Grooming Part 2 - Bearded

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Grooming Part 2 - Bearded...

i found a photo that captures my love of bone anatomy and my love of beards at the same time. is this heaven?

How to grow a thicker, fuller beard.

This one's for you Bearded Bros. A lot of you assume it just grows out of your face so you should just let nature take its course.


Sometimes you have to give it a little boost to turn your whiskers into a full on facial mane. Facial hair grows in much the same way as the hair on your head and at roughly the same rate of growth or faster in some cases. The biggest differences in the hair on the face in comparison to scalp hair is that facial hair tends to be more coarse in texture, and often more curlier. 

If you've been trying to grow it out with just scraggly fuzz growing in patches there are things you need to consider. 

1. Sort out your diet. Nothing crazy like kale grown on the foothills of Kilimanjaro. You can't expect to grow anything other than a pasty face and a double-chin from eating badly. Include vitamins A,B,C and E in your diet as they speed up the hair growth process. Protein is a must, though it needn't be from meat. If you notice greying patches or bum fluffesque facial hair - get a zinc supplement. At R20 a pop, why not?

2. Increase your water intake. Your beard and general well-being depend on it. Just drink at least 2.5 litres daily. 

3. Get acquainted with Bergamot essence or Eucalyptus oil. Back when I had a hairline to match my morals, I noticed adding bergamot essence to my conditioner made my hair thicker. You only need a few drops. Massage it into your beard (from root to tip), leave it on for 15mins, rinse with warm water and moisturise. Use eucalyptus as a massage oil for your chin. Steam your face first though. 

4. Make your own beard pomade. If you run your fingers through your beard and you can hear a scratchy sound, your beard is dry. Mix some Amla oil into your everyday moisturiser and massage it into your skin. It'll do 3 things. Moisturise it, encourage better beard growth and the massage action will increase blood flow to your face which means better growth. If this is too heavy for you, try a beard leave-in oil like grapeseed or jojoba. Both are lightweight and a little goes a long way. The scent isn't overpowering either. Applying pomade with a soft toothbrush, will give the illusion of fullness and a uniform appearance. It will also tame those unruly hairs.

5. Moisturise your beard daily and exfoliate your skin often. Dead skin cells and other harder-to-remove dirt leave your hair follicles clogged. Moisturising well and enough will create a better environment for facial hair to grow quickly. Shea butter in its raw form is best. Don't overdo it.

6. Get rid of ingrown hairs. An ingrown hair is an infected hair follicle. Getting rid of them will ensure more even growth.

7. Cut down on or stop smoking. One of the crappiest side effects of smoking is hair loss. Nicotine hinders your body's ability to absorb nutrients and decreases circulation by constricting blood vessels. Not ideal.

8. Try a biotin supplement. Please note that biotin (a water-soluble B vitamin) increases hair growth EVERYWHERE. The vitamin improves keratin infrastructure (a basic protein that makes up hair, skin and nails) but make sure you don't overdose or start taking it without seeing a doctor or speaking to a pharmacist.

9. Exercise. Gents, you can't lay your hands on testosterone over the counter. You're going to have to increase it naturally. Workout. You know the myriad health benefits. Plus all that huffing and puffing will mean better circulation and thus better growth.

That's it for now. Let me know if you have any questions on

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