Patchy Beard? We Got You!
So, you’ve put in the time and suffered through all the itchiness and the difficult stages only to realize that your manly goal of growing a glorious beard has turned out patchy. For some, this could simply be age, as some men only hit their beard potential in their late 20s or early 30s. Otherwise, fear not! You’re not alone.
At the end of the day, you have to understand that not all beards are created equal. Just like you, your beard is unique, with its own personality. The good news is that facial hair growth tends to improve with time and grooming. And, although there is no magic recipe, there are many approaches to dealing with a patchy beard and making the most out of the beard you have. We’ll cover them here for you.
Let It Grow. Let. It. Grow.
Patience, like in many things, will overcome difficulties. Patchiness tends to appear and be most visible in the early stages of beard growth. This is not the time to get discouraged! You need to give yourself at least a month, if not two, to see what the true potential of your beard can be. We realize this can be awkward, but it will be well worth it, in the end. Once your beard has grown enough, since no one has a perfectly even beard, you might realize that those areas you thought were patchy have disappeared. After you do a little grooming, clean those lines, and apply the right products, you might be set and rocking a kickass beard!
If you put in the time and let it grow but the results are not what you wanted, you still have a couple of choices.
Option 1- Go short! Or style it.
If the burly man look isn’t working for you, you might want to opt for a shorter look; something that’s considered very attractive and that many celebrities sport. For best results, trim your beard every few days and make sure you keep those cheek and jawlines looking fresh and sharp. Combine this with some beard oil to keep your hair -- and most importantly your skin --- well moisturized, and you’ll have the beard you can be proud of.
Other styling options include finding a look that avoids having to grow hair in areas where you naturally have less. Talk to your barber and explore styles such as a goatee, circle beard or chin strap that might work really well for you.
Option 2- Brush it and moisturize
Brushing your beard can do many wonderful things for its overall appearance while improving the health of your skin and beard. Just like the hair on your head, if you brush or comb it you can train your hair to hold a certain shape or grow in a certain direction. This way you can ensure you cover and fill in those less dense areas.
A boar bristle beard brush really is your best friend. Brushing exfoliates your skin, helps distribute natural oils through your beard to moisturize, stimulates blood flow and, by consequence, can improve beard growth. Beards tend to be patchiest in areas with the least blood flow, like the cheeks. Genetics do play a role here, but you’ll need to stick with it for six to eight weeks to see what results you might achieve. Combined with a natural beard oil five minutes after showering, you can rest assured you are doing everything in your power to help your beard flourish.
That said, also ensure you are taking good care of your yourself. Your beard, just like everything else, is affected by your overall health. Make sure you’re getting enough sleep and eating a healthy, well balanced, diet.
At the end of the day, be brave and be you, and that includes embracing your beard!