Growing a beard for the first time can be extremely trying on your patience, it’s a bit like building IKEA furniture; you think you have all the right parts, it should go together but often it doesn’t look right and you give up half way through.
You’ll go through that awkward 3-4 weeks stage where it’s not quite beard and certainly not stubble and your hair is finding its path which more than often is directly outwards. If you battle on through and finally get that “damn I’ve got a beard” feeling, you’ll find on Monday morning your beard can look exactly how you envisaged and come afternoon it’s gone full circle where you look more gremlin than groomed. Just remember nobody is born with that full thick beard – some grow patchy, some grow long, this is an enduring process that has many conditions attached to it but throughout your journey; we’ve got you.
WHAT IMPACTS GROWTH
Your beard growth is impacted by 3 main factors. Your health, your genetics and unsurprisingly your levels of testosterone. There is no way to control when you can grow a beard either. You can’t control how thick it is, the colour or if it’s wavy, curly or straight. All that is tied in with those pesky genetics that you have no control over.
However it isn’t just genetics, Testosterone plays a key role, and it isn’t all about high or low levels of testosterone. Some men have more hair follicles, so they can grow denser, coarser beards than others. Testosterone gets converted in the hair follicle to a more potent form called dihydrotestosterone and some hair follicles have receptors on them that are very sensitive to this higher form of testosterone and that will stimulate hair growth.
So can you increase your levels of testosterone? Well testosterone occurs naturally in your body so no you can’t increase it without supplements. Although this links us nicely to the next element, health.
Diet, health and exercise all play a factor in the increase of testosterone. Along with working out, you’ll want to make sure you’re eating properly, drinking plenty of water, getting enough rest, anywhere between 7-10 hours per night as most testosterone is produced during REM sleep, more sleep means more testosterone. Also work to keep your stress levels down – all of these will put you well on your way to growing a stronger beard.
So eating right, resting, exercising, lifting weights, taking supplements like biotin and fish oil, and lowering your stress. You’ve check all those boxes, what else can you do to encourage a thicker beard?
TOOLS FOR THE TRADE
We’ve combated the genetics and natural ways you can impact your beard growth but what else can you do to give the appearance of thickness.
- BRUSH IT
Brushing your beard out may seem a little alien to you, after all brushing hair is traditionally meant for your the top of your head. But trust us, this encourages your hair to grow in the right direction and gives you even coverage with your products.
- CLEAN IT
It goes without saying, cleanliness will help give your beard a fuller look. It’s clean and brushed then immediately its looking fuller. Your hair always looks better when you’ve washed and styled it, right? So does your beard.
- TIDY IT
Keep the edges clean – check out our article on Beard Maintenance on tidying up your beard to maximise how it looks.
Fundamentally the most critical point is stop stressing about it. If your beard isn’t super thick and has patches or grows slow, don’t worry! There are a load of resources out there to answer any bearded questions you have. If you want, drop us a line over on our contact page. Be patient and beard on.