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THE GENTLEMen's DEPARTMENT

November 01, 2016

How to Grow a Beard

how to grow a beard

 

So there a couple of factors men are stuck dealing with when it comes to their quest for full facial coverage. Genetics are undeniable. If Dad couldn't grow a beard, chances are his sons will be lucky to sport goatees one day. Testosterone levels also impact hair growth. Sorry, man, some guys just make more man juice. Don't get discouraged though, growing a beard is a rite of passage. Even if it gets shaved in the end, at least the manly deed was done.

Tips and Tricks

Be patient. It's not going to happen overnight. It takes around a month to grow a respectable beard. Just like hair everywhere, it won't grow in evenly either. Part of this patience is resisting the urge to start shaping the fledgling beard too soon. Give the uneven hairs a quick trim, but leave it alone otherwise.

Eat healthily. Healthy bodies grow healthier beards. What's put into your body will either work for good or evil, so go for protein rich foods like lean meat and eggs. Eggs have the added benefits of biotin and vitamin B, so blood flows better and hair grows faster. Vitamins A & C found in fruits and veggies protect and hydrate your facial strands, because no one wants to represent manhood with a dry, scraggly beard. Protein and essential fatty acids found in seeds, nuts, and fish boost growth and keep the beard from looking like it's the result of a finger being stuck in an electrical socket.

Keep it clean. Healthy follicles do their job more efficiently, so keep them busy. For starters, no one wants to see what was on the dinner menu last night. Even if it doesn't appear to be dirty, oils and grime build up and fester on the skin until they're finally washed away. A good rule of thumb is to wash beards with a decent shampoo and conditioner when you wash your hair in the shower.

Suck up the itch, buttercup! This is when most guys lose it and hack off the baby beard in sheer misery. The word cactus comes to mind when thinking of new beard growth. Yes, the itch is bad enough to make the strongest guy wimp out, but this stage really does only take a week or two to pass. Don't cave.

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