Beards have had a massive resurgence in popularity over the past few years, after being out of fashion for a couple of decades.
The facial hair fad shows no signs of slowing down, with upscale barbershops opening to help hip hirsute gentlemen keep their beards tightly trimmed, new products hitting the market for beard care and maintenance, and celebrities stepping out with full beards.
If you’d like to join the fun, here are seven tips to help your beard grow in quickly and thickly.
1. Be Patient Through the Patchiness-
Popular wisdom says that shaving your beard daily will help it grow in more quickly and fully once you stop. There’s no scientific basis for this at all! Start from clean shaven so your beard will grow in relatively evenly, but once you’ve decided you’re growing a beard, don’t shave it, no matter how ugly or patchy it starts to look.
Commit to a month of growth; after four weeks, you can really get a look at the status of your facial follicles.
2. Use Beard Oil-
Beard oil not only keeps your beard moist and pleasantly fragrant once it’s grown, it helps promote growth during the early stages, keeping your skin healthy and fighting against itchiness. You’ll need some once your beard is grown, but there’s no reason not to buy it early and start applying it in your beard’s infancy.
3. Eat Lots of Protein-
Your beard is primarily composed of keratin, an amino-acid protein that is derived from things we eat. Your body doesn’t produce keratin on its own-it needs raw materials from your diet in order to create your facial hair.
That means you should be consuming large amounts of protein from sources like fish, poultry, and beans, in order to grow a thick beard as quickly as possible.
4. Get Plenty of Sleep
Your body needs sleep to perform all of its necessary functions, and growing facial hair is one of those things that requires rest for success. The more you sleep, the more time your body has to repair damaged skin cells and produce more of the keratin that hair is made up of.
Exercising increases blood flow to your muscles and skin, which promotes beard growth. And when you lose weight, your body produces more of the hormone testosterone, which is responsible for secondary sex characteristics like facial hair. Testosterone also has a byproduct called dihydrotestosterone that’s directly linked to growing thicker facial hair.
Hit the gym and your beard will grow along with your muscles.
6. Get Your Vitamins
There are several vitamins that are just as important as protein for keratin production. Increase your intake of Vitamin A and Beta A Carotene, vitamins that repair skin tissue and lead to better hair growth. Vitamins C and E help you produce sebum, a natural oil secreted by the skin that moisturizes and lubricates your hair follicles for quicker and thicker facial hair growth. Omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish and nuts, are also essential for beard health.
7. Don’t Get Stressed
Stress increases cortisol levels, which decrease your testosterone levels and thus limits your ability to grow a full and lustrous beard. Meditation, breath control, and the aforementioned exercise and restful sleep are all great ways of keeping your stress low, so your beard can grow unencumbered by spikes in your cortisol levels. So don’t worry so much about your beard, and you may find it growing quicker!
There’s a barrier of entry for people looking to join in the facial hair trend. The early stages of growing a beard are tough to get through, but follow the advice above and you’ll have an easier time of it.