Maybe you're trying to grow a beard for the first time or you already have a beard and want to increase your beard growth.
But you've heard the same advice a million times: if you want to grow a beard, just don't shave.
Listen: Just not shaving your beard is fine if you're going for a Tom Hanks in Castaway look, but if you want to look polished and professional, you'll need to use the right grooming techniques and beard products to take proper care of your beard.
To help, we put together the biggest list of proven beard growth tips ever.
Then we added a few more.
Let's get started.
1. Don't use regular hair products like shampoo or soap on your beard.
They are far too harsh to use on delicate facial hair and skin. It's critical to use products made specifically for beards.
There are approximately 100,000 hairs on your head vs 30,000 hairs on the average man's face. The skin under your beard is far more delicate than your scalp.
Using regular soap or shampoo in your beard is a fast way to strip it of its natural oils.
2. Use all-natural beard care products formulated to repair split beard ends and encourage growth.
What are the right ingredients for beard growth?
Look for almond oil, hemp seed oil, jojoba oil, thyme, geranium, tea tree, and other high quality oils. Buy from a reputable company to ensure that you're receiving authentic oils and not risky synthetic oils.
Authentic essential oils are pricey. So if you find a dirt cheap beard oil that seems too good to be true, it probably is.
Stay away from any beard product with vague ingredients like "fragrance oils" or "naturally derived fragrance".
3. Use a gentle, clarifying beard shampoo 3-5 times per week to keep your beard clean of dirt and debris.
If you over-wash your beard or use a harsh shampoo or soap, you will strip your beard of its natural oils which leads to beard dandruff and beard split ends.
4. Speaking of beard shampoo, be sure your beard shampoo contains tea tree oil.
Tea tree cleanses your scalp and cures beard dandruff.
5. It's important to exfoliate the skin under your beard to prevent oil build-up and dandruff.
Here's how to exfoliate underneath your beard:
6. After washing your beard with a good beard shampoo, follow up with a hydrating beard conditioner
Leave it in for the duration of your shower and rinse right before your shower is over.
7. Use a beard oil every day after showering to keep your beard from becoming too dry and brittle.
8. Use beard balm to keep your beard styled throughout the day and to train the new hair to grow in the direction you want it to grow.
9. When it comes to ingrown beard hairs, it's best to pluck them out.
Keeping your beard conditioned with a high quality beard oil is the best way to prevent ingrown hairs in your beard.
10. Ignore your initial beard itch.
Around week one, your beard will start to come in and will probably be very itchy. This is because the beard hair is new and is causing your face to feel very dry.
Use an all-natural beard oil free of alcohol (alcohol will dry out your skin even further) to soften your new beard and stop the itch.
11. Leave your beard alone and resist the urge to trim for the first 4 weeks
12. Once the first 4 weeks are over, get regular trims when necessary.
13. An electric beard trimmer is great for cutting back the edges of your beard, but when it comes to shaping the majority of your beard, use a beard comb and scissors to avoid accidentally trimming too much.
14. Use a high quality comb for your beard.
Kent's superior saw cut combs are the best because unlike wooden boar's head brushes, they won't soak up all of your beard oil and leave your beard dry.
Instead, the saw cut comb is designed with flat teeth so it won't bind or pull hair, plus the glossy finish causes the comb to glide smoothly through your beard without snagging.
15. Wash your beard with cool or lukewarm water.
Hot water will dry out your skin.
Smoking depletes your body of essential vitamins and introduces toxic chemicals, many of which are cancer-causing, into your body
16. Thinking of using castor oil to stimulate hair growth?
17. Just say NO to neck beards and define your neckline
18. Want to stop accidentally over-trimming your beard?
Use a nose hair trimmer instead of a beard trimmer since it can only trim a few hairs at a time.
19. When it comes to beard patchiness, the best thing you can do is trim around your jawline and cheeks with an adjustable length beard trimmer to give make the patchiness less noticeable.
20. It's normal to have trouble connecting your mustache to your beard when you're early in the growth process.
The best way to deal with a mustache that doesn't connect to your beard?
Use an all-natural mustache wax to train your mustache to grow into your beard.
21. Keep your sideburns trimmed to the same level as your cheeks. That way, your beard will grow down rather than out
22. The most important thing you can do to increase beard growth is eat a healthy diet full of vitamin-rich foods. Skip the junk food and eat plenty of fruits, veggies, and clean sources of protein like beans, nuts, and oily fish.
Bottom line: If you're not eating the right vitamins and nutrients, you won't have the right fuel to grow a long and healthy beard.
Check out our video below for foods that help beard growth:
23. Drinking lots of water not only keeps your cells, tissues, and organs functioning properly, but it also flushes out toxins, which makes a huge difference with beard growth.
But how much water do you really need to drink in a day?
According to Robert Weiss, MD, chief of pediatric nephrology at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital of the Westchester Medical Center in New York, "In general, you should try to drink between half an ounce and an ounce of water for each pound you weigh, every day."
24. Massage your beard and face to increase blood flow. This will also help with the stress reduction part (see #7).
25. Exercise regularly.
26. Get plenty of sleep and learn how to manage stress.
27. Stop smoking.
28. When it comes down to it, the biggest decider of your beard growing abilities is your genetics.
29. Age is definitely a consideration if you have trouble growing a beard.
If you're under 20 and unable to grow a beard, the best thing you can do is eat a healthy diet and stay active.
30. Be patient.
Growing a great beard takes time. It's best to take a quality over quantity approach so your beard will be thicker, longer, and truly awesome.
So what does this all mean?
Stimulating beard growth and having a healthy beard is definitely possible with the right diet, grooming habits, and beard care products.
With a little effort, you can grow the beard you've always wanted.
Now its your turn to make it happen.
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