We'll admit, a long beard is not for everyone. It is a major commitment, full of ups and downs along the way but they sure are epic! If growing a huge beard is on your bucket list or even that's the look you want in life, prepare to commit. There is no shortcut (no pun intended), but there are a number of things you can do to help move the process along.
Tips to grow a long beard.
First things first, let's start correctly. Take a selfie! Not for vanity, for reference. You are going to take a selfie every month of your journey. This way you will see the progress and after 3 years, you'll have a pretty cool time lapse video (I wish I done this to be honest).
Stop shaving. It sounds simple, but the temptation may be there to shave the neck or shape the cheeks. Initially, just let it grow from all areas of your beard.
Keep the skin moisturised. The natural ingredients in Braw Beard oil help hydrate the skin around your beard and reduce itching and irritation. The moisturising ingredients are also excellent for the skin on your face, so a good beard oil can double up as a great natural moisturiser. Keeping the skin moisturised will help prevent ingrown hairs too which can be painful. To read more about ingrown hair, check out THIS ARTICLE
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. 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.
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.
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 growth 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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