beard’s overall structure needs a good base. If you leave all the hair on that region too short, it can look a little odd or incomplete.
Neckline – Every trimming job should begin at the neckline (the area of the bottom of the beard around the neck). Truth is, this is best handled by a professional because shaving here on your own can be tricky.
But if you insist on doing it yourself, use a beard trimmer to get rid of the excess hair, define the neckline, and then use your razor or electric shaver to free your neck of the remaining stubble.
Keep in mind that you can trim the neckline too high, especially as you’re initially defining the shape of your beard. Generally speaking, the neckline should be where the neck meets the head.
Cheek Line – Your cheek line represents the upper limits of your beard on the cheeks. The rule of thumb when it comes to this is ‘leave it alone.’ Unless your beard is encroaching dangerously close to your eyes, you shouldn’t worry too much about shaving or sculpting this part of your face.
After a couple of months, you’ll be able to tame and shape it in the way you want.