Growing a beard is like the gold star on the test you just got an A+ on. There's something very masculine, rugged and sexy about beards. I've seen them cause intimidation in men that didn't have them, and even turn a woman's head as he passed by. Beards are an emblem of power, and some of the most influential black men have worn them, like Frederick Douglass, Dr. Yosef A. A. Ben-Jochannan, and Jesus Christ to name a few. Despite how long you can grow your beard, the most important thing is that it grows healthy and at its own capacity.
The one question we always get is how to make a beard grow. While it is easier for some, others struggle with filling in patches or just growing one at all. There are a few things you can do to help your beard along its journey. The rate of growth and thickness depends on a few factors like age, health and genetics, however, the one thing that stands in the way of beard growth is the lack of patience; so we've come up with 5 Tips To Make Your Beard Grow.
1. Give Your Beard the Essentials to Grow
We don't want to sound cliche, but let's be honest here: you gotta take care of you. I'm talking less stress (major hair loss contributor), decent sleep, drinking 8 glasses of water, and a well balanced diet filled with protein, fruits and veggies. You can also use biotin, a supplement that makes your hair grow.
Side note: when we say it makes your hair grow, that means it grows everywhere.
2. Commit to Your Beard
If you're going to grow your beard out, you have to see it through. Blossomed Beards didn't just develop overnight. This means having reasonable expectations and patience. You should start seeing growth happen over the next few days, but don't allow temptation to cut it. The itching phase should only last about a week. In the mean time, you can look up different styles of beards and talk with your barber about how to achieve those looks.
3. Work With What Your Daddy Gave You
Corny, yes, truth, also yes. Just because you haven't gotten it to where you want (yet), doesn't mean you can't have fun with what you already have. Test out new styles with each phase of growth. Keeping it trimmed also makes the beard look full and neat (straggly hairs tend to look like split ends).
4. Struggle Beard
Sometimes those patches can look...well, patchy. We understand your pain, truly, we do. But, there is an interesting fix to this temporary problem. Try a Beard Thickner Spray (and any decent barber will have this stuff on hand). Choose the color closest to your own and don't overdo it (as you may end up a meme on social media).
5. Take Care of Your Facial Hair
Now that you have the beard, it's imperative you that you keep it in tip top condition. You must exfoliate your skin, trim and condition your beard. Stay tuned for more on how to care for your beard!