Fall is pretty much here which means no-shave November (Movember) is right around the corner. Guys, if you’re looking to grow a beard this year, we put together a few tips to make sure you do it right.
Whether you’re a seasoned pro with naturally thick facial hair or new to the game and prone to patchy whiskers, these tips will help you grow a full, even and majestic beard from ear to ear.
Three Tips for Growing a Majestic Beard
Pick a Style that Matches Your Facial Structure
Circle, oval, short-boxed, three-day stubble – there’s no shortage of beard options to choose from, but it’s important to find the style that’s right for you. Choosing the right beard style will depend a lot on the color and texture of your facial hair, as well as the shape of your face. Generally, you’ll want to go with a beard style that will make your face look as oval as possible. For example, if you have a wider face, a beard that’s longer at the chin and trimmed around your cheekbones will help give it a more oval shape.
Eat Right and Exercise
The most influential factors of beard growth are testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT) levels – the more DHT in your system, the fuller your beard. Some guys naturally have plenty of DHT, others don’t.
If your facial hair grows in patchy, don’t despair, there are plenty of things you can do to produce more DHT. Eating right and exercising is not just great for your overall health, they can also increase DHT levels and help you grow a fuller beard.
Start by eating a well-balanced diet chalked full of foods like:
- Sweet potatoes: Beta-carotene for the win. Sweet potatoes are very high in this precursor to Vitamin A which leads to more cell growth in facial hair.
- Eggs: Not only are eggs high in protein, they are also a natural source of Biotin which will strengthen your facial hair and facilitate beard growth.
- Spinach: This leafy green is packed with all the ingredients you’ll need to expedite beard growth – calcium, iron, magnesium, etc.
Pro tip – a delicious breakfast skillet with sweet potato hash browns, a couple eggs and a cup of spinach is a healthy way to start your day and fuel beard growth.
For exercise, resistance training is the best way to increase DHT. Stick with exercises that focus on major muscle groups by centering your workouts around lifts like squats, deadlifts and bench presses.
Groom Your Beard Regularly
If you’re growing a beard with the goal of shaving a few minutes off your getting ready time by not having to shave, we’ve got some bad news for you: no one can pull off a neckbeard, no one. The truth is, growing a good-looking beard will probably be more time consuming than keeping your face clean shaven.
Depending on how complex of a beard you’re looking to grow, maintenance times will vary. But for most beard styles, there are a couple of regular tasks you’ll need to perform:
- Keeping it clean: Depending on how fast your stubble grows in, you’ll need to clean shave your neck and upper cheeks every 1-3 days.
- Keeping it trim: Unless you’re growing out a yeard (a year-long beard) or longer, you should trim your beard about once a week. This will keep the tips of the hair healthy and help the beard look fuller as slower growing hair follicles catch up.
Growing and maintaining a fantastic beard can be tough. If you’re growing your first beard or just having a little trouble getting it to look the way you want, head to Fantastic Sams and our stylists can help you find the perfect style for your face.
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