Many of you write to us asking for tips to make your beard grow faster, or even to make it grow thicker. Even though we can’t make promises, here are some tips to help you achieve a manly, well-kept beard.
First, you need an idea of the type of beard you want, and, most importantly, what your hair follicles are able to produce. The main element that dictates hair and beard growth is your genetics, you can’t go against Mother Nature. You will have to leave aside that razor for a while and resist the temptation to trim or style any facial hair for the first four to six weeks. This is the time it takes for the average beard to grow in evenly.
But that’s not all.
Once you get to a decent length of facial hair, the biggest mistake is to let your beard grow wild without any type of maintenance. Big no, no.
Trimming is necessary to get that handsome beard, no matter what the length. Remember: beards come in all shapes and sizes and, if well maintained, they all rock. Not sure you can trim it yourself? Then let your bro, the barber, take care of that, particularly for neck and cheek lines.
Once the hair on your face starts showing some consistent coverage, it’s time to start grooming.
If you want your beard to look epic, you need to start using specially-crafted beard care products like beard oil and beard balm to moisturize and condition your beard and facial skin. Our beard oil contains a mix of high-quality, all-natural oils, specifically chosen for their benefits to the skin and beard. Castor oil is essential, as it helps promote hair growth. Vitamin E is an amazing oil that helps in hydrating your skin. Dry facial skin will result in uneven growth, because the beard follicles will not operate well when too dry, even sending signals to the brain, telling it to stop growing in those areas. With a daily use of beard oil, you will open up the valves again.
And don’t forget to give your beard a good washing every day with a gentle, yet efficient, beard shampoo.
Why not a regular shampoo?
Well, first, the best beard shampoos don’t contain any of those nasty chemicals regular shampoos are made with that strip your hair and skin of their good, natural oils. One of the worst ingredients found in those shampoos is sulfate, a type of salt. You’re focusing on hydrating your face every day with beard oil, but put salt on it? That’s counter-productive. Second, the hair on your face is more delicate, and needs a product specifically formulated for it. Our Brave & Bearded beard and body wash has a neutral PH, which won’t irritate your skin.
Between washings, don’t forget to use that all-important brush for grooming -- natural boar bristle brushes are an excellent choice -- to exfoliate your skin, to stimulate blood flow to your beard follicles, bringing more nutrients, and to brush your treasured fuzzy hair into shape.
Our personal trick is to use the brush five minutes before jumping in the shower, to unclog all the dead skin lodged in your beard. Then, after pat-drying your beard with a towel, wait 5 minutes and apply beard oil directly on your skin.
If you have a patchy beard, a great tip with the boar bristle brush is to brush in circles on your patchier areas until your skin turns slightly red. This means that blood is rushing to those areas. Doing this a few times a week will likely help you in filling-in your beard in the long run.
Going for a longer beard?
Then choose a natural sandalwood comb, which gives off a great musky scent, or a Bakelite comb if you’re into that vintage vibe, to untangle and straighten your hard-earned facial hair. These combs are better than traditional plastic combs, because they don’t create static in your beard.
If you have a medium to long beard, our beard brush is a must. It is made with synthetic bristles to untangle your beard effectively, and boar bristles, to redistribute the natural oils to every strand of hair. It will help you shape your beard, and condition it at the same time!
Beard balm can definitely help in making your beard seem thicker. When you get out of the shower, dry your beard by patting it with a towel, and when it’s almost dry, rub a dime-sized amount of balm between our palms, and apply it to your beard. When it dries fully, it will give more volume to your beard, and will allow you to cover those patchier areas.
Now, remember that proper physical hygiene, great nutrition, and a good night’s sleep are also your best allies for a body in top shape, which includes a healthy mane of hair on your scalp and a great-looking beard. If your body is unhealthy, it can definitely affect your beard-growth.
Cheers, my friends, Stay Brave.