I remember when I tried to grow my very first beard. I was young and the hair came in patchy and uneven. In some areas, it didn't seem to want to grow at all. Fortunately, my beard eventually took off like a weed and I never looked back. However, for many men both young and old, the facial hair doesn't come naturally or, when it does grow, it comes in slowly. In this post, we'll look at why this happens and what you can do about it.
Why Won't My Beard Grow?
Remember that guy in high school who seemed to have a mustache before everybody else? We may have been jealous, but if we're honest, it didn't really look very manly. It was a painful lesson for many of us, but we soon realized that puberty and hormones kicked in at different times for different people and it had a profound effect on how we looked. Back then, we focused on muscles, body hair and our voices. After high school, we figured that was all well behind us, but for some, the beard growth engine doesn't reach full throttle until our mid twenties. So, if you are a young guy trying out your first beard, give it time. It should get better.
When it comes right down to it, the speed at which your beard grows is governed by nature. Your genetics is a big part of it. If your father couldn't grow a beard, you probably struggle with the same problem. This isn't always the case, but it can happen.
It's a myth that shaving your beard will make it grow back faster, darker or thicker. However, the first time a guy grows a beard, he might be tempted to obsessively trim uneven hairs or shave specific areas of the face - all in hopes of guiding the beard to some predefined imaginary goal. The fact is, this type of behavior often results in uneven growth and an unnatural looking beard. You may be unintentionally "stunting" your beard's growth and not even realize it. As a rule of thumb, leave the clippers, scissors and razor alone during the first two months.
Dietary and vitamin deficiencies can prevent healthy beard growth. Low iron, a condition more common in women, can occur in men as a result of a vegetarian diet or frequent blood donations. Low levels of Zinc and Vitamin B12 can also inhibit natural beard growth. Such deficiencies are also normally accompanied by other symptoms such as low energy levels, depression and insomnia. Proper nutrition is only the beginning though. If you really want to aid healthy beard growth, applying a good beard oil will give your follicles a boost.
Doctors agree that substantial physiological stress can interrupt normal hair growth. Even emotional stress can indirectly prevent beard growth by creating conditions that promote physiological stressors. Weight loss and poor sleep patterns are two examples where too much stress at work can take a toll on the body and trigger or exacerbate poor health.
What to do?
Besides the obvious answers, there are steps you can take to improve your odds. Let's assume you are already doing everything you can. You are eating right, sleeping normally, managing stress, etc. What's next?
A good beard oil contains natural oils that create healthy conditions for normal beard hair production. To learn more, read our post about how Beard Oil Helps Beard Growth.
Perhaps you've been using beard oil, but haven't seen results? Not all beard oils are created equal and you may need to switch to a different formula. You may also want to read about using Essential Oils For Beard Growth.
If all else fails, patience and persistence are your friends. Give it time and don't give up.