Beards have gained huge popularity with men all over the world. They are utilized as a way to make a personal statement and help shape the individual’s style. However, not everyone is convinced that this is a good thing. There is a large contingency of people who think that beards are just plain cool. Also, there are many detractors who would rather see beards just go away. Today, we are going to talk about the beard and how to grow them naturally faster.
The detractors probably do not realize that there are health benefits to having a beard, which means that it is time to educate them on why men with beards tend to be healthier than those who cut their facial hair.
Before we get into the details of how to grow a beard, let’s look at some common terminology that will help in knowing about the beard. A beard is a facial hair on the cheeks, neck, chin, and upper lip. When people hear the word “beard” they think of a full beard that is generally longer than 1/2”. That thought process considers a beard a specific facial hairstyle, whereas the word “beard” could also be a general term like the term “facial hair”. So, you really have a beard if you have any facial hair – from scruff to sideburns, and of course, the full bear.
We gotta clarify a few terms before we dive into this beard growing business. A Beard is a beard that has grown untrimmed for an entire year. Similarly, a beard is one that has grown for twice that amount of time.
There are two types of hair that grow on your face, vellus (the light, blond, more youthful hair) and terminal (the darker, coarser hair). As you age your vellus hairs will convert into terminal hairs and those are the hairs that become a beard in a traditional sense.
- 1 What are the physical aspects of Beard Growing?
- 2 What are the benefits of having a beard?
- 3 How to grow a beard?
- 4 How to Make a Homemade recipe for Beard stimulator?
- 5 What is the best food habit for a healthy beard?
- 6 How to follow health guidelines for exercise and sleep?
- 7 Psychological aspects of growing a beard.
What are the physical aspects of Beard Growing?
Beards can start growing from your teenage years to your late 20s and early 30s (and even later for some folks). Unfortunately, there is no way to control when your beard comes in, how thick it is, or the color or texture. It depends on your DNA, much like your height and hair color. The key to physically growing a beard is patience. Every beard is completely unique and your own, sometimes you just need to wait a few years before it really finds its shape.
Whether you’re a seasoned beardsman or letting your facial hair grow out for the first time, the first month of growing your beard out can be a trying experience for anyone. Depending on the day or the week, your beard can look exactly like you want it to one minute and then do the exact opposite the next.
Beard growth is tied to your health, your genes, and actually your testosterone levels. Unfortunately, the same hormone that grows thick beards also affects the thickness of your head hair in the opposite direction. But those are all things you can’t control – let’s talk about what you can control. You have heard this time and time again, but the reasons to take care of your body continue with beard growth. Beards aren’t at their best when you are stressed out, missing nutrition from your diet, and not properly exercising. For maximum growth, you need to take care of your body, eat right, and exercise.
What are the benefits of having a beard?
A beard gives you additional protection from the sun: The scientific research has shown that thick beards are capable of blocking out 95 percent of the UV rays from the sun. Not only do beards prevent your skin from getting burnt but they also help to protect your skin from getting cancer.
Shaving Gives You Acne: If you have a beard, then the chances are very strong that you have smooth skin under that facial hair. Shaving your face helps to spread the bacteria that causes acne. This means that allowing your beard to grow and taking proper care of your beard encourages healthy skin.
It Gives you confidence: Men who have more confidence in themselves tend to be more successful in all aspects of their lives. A beard gives a man a sense of power and confidence that is readily evident to everyone around him. Therefore, making the decision to grow a beard is a way for a man to set a higher standard for his life and become more successful.
It helps you to keep your skin Moist: If you Shave it opens up the pores in your skin and can also cause cuts on your face that will dry out your skin over time. In the summer and winter, exposed pores create a situation where your skin loses its moisture and can start to flake. When you have a beard, you avoid all of these issues and keep your skin nice and healthy.
Isn’t It a natural filter: Men who grow a mustache enjoy the benefits of having microscopic allergens kept out of their noses and, as a result, the reduction of the effects of conditions such as hay fever and other allergies. With a beard, that filtering protection is taken to a whole new level. A beard will help to keep those same allergens and airborne bacteria out of your mouth, which will lead to overall better health. When you combine a beard with a mustache, you get twofold protection that a clear-faced male cannot get.
You will have Fewer Wrinkles: Another side-effect of having less exposure to the sun is that you get fewer wrinkles. While the option to protect the face from wrinkles by using a beard is not open to everyone, those who do have the opportunity to take advantage of this beauty benefit should get on board and start growing their beards right now.
How to grow a beard?
Let your facial hair grow. Be patient: Your genetic profile is the primary factor in how quickly (and how fully) your beard grows, and there’s not much you can do about that. While you can take measures to support the process, you should also accept that your beard will grow in its own way and at its own pace.
- It is possible that frequent shaving before you start growing a beard may stimulate the hair follicles to grow faster, but the evidence for this is also limited at best.
- Some people say that regularly trimming your beard will stimulate faster growth, but there’s no evidence to support this.
- So, once you start growing a beard, just let it grow!
Unblock hair follicles by washing your face twice a day: Wet your face with warm water. If you haven’t started your beard yet, massage in a gentle face cleanser. If you do have a beard coming in, also use a mild shampoo on just the facial hair. Rinse the cleanser and/or shampoo away with cool, clean water, then pat your face dry with a soft towel. Do this every morning and evening.
- Washing your face regularly will help to remove dirt and oil from your hair follicles. This makes it easier for them to grow.
- To test if a cleanser is gentle enough for your skin, apply a small amount to your chin and leave it for 10 minutes. If you don’t have any signs of a reaction (like redness or irritation), you can try washing your face with the cleanser.
Growing beard with beard oil or softener: While you should be wary of any product claims made for stimulating beard growth, beard oils, and beard softeners may, in fact, provide some benefits.
- Beard Oil: It helps deal with flakes or itchiness in your beard; keeps your facial hair moisturized and smelling great
- Soft Goat Scruff Softener: It makes the stubble softer (as well as more kissable for your partner) during the early “stubble” phase of your beard
- Boar Bristle Brush/Beard Comb: Use this to undo any tangles on your beard before leaving the house
- Beard product that contains eucalyptus: There is some evidence that it may actually help stimulate hair growth.
Caution: Avoid beard oil if you have acne, though. It may worsen your breakouts.
How to Make a Homemade recipe for Beard stimulator?
- Create a thin paste out of 1 tbsp (15 ml) of fresh-squeezed lime juice and 1 tbsp (15 g) of ground cinnamon. Apply it to your beard in a thin layer, leave it for 20-30 minutes, then rinse it away and use your normal face cleanser. Use this paste 1-2 times per day, but stop if you notice any irritation.
- Blend 3 tbsp (45 g) of dried mustard leaves with 2 fluid ounce (59 ml) of amla oil until it forms a smooth paste. Apply it in a thin layer over your beard, leave it for 15-20 minutes, then rinse it away and wash your face with your normal cleanser. Refrigerate any remaining paste and use it daily for 2-3 days.
What is the best food habit for a healthy beard?
The relationship between beard health and body health is a close one. If you have a well-balanced, healthy diet, not only will you reap the benefits, but your beard has a much better chance to bloom. To really in tip-top shape you’ll need to keep an eye on these foods.
- Sweet Potatoes – High in Beta-carotene this will help with the cell growth in your beard. What happens is that the Beta-carotene is converted into Vitamin A and this will lead to more cell growth within the hairs located on the beard.
- Oysters – One of the best sources of zinc. Zinc is a key mineral that helps the cells which are designed for building hairs. Also, oysters a great source of protein.
- Liver – High in both iron and biotin. You can also get supplements for both
- Cinnamon – Helps the flow of oxygen to hair follicles. You don’t need to consume too much of it and you can add it to food to give it a little bit of flavor.
- Eggs – Rich in protein and are a natural source of Biotin which is known to strengthen hair and is a well-known supplement that helps with beard growth. Eggs also have many minerals in them such as iron, calcium, and zinc.
- Spinach – Rich in Calcium, iron, magnesium, protein, and potassium, all major factors in having healthy beard growth. It works great in smoothies if you want to try and mix it with other foods so you won’t taste it.
Eat more foods with vitamins B3, B5, B7, and B9. Several of the B vitamins promote healthy hair, so upping your intake may help your beard grow a bit faster and fuller. Biotin (Vitamin B7) seems particularly beneficial, so you may want to consult your doctor about taking a biotin supplement as well.
- Nuts are a great source of biotin (Vitamin B7).
- You’ll find vitamins B3 and B5 in chicken, beef, fish, dairy, and avocados.
- You can get Vitamin B9 from cereals, nuts, and leafy greens
Increase your intake of vitamins A, C, and E. Like the B vitamins, each of these vitamins supports healthy hair in some fashion. They’re also important for your overall health.
- Eat carrots, broccoli, and leafy greens for Vitamin A.
- Choose green peppers, tomatoes, and citrus for Vitamin C.
- Pick beans, nuts, and leafy greens for Vitamin E.
How to follow health guidelines for exercise and sleep?
Like eating a healthy diet, getting enough exercise and enough sleep are good for your overall health and your beard health:
- Get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise per week. Moderate intensity means your heart rate is elevated and you’re breathing hard enough that it’s tough to make conversation.
- Do 2-3 strength training sessions per week, each for 30-60 minutes.
- Get roughly 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep at night.
Avoid smoking for your overall (and maybe beard) health. There’s no direct evidence that smoking is specifically bad for beard health. However, smoking is clearly bad for so many aspects of your overall health that it’s not unreasonable to think it may hinder beard growth. Whether you’re trying to grow a beard or not, focus on quitting as soon as possible.
- There are numerous smoking cessation aids available today. Work with your doctor to find the right method (or combination of methods) for you.
- There is some evidence that smoking may cause your beard hair to turn gray faster.
Reduce your stress to encourage beard growth. You’ve probably heard that excessive stress can cause hair loss. It shouldn’t be surprising, then, that it might also slow down hair growth. That means the less you worry about your beard, the better it might grow.
- Find the stress reduction techniques that work best for you. Try things like yoga, meditation, deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, nature walks, listening to calming music, talking to friends, or reading a good book.
- Work with your doctor and a mental health professional if you’re having significant difficulty handling stress.
Psychological aspects of growing a beard.
Be mentally strong. There might be some people out there who are less than thrilled that you’ve decided to grow a beard. They may not like the color, or the style you’ve decided to go with, or even things out of your control like the length at the moment or any patches you have. There’s a short answer with a long explanation; it’s your beard, and on your face, so why should anyone be telling you how they feel about it.
The most difficult challenge will be communicating with those who are closest to you. I’ve found that if you ask for support from them, you’ll usually find success. People feed off your confidence and will quickly accept that’s your choice. One thing I always like keeping in the back of my mind is the phrase – “Haters gonna hate.”
As long as your beard makes you happy then that’s all that matters. It’s important to know that you are in charge of your own beard. If it makes you happy, keep it. If your friends don’t support you through the growth process, get new friends. Sometimes this criticism could be because your beard hasn’t had the chance to grow out full and reach its full potential. Give it time to grow and ignore the haters!
You can’t please anyone; nor can you control their actions and emotions. What you can control is your own actions and emotions and you need to do things that make you happy. After all, you won’t be able to please everyone – but you can please yourself.
After a while of growing your beard, you’ll find that as you meet more and more people they will only know you as the guy with a beard. The hurdles of dealing with comments from the peanut gallery will decrease and you’ll just be who you are – the awesome man that you are.