Now this can be a problem for a man at any age, I don't care if you're 18 or a 28 year old man you could still be in the process of trying to squeeze out your first full beard. Discarding the actually physiological imbalance for a second (I'll get into those later), let's start with start with the most obvious reasons why your mom has more facial hair than you and work our way into the more dark arts of beard growing.
I know this seems fairly obvious but you would be surprised at how many people just disregard this as a real hindrance in their beard growing journey. I think it's because they focus on the wrong issue, they are probably referring to their skin getting to dry and that causing an issue but actually the bigger problem comes in when you skin gets too oily. As the oil builds up it begins to start clogging your pores and thus interfering with the hair follicle itself. I'll use this analogy even though I've ran through it a few times in my heard and there is no way to make this not sound crazy. Imagine if your parents dumped you in a box and through a bunch of mud on you, how easy would it be for you to grow... Good look forgetting that weird mental picture.
It's never too early to get your hormone levels checked, you would be surprised at how many people have hormonal imbalances that can inhibit hair growth among other things. Whether you grew up with a crazy home environment (like the kid in the box above) or you were like me and you experimented with all sorts of over the counter pro hormones that the guy at the supplement shop said are "safe" then you've probably done more damage then you realize.
As a man if you at any point mess with your testosterone level then you can pretty much guarantee that it's going to be permanently out of wack for the rest of your life. It's not the end of the world though, just schedule an appointment with your doctor and have them do a full hormone panel, if the test comes back with Low T or elevated estrogen levels then a form of TRT (testosterone replacement therapy) could be an option.
I know what you're thinking, this serum stuff sounds like an amazing new thing that you have to buy, in reality I just couldn't think of another word to use. It's actually just Rogaine foam that you use on your beard. There isn't a ton of research backing it and it's not FDA approved so it's one of those lovely little gray area's in life where you get to turn your body into the experiment. Do you research first, you can check out the post I did on it by clicking rogaine foam above because there are some periods that will scare you, like the shedding period. Don't worry, it will get worse before it gets better than life will be good again.
If you have these three areas in check then you shouldn't have any issues growing a huge beard faster than you were before.
by Beard Man
So let me get this straight someone whispered to you that this was in fact another way to get that full facial hair look you've always wanted. While I still to this day think that these weird wise tales are funny they do have some truth to them but not exactly what you had in mind. It actually has the same benefits you get from putting in the hair on the top of your head (which I'll explain later) but just in case you're coming here to learn how to apply it, let's go over that first.
Now I know what you're thinking is coconut oil really for your beard? Actually it's really good for it but you're going to have to take some precautions otherwise it will look like you're moonlighting as an adult film star.
I'm not going to give you a 5 step system on how to apply coconut oil to your face, I've made too many of those ridiculous posts on this site and let's hope by this point in lift that you've mastered the art of taking something out of a jar and applying it to an area of your body without dying. So what I'm going to do is give you a few key points that you need to know.
I know what you're thinking "But unrefined is better because blah blah blah" and yes your blah's are correct but unless you're going to lay on your stomach like a chubby six year old kid and eat half a jar while you're putting it on your beard, don't worry about it. Trust me, I tried to use unrefined but not matter how warm I got it pasty white flakes in my beard that looked like There's Something About Mary but worse because I'm a man..
If your first instinct was like mine and you want instant results then you're going to have to fight the urge to throw a gallon on your face. As much as you and I hoped it did, it doesn't work that way. It will actually cause more problems because you will end up clogging your pores and inhibit beard growth. The best thing you can do is use a small amount and stay consistent with it, put your oil in place where you can't forget to use it. If you wife get's mad that it looks tacky to have it sitting on the bathroom counter then find a 'pretty' little container to store it in or just buy her a car.
Sorry I just have to point out the ignorance of the world real quick. As I was paroozing the internet to find cold hard facts on why coconut oil is so good for your hair and the indirect result it has on hair growth (it helps keep your hair healthy, it does NOT grow your hair) I found this lovely quote from the first search engine result -
"Coconut oil stimulates hair growth getting deep into its follicles" - lucybee.co
Call me crazy but that isn't even a complete sentence. I think there is supposed to be a "and some crap happens to make it grow" but since there is no evidence to support that they just ended the sentence right there. Alright that is enough of my tangent, here is the truth.
I'm only going to list one because to me it's the real powerhouse of why it's so good for facial hair. Simply put, it's a great anti bacterial and anti fungal. If you have done any research on the good ole dermis then you know that the biggest determent to hair growth is unhealthy skin and this is a great way to remedy that.
When it comes to making your beard smooth and silky or hydrating your skin I say there are several better way's to make that happen. Check out the Beard Oil Balm Homepage for more info on that.
First and foremost you're going to need to clear your schedule for the rest of the day, not because applying castor oil won't grow your beard but you're going to want to take time out of your day to go slap whoever told you this awful myth.
The truth is that there is only one type of product that helps grow facial hair and if you haven't heard of it (I'm sure you have) go visit my Rogaine review to see the exact protocol to follow.
I'm guessing though that you're sitting there with a bottle of it in your hand going... really?
Well I'm glad you took the time to search because there are definitely better alternatives out there. That's the reason I only recommend a certain beard oil to people is because most others are filled with crap and make astronomical claims or they are simply something like castrol oil in a bottle (which is worthless).
The one thing I can tell you is that you're going to want to keep your face and beard as healthy as possible. It's not easy to do this when you're a man, not because we all have manly jobs like being a wrench or kicking ass but because we are hard headed and don't want to fall under the category of men who Manscape. Believe me I shy away from this term as much as possible but if you want a killer beard you're going to have to do some cleansing and conditioning.
The biggest piece of advice is spring for some quality products, I've done some reviews of these bigger box stores and you would be surprised at how low quality of products they carry. I mean I would trust this stuff on my dogs rough hair. To give you an example go visit my post on the beard products at Walmart.
If you're anything like me then you are bound to the expectation of instant gratification. You don't want a good beard, you want a ridiculous one that grows overnight or whenever you feel like having it but as they say good things come to those who wait.
The the biggest problem men run into is that they can never grow a "full" beard, either it's patchy with dense growth in some spots and barely any in others or it's thin throughout. My post on Minoxidil for beard growth goes into detail on how to fix that and the proper protocol needed but if you're not ready to take that step yet then let me help you with some facts you'll need to know when growing a beard.
I think this is a mistake that a lot of men make, myself included in the beginning. We think that a beard is supposed to feel like barbwire so therefor if we treat it like crap and throw some dirt on it from time to time then it will grow like a weed. The truth is that your facial hair will level look like the stuff on Fabio's head so don't worry about that but you do have to treat it right. Whether that means finding a beard oil and balm with the right essential oils for your skin type or simply by keeping it clean and conditioned. See my posts of eucalyptus and biotin for beard health.
Now before you freak out and say "why the hell would I trim it if I'm trying to grow it", I'm saying trim in the sense of keeping all the split ends under control. Whether you want to admit it or not your bead hair does get split ends and as emasculating as that sounds it's true so you have to keep it under control. A biweekly very mild trim will take care of this and keep your beard growing on track.
There are going to be times when you want to just say the hell with it and shave it all the way off but trust me it will get better. Those awkward stages of grow will pass, you know the point where you look worse than the homeless guy that begs under the underpass. On average you will only have a 3 week window of awkward looks and grimaces from old ladies until your beard starts looking like something you can be proud of. Stay the course my friends, it's well worth it.
I had to post an article on this because I just got done done reading an article on visihow that was complete crap and provided no help to anyone. It basically stated that it's probably because you're eating a soy based diet and now you're estrogen is too high... I can't wait to knife fight the writer of that horrible article (we bloggers do that from time to time). You want to know how to grow a beard if you can't, the answer is increase Testosterone & take Minoxidil.
Now I'm not saying you should go to your local drug dealer and see if they've got a fresh batch of steroids in, what I'm saying is that most men suffer from low T and don't know it. One of the biggest notable effects of that is very little body hair growth (facial hair falls into this category). If you don't have the money to go to the doctor, get your blood work done and actually see where your levels are then do the responsible thing and get a natural testosterone booster. These things are filled with extracts that have been proven to increase testosterone thus increasing your body hair to beast mode.
As for the minoxidil, that's just the clinical name for Rogaine. Guys have been using it for years on there head and then somewhere along the way one of them got a bright idea to use it on their face and what the hell do you know it worked! This is something I firmly believe in because it's worked not only on my face but my head too. Nothing worse that having a thinning head of hair and a thick beard in my opinion.
I haven't decided if I want to call bullshit right away or drag you through this long drawn out post where I end up saying...Bullshit! Oops, there it went. Let's get some things straight, the Internet is full of people eager to sell you anything you are willing to buy and don't get me wrong I obviously want to sell you something but I'm not going to sell you crap. I'm going to educate you on things that work and do my favorite thing, calling out everyone else who just try's to sell you some affiliate crap product.
There is a thing layer of truth for these marketing scammers to stand on but it's real thin. Biotin has been marketed for years to women because it has been linked to strengthening keratin levels in your body. Keratin by the way is a protein that is the building block for all skin, hair and nails. So the next question is, does it even work at all? The answer is yes it does BUT only if you have a deficiency. Remember people a supplement is just that, it "supplements" in an area you have a deficiency. If your biotin levels are in check then you're not going to notice any change but don't tell that to your girlfriend because she probably swears by it.
This is how much of a crock this supplement is, take a guess what the recommended dosage is, go ahead I'll wait... You guessed it, there isn't one. Now common sense would tell you that if it was that important then it would have a recommended dosage attached to it so it obviously ranks nice and low on the list. You will find a lot of people say that 2.5mg is the best dosage to take for optimal effects but this is really just them shooting in the dark, there is no scientific evidence to support that, it's a case of broad (opposite of bro) science.
Moral of the story, go out there and spend/waste all your money on products that aren't going to work or buy something that has actual social & clinical proof like a rogaine product.
If you've made it this far then you're probably asking yourself, can I really use eucalyptus oil for beard growth? The short answer is ehhh, No. You're going to find conflicting reports from individuals who say that it has worked wonders for them and others who claim their beard actually looks worse. The best thing you can do is what I did, educate yourself.
It has two major benefits to it, the first being that it acts as an anti-fungal and if you know anything about skin and how it works these are great for not only treating any current infections of the skin but also preventing them. The second being that it has anti-inflammatory properties which help relieve skin irritations and flareups that can inhibit hair growth.
Very minimally, you won't hear a "Truthful" dramatic story about how a guy was a loser with three chin hairs and started using eucalyptus oil and everything changed. For dramatic results you're going to want to use a product like Minoxidil, it's the only thing that will have that much of an impact and take you from average beard status to lumberjack. Don't get me wrong this is a great thing to have in your beard oil or balm but don't think your facial clout will change because of it. It will be a supplement to help overall skin health and keep a good environment for growing.
In conclusion, don't buy the hype because it's just that. It's a great ingredient and that's all it is.
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.
Image via http://www.telegraph.co.uk
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!
While you might think it's common knowledge for every man, that at birth they inherently have the skills to squeeze out those man fibers with ease but you would be surprised the number of womanly men who can't. Al Bundy would turn over in his future grave to see that you even typed this into Google but anyway here it is,
This too should go without saying but any chance you can interrupt your girlfriend or a random's conversation by flexing through the pain of listening to them, take it. It's imperative that squeeze every muscle on your body at once, the closer you get to injury the more hair will spring from your face.
Any true American knows that it's Un-American not to fight a random stranger who doesn't look and act like you in every way. Whether it's the glasses they wear or the cut of their jib unload on them with a furious anger until more hair appears on your face.
My personal favorite, cover your face in dirt. Mud is an acceptable substitute but only when you are in a full Arnold costume from Predator. Specifically dirt from a baseball diamond, which is know to have massive and explosive beard growing effects!
In all seriousness, use something that keeps your skin clean and healthy. Genetics play a big role in it but you can always aid in the process by using beard enhancing products. If all else fails and you don't have the money to invest in proper hair and beard care products follow the steps above and surely someone will feel sorry enough for you and buy them.
Well I hate to break it to you and probably make you lose the bet you had with your friend about this but the answer is NO.
There has never been any scientific evidence other than bro science that has been able to the frequency you cut your hair follicles and the increased speed of hair growth.
So why does it seem like this has to be true? Why did you probably bet your life on this wide spread myth? Well it's probably because the arch of your maturity aligned with a decreased time between shaving intervals or simply, you went through puberty and thought holy crap I'm shaving more and more every year. The truth is body and facial hair take longer to mature than something easy to identify like your height for instance. It's easy to look back and remember you stopped growing in 7th grade but if you look back at the time and think you had a healthy beard then you're wrong. Go back and look in pictures and you'll be embarrassed for even calling the mess a beard.
Finally there are two ways that you can increase your beard growing rate, nutrition/supplementation and skin care.