How to grow a beard…. just let it grow I hear you say? That is true, but there are a few tips and tricks we can give you to help you on your way to growing a great beard.
How to grow a beard.
1 – 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.
2 – Keep the skin moisturised.
A good natural beard oil like Braw Beard oil will help soothe itchiness and irritation as your new beard hair starts to break through the skin. Although most people think beard oil is just for facial hair, it is also very beneficial for your skin too. The natural ingredients do a great job of moisturising the skin. Just apply a small amount to the palms of your hands, then massage it into your beard area. Keeping the skin moisturised will help prevent ingrown hairs too which can be painful. To read more about ingrown beard hair, check out THIS ARTICLE
3 – 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.
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.
4 – Wait.
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. What we suggest doing in the meantime is taking a selfie at the end of each month. This will give you a visual of progress, you should see a difference in growth each month. Looking in the mirror daily will just depress you because the growth progress is so slow, comparing photos at the end of each month is much better.
Keep using beard oil daily too, as you grow a beard, you’ll want to keep it conditioned. Remember, when growing a beard in the early stages, you will get funny looks and some naysayers telling you to shave, but keep growing, the reward is worth it. After 3 months of growth, we recommend visiting a good barber for a wee tidy up and some advice on the best beard shape for you.
5 – Use beard specific shampoo.
As your beard gets longer, start to use Braw Beard Wash in the shower to wash your facial hair. Sure, you can use your partners hair shampoo but beard specific shampoo is specially formulated to soothe itchiness and fight beardruff (dandruff).
During the process of creating Braw Beard Wash, we wanted to add aloe vera. Aloe vera has been to known to have skin repairing qualities, which can help reduce dandruff. It can also promote hair growth and make it smooth and shiny. It is also very soothing on irritated skin.
Also included is coco glucoside, this is natural and biodegradable, obtained from coconuts. It is a natural conditioner and surfactant which lathers up without the need for chemicals which are often found in high street shampoos.
Organic hibiscus flower extract is added too for its moisturising and deep conditioning benefits. It is rich in amino acids and vitamin C which may combat hair loss too.
Sodium coco-sulfate is made from the fatty acids of a coconut. It does a great job of breaking down dirt and grease to leave a extremely clean beard.
Braw Beard Wash is unscented. The reason for this is so that you can use any Braw Beard oil to scent afterwards. We have customers who prefer no fragrance at all, we also have customers who have a large collection of Braw Beard oils. Why would you want to have a shelf full of different scented shampoos to suit each oil? So we made it unscented for full flexibility.
6 – Have a good beard care routine
Keeping up a good beard care routine with high quality products will help while you grow a beard 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 beard 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 a beard for the best results.
Thank you for reading, I hope it has been useful.
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