Probably you’ve noticed your friends rocking their full beards and you keep wondering “am I ever going to grow a beard?”
Well, you are not alone. All over the world, there are millions of men who are yet to sprout enough facial hair to make them legitimate members of the beard gang. But the problem with slow facial growth might not be from you. In fact, facial hair growth has little or nothing to do with your lifestyle.
How Long Does It Take to Grow Out A Beard?
Facial hair grows differently from the hair on other parts of the body. It actually grows faster which is why individuals with active hormones grow back their beards faster than it would take you to grow the same amount of hair on your scalp.
The hormones – testosterone, and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) stimulate facial hair growth and they determine if you will have a beard or not.
If your hormone levels are low, you won’t be able to grow a beard or even a little amount of facial hair. But if you have a patchy beard, it could be that your body isn’t sensitive enough to these hormones. The more sensitive you are to testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT), the faster and earlier your beard will grow.
If you’re much younger, say 14 – 18, then you only need to have patience. In some individuals, facial hair growth is triggered in post-puberty or in their early twenties. But if you’re way past puberty and your facial hair is not growing as fast as you want, there are some things you can do to speed up the process.
5 Proven Ways To Grow Beards Fast
1. Eat Right
Your body requires nutrients to function properly and also, to grow hairs. Without the lack of certain nutrients like vitamins A, B, E and B12, the hair growth process will be slowed down or you will end up losing more hairs yourself.
You should focus more on these food types to ensure that your body has enough nutrients.
- PROTEINS: poultry, eggs, fish, meat, beans, milk
- NUTS & SEEDS: almonds, walnuts, peanuts, cashews
- FRUIT: apples, oranges, berries, grapes, papayas, lemons, limes, avocado, pineapple
- VEGETABLES: lettuce, cabbage, spinach, broccoli, kale, brussels sprouts
2. Stay Hydrated
Dehydration prevents your body from getting nutrients it needs to stimulate facial hair growth. To make your beard grow faster, you should drink between 8-10 glasses of water a day. This will help promote blood circulation throughout your entire body including to the hair follicles on your face. Your hair follicles require nutrients from the blood to grow hair, if there isn’t an insufficient supply, you are less likely to grow facial hair or the growth will be slowed down.
3. Take daily biotin and folic acid supplements
Biotin (vitamin B7) and folic acid are two nutrients that promote faster and thicker facial hair growth. You can either purchase biotin and folic acid supplements or fill up your diet with foods that contain these nutrients.
You can find most B-vitamins in nuts, chicken, beef, dairy, fish, avocadoes, cereals, and leafy greens.
4. Quit Smoking
While there is no direct link connecting smoking and poor facial hair growth, research has shown that smoking has the same effect on the beard as aging.
This is because cigarette affects the proper circulation of blood to the hair follicles. The lack of enough nutrients can limit hair growth you make your beard grow slowly or not at all.
Also, smoking can have a negative impact on your beard if you have one already. If you smoke heavily, your beard could turn grey prematurely.
5. Cleanse Your Face
Washing your face twice per day could help stimulate facial hair growth. Doing this will help to remove dirt and oil from your hair follicles making it easier for hair to grow. You can also try to exfoliate your face once per week. Exfoliating will help to clear away dead skin cells that may block your hair follicles and prevent you from growing out your beard.
These are natural ways to promote hair growth. By eating a balanced diet, exercising, getting enough sleep, and taking care of your skin, you stimulate your facial hair growth and grow out your beard faster.