How to Grow a Beard Thicker

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

    How to Grow a Beard Thicker

    One of the top questions I get from visitors to this site is, “How do I get my beard to grow thicker?” Many who have tried to grow a truly epic beard have quickly discovered that their beard grows thin, or only grows in patches. Can anything be done to grow a fuller beard? Yes, but first, we need to understand a bit more about how a beard grows.

    Photo of a man with a thick beard.

    Count Your Follicles

    Our hair follicles form in the womb. At 9 weeks, our eyebrow, mustache, and chin follicles are fully formed. At 5 months, the rest of our face follicles have developed. This means that the absolute number of hairs our beards will ever have are predetermined at birth [source]. There is nothing we can eat, and no product we can use, that will ever cause us to grow new follicles, resulting in thicker beards.

    A photo of beard hairs.

    Our follicle count is determined by genetics. So, if you’re young and your beard hasn’t grown yet, take a look at the adult men in your family. Do they have thick beards? Or, if they don’t keep beards (shame on them!) do they have thick, full heads of hair? If yes, then it is likely that you have the genetic potential of growing a truly epic beard.

    Genetic Mutations

    There are some of us who have genetic mutations that predispose us to grow thicker beards. Some men grow two, or even three hairs out of the same follicle. This is a mutation known as pili multigemini. I’m one of those guys. Ever since I started growing facial hair, I noticed that some of my beard hairs were extra thick. Upon closer inspection, I discovered that there were two, or sometimes three hairs growing from only one follicle. Because the follicles I have can grow more hairs than normal, I get a naturally thicker beard.

    Two hairs from the same follicle.


    Now, just because your genetics are beard-healthy does not mean you’ll grow a thicker beard—it just means you have the potential to. Things that can get in the way of your beard growth include external factors like diet, overall health, and stress. I covered this in greater detail in my article on how to grow a beard faster, but in short, things like eating protein and taking beard growth vitamins can help stimulate the growth cycle of your beard hair, causing dormant follicles to start doing their work.



    Additionally, follicles naturally lay dormant during your boyhood until they’re told to grow hair by a number of changes that occur during puberty, including the addition of testosterone (which is why some young men use testosterone boosters, if their follicles haven’t sprouted yet). You can trigger these changes quicker, or in certain places where they have failed to sprout, by again eating right with lots of protein in your diet, and by using topical solutions that feed follicles like beard growth creams and beard growth sprays. Your beard will grow thicker if you can jump-start all your dormant follicles to start growing beard hair.

    Extreme Measures

    Suppose you’re one of the unfortunate ones whose genetics simply are not in favor of a beard. You have few follicles to begin with, and no men in your family have ever grown beards. Well my friend, there is still hope for you, as long as you’re willing to be a bit extreme.

    Hair transplants have been around for a while, but it wasn’t until the mid-90s when scientists perfected the art of single follicle transplanting. Here’s how it works: A doctor will cut out entire follicles from places on your body where hair grows thick, or from places where you don’t want hair—like body hair, your temples, and the nape of your neck. He will then punch holes into the skin on your chin and cheeks, and insert those follicles, where they will take root and continue to grow hair.

    Photos of a beard implant in progress.

    I covered beard transplants in an earlier post during an interview with Dr. Alan Bauman, a beard transplant specialist. They are very successful, but are costly at about $10 per follicle transplant. Read it to see photos of the surgery, and before-and-after shots.

    Beard Thickening Ritual

    If you want to thicken your beard without resorting to surgery, here’s a morning ritual for you:




    • Use a beard shampoo only once or twice a week. Excess bathing can strip natural, healthy oils from your beard, causing them to age quickly and fall out. Make sure you use a beard shampoo, not head shampoo, as head shampoos often come with waxes in them that can clog your follicles, hindering growth.




    • Brush it gently every morning with a beard comb. You don’t want to brush too vigorously, for again, you won’t want to pull any hairs out prematurely. It’s also a good idea not to play with your beard during the day, for the same reasons.

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



    • Use your favorite beard oil every morning. This will fluff your strands and add gloss and weight to them, making them look thicker.

    A photo of vitabeard beard vitamins



    • If some of your follicles have not sprouted yet, consider using beard vitamins, designed specifically to activate dormant follicles. You can also take protein supplements, which help give follicles the nutrients they need to sprout.




    • Finally, if you have bald patches, or if you just can’t grow a beard but want to anyway, try a high rated beard growth serum. A 3-month supply of Lipogaine is my recommendation. It works by increasing blood-flow through your capillaries to your follicles, giving them the nutrients they need to sprout.

    To sum up, it’s possible to grow a thicker beard if you’re willing to work for it, even if your genetics are against you. It takes a bit of time and a little ingenuity, but I have faith in you.

    A man with a truly thick beard.

    Beard on, O mighty beardling.

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    1. Kanjun Warerider says:

      Excellent article. This answered many questions I have had for some time!

      I’m 42 and never had a beard in my life until last November when I started growing it out. I’m now many months into my beard growth, and I’ve discovered that it doesn’t grow evenly. I have a bald patch on the center of my chin, and the cheeks are very thin.

      Do you have any recommendations for me?


      • Great question. So it sounds like you suffer from a patchy beard like many men. This could be due to genetics, or it could be the result of a bad diet.

        Read my article on how to fix a patchy beard. It gives you some good ideas on supplements you can take and beard applications to can use to fill out your beard and keep it healthy.

    2. i am 19 and have no beard and mustache , what should i do? Is this a hormonal problem or something else because no one in my family have such a problem :(

      • 19 is a bit young to expect a full beard. Ask the adult male members of your family what age they were when their beards started growing in full. Many men will have patchy beards until their mid-20s.

        If you want to grow it in thick and full right now, you can always try using a beard growth serum.

    3. Just Josh says:

      Just found your blog and it is great. I have been growing a beard for over 2 years now but it only really grows from just above my jaw and down. Imagine an Amish beard and that’s what I have. It won’t grow on my cheeks at all and it won’t link with my mo.

      Would you recommend shaving my beard off and starting again. Using supplements and oils and brushes. I didn’t even know these things existed when I started my beard growing adventure. My old man has a great beard and has had his since his early 20s, he’s now 61 so I should be able to grow one but it just doesn’t seem to want to. I’m 25 by the way. Perfect beard growing age if you ask me.

    4. so i am 23 with a nicely growing beard for the past eight months i wash with grandpas pine tar every other day i use jojoba oil and argan oil every day and take a one a day biotin pill is there anything i should stop or add?

    5. Mr. Bean says:

      I’m 16 and I have a decent mustache, I can’t grow a beard though. If I leave my beard for four-five months, it grows as a slightly thick peach fuzz. That’s it. No full beard, nothing. Just from sideburns to chin. Many 17 year olds in school have a full beard they shave every other day. My dad also can grow an excellent beard. He had to shave every day, otherwise he gets a thick stubble within a day and a half. Am I a late bloomer, or is it normal. Thanks :)

      • This is completely normal my friend. Some men bloom younger than others. I say, if you’re in your mid-20s and you have not sprouted a beard yet, then you may have some cause for concern. But at 16, you’re perfectly fine!

        If you want to optimize your body’s beard growth potential, talk with yoru parents and doctor and then consider taking a beard-friendly beard growth supplement like Vitabeard.

    6. Mr. Bean says:

      Thank you very much. Epic site, by the way. :)

    7. Hello sir.. I am 31 years old and never saw thick beard on my face.. I get beard on my facev but very thin.. One can count hair of my beard.. And some of the area there are no hair on my cheeks my father has thick beard.. I feel ashamed when someone ask me about my beard..please sugest me some treatment.

    8. ahmad helal says:

      Hello :)

      Beard growth spray? What do you mean.. you mean minoxidil??, and beard growth seruim is the normal seruim for head hair?

    9. ahmad helal says:

      Well thanks! I need your consultation about my beard problems I have many questions to ask. Is there any way to have a conversation with you?

    10. Hi! I have a question regarding the hair growth serum and pills, do these cause any type of weight gain or anything? :)

    11. Hi!
      Where can I find this seruim!? And how much it costs?

    12. I have tried to order the Lipogaine serum, VitaBeard pills and the Bluebeards shampoo through Amazon, but unfortunately none of them ship to Australia. Is there any way that I can get these to Australia through somewhere else? Or can you recommend the best options for us guys down-under?

    13. I’m 21 and I have a decent mustache, I can’t grow a beard though. If I leave my beard for 2 months, it grows as a slightly thick peach. That’s it. No full beard, It grows about one c.m or one and half c.m. But not like thicker beard. What should i do?

    14. how many batches of lipogaine will I need to use? say I get 3 months worth. Is it a one time thing or do I keep doing it for the rest of my life?

      • You’ll have to keep it up for the rest of your life. Lipogaine works by increasing blood-flow from the capillaries to your follicles, bringing your follicles the nutrients they need to grow. Once you stop using Lipogaine, your capillaries will eventually shrink back to their original size, choking off the food supply to your follicles.

    15. Hey buddy, I’m about to start minoxidil for a few months but i already have a scraggly thin beard. Do you reccomend me shaving it first or just apply the minoxidil with my thin beard?

    16. Wow. First I’d like to say great website and thank you for all this information! I’ve heard that vitamin E is good for hair & nail growth. Have you done any research on that or heard anything about it?

    17. thank you for such an wonderful blog. i m 19 and have nice moustache but have very slight thin beard….how to grow thick beard???most of my friends who are younger(18) than me have full face thick beard and even my father had very gud beard.what’s the problem??can you give me solutions or suggestions..?

    18. John Pleis says:

      Hello sir, I’m almost 20 and I have an Amish style beard, but its thin on my right jawline and I can’t grow a mustache for anything, do you have any advice for me?

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