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 beard 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?

    Even though our bodies are programmed to grow only half an inch of hair per month, environmental factors can speed things up or slow things down.

    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

    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.

    Vitabeard beard vitamins

    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.

    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.

    A bottle of woodsman beard oil.

    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.

    Photo of an old man's beard.





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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?

    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.

    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?

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