That's right. There are several things holding people back from experiencing their full growth potential. Sure, genetics play a huge role but there are tiny changes in your everyday life than can play a part in achieving an increase in beard length.
There is no shortcut, but there are steps to getting there more efficiently.
Tips to increase beard length
Look after yourself
Drink enough water. Are you drinking plenty of water throughout the day? Although the amount of water needed to function properly varies for everyone, the NHS recommend drinking 1.2 litres per day. For those in warmer climates or exercising, more is required. Drinking plenty of water will flush out toxins which helps your body run smoothly, every cell, organ and tissue requires water to operate properly. Your hair follicles need hydration for optimal performance, dehydration will stall hair growth.
Consume good nutrition. Food intake is key to encouraging beard growth too. This is your fuel. Consuming a balanced diet of good nutrients can promote hair growth, however a bad diet can lead to hair loss.
Hair follicles are mostly made of protein, therefore consuming protein will help get the most from them.
Foods that are high in protein are eggs, nuts, beans, greek yoghurt.
Fruit and vegetables mostly contain high levels of vitamins, minerals and fatty acids which all play a role in hair growth. If this is an area you are lacking in, speak to a qualified nutritionist for more information.
Exercise. Being active makes you feel good, it gets the blood circulating through your veins, supplying nutrients to where they are needed. Think about it, water flushes out toxins and plays a huge role in carrying nutrients to their required destination. Will it deliver good nutrients? Well, that’s up to you and your diet choices. If you put the wrong fuel in your car, it will not function properly, it is the same with your body. It requires the correct nutrition.
Exercise increases blood flow, it can also increase testosterone which promotes hair growth. Just remember to stay hydrated when exercising.
Beards don’t grow over night…ok they do but VERY slowly. On average, beard hair grows at 1.25cm per month so to get an idea of how your beard is going to look, you’ll be waiting for around 3 months. Using the advice above, you could potentially increase beard length by 4cm or more in 90 days. It’s not a long time really. Keep using the beard oil daily, even when you have a short beard, you will notice that it feels more comfortable to the touch and looks healthier. Once your facial hair has grown in more, after 3-6 months, consider a visit to the barber to get advice on a tidy up or shaping to suit your face.
The 3 stages of beard growth
Hair goes through 3 cycles which sees the hair grow, stay present then shed, ready for regrowth. If you feel like your beard has stopped growing, take a selfie at the end of each month to check the progress. Inspecting it daily will not show signs of growth due to the slow rate at which facial hair grows.
This is the growth phase, it can grow for 2 – 6 years (or more in some cases). How fast your hair grows is down to genetics, if you naturally grow hair fast, you’re looking good for a great beard in a shorter amount of time. If your hair grows slowly, that’s ok too, just be patient, it will come in time. Good things come to those who wait n all that.
This is the phase when the hair has stopped growing but stays embedded in your follicles, just kinda sitting there showing off.
This is the phase where a new hair is born and replaces the old hair, pushing the follicle out. Then the anagen phase starts all over with the new hair.
The hairs go through the cycles at different rates, this is why you will often find beard hair on your desk on in your comb/brush, they have went into the telogen phase and are being replaced, don’t worry, it’s natural. However, poor diet, stress and a number of other things can cause hair to fall out. If you have any concerns outwith normal shedding, consult your doctor.
However, everyone reaches a final length at some point. You may have already reached that length.
Use high quality products
The ingredients of your products can really make a difference to your beard growth and health. Natural ingredients blended in the correct ratios (like Braw Beard oil and Braw Beard Wash) will be much more beneficial than synthetic ingredients or even natural ingredients used in the WRONG ratios. There are too many startup brands jumping on the bandwagon and using the wrong ratios, be wary. Those products may dry out your hair, leading to breakages.
Have a good beard care routine
Keeping up a good care routine with high quality products will help too.
• Washing your beard keeps it clean from dirt and grime which can block pores and prevent hair growth. Read more about beard wash HERE
• Using a good beard oil will keep the skin under your beard moisturised to prevent dry skin and irritation. It will also leave your beard feeling soft and smooth. Read more about beard oil HERE
• Combing will detangle any snags. This will reduce the chances of tugging hair which can damage or remove hairs. Read more about combs HERE
• Beard butter can also be used as a moisturiser for the skin and hair. It is a styling product but has great skin benefits too. Read more about beard butter HERE
• Brushing daily will help reduce snags too but also exfoliate the skin below to keep pore clear. this will give them the best chance of growth. Read more about beard brushes HERE
If you’d like to read more about my daily beard care routine, check out THIS ARTICLE
Genetics do play a huge role in an increase in beard length and thickness so these tips may not deliver for everyone. But I wanted to share them incase a wee nugget of information could help answer how to grow long facial hair for the best results.
Thank you for reading, I hope it has been useful.
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