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How to Grow a Beard

Over the last decade, beards have made a big comeback and more and more men are sporting them. You may have tried to grow one yourself, but been frustrated that it has not come in faster or fuller.

Unfortunately, there is no secret tonic that will make your hair grow quicker and/or thicker. If it’s not in the genes, it’s just not going to happen. Just as your hair color is determined by your DNA, so are your facial hair growing propensities and patterns. You hair will not magically change colors overnight, and neither will a beard suddenly sprout if you are 35 and haven’t seen much hair on that chinny chin chin yet. That’s just the way it is.

There are, however, a few things you can do to slightly accelerate hair growth, and promote the health of your facial hair as well, which will help give it the nice luxurious look you’re going for. What you are really trying to do is maximize your body’s potential for facial hair growth. Most men are likely living with habits that hinder growth, like washing your beard too often, so read the tips below to ensure you end up with the mane you were meant to have.

1. First and Foremost: Be Patient.

Everyone’s facial hair grows in at different speeds, thicknesses, and ranges (all over your face, or perhaps just in the goatee area). There just isn’t a whole lot you can do to change this.

The good news is that with a little patience (okay, sometimes a lot), most men can rock some style of facial hair. For some it’ll be a full beard, and for others it might just be a light goatee. Whichever style you go with (or settle for), achieving it might take a month, or it might take a year. It’s all about patience.

When growing a beard, especially for the first time, just don’t touch the dang thing for at least a few weeks. It will likely be itchy and uneven, but that’s okay. You can deal with it for awhile.

Whatever you do, do not buy into the myth that regular shaving will make it grow back quicker. That urban legend has been dead for years!

2. Sleep Well, Eat Right, Exercise

Hair growth is promoted by a few things that relate to your general health and well-being.

First, most of your hair-growing happens overnight, when cellular turnover is at its peak. If you aren’t resting and re-charging properly, your hair isn’t growing as well as it could. Another byproduct of not being rested is decreased blood flow, which means fewer nutrients reaching their destination (your hair follicles). Fewer nutrients = comprised health and growth of facial hair. Get your 7-8 hours of sleep each night, and your budding beard will thank you.

In addition to getting plenty of zzzz’s, exercising regularly and eating a balanced diet of proteins, veggies, whole grains, fats, etc. will also enhance your hair’s growth rate and health.

3. Increase Your Testosterone 

Taking care of your physical health will not only increase the blood flow and nutrients your hair needs to thrive, it will also boost your testosterone, a hormone related to hair growth. Testosterone acts to prime the hair follicle for growth, and then DHT (which is a hormone that’s converted from T) promotes the actual growth of the hair. So, generally speaking, more testosterone = more facial hair and better growth.

That said, boosting your T won’t overcome poor facial hair genetics and bring you from baby-bottom-smooth to world-class-lumberjack. What happens is that optimizing your T will optimize your beard genetics. So, if you’re destined to have a baby-bottom-smooth face, you might see a small increase in facial hair growth, making your beard thicker and less patchy, but it won’t magically give you the kind of beard that would make a Viking proud.

4. Take Care of the Skin Underneath

Happy hair comes most heartily and speedily out of well-cared-for skin underneath it. You probably don’t associate the male set with good skin care, but adopt a routine of washing your face well each morning and night, exfoliating 1-2 times per week, and regularly using a moisturizer (your favorite lotion will do) to keep your skin hydrated. Not only will it encourage facial hair growth, but your complexion will improve too! Win win!

5. Use the Right Beard Care Products

You do not have to buy every fancy beard shampoo or expensive oil. However, there are quite a few products that can help you achieve a fuller, softer and overall better-looking beard. When washing your beard is important to make sure that you clean the skin really well, but that you do not pour shampoo on the hair itself. The natural essential oils that your hair follicles produce are key to having a healthier and shinny beard. 

There are special shampoos that are made specifically for this type of hair and they show significant results as well. Brands like Proraso, Dr. K Soap Company, Keune and Redken are well-established brands with top quality products (that you can find in our shop!).We recommend using some beard oil to keep your facial hair moisturised. It will keep your skin and hair hydrated, which again promotes healthy growth.

Originally written by Jeremy Anderberg. The article has been altered and edited.

Original Text at https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/growing-a-manly-beard/

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