Let’s face it – it’s tough growing a beard these days. For every person that types into Google “How do you grow a beard?”, there’s another person with a website peddling myths and falsehoods about how to grow a great beard. Today we’re going to talk about beard growth oil and some other myths and facts important to growing a great beard.
You’ve heard the myths before:
MYTH: If you shave your beard, it will grow faster.
Fact: It doesn’t. Split ends just look thinner
MYTH: Beards are dirty.
FACT: Clean shaven men are three times more likely to be carrying MRSA on their face than bearded men
We have the ability to grow facial hair for a reason!
The Mystical Beard Growth Oil:
MYTH: You can use certain oils to make your beard grow faster…
Let’s Discuss Beard Growth Facts Here….
That last myth is usually followed by some hokey sales pitch that promises people the moon and more. But the cold hard truth of the matter is that there’s no magic pill or oil out there that will make your hair, whether it’s on your head or face, grow faster and thicker.
The science behind growing a great beard, and beard oil for that matter, is dependent on many different factors; and it’s time that you know what they are.
Nutrition Is Important For Beard Growth
One of the easiest things to take for granted is proper nutrition. What we eat becomes fuel for our body; and if we want everything to function properly, we have to use the right kind of fuel. This goes doubly so for beards. If you eat and drink nothing but McDoubles and coffee, then you’re not letting your beard grow to its fullest potential.
Although not 100% proven, there is a good bit of evidence that vitamins C, B6, B1, and Zinc can help in beard growth. Increasing your intake of folic acid and biotin can also help. You can find folic acid in leafy greens, grains, and peas. You can get more biotin by eating beans, fish, and egg yolks.
If you’re looking for a tasty way to get some B6 in your diet drink dark beer. Or just take a normal men’s multivitamin like this one, but hey dark beer is better in my opinion!
Proper nutrition is not a magic bullet for beard growth, but without it, your beard will never be as great as it can possibly be.
Grooming Your Beard Is Good!
Perhaps the biggest open secret to growing a great beard is grooming. You would be surprised at how many substandard beards can be fixed with a little trim and a brush as discussed in my walk-through on how to grow a beard. For many men with short hair, which requires very little maintenance, the assumption often goes that beards also need very little attention.
But as anyone with a beard can tell you, the devil is in the details.
Regularly brushing your beard keeps it from getting tangled and bunched; which can not only damage the hair but also make it look small. A full beard is a well-brushed beard.
Keeping your beard nice and trimmed, even when you’re growing it out, will help cut down on split ends (which as we’ve just discussed, makes hair look thinner) and keeps your beard looking nice and neat. Check out my guide on grooming your beard here.
The Truth About Beard Oil
Although beard oil doesn’t help grow your hair faster, regularly applying beard oil is one of the best things you can do for your beard.
For starters, using beard oil can keep your beard from becoming flaky; a.k.a beard dandruff or beardruff. When you grow your beard out, the hair is sucking away nutrients that would have normally been reserved for the face; leading to inflamed, dry and flaky skin.
A good beard oil, like the classic formula I developed at Artius Man, will help replace that lost moisture, lost good oils and restore the balance between beard and face; making both your beard and skin softer. Beard oil can also help on an aesthetic level by straightening out your facial hair; giving it a beautiful shine.
Genetics Matter For Your Beard
Despite what you’ve been told, there is no magic way to induce hair growth.
You are born with the same number of hair follicles that you have today, and there’s no way to change that. Some people are born to grow beards massive beards that go down to their knees and then there are some people that can only grow a goatee, and that’s okay. In fact, something like even a goatee is still considered a beard.
Although you cannot overcome your genes, you can always improve the conditions in which your hair grows. Eating well, caring for your facial hair, using beard oil; these are all things we can do to improve the quality of our facial hair. In the end, growing a big beard is now what’s important; it’s having the best beard possible, and that’s all dependent on you.
So folks, sadly, beard growth oil does not exist but a using beard oil helps maintain and condition your beard.
What beard myths are YOU tired of seeing? Let us know in the comments below or sound off on social media!