The 7 Stages of Growing a Beard: Here is What You Can Expect

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Getting Started: Week 1 & What to Expect When You’re Expecting (a Beard, That Is)

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Beards can take a long time to grow, and it is important not to rush through the different stages of growing a beard.

All you have to do is follow these 7 stages, and you can expect to be well on your way to a full, healthy beard by the end of the 8th week.

In the first stage, the itch, you will often be itching and scratching your face trying to get it to grow faster and stronger.

Don’t scratch all the time, because that will just slow down the process.

Instead, you should focus on nourishing it with natural oils and grooming it to make it look as full and healthy as possible.

In the second stage, the “awkward” stage, most guys usually give up and shave it off.

The thing is, you just have to hang in there, because it will get better.

Just check out the end of the article to see how much it will improve in the next few weeks.

Stage 2: Let The Challenge Begin

Now it¡s time to train yourself to let the lot of its growth. At first, the bet will generate a more common growth of very small length, almost to the chin.

This secondary stage will be the first sign that you have to be patient with the process and do not give up.

The time does not take away, and the longer you are in this stage, the more chances you will have to grow a decent beard.

Make sure you follow the steps with care and your beard will come out as the best of them.

Male hormones are most powerful, as this is the time when your beard will be at its fastest growing.

In the case that your beard continues to grow even after the secondary stage of growth, do not worry. That beard will fall to the same length the beard grows.

With time, and patience, the beard will restart the cycle of growth after the secondary stage at this point, however longer than a previous.

You can also shave and enjoy the beard later when you feel that the beard is becoming too long.

But remember this phase is necessary to stimulate the growth of hair and make it grow faster.

Also, it is important to start preparing for the next stage.

Keep your beard clean (illustration)

Keep your beard conditioned and hydrated (illustration)

If it has been a while since you last started growing a beard, you may want to know what to expect. From the beginning stages all the way to that fully grown manly man beard, there are several stages.

You may not experience every one of these specific phases, but chances are you will experience something close to them.

The stages include:

Stage 1: Just starting out

You may find that you have a few patches of hair on your cheeks.

It is unclear if this is a growing beard or if your face is covered in hairs that you didn’t know about.

Stage 2: Untamed

By this stage, your beard will probably start growing longer and fuller.

All you need to do is wait it out and make sure you are properly maintaining it.

Stage 3: Patchy Beard

At this stage, you will have a few thicker buttons of hair going here and there.

It is still not really a beard and is still pretty patchy.

It may not be a problem for you and you can continue with your life as usual.

The general structure of your face might be clear, but there is a ton of untamed hair here and there.

Stage 4: How to shape a beard

This stage of growing your beard is where you finally start to see that beard shape that you have always dreamed of.

Keep it trimmed (illustration)

Growing a beard is a lot like growing a child. When you first give your beard life, it is nothing more than a patchy lot of hair. It doesn’t take much attention to maintain, but it needs to be tended to: trimmed, washed, and cared for if it is going to turn out (or in this example, continue to grow) healthy and strong.

You will also want to pay attention to the beard’s development, make sure that the patterns and textures are developing as you want, and decide whether or not you like it along the way.

As it matures, you will find that you want to give it more attention now that it is quickly becoming more full and more complex. After a few weeks, your beard will be big enough to do some damage, but it is still young.

You can let it grow however you like, or you can decide to keep it trimmed or shaped for now.

In 2-3 months, you’ll notice a major change: the beard will have doubled in size. It may begin to thicken and appear fuller, or it may be holding steady. It may seem to look thicker than it did when it was shorter, or it may feel no different.

All of these changes are normal as your beard changes shape and grows out.

Combing and brushing (illustration)

Here is the full illustrator from our blog post the evolution of a beard (and before you get too upset, I'm actually going to allow you to comb and brush your beard, it just might take a while) This is an awesome illustration by Alex Garant, who is one of our contributors over at Thrillist, about the process of growing a beard.

While growing a beard might be a lifelong process for some, for others it only take a few days. While this can be discouraging, it is important to realize that no beard can be fullly formed overnight. It takes time for facial hair to grow in, the same way it takes hair on the head to grow out.

So while you may wake up one morning expecting to have a full beard, you will probably be surprised. You can still grow a beard, you just have to give it time.

When growing a beard and you find that the beard hair still feel kind of soft and wispy, like in the 1 to 3 weeks stage, don't worry because this is completely normal.

It may feel soft because your caucasian hair is surrounding the beard and is extra fine in texture. The prickly feeling will eventually pass as the beard becomes fuller.

During the 2nd week of beard growing, the hairs shouldn't be as soft as they were in the first week, but they will still feel soft compared to those from the weeks to come.

What’s next? Putting a Month, and More, Behind You in Your Beard Quest

So now you have a month of growth, what’s next?

It’s exciting and exciting to see that there is a little peach fuzz on your face. It’s a wonderful feeling to see other men’s beard growing progress or even see pictures of other men’s full beards. But what comes next is what you really want.

First of all, don’t feel bad if you are experiencing the post-month drop. In fact, you’re in good company because every man that has ever grown a beard will tell you that it happens to them, too.

You’ll go from exponential growth where it seems like you’re adding an inch or more each day to being stuck at the same place for a few days.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel.

You may conclude that a lot of what you did wrong was due to a newbie mistake. You may want to read back over this article and a few others on the subject to make sure you’re not committing any of these errors.

There are also a couple of things you can do to ramp up your progress.

Weeks 6-8 – The Glory of Your Beard Becomes More Evident

Your beard will be growing rapidly now, and you should see continued results each and every day.

The hair shafts will start to get darker and become more coarse, while your whiskers will become thicker too.

You will also see a lot more hair strands starting to appear.

This is why you need to be washing your beard every day with a moisturizing treatment, like beard wash.

As your beard becomes longer, you will need to comb it more often.

Beard comb attachments are helpful for this, as they are usually wider with a longer handle.

Treat your beard with beard balm or oil to help slow down the hair loss that tends to happen in this part of the growing journey.

By the end of this phase, your beard might be noticeably longer than it was just a few weeks before.

There isn’t a lot of versatility when it comes to this stage of growing your beard.

If you just want to grow a beard, then you have to decide that’s what you want and let the hair grow naturally.

You can’t trim it into a great shape or shave it off.

Some guys will try to shape their beard or get rid of some of the hair.

The Next Phase and When Your Beard Fully Manifests Itself

You should start to see a lot of hair coming in during this phase. At this point, you should have enough hair to be able to see how you will keep it. Choose a shaving routine that you feel comfortable with, and stick to it.

Your facial hair at this point is barley there, so it starts to take a lot of man maintenance to really make any beard appear. This takes dedication and commitment.

During this phase, you will want to shave once a day for the first week just to make sure that there is no irritation or infection. Shaving this often may take some getting used to, but it will also clear up any issues you might have.

Work towards growing a beard, but remember that you will not be able to keep it forever. It is not always a journey of success. You must learn to accept this.

Everyday of this phase is going to feel like a battle. There will be some days where you do not shave, and there are going to be days when you look in the mirror and you are depressed.

And if you are not at this phase yet, then you will have to learn to embrace mistakes. The most important part of growing a beard is not the growing part; it is the learning to grow a beard.

Putting it all Together And The Chance to Strut Your Stuff

One of the main reasons that men grow beards is for the chance to have a set of whiskers on their face. This can be the case whether you are trying to hold on to your youth, you need a protective layer to keep your face warm, or maybe you simply want to add some hair to your face.

However, a large portion of the population is not up to scratch when it comes to knowing the characteristics of a well-grown beard.

You need more than just time, patience, and a good host of hair to grow a beard. Believe it or not, there is a science to growing a good looking beard. Most people are not aware of what the interim steps are, which is one of the reasons that they need guidance.

Here is what you can expect in the coming months:

  • You will get itchy
  • Your cheeks will get burned
  • You will feel hot
  • You will feel more beard burn
  • You will feel itchy and start to scratch
  • You will look in the mirror and it won’t be looking good
  • You will itch and you will scratch
  • You will wonder why you do this to yourself
  • You will find that you can’t stop scratching your beard

The Sublime Beardsman Phase

The Sublime Beardsman phase typically lasts a few months.

It is mostly about the euphoria of having accomplished something that has been in the mind for so long.

Congratulations on your success!

If you made it this far, you are probably set for life unless you repeatedly shave it off and restart the process.

It can be intimidating at times,  but it's also fun.

And you will get compliments.

Be prepared for other men and even women to look at you like you’re the next in the evolutionary chain.

When I grew my first beard my coworkers thought I was infected with African Swine Fever.

However, when I shaved it off they were even more alarmed because they assumed I had some kind of incurable “skin cancer”.

The unspoken rule is that it’s better to shave it.

That prevents you from being a social pariah behind the scenes.

It is better to be an outcast than to stay outcasted.


Now that you know the various stages of growing a beard, you know what to expect.

The next thing to do is start growing a beard!
If you were to ask any eager lad how long it will take before a beard grows densely enough to trim, he will tell you, "about a year".

But does a beard really take that long to grow? Can you grow a long, nicely trimmed facial hair in less than a year?

The answer: it depends on you. How you care for your beard, whether you are growing it for the first time or just growing it long after the initial growth, will all impact the time needed for the beard to grow.

Although there are various factors that affect the growth of a beard, the major one is genetics. So what does genetics have to do with the growth of a beard?

Read the following sections to know about the changes that happen in your body and how you can influence them.