Factors To Consider
The time taken for a beard to grow isn’t a fixed figure, and can depend upon a variety of factors. Genetics, age and overall health of the individual are all important elements to consider. The health of the beard will in turn depend upon differing levels of testosterone, DHT (dihydrotestosterone) and hormones in the body. Generally speaking, men under 25 will tend to grow beards quicker than those in older age groups. Diet and nutrition at the start of the initial ‘beard growing stage’ will also play a role.
The second major factor is the way the individual maintains the beard itself. The facial hair and skin must be cared for correctly in order to achieve healthy, full and consistent growth – razors, clippers and shavers must be used in moderation, and the beard should be washed, moisturised and conditioning regularly.
Average Growth Rates
The average rate of growth for a beard is roughly around 0.3 to 0.5 mm per day, with the monthly rate of growth usually being estimated around 1cm or 1.2 cm per month. However, depending on the variables (as outlined above), it could be faster or slower – the exact measure of an individual growth can never truly be predicted.
For some, the initial few weeks of growth can be quick, with a full face of facial hair being achievable within two months. For others however, similar growth within this time is impossible as the rate of hair growth will be much slower. Patience is essential though – going with the right method and understanding what works for you as an individual is key.
Tips For Speeding Up Growth
If you’re looking to speed up the rate of your beard growth, there are a few popular and effective methods to consider. The first is to drink the optimum amount of water – and aim for the NHS recommended averages for your age and gender. Research also suggests that taking supplemental Vitamin D3 and Biotin also can accelerate growth. A healthy diet, rich in fatty acids, proteins and carbohydrates is also key.
Reducing stress levels can also help – cortisol (the stress hormone) can affect testosterone that controls beard growth and therefore should be kept in check. Exercise is another great tip to employ – breaking a sweat helps the body to release testosterone- the body’s main ingredient for growth. On top of that mindful meditation, which allows us to get in contact with our bodies, can also be very helpful.
It’s also important to make sure that you start the journey without unrealistic expectations. Many individuals become frustrated if they don’t see results immediately, but understand that to stay committed and not give up is key. Everyone grows at different speeds, so comparing with friends or family members should be avoided.
If your beard isn’t working, it could be a sign that a combination of the points above aren’t being adhered to. Unhealthy diets, smoking and drinking can also contribute to not only an imbalance of hormones, but can also block essential vitamins and minerals getting in to your body with ease.
Know Your Hair Type
Facial hair is just like hair on the head – it has different textures. Knowing if you have a thicker or thinner type of beard helps you to understand which kind of styling and treatments work best for you. Fine beards will require more care and attention, as they can appear more patchy due to sparse texture. A thicker solution is more likely to appear lusher.
Tools and Products
In order to make the most of what you have, investing in the right tools and products is a must. Quality shavers, trimmers and combs are key for a well-groomed look. Make sure you have the right ones in position to use on your beard at least once a week.
In terms of products, picking the right beard oil, balm and shampoo should also be treated with importance. These need to be adjusted depending on the type of facial hair- certain oils work better on thicker hair, while balms are essential for thicker, dense beards.
Finally, traditional barbers generally avoid going over the same area of facial hair multiple times when shaping the beard, instead they focus on fully hydrating and softening the area with oils. This approach allows the beard to look natural while still giving it an even shape.
How Genetics Influence Growth
Genetics play an important role in beard growth, and a stronger beard is correlated with stronger genetics. Research shows that men who have a closer genetic link to other men with beards are generally likely to grow denser facial hair than those who don’t.
Generally speaking, we can also look at different ethnic backgrounds and determine the likelihood of beard growth. Although different ethnicities are likely to grow facial hair at different paces, anyone can grow a full beard.
Maintaining A Healthy Environment
Taking proper care of your beard includes ensuring you’re keeping the area surrounding this natural feature healthy. Habitual exposure to air pollutants, such as cigarette smoke, car fumes and industrial pollutants, can put the skin at risk, leading to dirt and impurities being deposited and slowing the growth of your beard.
Giving your beard some breathing room is important to allow your beard to grow as quickly and full as possible – maintaining a healthy environment should be a key part of this strategy. Facial hair needs to be kept dry and clean, and the pores around the beard need to be open to give room for the hair follicles to grow.
Optimising Testosterone Levels
Testosterone is the hormone which stimulates beard growth, so optimizing these levels is essential for full and healthy beard growth. Testosterone levels can’t be increased by way of diet, although many have pointed out that eating healthy fats and proteins can help stimulate testosterone levels.
Focus should also be placed on exercise, which can increase testosterone levels. The key is to ensure that you are working out and eating the right foods, doing the right exercises and sleeping well. For optimal growth it is recommended that the individual gets at least 8 hours per night and a few good workouts in per week.
Growth Stimulating Products
There are also specific hair growth stimulating products, often made up of natural ingredients such as ginger, nettles and saw palmetto. They’re designed to increase testosterone levels, block the hormone responsible for reducing testosterone (DHT) as well as nourish the skin and help the hair follicles survive and flourish.
The effectiveness of these products in beard growth has been debated, but still many choose to pursue them, in order to give themselves an extra boost and help grow the facial hair they desire.
Best Practices For Trimming
As touched upon, shaving and trimming are important for beard growth, but there are a few tricks that men should employ in order to ensure their beards stay in prime shape. Firstly, always remember to shave with the grain – going against it could cause the hairs to tear a cultivate an uneven look. Making sure you clean those razor blades frequently is key – bacteria can be harmful for the skin and this can lead to infection and slower growth.
Using the right products when trimming is also crucial – a cutting lotion or oil can help prevent skin irritation, and allow for a cleaner cut. The best time to trim is when your beard is dry and untangled, as wet hair can stretch and create an unnatural shape when cut.
Spotting The Right Beard Style
For many, finding the right beard style can be difficult, especially if you’re not sure what suits you. The most important element to consider is your face shape. It is important for the individual to look for what kinds of beards other people with similar facial shapes have and from there tailor it to suit their own preferences.
This also goes for men looking to keep their beards short. Products such as balm and wax should be used if you want to push the shorter style, giving it a fuller effect while helping the beard continue in a certain shape.
Routines For Maximum Growth
To truly see an increase in the pace of facial hair growth, a regular routine should be established. This should include daily moisturizing and conditioning – essential for skin health and beard formation. A weekly exfoliation also can help – this can help to unclog pores, remove skin cells and encourage growth.
It’s also important to avoid using razor blades and other heat styling tools when possible – these have the potential to cause skin irregularities, redness and even scarring. This type of damage not only looks unpleasant, but can also slow down the growth of the beard.
The Benefits Of A Beard
Beards are more than just a fashion statement – these have a range of benefits. Increasing beard growth has been linked to improved self-esteem and confidence. Growing a beard can also be a way of channeling stress at the same time as expressing one’s personality.
Before deciding on a style, it’s important to understand all the facts regarding the process and commitment that goes into growing a healthy beard. The rewards, however, may far outweigh the initial effort put in – healthy facial hair, of whatever shape or length, can bring out a level of sophistication and sophistication that can’t really be achieved with a razor.