Grooming and Growing a Patchy Beard
A full, thick beard is a powerful masculinity symbol. This explains why it can become so frustrating when your beard is growing partially and in patches. There are lots of things which can be responsible for uneven and patchy hair growth. While you obviously can’t change your genetics, some things can be easily fixed up.
Some things can be as simple as watching your diet to your stress levels and ensuring you have the right hormonal balance. Some types of fungal infections have also been associated with causing hair loss in the beard region. But first, let’s look at the genetic factor in relation to facial hair growth.
The Genetic Factor
Hair, and that includes your beard, grows at different rates. It all depends on the area with the cheeks often being the no-man’s land when it comes to beard growth. What matters most is the genetic hand that you’ve been dealt with. While this may seem like a hard blow at first, it’s still possible to have a respectable facial hair style, including that desired beard, if the cards are played right.
Although you may not be in a position of bringing new hairs into being, you can, however, strengthen what you currently have through the adoption of healthy hair habits. Grooming a patchy beard requires a bit of work which we'll get to in a bit.
What Can You Do?
Simply because you have a patchy beard doesn't mean you can't enjoy and experience that great feeling associated with being a stylish beardsman. Starting with styling tricks and tips to products and hair growth techniques, it’s still possible to groom and grow an awesome beard.
Let it Grow Long, Then Trim
This is a critical factor when you are first growing your beard. Don’t be in a rush to trim it back – particularly if it’s patchy. As it grows, you will be in a position to see better where exactly the thin spots are located. Then you can style the beard in a different way to cope with the empty patches.
When you cut it back too fast, your beard will look uneven and the patchy spots will become exaggerated, resembling a badly done haircut. Trimming it after first letting it grow out a bit will also prevent the growth of a misshapen, thin beard.
During the beard growth phase, it’s wise to do what promotes new hair growth by keeping follicles healthy (which also makes it look fuller). Wiry, brittle beard hair only makes a patchy beard more pronounced. The main function of a beard brush is to distribute the collection of natural oils at the shaft of your hair.
Get into the habit of using a beard brush nightly and also consider starting your morning routine with a careful brushing over of your longer hairs as it helps in covering up the patches.
Women know that brushing their hair adds volume, so why not try the same for your hair and beard? However, be gentle so that you don’t cause skin irritation but be firm enough to move those pesky hairs to cover your bare spots. Several firm but quick swipes flowing in the same direction ought to do the trick perfectly.
Eat Well-Balanced Diet
A healthy diet and lifestyle is perhaps the most vital thing you can do in terms of improving yourself, no matter the area. What you eat is, in particular, important for hair growth. Drinking lots of water and upping your intake of foods that are rich in vitamin B and C is essential. Iron, zinc, and omega 3 also help in nourishing and promoting hair growth.
Try taking a suitable multivitamin or increasing eggs, avocado, bananas, milk, almonds, and cauliflower in your diet. Also note that foods like peanuts, mushrooms, white meat, beef, tuna, and sunflower seeds have Niacin, another handy vitamin linked to hair growth.
If you desire to have a healthy, full beard, ensure you are getting a diet that is rich in hormones that promote it—DHS and testosterone. Eating foods like raisins also stimulate the natural growth of facial hair.
Dampness is known to help in realizing thicker bread growth. In men, low testosterone results in sluggish facial hair growth. Whether at the Gym or home, intense but short workout sessions can greatly boost your metabolism, testosterone, and blood circulation into your scalp, face, and other body parts. This gives a huge boost to the growth of facial hair.
Sweat during an intense workout carries the toxins and waste away. This helps in unclogging your pores and hair follicles making room for the emergence of new hairs. When working out, avoid very low calories foods as they can mess up with your levels of testosterone.
Working out boosts testosterone; an important trigger for facial hair growth in men. This is because testosterone converts into Dihydrotestosterone – a sex hormone key to fertility, muscle gain, hair growth, among many more benefits.
Consider Taking Vitamins
Deficiency in vitamins B & Vitamin C affects general hair growth. Being collagen, hair production needs vitamin B & C. Nutritional yeast is another great source of Vitamin B while eating lots of leafy green vegetables gives you Vitamin C.
Taking vitamin supplements such as iron, zinc, magnesium, copper, and vitamins B, D & E can help increase the thickness of your hair. Some are even specifically designed for beard growth. However, consult your physician prior to using any over the counter vitamin supplements.
Stress can prematurely affect the health beard hair roots. This kind of hair loss is, however, not permanent and if you get your levels of stress under control your hair might still grow to full blossom. Meditation is widely accepted as an excellent way of easing anxiety and stress levels. Consider seeking professional help if stress levels are too high.
When under stress, the body increases the production of Cortisol which in turn decreases testosterone levels in the body. Stress also tends to constrict your blood vessels which make it harder for the needed nutrients to reach your hair follicles.
Rule Out Dental Infection
This will probably surprise many. Who might have thought hair loss or a patchy beard could be linked to some underlying tooth infection. Scientific research has indicated a close relationship between Alopecia Areata and dental infection outbreak.
Alopecia Areata is an auto-immune disorder that damages hair follicles as a result of the misguided immune system. This, however, is treatable although it could last long or in extreme cases even cause permanent hair loss.
Give it a Break
It’s a fact that a big part of how fast your beard grows is related to simple genetics but different from some aspects like your height your beard will keep on growing. True, that could take some time but with the commitment, you will eventually get rewarded with a majestic and lush beard. Even a patchy beard is certainly better than nothing.
Looking after your beard using the right tools and products could make a big difference. All beards need care and love, whether patchy, dense, short or long. Use a Beard Wash, apply a quality Beard Oil, Utility Balm, and Beard Softener on a regular basis to boost its overall health.
You obviously can’t change how grows, but you certainly can do something about how it looks. The better it looks, the fewer people will notice that it has patchy spots.