How to Fix a Patchy Beard - Tips to Make It Fuller & Thicker
Have you started growing out your beard only to find out that it's patchy, too thin or non existent?
This article might help you.
Is there a proven way to remedy a patchy beard and make it a full thick beard?
BUT, before giving up, there are some things you can try that can help with your patchy beard.
So lose that sad face and read on!
Why Is My Beard Patchy?
There are few reasons for a patchy beard.
- 1Did you give your beard some time to grow?
- 2Do you have a history of patchy beards in the family. Genetics plays a big roll when it comes to beard growth.
- 3Do you have some bad beard habits you're not aware of? Pulling on your beard or lack of grooming routine or maintenance can hurt your beard.
- 4Beards are patchy by nature, it's not very common to see a perfect beard.
I have some tips that might help fixing your patchy beard, so let's start.
1. Give Your Beard a Chance - Let it Grow
This is one of most important tips you'll get and it requires just ONE thing - patience.
Lack of patience is probably the most common reason why many men just give up and shave their beards.
If you've decided to grow a beard you gotta have some patience. Just by letting your beard grow, you'll be able to get the results you're looking for.
It will take about 2-3 months before you have a good idea of how well your beard will develop.
Your facial hair doesn't grow at the same rate throughout your face. By giving it some time you'll be able to see how patchy is your beard (if at all), and even if your beard is patchy if you let it grow, your beard can cover the patchy spots.
2. Eat & Live Healthy
You gave it some time and the patches haven't filled completely yet.
How's your diet and lifestyle?
If you want a healthy beard growth you MUST give your body the tools to make it happen.
A healthy diet and lifestyle can effect most aspects of our lives, beards are no different.
If you'll provide your body with healthy nutrients and vitamins it will have a direct effect on your skin and hair.
Get Your Proteins
Protein is an important component in the development of hair, both on top of your head and on your face.
Hair contains a protein called keratin, which is made up of amino acids. Humans don't produce amino acids. We get them from foods.
Eating protein rich foods means giving your body what it needs to produce stronger, healthier hair.
Make sure to protein rich foods in your diet:
Take Your Vitamins
Unfortunately, too many people don’t eat enough fresh vegetables and fruits, so they don’t get the nutrients their bodies need to grow thick facial hair.
Vitamins can be consumed through supplements as well. For most people it's easier to get it through supplements (1-2 pills and you're done).
These vitamins are essential for growing thick, healthy beards and keep the skin healthy:
Omega 3: These fatty acids have huge benefits. Helps keep hair strong and healthy, fights dry hair, keeps skin smooth and soft.
Food sources high in Omega 3 are: Mackerel, Walnuts,Salmon, Chia seeds.
Biotin: Extremely important for hair growth and health. Lack of Biotin may cause hair loss. That said, deficiency in Biotin is rare because you already get what you need from food. (Note: Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin, which means that if there's too much of it, your body will get rid of it).
Food sources high in Biotin are: Nuts, Bananas, Egg yolk.
Vitamin E: Because of its many benefits for skin health, it can be found in endless skin care products. It's actually a skin nutrient. It keeps the skin moisturized and nourished, stimulates hair growth, keeps the hair healthy.
Food sources high in vitamin E are: Spinach, Avocado, Almonds, Salmon.
Vitamin C: Although known for fighting off flu, vitamin C is vital for skin health. Helps fight off dry and rough skin, It's a natural antioxidant and protects the skin from UV damage.
Food sources high in vitamin C are: Guava, Kiwi, Red/Green Pepper, Orange, Kale.
Supplements: If you know that your diet lacks important vitamins, you should consider using supplements. With one pill you can get all the vitamins you need for beard growth. If lack of vitamins is your problem you will soon see a change in your beard growth, otherwise it will probably won't have an effect on your beard growth. << Recommended supplements >>
Unhealthy lifestyle can have a direct effect on your health and as a consequence your beard as well.
Get Proper Sleep: I'm sure you know that sleep is important to your health. Lack of sleep has so many negative effects, and you shouldn't be surprised that your beard will be effected as well.
Lack of sleep reduces testosterone levels, low levels of T are usually directly connected to less hair growth.
Avoid Stress: That's easier said than done. Stress is the way our body handles a problem. Living life full of stress can cause hair loss. It's probably non realistic to have a stress free life, but here are some tips: Do stuff you like, get a weekly massage, meditate, exercise.
Less Alcohol More Water: Alcohol may cause dehydration and reduce testosterone levels. Drinking plenty of water keeps your body hydrated which can helps the body generate enough moisture to keep the hair and skin hydrated.
3. Increase Your Testosterone Level
Testosterone and specifically DHT is key for beard and hair growth. Usually, higher levels of DHT results in more facial hair growth.
Let's take a deeper look (for beard geeks):
DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) is the king of hair growth. It's a derivative of testosterone, i.e testosterone is converted to DHT.
DHT effects hair growth on your body: beard, chest, legs, etc. (it doesn't effect the head hair growth).
After it's created, DHT flows in the body looking for androgen receptors. These receptors can be found in the muscles and other places in the body.
Can you guess where?... The hair follicles.
After DHT is bound to a receptor in the hair follicle, there are 2 options, it will either promote growth or stop it. It mainly depends on genetics.
If you have a sensitivity for DHT it may hurt beard growth. Otherwise increasing your DHT levels will greatly help with your beard growth.
OK, now for some actionable things you can do. Luckily there are many ways to increase testosterone levels naturally, here are some of them.
4. Take Care of Your Beard
By grooming your beard and properly taking care of it you're actually making it healthier.
Healthy beard and skin prevents split ends, breakage, brittle hair - which in fact can cause beard hair loss.
Beard Oil: Beard oil is a must have product. It's not just a slogan, it's TRUE. When applying you're moisturizing and nourishing your skin - Yup, the skin is what holds the beard. Healthy skin means healthy beard and less facial hair loss.
Brushing: Just by brushing your beard you're actually nourishing it by distributing oil throughout your face, it also increases blood flow which can help with beard growth. Keeps it clean & tidy.
When you take proper care of your beard, you'll notice it's much more manageable. That way even if it's patchy you can style it in a away that makes the patches less obvious. If it covers the thinner areas, then you can do this every day to hide the sparse areas. To keep facial hair in place, try using a beard balm when styling your beard.
5. Consider a Short Beard
Instead of going against the grain and trying to grow a long beard that may not look the best, choose a short beard style.
Patchy beard doesn't mean you have to go with the shaved look, it just means that some beard styles will probably won't look as good.
A goatee is a popular choice for men who have patchy beards, as is a Vandyke, you can also go for the chin beard.
You can also rock it with a short stubble.
6. Facial Hair Transplant
I'm actually not in favor of this method, but just in case it might help someone else I'm putting it out here.
Hair transplant is an expensive procedure. Hair from the back of your scalp is taken and transplanted to your face. It's usually considered safe. Read more about it here.
7. What's Your Age?
A man’s age plays a big role in how dense and thick their beard is.
Usually, the older men get, the coarser and fuller their beards will be. So, if you have a patchy beard and are young, be patient and follow these tips to learn how to fix a patchy beard and grow a healthy beard.
It will probably be different for each person, but if you're in your mid 20s and have a patchy beard. This will probably change.
There will even be parts in your beard that will fill up when your 30 or more.
In the meantime be happy with what you got, because probably you won't be able to change it.