There is perhaps no better sign of a manly man than a good, thick beard, its no surprise them that men across the globe are looking for the answer to the age old question “How to grow a thicker beard?”
Ever since men have roamed the earth, guys with that well kept beard have been revered as powerful, wise, masculine leaders. The beard is generally seen as a sign of maturity from a psychological stand point. In fact, women generally go for men with a nice beard, seeing them as attractive and more able to father children and support a family.
With quite a few men, their beards never become more than a five o’clock scruff. This is because, nine times out of ten, a man will shave it off because they believe their fuzz too insubstantial to turn into a full beard. Well, maybe you haven’t let it grow long enough. Usually, a man can tell if they can pull a beard off if they let it grow for at least a calendar month. However, you must be committed! Anybody can grow a scruff. All that is needed is neglecting the razor for a few days and then basic maintenance, using a stubble trimmer. As for a beard, if one should decide to try to grow a decent one, do not touch it for at least a month! Trimming it too soon could leave you with more cut off it than you want. Time is needed for the real lines in your beard to show.
At the end of the month, you will be left with two choices. Leave it as is, or shape and groom it. Letting your beard be will earn you more respect amongst your bearded brethren, while grooming will make it more presentable (the latter is much more popular with the ladies).
Ah, but I digress. You’re wondering how to grow your fuzz thicker, right?
Well, there is something to keep in mind first. The rate at which human hair grows an average of half an inch a month. There is little that can change this, so don’t try.
Two things to factor in to growing out your beard are color and diameter. Darker hair appears thicker, and some people naturally have thicker hair than others, leading to a thicker beard.
Health and hormones also have a bit to do with it. Testosterone and Dihydrotestosterone(a byproduct of testosterone) play a big role in growing facial hair. Testosterone is responsible for creating the facial hair follicles, and DHT promotes the actual hair growing from those follicles. By increasing your Testosterone and DHT levels, you can grow a thicker beard (this will not change the rate of growth however).
Physical exercise effects facial hair growth. It helps you shed excess weight, which in turn leads to an increase testosterone levels and increased circulation. Blood carries protein and other necessary stuff to hair follicles, which helps promote a nice healthy beard.
Proper Sleep and Stress Avoidance
Something to keep in mind is your stress level. Increased stress increases the amount of cortisol in the blood, reducing testosterone. Stress can also constrict blood vessels, allowing less blood to get to the roots of your hair, giving them less nutrition. Hair loss is even linked to stress! I know it’s easier said than done, controlling your stress levels, but it’s kinda necessary if you want more than peach fuzz on your face. Maybe try meditating or even something like karate or Yoga.
Sleep is vital to keep your stress level down and your Testosterone up. 7-9 hours a night is essential for your health, and growing that beard.
A healthy diet goes a long way to keeping your facial hair healthy. Vegetables have a lot of vital minerals and vitamins. Hell, the worse they taste, the better they are for you. Meat is also good. Hair is mostly made of proteins, you know. Kale, brazil nuts, eggs, and legumes are all good for hair growth.
There are studies which show certain types of vitamins, in fact there is a supplement specially designed for promoting healthy beard growth called Beard Grow XL. If your having problems growing your beard it may be worth a shot.
Beard XL claims to If you be the number one “Beard Grow Support Vitamin Formula In the World” and purports to “help grow faster and thicker facial hair“.
I haven’t tried this formula myself, growing a beard is one problem I luckily do not have. If you do decide to try it, please let us know in the comments below how effective it was (click on the picture to order).
You could even try Minoxidil. Minoxidil is a hair loss treatment, aimed primarily at men suffering genetic male pattern baldness, but some men have reported encouraging results by rubbing the solution into their beard “zone”. Rogaine is a brand of Minoxidil and whilst i use it to try and save my sparse follicles on top of my head, i have never tried it on my beard, as I have plentiful facial hair (mother nature can be cruel).
Once again if you try Rogaine for better beard growth, please share with us how you get on, I am sure there are a heap of guys out there that would love to know.
Another great way to promote a healthier beard is using a beard oil. Whilst it wont actual promote the growth of more hair, it does thicken and soften the beard, giving it a shine and overall thicker appearance.
Beard oils such as Temperance beard oil (my favourite) should always be used. They make your beard look and feel amazing as well as providing a hint of scent that will keep your beard smelling great.
If you haven’t tried beard oil before give it a try you wont be disappointed.
Unfortunately some of us are just not blessed with epic beard growing genetics, unfortunately there is not a lot you can do about it other than being patient and persisting or trying more for a stubble or small beard look.
Time can also play a role here. Studies show that as you grow older, the more likely you are to grow a nice full beard. Teens aren’t likely to be able to grow much in the way of facial hair. Men 20 and over will probably be more successful. If you’re over thirty and you’re still having trouble, however, facial hair might not be in your near future.
Be patient. Your beard will become thick all in good time. So keep your paws off those razors and watch that fuzz grow into a thing of magnificence.
Have any tips or home grown solutions to better beard growth? share it with us in the comments box below, we would love to hear from you!