Are you aware of the fact that 33% Americans and over 55% of men from across the globe have facial hair. Needless to say, with so many men growing a beard and so many celebrities to look up to for beard style inspiration, countries like the USA alone have experienced an increase in bearded men from 37% in 2011 to 42% in 2016. And, of course, the number multiplied several times during the pandemic lockdown.
But achieving full beard growth can be a slow, agonizing process. With your beard growing about ½ inch every month on average, the entire process can take up to two to six months. Even after this time, some people get patchy beard or improper beard growth. So, following the trend, here are beard grooming tips that are a solution to hindered beard growth and allow you to say goodbye to patchy beard:
- Be Patient
If you plan on growing a beard, being patient is your first and essential step. Once you are determined to grow a beard up to a certain length, exercising self-restraint will be the most crucial step in your beard growth process as you will have to resist the urge of trimming or styling your beard for the first 4 to 5 weeks.
Leaving your beard untouched will allow the beard to grow naturally. After the mentioned time, you will experience a beard growth of equal length throughout, giving you enough scope to pick up a style that suits your beard texture, face shape, and your personal style.
According to celebrity groomer Scott McMahan, known for his work with Josh Brolin, Matt Dillon, and many others, beard growth rate differs from person to person. He says, “With that said, every guy’s hair grows at its speed..healthy lifestyle, a good diet, and exercise can help speed up the process a bit.”
- Style According To Your Face Shape
Your beard is a part of your face, and it cannot stand out as one separate entity. Many beard styles don’t suit the face because they are not for that particular face type. Make sure your beard style compliments your face shape or, instead, is according to your face shape. This way, your face and beard will look like one whole thing and make you and your beard look better together.
- Trimming Routine
Make sure you have a proper trimming routine. This way, you will know when to trim and when to leave your beard alone. If you plan on growing a thick beard, resist your urge to trim it before you have reached the proper length. Also, it would be wise if you invest in a good trimmer and learn the appropriate trimming techniques that would suit your beard styling process.
- Maintain Your Beard
Trimming your beard once in a while will give your beard a shape, but that won’t be enough to help you deal with odd hairs. Regularly brushing your beard with a proper beard comb will help you train your beard to grow downwards and not into an odd shape of estranged hairs.
A daily rubdown with a beard brush will help you get control over the flyways and ensure that your beard shape is retained.
- Regular Washing
Almost an essential step in the beard growth process, especially in the early stages. With regular washing, you can wash away the dead cells and the dirt that gets accumulated in your beard, which often results in itchy skin and itchy beard.
McMahan explains, “It’s not just about the hair, but also the skin underneath. For me, washing and conditioning my beard is the most important step in caring for my beard.”
- Style Your Beard
Occasional styling with an advanced beard straightener will help you have a look at that of increased volume. Along with that, some advanced modern beard straighteners increase the nutrition absorption rate of the beards, making the hair follicles healthier as the nutrients and the moisture from beard balm and beard oil get absorbed.
- Beard Balm & Beard Oil, Your One True Love
Your beard needs nourishment, and the major source of the said nourishment is beard oil and beard balm. Try using beard balms with high mineral content and essential vitamins. Some beard straighteners even come with their own beard balms, making your grooming routine all the more simple. Try using the ones that lack chemicals and other synthetic products.
Beard balms and oils moisturize your beard and help them retain the moisture, thus preventing them from drying out or having an odd strand.
- Nourishment & Nutrients
You need to understand that your beard hair is made from protein and fat along with vitamins and nutrients like Vitamins B5, B3, and B9. So if your body lacks specific nutrients, your beard growth will be heavily affected. To compensate for the lack, you can always take vitamin supplements. But, we would advise increased consumption of lean meats, nuts, egg yolks, milk, and plenty of leafy greens alongside it. This will help your overall health as well as beard growth.
That’s it! Hope this helps you with your beard growth process. Remember to stay away from trimmers until it’s the right time and use a healthy amount of beard balm and beard oil for thick beard growth. It is also important to note that all beards are not the same and so it wouldn’t be fair to expect your beard growth to be like that of somebody else. Sadly, as McMahan suggests, “Not everyone can have a beard!”