How to Grow a Beard Faster


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    This is part two in my series Longer, Faster, Thicker.

    I took a poll on our Facebook page and asked followers if there were any questions about beards I could answer for them. “How can I make my beard grow faster?” was one of the most popular, so here you go.

    For those with short attention spans, here is the summary: eat protein, wash infrequently, take your vitamins, use beard oil, and get a chin massage.

    How Beards Grow Fast

    To better understand beards and how they grow, we need a little background. If you read my previous article on how long it takes to grow a beard, you’ll remember that genetics are the primary dictator of beard length, and that a man’s beard can take anywhere from two months to six years to reach its maximum length.

    How to grow a beard fast.

    The same is true for the speed at which a beard can grow. Beards grow when the hair is in the first of three phases of life, called the “anagen” phase, or growth phase. The longer a beard hair stays in the growth phase, the faster it will grow. So, if your beard is genetically predisposed to have a long anagen growth phase, then your beard will grow significantly longer than those with a shorter anagen phase.

    A hair grows as the cells in the follicle divide. The faster cells divide, the faster the hair will grow. On average, a hair grows half an inch (1.25 cm) per month, or six inches per year. That’s not a whole lot. However, you might have noticed that your beard grew faster when you first started growing it, and now it has slowed down, or, that it grew faster when you were younger, and now that you’re older it has slowed way down. You may even have noticed that your beard grew faster and was more colorful during the summer months, or while you’re on vacation. How can we explain all of this?

    Beard hairs grow faster than head hair in some people, but slower in others. This is completely predetermined by genetics. Some men can grow a full beard in three months. Others grow the same length in 3 years. The only way to make a beard grow faster is to optimize your own personal genetic growth predisposition by improving the health of your face follicles. Here’s how.

    1) Protein

    Hair is made of keratin, which is fed by amino acids, which come from protein. The human body alone can produce 11 of the 20 amino acids necessary to grow hair. But that leaves another 9 amino acids that can only be obtained by eating protein. When your body lacks protein, it makes the natural decision to ration the protein it has by shutting down other processes that consume protein—namely, hair growth. Thus, you need to eat your daily dose of healthy protein in order to maximize your body’s beard growth potential.

    To find out how much protein you need to eat, take your weight (in pounds) and multiply it by .37. That’s how many grams of protein you need to eat to avoid having a deficiency. So, if you weighted 150lbs, you’d need to eat 55.5 grams of protein—or just under 2 chicken breasts—per day.

    2) Vitamins

    Vitabeard beard vitamins

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    Now that you have your protein down, you need to tackle other food health areas. A severe lack of iron can directly lead to baldness. A good multivitamin for men should take care of everything you need to grow a healthy beard. Beard champ Jack Passion recommends Vitabeard—a multi-vitamin with biotin and vitamin B, created specifically to aid beard growth. Take your daily vitamin and you’ll be fit as a fiddle.

    3) Natural Oils

    A dry beard is an unhappy beard. Whenever you take a hot shower and wash your beard, you’re washing away a bunch of dead beard hairs and dead skin. But you’re also washing away natural beard oils your body produces to keep your chin supple and your follicles open. A dry chin will get irritated by beard hairs as they grow, causing the skin to get red, itchy, and even painful. Severe cases of dry chin skin can lead to cracking, flaking, and even bleeding.

    A photo of the "Grave Before Shave" beard oil 3-pack.

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    Instead of washing your beard every time you take a shower, try washing it two or three times a week, with warm (not hot) water, as hotter water can dry the skin faster. Wash yourself like normal, but leave the beard alone. When you do wash it, avoid store-bought products, especially the cheap ones, as they tend to contain chemicals (which can be hard on your skin) and wax, which can clog your pores. Instead, use a product designed just for beards, such as all-natural beard soap, or some of Bluebeard’s beard shampoo and beard conditioner.

    You should also use a daily beard moisturizer, in the form of beard oil. There are dozens of beard oils that you can choose from, and many have the same ingredients. Find one that works well for you, and use it every day. Dab a few drops in your hands, rub them together, and then rub it all over your beard. It will protect your beard, keep your follicles moist, reduce irritation, and promote a fast growing beard.

     

    4) Grooming

    A normal person loses many beard hairs every day. That’s fine. But you don’t want to lose beard hairs that are still growing in the anagen phase. To prevent this, try to not brush your beard. Instead, use a beard comb. This will tug on the beard less, and be easier on the beard. You also want your beard to look as full as possible, so leaving beard hairs alone that are in the resting phase is a good idea. Let them fall out on their own, don’t pull them out.

    This probably goes without saying, but avoid using heat to style your beard, and avoid using chemicals on your beard. A damaged beard hair grows slower than a healthy one. Hair damage tends to spread from tip to root, and a damaged root will grow far more slowly than a healthy one. Also, trim your beard’s split ends every seven weeks or so, to keep them from splitting even further. This will maintain a healthy hair that grows for years.

    5) Massage

    It may sound weird, but your beard needs to be massaged. Hear me out.

    Each of your beard hairs is fed the nutrients it needs from capillaries in your skin, which connect to veins, which deliver the blood to your follicles. Blood delivers iron and amino acids, and removes dead stuff. The easier it is for blood to reach your follicles, the faster they will get the nutrients they need. So then, stimulate blood circulation by getting your chin massaged regularly.

    Now don’t get creepy about this or anything. I don’t want to see any of you walking into your local barber shops and saying, “How much for a chin massage?” Instead, get your significant other to massage your chin, or simply do it yourself. Remember, we’re not tugging on beard hairs here—we’re just gently massaging the chin and cheeks to keep that blood a-flowin’.

    Photo of a woman massaging a beard.
    Get your lady to massage your beard. Don’t be weird!

    Final Considerations

    As you age, each of your hairs has a shorter anagen phase. This means that the potential for your beard hairs to grow long is lessened with age. It is therefore even more important to maintain a healthy beard lifestyle when you’re over 30. This also means that your greatest beard-length potential is when you’re in your mid-20s.

    Stress can hinder your over-all health, including beard health. Stress can cause your beard to gray sooner and to have stunted growth, so try to keep chill about life. Remember that the genetic cocktail your parents gave you has more to do with your beard’s final look than any of these tips. Just use these tips to help you achieve the most of what Mother Nature has in store for you.



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    Brandon M. Dennis
    Greetings, fellow beardsmen! I'm a beard health expert and journalist working out of Seattle, Washington. I'm also an author, marketer, and story-teller. Read my swashbuckling fantasy sea adventure novel, The Tale of Cloran Hastings, and click my name to learn more about me. Enjoy the site!
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    Comments

    1. Baren Mitchels says:

      My beard grows slowly. I’ve been growing it for a month now and it doesn’t cover my face yet. I’m 19. When will it grow in thick? How can I speed it up?

      • Many men your age have thin beards. As you get older, your beard will likely fill out and get much longer. The best thing you can do is stop shaving!

        In the meantime, consider taking beard growth pills to jump-start your beard.

        • I have a really complex question. I suffer from a VERY large Prolactinoma Brain tumor. Which as part of a side effect is that my body does not produce hardly any testosterone. I do androgel 1.62 % to try to get it back to normal. As of a year of therapy it is still half the normal level of testosterone for a 60 y/o. I have a beard but I’m sad to say it is sub par. I wish I knew what I could do to improve it. If I continue to shrink the tumor it will be around 10 years before it will be operable….even a high risk operation.

          • I’m sorry to hear about your tumor. I am in no way qualified to offer any kind of advice concerning your unique situation.

            I can tell you that testosterone is the biggest factor contributing to improved beard growth. Read my article on testosterone for beards for more on that.

            Also, increased blood flow to your follicles can greatly help with beard growth and thickness. Exercise can help here. You can also try to use a minoxidil supplement like Lipogaine to dilate your facial capillaries, which brings more blood (and more beard-happy nutrients) to your follicles. I suggest a 2-punch combo of Lipogaine for your patchy, thin areas, and then a Lipogaine shampoo to help with over-all beard thickening.

            As always, please check with your doctor first before embarking on any of these experiments, especially with your unique condition.

            Happy bearding!

      • mohammed ali says:

        sir i wnt thin beard but now i dont have growth plz help

    2. I don’t know is it just me, but it actually feels that the spray SLOWED DOWN my beard growth…

      • That’s very strange Joshua. I’m sorry you’re experiencing that!

        Many other bearded fellows have found great success with the beard growth spray. It has a 4/5 star rating on amazon with 13 5-star reviews (out of 22).

        One user named Vince, a verified purchaser of the spray, posted a video with this review where he described how the spray worked for him, and he showed how well his beard has grown since using it. You can see his video review here.

        Click here to watch his video review on Amazon.com

        Please keep using the spray, and let us know how it works for you after at least 3 months of steady use with no shaving or trimming. If it still doesn’t work for you, you may need to try using some beard growth vitamins or beard growth serum.

    3. I’m 29 and been trying to grow a fuller and longer beard for 6 months…. Unfortunately I’m still seeing a patch that won’t fill in from my stache to my beard… Is there anything I can try besides giving it more time which I’m committed to doing. Thanks.

    4. How much money are you being paid to promote these serums/vitamins?

      • A big whopping $0, my friend. This blog is my attempt to share my experiences growing a beard with those who are interested, and share some advice. I only promote products that I have personally used and approve of, or those that I have researched well.

        I make affiliate earnings on some items, as I explain in my affiliate disclaimer. But no beard product company pays me a dime for promoting their products, though some pay me for putting their banners on my website (see the sidebar).

    5. I’m 17 right now, and unfortunately I wasn’t blessed well with hair on the top of my head. My sideburns, neck and moustache fill in decently for my age although they are a little thin and patchy, but I’m thinking of going for the bald and bearded look, despite my young age. I was hoping for some advice on what could really jump-start my beard growth enough to at least take some focus of off my ever-receding hair line, and eventually grow thick and full enough to go for the bald and bearded look without issue.

      • I have that same problem. The only way to handle it is just to be proud of what you have and don’t let anyone try and tell you how you should look. I’ve been doing the beard and bald look for a few years (24 now and almost completely bald) Started patchy but if you leave it alone and just let it grow it will fill in. I would highly suggest finding a beard oil that you like and use it. Keeps your skin healthy with will promote better beard growth. Also stay away from mirrors, sounds crazy I know but when it comes to growing a beard you are your own worst enemy. Anyways hang in there and I hope this helps you out!

    6. I am gonna turn 17 and there are only few countable hairs on my face. Patches have appeared but the length of hair is very small. I need to know how can I quicken facial hair growth? Will shaving help?

    7. hi brandon, how can i get all of these items and how much it cost? and last can it be courier to other country such malaysia?

    8. how can i get my beard faster

    9. hey i am 18 year old from montreal
      I have a beard on my chin and I do not have a beard on the side, on the chin is a little 2c
      i want to grow my beard in the side of my face left right,etc..
      how can i do it?
      which product do u advice me to grow my beard quickly, because i have 0 beard in the side…
      just on my chin a little beard…so i want to grow my beard ..
      which product good quick,etc. can u advice me
      whats the downside to use product to grow beard
      thank u

    10. I’ve been growing a goatee for a couple of years now, but I’ve decided I want to grow a full faced beard. I feel a bit silly having medium length sides with the long hair on my chin. Not sure if I should trim the goatee to make it all the same length or if I should just wait and hope that the sides will eventually catch up. Any advice would be appreciated.

      • It’s a common dilemma! Only you can make the decision. If you think it looks silly, then do what makes you feel more comfortable. However, I suggest asking a few trusted friends and family members whom you know will tell you the truth, and ask them if the length disparity really does make you look silly. It may just be in your head :)

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