Minoxidil Beard Growth Before & After

Let's face it, men have been using this product for years but most of them probably didn't have a clue what the active ingredient actually was "minoxidil" they just threw some Rogaine on their faces and crossed their fingers. What they found out was that it works, specifically it's a vasodilator which like Viagra it was originally intended for reducing dangerously high blood pressure until they realized a pretty magical side effect... Hair Growth!

How Can This Help Me Grow a Beard?

Well let's get this simple fact straight, minoxidil doesn't magically grow hair nor does it make hair grow in places where there is no chance for it to grow. What it does is stimulates the actual hair follicle and either revive or as I like to say wake their ass up. Anyone who has ever artificially increased their testosterone will attest to this, you don't know how much hair you really have until you "wake it up". What it really means for beard hair is that given a consistent treatment plan and good conditions (healthy hair follicles) you're good to grow!

Why Are You Just Hearing About Minoxidil?

Plug in your favorite government conspiracy theory or the fact that they haven't figured out a way to make money off it but they disguise it as protecting us. It's not approved (FDA approved) in the USA as a topical facial cream for hair growth which they state is because there are no clinical trials that test the effectiveness and possible side effects using it this way. Which makes you wonder... why the hell not! Call me reckless but I've done it.

What About The Beard Products That Promote Growth?

They are full of sh*t, these products hide behind the fact that they promote healthier skin which in turn promotes hair growth, none of the actual ingredients are directly linked to growing more hair. Don't get me wrong, I believe that if you treat your skin good and keep it healthy you will have a healthier beard but I don't like to see claims that they work anywhere near as good as a minoxidil based product does.

What Are The Side Effects?

1. Bloating

2. Increased Heart Rate

3. Insomnia

4. Headaches

5. Dry Skin

6. Hair Loss

7. Hair Growth

I know what you're thinking, why the hell is hair loss & growth both side effects, in some rare cases people take up to two months to reap the benefits and their hair goes through a minor "shedding" phase. On average people begin to see results in as little as two weeks.

Yes! It most certainly does work. There are downsides to using this drug on your face; let's face it, it is a drug and we're not here to coddle anyone about it and its side effects. Some men have reported these side effects after using it topically on their face. Nobody has experienced all of them, rather this is a compilation of what you might be able to expect.

Let's get another thing straight that scared the hell out of me, the shedding process is very rare and it's a temporary process which is like re-sodding the lawn. I personally didn't see any side effects and I have sensitive skin, one time I scrubbed my body with my girlfriends sugar scrub and was covered in hives for two hours.

How To Apply Liquid Minoxidil

1. Wash your man face (Unscented soap is best)

2. Pull 1ml of solution into the dropper

3. Apply single drops to beard and areas you want to increase facial hair

4. Gently massage in the oil

5. Eat a sandwich

*You can repeat this process up to two times per day

How To Apply Foam Minoxidil

1. Wash your greasy man face (Unscented soap is preferred)

2. Make sure your hands are dry

3. Apply 1ml of foam on our hand (See directions for amounts)

4. Gently massage into beard and area you intend to grow facial hair

5. Eat a sandwich

*You can repeat this process up to two times per day

This is not a difficult process so don't screw it up, really I don't know how you would and if your're worried about not getting the proper amount then start with a smaller dose.

If you have any dryness because this is the only side effect that comes up with consistency from what I've seen, then find a lotion designed for your face. There are a ton of lady ones out there so just pick one of those up and don't be a creep and but Vaseline on your face.

I'm not a patient man so waiting two weeks for a beard to grow in thicker sounded like a kick to the D but my thought was "why not?". If in two weeks my beard was better great, if not then I didn't lose anything. I saw results in less that a week but that's not everyone.

How Long Should I Use Minoxidil

6 Months - 1 Year

Now this is a personal answer but it really depends on how much and how fast you see results. I'm someone who over does things so I used it for a while after it made a difference to make sure that "it stuck" because I didn't have a beard website to teach me this.

Don't worry, if your hair is now growing in spots you've never seen before then it's not going to just magically disappear after you stop taking it. If you're really freaked out (like I was) then just slowly tapper off of it. For example if you're using 1ml every day then cut it to .5ml for a month then in half again.

A women giving her opinion on beard styles

Women's Opinion on Beards

I thought about polling women and setting up a well thought out unbiased experiment but you and I know both know the truth, women love beards. I've never met a women who said they didn't like or prefer it, I'm sure you could find some hipster 20 year old women who want their man to look like a chick, shaved down with skinny jeans on but real women prefer the bush...

Here's a Lesson on How Not To Be

Women's opinion on Beards and Body Hair in Misc Stuff Forum

http://jefffsbeardboard.yuku.com/topic/22564/Womens-opinion-on-Beards-and-Body-HairI want to marry a woman that likes me hairy everywhere. The only area I consider shaving/trimming is my back (if/when I get back hair). My mom hates beards, back hair, and butt hair. She loves head hair, chest hair, arm hair, and leg hair. My dad had a mustache until I was two. My mom encouraged him to shave it, because it was multicolored. I wish he had kept it. She says ALL women hate beards. I DON'T believe her. She encourages, but does not force me to shave. DON'T WORRY, I won't shave. She has no idea that I will grow a yeard someday. I don't care if she hates beards.

Are there some women that prefer beards that are over 1 year length?
Do some women like untrimmed chest hair?
What about back hair?

I don't mean to call out some poor kid from a random thread but if you're searching for what women think then you've started in the wrong place. Women love confidence, if you're asking Google what the hell they like then you need to focus on you and becoming the MAN a women would like. Everything superficial is just an elaborate net to catch something good but if you're insecure about anything, even the way your beard looks to someone else then you're going to scare her away when she finds out how much of a mess you are.

Moral of the story, women love beards it's a fact. Ask Moses. If you want more awesome articles visit our Beard advice & reviews.

Beard Clipper Reviews

Best Beard Trimmer For Stubble - 2017 Review

We've all had those beard trimmers that do a decent job on the jaw and chin line but then you get to your neck and it seems like the only way to trim them to the right length is scratch yourself to death so I put together a list of the top 3 choices out there.

3 Best Stubble Beard Trimmers 2017


Wahl Lithium Ion
Image Via Amazon.com


The beauty of this one is that the attachments actually work, you're dealing with a trimmer that just happens to have other crap thrown in, kind like target and beard oil. I don't know about you but I've only wanted a nose trimmer on those days when I wake up and notice that it looks like there is a bush growing out of there over night. It's nice to have an attachment to throw on and clean that up. Shave is cleaner than most which I think has to do with the spacing and length of the ridges. My favorite part is that it doesn't grab and rip your neck, I've tried using on of those Costco kits in the past which was clearly made for you head and almost died.

2. Remington MB4040 Lithium Ion Powered Men's Rechargeable Mustache Beard and Stubble Trimmer

Remington MB4040 Stubble Trimmer
Image Via Amazon.com

Blame Remington for the horrible image lighting, I wanted to show this one because you can see the quality of the attachment covers that come with it. They actually did something smart here and varied the spacing on the covers to work for guys with a very dense beard and those who have one that looks like it's made of wheat. I generally prefer having an adjustable length that's attached to the trimmer like this one instead of all those awful plastic pieces that I lose or step on and break when I'm half asleep.

3. TRYM II - The Rechargeable Modern Hair Clipper Kit

TRYM 2 Rechargeable Clipper Kit
Image Via Amazon.com

I know what you're thinking, this thing comes with those funky ass plastic attachments but look at it, the damn thing is gorgeous. This is the kind of gift you get as a man that you actually like, I have used this in a bachelor party gift bag before and everyone rolled to the stripclub with one of these in their back pocket. I'm going to definitely have to add this to my list of best guy gifts. Shave is as clean as it looks.

Beard Styles For Weak Chin

Little did you know that the scruff upon your face was not just a way to signify your manhood but it's about as useful as Batman's god damn tool belt. While you were just looking for a way to hide your inadequateness as a man you stumbled upon the equivalent of steroids for man hood and women wooing. Now it's not as simple as just not giving an F and letting your beard grow widely with no disregard to your boss or significant other. I realize that there a few obstacles to overcome, for instance the time period between having an amazingly full beard and when it looks like you're just homeless and can't afford to shave. There is also the fact that some people just can't grow a beard and they look like someone has done a controlled burn on parts of their face. With that being said I'm going to tailor this to the less fortunate because if you were able to grow a ridiculous lumberjack beard then you wouldn't be searching for different styles, you would just rock the ZZ Top and be done with it.

 Top Beard Styles For Guys With Weaker Chins


Collin Farrel with a Goatee
Image Via Pinterest.com

One of the more traditional options for deceiving of your lacking chin. While this is a great go to since you don't need full cheek growth there are some draw backs to this. There was a study done that showed that men with goatee's are thought be less trustworthy than men without. Now this study could be like most and be a crock but just do a test for yourself with a celebrity who has sported a goatee in the past and you might have the same result as I did, I don't trust that cartoon looking villain.


Van Dyke

Pierce Brosnan with a Van Dyke
Image Via fashioningfeathers.com

Now if the last one looked like an evil cartoon character then this one is on a whole other level but you're just going to have to own it if you want to hide that disgustingly small chin. This is going to take some serious work and effort to get right, I'm talking consistently using a beard oil, balm and conditioner. On top of that your are going to have to get good with the scissors, this ins't your average trimmer job, this cut is best sculpted with a pair of sheers and a good eye but if you get it right then no women will ever really know what you're hiding.


Balbo Style
Image Via wahl.com

Call me crazy but I think this should be the go to for everyone trying to hide the goods (or should I say no goods). It's classic and clean and don't reek of creeper. Just check out the wonders it did for this poor guy and his dwarf chin.

There you have it, 3 ways to get your dignity back and stop being a slave to your face inadequacy. While you're here check out our post on awesome gifts for bearded guys.

What Does a Beard Brush Do?

Well the obvious answer is that  a Beard Brush is a professional tool that makes it possible to trim your beard with incredible precision but not all are created equally. There are three types of materials used to make a man brush and the best quality one's are made out of boars hair.

Three Types of Brush Fibers

1. Boars Hair

2. Horse Hair

3. Synthetic

What Are The Best Available Beard Brushes

Brand Type Image
ZilberHaar Regular Boars Hair Brush
Liberty Premium Grooming Co Regular Boars Hair Brush
CanYouHandleBar Circular Horse Hair Brush

Brushes alone won't tame or even maintain a wild beard, they are merely a tool used by professionals and people who want to take their beard to the next level. All brushes need to be packaged with a high quality beard oil product to optimize it's effectiveness.

Why We Don't Trust Amazon Reviews For Brush Quality

To give you a little insight into my world I'm an online marketer, now this should be obvious because who else would make a site about this other than someone who knows how to monetize it. The world of Amazon is a very easy one to game, while Google has done a great job at cleaning up the quality of their results but Amazon reviews are still very easy to game. So the moral of the story is trust me and no one else otherwise you'll probably have a weak beard and end up with man boobs.

How Much Does a Facial Hair Transplant Cost

Facial Hair Transplant cost anywhere from $3,500 - $7,000 but it's much more than just smacking some body hair on your face. The hair used to turn your middle schooler beard into a full man sized beard comes from the back of your head. I don't know about you but I would take some inadequateness's in the front then a divot in the back.

Beard Transplant Patient

Image via http://www.telegraph.co.uk

What's The Good News About Beard Transplants

I know there are some serious drawbacks like price and where you get your future beard from but there is a positive side. The results are pretty dramatic, of all the case studies I've seen not only was there a noticeably positive difference but in the majority of cases there was no hint of the procedure. With the current beard trend growing stronger by the month it's obviously appealing to hop on and take the ride and if you've never been able to grow facial hair fully then it's a real consideration to go under the knife but make sure you're ready. It's a pricey and painful surgery to be Mansized!

guy cutting a ducktail beard

Ducktail Beard- How To Trim It

Well first thing I had to do is figure out what the heck they meant by it, all I could picture was Scrooge Mcduck. Once I saw a picture of it I knew instantly what they were talking about, definitely not what I call it from where I'm from but none the less it's a simple process.

To Trim Your Beard Into A Ducktail Beard Follow These Directions

1. Your beard mus be at least 1 inch below your chin.

2. Start at the Top & Center of your chin trimming in an arch motion towards the desired end point of your manscaping invention.

3. Continuously comb down the front of your beard and up your neck to get an accurate length.

4. Begin shaping from your duck point up the left side of your chin gradually decreasing in length.

5. Repeat step four on the right side of your face.

6. Blend sideburns and mustache area to your liking.

guy cutting a ducktail beard

For more tips visit our category for all things men's styling - Styling Tips

Beard Oil CVS Review

What Beard Products CVS Actually Carries

Well I can't figure out who had the horrible idea of carrying this crapy brand first but one of these companies need to get a gold star for being the laziest kid in class. Not only does CVS carry terrible quality of bread products but they chose the same exact line as Walgreen's. Don't try to tell me that they had no choice because it's the hottest selling one on market because I've never heard of this goat piss in a bottle before I started reviewing these stores. I'm tempted to just send you to my Walgreen's beard oil review but I know Google wouldn't appreciate my lack of effort so I guess I'll just rant a little more on my disdain for this sh*t show (side note, who knew that disdain was spelled like that, took me 5 minutes to figure that out).

Product Use

Now as you can probably tell by the 6 grader artwork these products aren't worth even trying but I still like it's comical to point out that they tried to appeal to one of the most manly demographics in the world by putting a toad looking hipster on the front. I stated this in my other review but I still can't believe that they think by adding numbers to the product that it's going to trick anyone over the age of twelve. If that's the market they are targeting then they hit it, the rare freak of a 7th grader who has a full beard, by all means keep pushing CVS.

To check out any of my other jerky but honest reviews or to find out more about beard products as a whole visit Beard Oil Balm homepage.

Beard Oil Target - It's Complete Crap!

Target Beard Oil & Balm Review

Well look what we have here, another large corporation throws it's had into the "who can carry the crappiest beard oil race". We all know from my previous post that Walmart is clearly in the lead but let's dive into evil empire that is Target and see how they measure up. Something tells me just by the fact they are confused by their lady bathrooms and if I feel exhausted from eating a small cow that I can use the sit down to pee bathroom... This is going to be a close race.


Maestro's BalmAnother gem of a product, I almost fell for it with a logo that either resembles a husky Zeus or the guy from Fraiser but then I flipped it over. After I read that the product is recommended for dry, oily, regular and sensitive skin; I knew it was a crap product. I don't know about you but I've tried to use an ex's sugar scrub on the good ole private's and ended up fan drying them for 2 hours until the hives went down. Don't tell me that one product can work with all types and check out their "legitimate" review below (That's sarcasm just in case you missed it).

Maestro's Reviews


PacinosNow let's get into their flagship product, the front runner for below average on every level. Let's first start by reiterating that REAL beard oils don't come in recycled Loreal make bottles, they come in awesome little glass containers. I don't care how great your product is, by packaging it in something that is going to leak plastic toxins in it and decay at the first exposure to light you're telling me that I'm too stupid to know that you're skimping on your packaging. The fake reviewer on targets site comment at how great it smells, it's unscented and a horrible product. Next!


Bulldog Original ProductsI can't figure this one out, they go so lost in their branding campaign that they actually look like a product for dogs. So by all means if you have one of those dogs with the crazy dreadlocks then get this for them but don't put this junk on your face.


Now if you've learned anything from our time together then you know that the big box stores carry dumpster quality products. Your best bet is to go with every recommendation I make on men's facial hair products.

Beard Oil Walmart - Why It's Crap!

Walmart Beard Oil Review

Dear Sam Walton, I look forward to challenging you to a duel when I see you. I carry my face slapping glove in my back pocket for just the occasion. I thought Walgreen's did the piss poorest job possible at trying to help a man and his beard out but then you showed up.


First let's look at their exclusive beard oil Cremo Tea Tree Mintproduct with an awe inspiring name "Cremo". I don't know about you but with a name like that aren't you shaking in anticipation to put that crap on your face. Now, I'm the first one to look past some horrible flaw and see the real substance of something. Just not my more than medium husky ex who could make a mean meatball but who knows what the heck they are putting in this thing. They claim that they throw in a few quality ingredients but if you find out exactly how much there is in there before I do then feel free to reach out. My guess is that it's a drop of the good stuff and the rest is eal farts. This product's biggest claim and selling proposition is that it's not tested on animals, do you have any idea how hard it would be to test a product on an animal if you wanted to. You would basically have to buy a private island off the coast of Africa and breed your own genetically mutated species. Thanks but no thanks.

BB Super Grow With Vitamin E

BB Super Grow Hair ProductBut wait there's a late entry in the Walmart race for crappiest beard product. Now this particular gem is hard to find, made me feel like one of those weird Pokemon kids looking for the cat one that kicks everyones ass. I almost gave up until I accidentally tripped over it, they apparently made a nice display of it, or should I say they had one tub left sitting next to an aged gallon sized LA Looks. Now if you can't tell that this is just a bottle of shea butter with the packaging fingernail scrapped off and a beard balm sticker slapped on then I don't know what to tell you. By far the winner of all the loser products.

Go check out my post on shaving with a straight edge, you'll never use it but this link will help me rank better.