How Long it Takes to Grow a Beard & How to Speed it Up

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Why do we grow beards?

Biology tells us that growing a beard is a very important part of the development of male characteristics.

It is important for several reasons, including:

  • It signals that a male is at peak sexual fitness
  • It provides protection to the sensitive skin on the chin
  • It acts as an insulating mechanism to maintain heat
  • It provides sunprotection from UV rays

When you put all of those together it makes perfect sense that the beard is a very masculine trait to have. For most men, a beard is an essential part of their appearance. It is a social status symbol that each man should be proud of.

But how can you actually grow a beard? There are tips and advice out there, but there is also a lot of bogus information. Some sources say that eating a lot of carrots will stimulate beard growth for example. Other sources say you have to shave everyday or that beard oil is a must. All of those tips do not actually help.

To have a healthy, full beard it takes time. You need to give it a few months minimum to grow decent facial hair. We all know that. But… do we all know how much time?

What are beards good for?

Beards are great for keeping the face warm in cold weather, and they can keep you cool on a hot one. The whiskers are thought to ward off evil spirits, which may seem silly but it makes it easier to understand why they can be considered a sign of virility and strength.

Until relatively recent times in human history, beards were largely a symbol of wealth. The only men who could grow them were those who had the time and resources to concentrate on their well-being.

These days, women love a man with a beard and there’s no reason to be embarrassed if yours is coming in patchy. It’s important to keep your chin up, and always remember that style can make your beard appear fuller, so a little manscaping is in order.

Beards don’t have to be a commitment, and choosing to go all out or shave completely is completely up to you. Use the following tips and tricks to make sure your beard is always on trend, whatever style that may be.

How does our body produce a beard?

Your hair follicles are lined with tiny with tiny muscles that connect to your arteries. Your facial hair is basically hair that grows from your face. The hair then grows through your skin, through a thin layer of dermal papilla cells, and attaches to your muscle fibers.

Because beard-growing is a unique form of hair growth, it follows a distinct pattern of its own.

As humans reach adulthood, the amount of testosterone that their body is producing is the main factor that causes beard growth. This is because testosterone is what sets the hair pattern.

There are many situations that can contribute to a “slow-growing” beard, but most of them can be mitigated by following a healthy regimen that has already been proven to work.

For those who want to shave (and later re-grow) there are a number of ways to jump-start the process and get a thicker, faster, and healthier beard.

The 3 phases of facial hair growth

After puberty, everyone goes through three distinct phases of beard growth.

Anagen

This is the most prolific phase of the hair growth cycle. If you’re lucky, this may be the only phase you will go through as your hair will either stop growing here or start the second phase of the cycle. This phase usually takes about 7 years to complete and lasts anywhere from 2 to 7 years. The exact phase your beard is in is dependent upon the type of facial hair growth.

Catagen

This is the next phase after the anagen phase and usually comes after it stops growing normally. It can respond to a variety of different factors, including hormonal imbalances, stress, and trauma. The phase can last from 2 to 4 weeks.

Telogen

This is the final phase of the hair growth cycle and takes about 2 to 4 months to complete. At this point, the hair starts falling out and the follicle undergoes a lot of changes. The hair becomes smaller, the growth point withers, and the dead hair cells are pushed up to the surface.

This phase doesn’t affect the anagen phase immediately, but contributes as you age. Though it is a natural hair loss cycle that no one can avoid, you can make it a lot better by supporting your hair follicles to maintain their elasticity.

The Anagen phase

Beard hairs are in the anagen phase for an average of three years. But the rate at which your hair grows varies from person to person.

The anagen phase is the active growing stage of hair growth. During this phase, the hair is pushed upward and grows around a quarter of an inch each month …that’s about half a centimeter per month.

At the end of the anagen phase, most of the growing hair will fall out. This is known as the catagen phase. Hair remains inactive for about two to three weeks …this is known as the catagen phase.

The following telogen phase of the hair growth cycle is the resting phase. Here, the hair follicle remains dormant and no new hairs are grown. The hair remains inactive for a couple of months (this is known as the telogen phase).

Finally, the telogen hairs fall out and are replaced by a new, developing hair follicle. These hormones and the growth cycles that they fuel are responsible for people having at least some facial hair from the age of puberty.

The Catagen phase

The first stage of the hair growth cycle is called the "Anagen" phase. When this phase is complete, the hair goes into a resting phase called the "Catagen" phase. The Catagen phase lasts about three weeks. After the resting phase, the hair then begins to move into the "Telogen" phase, where the new hair that has formed is pushed out of the skin, and the next cycle (or stage) begins.

The Telogen phase

Beard hair in this phase is effective for growing beards because it is "fatigued," damaged, and does not have any of its own energy to contribute to beard hair growth. In general, you want the beard hair to be in the telogen phase.

What affects how my beard grows?

Most people grow beards for one of two reasons: to train hair to grow a certain direction, or to have an accenting set of hair on their chin.

Hair grows at a similar rate on your head as it does on your neck, if you have a full beard but are keeping your head shaved! As far as your head, the growth rate is significantly faster than the growth rate on any other part of your body.

The process of growing long hair can be frustrating for people, but the good news is that there are a few techniques you can use to speed up the process.

You can also slow down the process or speed it up a bit by manipulating your hormones.

First, you should know that your hormones are going to be the biggest factor as to how fast your beard will grow. Because of this, you need to control your hormones. There are natural supplements that can help control and increase hormone production in your body. You will want to increase your testosterone naturally since it drives your body to be more masculine. Be mindful of what you are feeding your body to help this process along.

Take a look at any man on the street and you will see that some decide to shave, and some do not. Others keep it nicely trimmed, while others have enough hair that they could use it to braid. Some people call the hair on the face a "chinstrap," and others call it a beard.

Age

How old do you need to be before you grow a beard? Guys aged 14–19 are the most likely to see significant beard growth and are the youngest to see their first beard.

However, there is no “right time” to start growing a beard. Some guys start as young as 14, others wait until they are in their 50‒s.

The best advice we can give is “just start growing”. Try to put off any under-age shaving till your late teens, but if you absolutely need to do it, you can still grow a beard later!

The older you are , the longer it will take to grow your beard. The major sign of age related beard growth is thin beard growth.

Genetics

The genes your parents gave you are the oldest and have the most experience, and by how much you look like your parents, you can see the level of control they have over your facial hair production.

Those that are good at growing hair, grow it quickly. Those that have to fight conditions to grow hair, take longer. On average, the facial hair grows in about 4 years.

Non-Genetic Influences

Age also plays a large part and men in their 20's are more likely to have beards than men in their 40’s. The male hormones that control hair growth are called androgens.

They increase with age. Testosterone level rise until 31-35 then stabilize. Growth rate of facial hair also slows down somewhat from the 20's to the 30’s as testosterone level then stabilize.

Smoking and Stress Levels

Grehlin is another hormone that is linked with facial hair growth. It is what is released when you are stressed. It plays a large role in the production of cortisol, which when produced unnecessarily can put on weight and cause stress.

Nutrition

Shaving is the most common and convenient method of getting rid of facial hair but can have a down side to it. It can cause ingrown hairs, irritation, and redness if the razor is not kept clean.

Trimming with scissors or clippers is a second favorite method and it is also a way to get used to the look of a beard or to make it shorter before you grow it.

Without any chemical products, you can expect to get a few weeks worth of growth after your first shave.

It takes time for your hair follicles to grow once they have been blocked by the use of shaving products. This will eventually also reduce the strength of your hair, making it much easier to trim or shave.

The use of beard oil is a very common practice and can help your beard grow quicker and alleviate beard itch. This oil can help in giving your facial hair a little more nourishment, allowing it to grow in longer. Be sure to wash your beard with the appropriate shampoo once a week.

Just like any hair on your body, washing your beard regularly and moisturizing it is just as important.

Excessive amounts of mustache wax, face wash, or beard balm is not the way to make your beard grow faster. These kinds of products can contain chemicals that may actually do more harm than good.

Sleep

The reason why people with shaved beards grow them back more quickly is that it's getting a bit more blood flow to their face. So if you're growing your beard out it needs more nutrients in there. Much like growing your hair out, you can use beard oil. Not only will a good beard oil make your beard softer. It will also help keep it healthy and make it grow faster.

One important thing to note is that you want to use a natural beard oil and not one that is full of chemicals. You're trying to grow a beard and keep it healthy, not looking for ways to make sure it falls out. This is where the typical name brand beard oils are likely to fall short.

If you're new to beard oils, you can get a starter kit. It will be a gift that you'll keep giving to yourself as these oils last a very long time. You'll find that beard oils with blends of natural oils will make it grow faster.

If you're looking to buy online, here are some of our favorite brands that make the best oils.

When you first start growing your beard out, you are going to go through an itchy phase.

Most men's gosh darned itchy phase. Is not the desire to have a beard.

Stress

Your body produces a hormone when it’s stressed that shuts down facial hair growth.

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To combat this, you need to reduce your stress levels by taking time off, relaxing at home, and spending more time with friends and family.

Don’t worry though; once you get back to growing, the extra time won't affect your progress.

Exercise

This is a good idea because it will make your beard grow faster than normal.

But it is a bit of a delay and not a true solution.

The good news is that you also can use ingredients to do it.

First of all, you have to make sure you are taking the right food.

Some studies have shown that you can include this vitamin in your diet.

This vitamin is obviously very good for the hair and beard, and you can find it in most of the food you eat.

Also, you can have some really good effects by including a lot of good fat in your diet.

You can have a lot of Omega fatty acids, and this can have effects like lowering the levels of bad cholesterol and increasing the levels of good cholesterol.

You certainly don’t want the bad cholesterol to be high, because this is a condition which might lead to many problems for all of us.

And you obviously also want the level of good cholesterol to be high. This healthy cholesterol is a condition which should be present in every single person of our planet.

By improving the conditions of your beard and your hair, you can make it really big and black.

Also, you should use some really good and healthy oils.

You have to include the right ingredients in your diet.

Hormones

Genetics, and age largely determine how long it takes to grow a beard.

However, length and thickness of your beard can be accelerated at certain times in your life and there are products and methods that can speed up beard growth.

First, if you don't possess the full potential of this feature, set it aside.

Maintain a beard and start to appreciate a chin in its natural state. I assure you, that by the time your beard reaches a few inches, it will be long enough.

If you must have a beard and not a beautiful chin, then it will take some time and care.

To speed up naturally growing facial hair, products are available to speed the process up, however these grow your beard faster but it doesn’t make it thicker (i.e. Kick Start Beard Oil, Grow Beard Faster).

You can also research various techniques, such as massaging your beard daily, which helps follicles produce more and allows for a faster growth process.

Also the results of treatments and products vary from person to person, so consult a doctor and follow instructions to ensure that you're using the product safely in order to avoid unwanted side effects.

Beard Products:

Beard Oil – This generally speeds up the growing process and provides the beard with extra nourishment. This gives your beard the right conditions to grow faster.

5 Mistakes that slow down your beard growth

Men are advised to shave or at least trim facial hair regularly. When you are shaving, you are treating your beard as an enemy. Laser hair removal works, but also reinforces the idea that facial hair is a nuisance that needs to be taken care of. This will slow down the growth rate of your beard.

No beard oil

A good beard oil is often overlooked. It should be part of your daily routine. Just as you wash your face, you could wash your beard with some good old beard oil. This is really important if you want to have healthy facial hair. Beard hair is dry and brittle, just like your skin. It’s important to treat it with love.

Throughout the centuries, men have been using various oils to keep their beards well conditioned. Beard oil has a number of benefits for your skin and facial hair. It makes the skin under the beard less irritating and it also moisturizes it. It also improves the overall look of your hair and keeps your beard soft and shiny. Another very important benefit of beard oil is that it treats skin underneath. Skin is very sensitive and needs extra care. Oil treatment of your face keeps it healthy.

Another important thing is that it prevents ingrown hair. Beard growth is a sign that your facial hair is fully developed to the next level, so it’s important to maintain it.

Impatience

Or high expectation?

You will be amazed how quick the answer is. The reason for this is that most people expect instant results, even with something that takes years to grow, but it's not uncommon for it to take a period of between two to six years to grow a full beard. This isn't including any trimming you might do to shape it up.

There is no magic answer to growing a beard quickly, but there are a few things you can do to speed the process up. The biggest thing you can do is to trim your beard weekly. It’s sometimes recommended that you trim every few days and leave the hairs that grow in that time grow a little longer.

Depending on your hair growth cycle and genetics it could take months, a year or longer, to grow a beard for the first time. You should also take other factors into consideration first, such as your age, the thickness of your facial hair, and if you are a male under the age of 20 it could take longer to grow a beard. The thing to remember is that the longer you have been growing a beard the quicker the process is when you want to grow it longer.

Buying into myths

Many men grow beards as part of the transition from boyhood to manhood. They are in love with the notion of being ruggedly manly, as in some television series, and think that growing a beard will help them achieve their goal. Unfortunately, they try to take shortcuts in the process; they are in too much of a hurry to grow a thick and full beard.

Of course, most of them go with what their buddies tell them is the fastest way to grow a beard. Unfortunately, many are simply myths, and they can’t figure out why they are still struggling with patchy beards even after a few months of beard growth.

Smoking

In the 1990s, Americans were already pretty proud of their beards. With the exception of the occasional clean shaven President, most celebrities and many superstars had decided that shaving was something they weren't going to be caught doing.

But then a lot of young kids started to smoke weed.

Maybe this is because weed discourages shaving, or maybe that just happened to be when the first generations of kids who seriously smoked weed as teenagers were feeling famous.

Let's consider the link between weed and beards for a moment, which isn't even as sketchy as you think. The apparent reason for this is that the hormones in weed trigger your body to do certain things. Like release a lot of testosterone, for example.

Testosterone speeds up the release of cells, including hair cells. So smoking weed on occasion speeds up the rate at which your hair grows. Of course, if you're a teenager, you already have more testosterone than girly men, and not smoking weed would only retard the release of your fast-growing hair.

What we're saying is that if you want to be a mad scientist and let your beard not be one, smoking weed once a day at around 4 p.m. or something like that is the most effective way to do it.

Poor skincare

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Not grooming it

As soon as it grows, or not maintaining it at all, takes its toll on your hair, your skin, the way you look at yourself in the mirror, and your confidence. Not to mention the women you desire may be smitten by the way you’re looking at yourself in the mirror.

In general, it doesn’t happen overnight, but you can help it to grow faster and be more abundant and full than if you weren’t doing anything to it. You generally grow five to fifteen hairs a day, but you can speed up that process by doing simple things, such as cutting it regularly, grooming it, massaging your scalp, and using the right products.

Now, you have to be patient, you will not sprout a full-fledged beard in a few days, but you can speed up the process if you learn what works best for your skin and hair. That’s how you can grow the beard you’ve always wanted, if you follow the advice below.

5 Ways to speed up your beard growth

Keep your skin hydrated:

Beard growth in a timely manner depends on keeping your skin healthy and moisturized. A lot of guys are surprised to hear that you need to keep your skin hydrated, especially in the winter, when the air is dryer, but it’s the truth.

A lot of guys will use oils and butter to keep their beards growing, but the best thing you can use is a quality beard balm that gives you the same or better results than other products.

Use beard oil or beard butter:

The last thing you want is for your skin to build up a layer of dead skin cells that prevent hair from growing underneath. Beard oil and beard butter will hydrate your skin better than using raw oils or a DIY beard balm.

If you feel like you need to use something more hydrating than what you use, you should be moisturizing your face after each wash or shower.

Keep your skin moisturized:

Exfoliate, exfoliate, and exfoliate some more:

The growth cycle of a hair is typically about 90 days from when it pops up from your skin to when it is shed.

There are three stages to the hair growth cycle:

The Anagen stage, which is the growing phase.

Take supplements

With 10,000mg of biotin.

Biotin is one of the many supplements that you may require to help your body and hair grow healthily, faster. Biotin is available at any drugstore or beauty supply store. The vitamin supplement is also known as vitamin H or vitamin B7.

By taking supplements with 10,000mg of biotin, you can expect to see a noticeable amount of growth by three months. If you are worried that it won’t grow, biotin aids hair root development, so you just need time to see results of this.

Uncontrolled hair loss, known as alopecia, can be caused by a number of factors.

It can be hormonal, autoimmune, and can also be caused by stress, malnutrition, and certain medications.

It may occur due to other issues as well.

However, not all cases of alopecia are permanent.

If you are not getting the results you want with your current approach, consider using natural ingredients.

The following 15 pieces of advice are taken from a variety of sources, including the web, forums, and books.

They are all simple, easy methods of dealing with alopecia.

Change your diet

While there is currently plenty of evidence showing that a person’s diet is a contributing factor to the health and well-being of your beard, a lot of guys simply do not understand the relationship between nutrition and facial hair.

You might be surprised by the amount of attention you give to your diet on a daily basis based on the results of how healthy your beard is and how well your hair is growing in. There is no doubt about the potential of how important you should pay attention to your diet.

Vegetables such as carrots, spinach, almonds, and watercress are considered strong sources of vitamin A. Vitamin A is a healthy nutrient that has been proven to boost the growth of facial hair and reduce hair loss.

Vitamin A has been proven to stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss on a large scale. You could do worse than to treat yourself to a healthy bowl of spinach salad or a few spinach smoothies per day.

It also helps to monitor your caloric intake. Getting enough calories each day is definitely important to meet the demands of your body and your beard.

If your caloric intake is too low, not only will you experience hair loss and slow beard growth, but you will lose muscle mass as well.

Gaining extra muscle is not just for the sake of being big; it’s another essential aspect of having a healthy beard.

Exercise

This is a good idea because it will make your beard grow faster than normal.

But it is a bit of a delay and not a true solution.

The good news is that you also can use ingredients to do it.

First of all, you have to make sure you are taking the right food.

Some studies have shown that you can include this vitamin in your diet.

This vitamin is obviously very good for the hair and beard, and you can find it in most of the food you eat.

Also, you can have some really good effects by including a lot of good fat in your diet.

You can have a lot of Omega fatty acids, and this can have effects like lowering the levels of bad cholesterol and increasing the levels of good cholesterol.

You certainly don’t want the bad cholesterol to be high, because this is a condition which might lead to many problems for all of us.

And you obviously also want the level of good cholesterol to be high. This healthy cholesterol is a condition which should be present in every single person of our planet.

By improving the conditions of your beard and your hair, you can make it really big and black.

Also, you should use some really good and healthy oils.

You have to include the right ingredients in your diet.

Use beard oil

Beard oil is a specially formulated oil that helps to moisturize your skin while also having a protective layer against environmental damage, keeping your skin healthier and promoting faster beard growth.

Beard oils are easy on the skin, leaving your beard conditioned and less prone to split ends and tangles. Proper hydration is the most important factor for beard growth because it allows for the natural tendency of your beard to grow longer, healthier, and fuller.

Use Beard Balm

A beard balm enhances your beard and helps to make it look healthier, fuller, and shinier. Beard balm will keep your hair moisturized and looking great while also helping to provide protection against environmental damage. You can use beard balm any time of the day to keep your beard looking great throughout the whole day.

Beard balm can go a long way in softening the bristles of your beard, which makes it more easy to tame and comb. Products with added waxes are going to give your beard a shiny look, which will make it absolutely fantastic to the eye.

Using beard balm will help to grow your beard faster to the condition you desire by adding moisture to the hair follicles and coating them. Also, the ingredients of beard butter will reduce the itching and irritation which often occurs when a beard is growing out.

Relax

Relax. People grow hair for a variety of different reasons. Beards are cool these days, especially when you have a shaved head! And according to the Better Beard Club, they also make you look better.

While it’s true that the growing process of facial hair is different from head hair, the same rules apply. You must perspire to grow either one.

To help your genes relax and get them working for you, you should probably cut down on coffee, sugar, and soda. Alcohol is something that can cause damage to your body and hair so avoid this as well.

You should also take a look at your diet. Consuming healthy foods will give you more energy and a healthy body.

It’s also best to avoid the “combo meals”. The best foods to include in your diet are stuff like meat and fish. Also focus on fruits, veggies, and whole grains.

Conclusion

Choosing the right beard style is, ultimately, a matter of taste. If you like facial hair, then you’ll be glad to hear it’s not a trend. Men throughout history have sported beards and will continue to do so.

Although there’s a wide variety of styles and lengths, there are a few things you should know.

>The beard grows from the hair follicles beneath your skin. Generally, the minimum length for the facial hair to be identified as a beard is one inch.

>The hair is in the anagen phase. The beard grows, but the hair is also resting and won’t grow any longer. The beard shock is programmed; at full maturity, the beard growth should begin to slow down.

>Healthy hair is stronger, it grows faster, and survives better against physical stress. If you want your beard to be at its best, you should include a healthy diet, rich in vitamins and proteins, in your lifestyle.

>Don’t wait for a long time. The first signs of facial hair will occur around the fourteenth week. If you wait for the twentieth week, you may start to notice gray hairs, which could get mixed in with your beard.