How Do You Grow Your Beard

The Basics

Growing a beard is something many men strive for, and although it starts with a few simple steps, growing a successful beard takes a bit of maintenance and care. To grow a long and lush beard, first it is important to know the basics and be aware of the factors that can affect your success.

The sebaceous glands in the skin secrete natural oils, which help condition and protect the facial hair and skin. This secretion can be affected by a variety of factors from diet to skin conditions. You will want to explore and experiment with products like beard oils, shampoos and conditioners, to help deliver the best results.

Another important factor influencing your beard growth is hormonal imbalance. While testostorone plays a major role in beard growth, lack of other hormones like prolactin and oestrogen can have an effect. It is best to consult with a doctor to assess your individual levels and gain clarity on what kind of dietary changes or supplements you need to take to help balance them.

Finally, to grow a good quality beard it is important to have good genes, as beards are largely genetically influenced. Most men have upwards of 30,000 hair follicles on their face, but some men have fewer than 15,000. Therefore, genetics can play a large part on the rate and quality of beard growth.

Habits and Techniques

Once you have the basics covered, you may need to make some lifestyle changes or adopt certain habits or techniques to help with the beard growth process. Getting enough sleep and a healthy diet are two essential elements for hair health and growth.

It is also important to exfoliate regularly. This means brushing the skin on your face and shoulders to remove the dead skin cells on the surface. Brushing stimulates the follicles, which helps to distribute the natural oils more evenly and can aid circulation. A great way to do this is to pick up a dry brush specifically made for natural bristles to gently scrub the skin.

You should also consider trimming your beard from time to time. This helps to maintain an even shape and prevent the beard from becoming too unruly. Trimming should generally be avoided, however, when the beard is still short as it will prevent it from growing in the desired way.

Finally, try to avoid too much direct heat. Try to keep your beard away from open flames, radiation, and high temperatures. This will help to keep the hair follicles healthy and condition the beard in the best possible way.

Beard Care Essentials

Once you have the basics down and you have adopted the right habits and techniques, it is important to make sure you have the right tools in your arsenal. Investing in some quality beard care products and tools is a great way to ensure your man mane is always looking its best.

A good comb or brush can be an invaluable tool when it comes to maintaining a healthy beard, managing tangles and directions, and setting and styling it. You can also look into specialised wallets, and styling products like mousses and sprays.

Beard oils are a great way to moisturise, nourish and promote healthy beard growth. There are a variety of scented and essential oils that can be used in beard oils and other care products to give your facial hair a boost. Be sure to check the labels carefully when choosing beard care products, as products with harsh chemicals can irritate the skin.

Finally, natural soaps and shampoos are a must-have for beard maintenance. These help to nourish the scalp and hair follicles, whilst also keeping the beard clean, smelling good and feeling soft.

Be Patient

Finally, the most important thing to remember when growing your beard is to have patience. Everyone’s hair grows at a different rate, and it can take anything from a few months to several years to grow a full and thick beard. Take your time and enjoy the process, as it is sure to give you satisfaction when your beard finally blooms.

Additionally, don’t be too hard on yourself if your beard doesn’t look like what you expect it to. Every man’s facial hair is unique, and it takes time to find the right balance between what you want and what actually works for you. Do some experimenting, and find the look that suits you.

Remember to take care of your beard and use quality products, as this can make or break your success. In the end, the most important tip is to persevere, and you will soon have the perfect beard you are looking for.

Creative Options

If you tend to get bored of the same look, there are a few creative options available. Experimenting with different shapes, lengths, and styles can give your beard a fresh, new look without having to start all over again. Growing a full beard, a goatee, a circle beard, or even a mustache can be fun and give your face some character.

Another interesting option is to play around with different facial hair colourations; from colouring or dyeing to bleaching a particular section. However, know that colouring or dyeing a beard is an irreversible process, as the pigment fades with time, making it a permanent change.

Finally, pay attention to the shape of the mouth and chin, as this is a key area for styling, trimming or shaving. You can create different shapes or styles that enhance your features and provide some lasting impact when shaping a beard.


Having a beard does not always mean having a long and luxurious one. Short, stubbly beards can be just as striking and stylish, but with the right steps and habits, you too can grow that amazing facial hair. From the basics, such as understanding your individual hair type, to extra tips, like experimenting with different styling tools, there is plenty you need to consider.

Whatever length or style you prefer, having an understanding of your face shape, facial hair type, and the techniques and products that work best for you, can help you to maintain a healthy and stylish beard.

Theresa Norton is an award-winning author and blog writer who specializes in the art and science of manly beards. Her articles cover topics such as styling, shaping, maintaining, and even growing beards. With her extensive knowledge on facial hair, Theresa has helped countless guys to look their best and feel confident in their daily lives. She loves researching the history of beards, exploring new trends, sharing insightful tips, and writing about her own experiences.

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