10 Easy Ways to Grow a Healthy Beard – Fast
For all the men struggling to grow out their facial hair into its finest bearded glory, fear not. The process can be challenging and frustrating, especially for the first three months, as it typically involves itchiness, patchiness, and an unkempt appearance. Hair growth can be unruly and awkward during this “in-between” stage of heavy scruff and full-on beard status, making you question the whole idea to grow a beard in the first place. To make matters worse, you may be surrounded by your male peers who seem to go from 5 o’clock shadow to lumberjack in the blink of an eye. It’s easy to feel self-conscious, especially when people deliver unsolicited comments about your current stage of growth.
But don’t let those comments get the best of you. There is a common misconception that facial hair grows at the same rate as the hair on your scalp. And another thing to keep in mind is that unfortunately for some men, growing a full, thick, beard may not be an easy feat, simply due to your hormone makeup.
This is because of two important hormones responsible for beard growth, testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Testosterone determines beard thickness, while DHT will affect its density. Men who struggle to grow a beard, or can grow just a little amount of facial hair, likely have low levels of these two hormones. Or, their bodies are not sensitive enough towards these hormones compared to men who are very sensitive to testosterone and DHT, who may grow at much faster and thicker rates.
Fortunately, there are many ways to help accelerate and promote healthy hair growth, so you can quickly put the awkward stage of beard growing behind you. Then, you can relish in the fun part of shaping, trimming and loading up on fancy new beard oils to keep up your new look.
In so many ways, facial hair is in direct correlation to the overall health of the body. Many of these tips below emphasize how a healthy lifestyle will help to increase testosterone levels and assist the body in growing a beard faster.
Here are some ways to get your beard to grow.
- Engage in regular exercise. Exercising helps to improve the circulation of the blood flow throughout the body, which in turn helps to stimulate and promote healthy hair growth. Aim to exercise at least 5 days a week, for a period of 30 minutes to 1 hour a day.
- Eat a balanced diet. Be sure to eat plenty of lean protein such as beans, chicken, nuts, eggs, and fish, as well as complex carbohydrates and good fats. Ample amounts of fruits and vegetables are also part of a healthy and balanced diet, and they are naturally rich in the minerals and vitamins crucial for hair growth.
- Increase water consumption. Water is crucial for so many processes in the body to keep systems functioning properly, hair growth included. Water will also help the body better absorb vitamins and minerals from foods and supplements. Many people underestimate how much water they are actually drinking, so begin to keep track and ensure at least 8 glasses a day – and increase that amount if you are exercising hard and sweating a lot.
- Supplement with vitamins and minerals. While a healthy diet is a key first step in getting the nutrition you need, additional supplements can help accelerate growth. Biotin is one of the most popular supplements for hair growth, as it has been shown to promote healthy hair growth. In addition, consider taking a multi-vitamin, as well as upping your daily intake of vitamin B6, beta-carotene, vitamin C, flaxseed oil, vitamin E, and nettle. Before taking any new supplement(s), talk to your doctor.
- Quit smoking. In case you needed yet another reason to quit, smoking can inhibit or slow beard growth. Just a few cigarettes a day can reduce blood circulation to the hair’s root, leading to slow or nonexistent growth. Further, even if you are able to grow, smoking regularly can result in premature greying of your beard – which is not the look most men are going for.
- Take care of your skin. If you haven’t already been following a regular skin care regimen, now is the time to start. Twice a day, morning and evening, use a mild soap or gentle cleanser and water to rinse your face. Clean facial skin encourages tiny hairs to grow. Then, once a week, use an exfoliating scrub to remove dead cells, which helps to stimulate the growth of new hair.
- Avoid trimming or cutting. As tempting as it may be, avoid doing any shaping for the first few weeks, as it will actually hinder hair growth. Once past the 4 – 6 week mark, you can begin to shape and clean up the region as much as you like.
- Keep it clean. Just like the hair on your head, it is important to shampoo and condition your beard. However, you should use products specifically formulated for your beard. Products containing tea tree oil are highly recommended, as it’s been proven that tea tree oil removes dead skin and oil buildup while preventing ingrown facial hairs and dandruff. Following shampoo, use a quality beard conditioner. This step is important because using only shampoo can actually make the beard more prone to breakage. In addition, conditioner makes hair softer and healthier, also accelerating growth.
- Moisturize your beard. Similar to the hair on your head, a dry and brittle beard is more prone to breakage. Beards are also susceptible to split ends, which can lead to damage. When beards are properly hydrated, they also appear fuller. For best results, choose products that contain natural ingredients. Check out our, hand made, beard care products.
- Stay committed. Don’t be discouraged, and have patience in the process. For the first four weeks or so, it is normal to see some unattractive patchiness or experience intense itchiness. It can be tempting to give up and shave it off, but once the hair becomes soft and has a chance to grow in, the itching will greatly subside or become much less irritating.