Some of the things I’ve read on how to make a beard grow faster or even thicker are downright crazy at best.
I’ve seen some of the strangest suggestions thrown out, many that are simply not backed by science at all. So today we’re going to take a more in-depth look at how to grow your beard faster and possibly even thicker.
- First Let’s Discuss What Makes Hair Grow and Not Grow
- Let’s Talk About Vitamins For Beard Growth
- VITAMIN C
- VITAMIN A
- VITAMIN E
- Does Increased Testosterone Help Beard Growth?
- Does Working Out Increase Testosterone?
- Now, Let’s Talk Faster Beard Growth
- Bad Beard Habits That Can Thin Hair Or Slow Growth
First Let’s Discuss What Makes Hair Grow and Not Grow
Before we can get into beard growth it’s important to understand how hair grows anyway.
All hair, whether on your head, arms, legs, face, or elsewhere, grows out of follicles. The follicle contains a root, and the root is made up of cells, which are fed from blood vessels that pass through your skin.
The root produces cells, which are pushed up through the skin. As the hair passes up through the follicle, it passes an oil gland, which is what adds oil to the hair and helps to keep it soft and shiny looking. The hair itself is actually dead by the time it pokes out through the skin. This is why it doesn’t hurt to have your hair cut, but it does hurt to pull the hair out of your skin.
We are born with around 100,000 follicles on our scalp, each of which produces hair, but not all at the same time. Your beard has about 1/3 the number of follicles as your scalp. We lose about 50 hairs a day, but other follicles are producing hair to replace it. As we get older, some follicles will stop growing hair altogether, and that’s why our hair starts getting thinner as we age, and why some people go bald earlier than others.
Nutrition is important for good hair growth. You need to take in the right balance of nutrients, particularly proteins, to support your growing hair. A lot of people who have thin, dull looking hair are suffering from malnutrition.
In some men, however, hair loss and thinning hair is genetic, or a sign of hormonal deficiencies. It is sometimes possible to fix these issues, with the right supplements, but not always.
Hair growth can be blocked by excessive production of androgen dihydrotestosterone, a male hormone. Some anti-baldness treatments work by blocking that hormone so that the follicles are able to continue producing hair.
If thinning hair is due to a different nutritional deficiency, or it is due to a different health problem, then when the problem is treated, the hair loss will often reverse itself. As long as the follicles are still alive and healthy, hair can grow out of them – they just need supplied with the right nutrients.
Drugs that inhibit DHT are designed for use by men only. If a woman of child-bearing age were to take them and get pregnant, then their unborn child is at risk of birth defects. For men, however, preventing the follicles from shrinking, so that they can continue to grow hair, is a viable way to prevent hair loss. I’m not going to get into the drugs in this write-up, but it’s always good to talk to your doctor if you’re having issues on your head of face.
One thing to note that even when men sometimes go bald on top they still have the ability to grow epic beards. So if you’re thinning on top, don’t panic as you’ll likely be able to still grow an amazing beard.
In short, baldness and thinning hair occur for a couple of reasons:
- Poor diet & nutrition (especially lack of protein)
- Genetics & Aging
Let’s Talk About Vitamins For Beard Growth
Now I know we’re mainly talking about how to grow your beard thicker and faster here but again, it’s important to understand how hair growth works to understand how to grow a better beard.
Now we turn to the important subject of vitamins that you need in your body to help grow your beard and hair. Again, taking into account that sometimes even with great nutrition, genetics can be a huge issue.
Vitamins promote the growth of hair. Below are some of the most important vitamins to promote long healthy hair.
B- Vitamins such as Biotin can promote the growth of hair. Biotin is a B-vitamin complex that is sometimes referred to as Vitamin B7 or Vitamin H. Other B-Vitamins can include Vitamin B12 and Vitamin B5 which are also essential for the growth of hair. However, the most important one, Biotin promotes the growth of hair by preventing breakage as a result of dryness. It also helps your hair grow by renewing hair follicles that are already growing. That is not all, Biotin can help increase your hairs’ elasticity simply because it produces keratin a very important element in making your hair stronger, fuller and healthier. You can simply take B-vitamins orally or from food sources such as dark green leafy vegetables, green peas, nuts, egg yolks, and brown rice.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant and a very important element in combating free radical damage that can block growth and cause your hair to age. Vitamin C is important for the production of collagen which is a very important element in the hair structure. It also helps your body absorb iron another very important element in hair growth. You can easily get Vitamin C from supplements or from food sources such as citrus fruits, strawberries, kale, broccoli, grapefruit, and kiwi.
All cells need Vitamin A to grow. This includes hair. Vitamin A is essential for healthy hair and growth by helping the scalp make an oily substance called sebum necessary for moisturizing your hair and preventing the hair from drying and breaking off. Apart from supplements, Vitamin A can be found in a wide range of food sources such as spinach, carrots, peaches, cod liver oil, pumpkins and sweet potatoes.
Vitamin E is an antioxidant and just like Vitamin C, it helps combat free radical damage that can block growth and cause your hair to age and even damage. Vitamin E promotes the growth of hair by promoting blood circulation which in turn increases oxygen intake in the hair follicles enhancing the production of new hair. It can be taken orally, applied topically since it is included in many hair products or obtained from food sources such as soybeans, sunflower, avocados, almonds, spinach and leafy greens.
One way to get all of the vitamins above is to take a men’s multivitamin or a supplement specifically that promotes healthy hair and skin. Any of the below will work:
Though Vitamins play an important role in the growth of your hair, adding elements such as zinc and iron and again, a sufficient amount of protein can utilize the maximum growth of healthy, stronger and shiny hair on your scalp and beard.
Does Increased Testosterone Help Beard Growth?
Testosterone is a hormone that is mainly grouped as an androgen and mainly affects various characteristics in both men and women. So does testosterone help hair grow?
Testosterone does, in fact, affect hair growth in your body and is responsible for inhibiting hair growth in certain areas of your body.
Testosterone is produced by Leydig cells which are located in both female ovaries and male testes. After it is produced, it searches for receptor cells which it can attach itself to. In some cases, it can attach itself to androgen receptors which are mainly located in the hair follicle commonly known as dermal papilla.
Testosterone binds to the androgen receptors once it reaches the dermal papilla and a gene expression is altered in your body. This means that after the gene expression is altered, it may cause some harm to the follicle or help it depending on the specific gene that has been expressed.
Hair has a growth cycle just like any other cell that is found in our body. The three cycles include :
- Anagen is actually the main active stage where growth takes place. 80 to 85 percent of hair is located in this particular cycle.
- Catagen is another cycle that is mainly known as the transition phase. This is the phase where hair may begin to stop growing.
- The third and final cycle are popularly known as telogen, and this is where hair growth is shut down completely and the hair fibers may fall out.
Your hair will commonly go through the Telogen phase before undergoing the Anagen phase where more hair will grow. Throughout your lifetime, this cycle or phases will keep repeating.
Testosterone is also able to affect the hair follicle hence regulating the growth of hair. It is able to affect the growth of scalp, facial and pubic hair. Changes in the follicles will affect the various phases of growth of your hair hence producing various reactions that are different.
Every gene expression located in the hair follicles will react differently to testosterone. Each gene expression varies from one another just like every follicle differs from one another. Men who have baldness genes are mainly oversensitive to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is a male hormone. Once testosterone is converted to DHT, it shrinks the hair follicles causing you to have hair that is both fine and short. It may also cause hair to stop growing.
So in short testosterone can help or hinder hair growth in some cases. But seems to usually help with testosterone increases.
Does Working Out Increase Testosterone?
So that leads us to a couple of questions here. Does testosterone increase in a man the more you work out? The other question is does working out help increase facial hair growth by speed or volume if it does indeed increase testosterone?
In short, yes,working out does help men to increase testosterone release in the body. This is because once a man is working out they tend to use more energy. Testosterone is hormonal oriented and therefore it plays a key role in the formation of muscles in the body. This leads to testosterone increase making the body become more active.
For a continuous build up of testosterone in the body,men should put a lot of concentration on lifting heavier but with fewer reps during the workouts. This is because when you strain your muscles to the fullest it leads to a higher testosterone production along with that it, of course, promoting bigger, stronger muscles. Who doesn’t want those benefits anyway?
Just make sure you rest in between workouts. Using a workout style of something like Bigger, Leaner, Stronger will work well.
Another thing you need to know is that after heavy workouts you may tend to experience hunger,this will also lead to higher testosterone in your body. Ensure that you eat foods that are rich in protein,so that it will aid in muscle production.
Now, Let’s Talk Faster Beard Growth
Finally, unless you are genetically unable, testosterone will increase your facial hair growth. But the speed in growth will only slightly vary. A man can typically grow about ..5 to .7 inches of beard per month.
So you’re not going to be able to accelerate growth that much. But, here are some quick tips to help maintain a healthy beard to ensure you can grow a beard is fast as possible.
- Again Eat Ample Protein – (around .85g of protein per pound of body weight if you’re lifting)
- Again Workout
- Use Beard Oil (maintains beard health)
- Have A Good Beard Grooming Regime
I’ve talked about all of the above topics at length before. Obviously, in this article we discussed eating ample protein and working out to build testosterone. I’ve also discussed at length a proper beard grooming regime here and I’ve discussed using beard oil and why in my Ultimate Guide To Beard Oil.
But I want to discuss beard oil again because it’s important, even though there are some misconceptions. Beard oil helps the beard stay healthy, prevents beard dandruff and keeps the beard from becoming brittle. These things will help promote growth by keeping the beard healthy.
Keep in mind beard oil itself does not make your beard grow, it’s simply an aid. However, make sure to use a high-quality beard oil that uses 100% pure essential oil over cheap fragrance oils. A great recommendation for beard oil is Artius Man Beard Oil Blends which uses only 100% pure essential oils to scent and never uses fragrance oil.
A good beard grooming regime is as follows:
- Wash Your Beard 2-3 Times Per Week (do not overdo washing)
- Pat The Beard Dry After A Shower (do not rub or wipe hard)
- Comb The Beard To Straighten
- Apply Beard Oil
- Gently Comb Again To Thoroughly Apply The Beard Oil
You can read more about my beard care regime here and make sure to check out my walk-through for how to apply beard oil here. Also if you’re not interested in Artius Man’s beard oil you can find numerous blends on Amazon. I just caution you to get only ones that are fragrance-free.
Bad Beard Habits That Can Thin Hair Or Slow Growth
As your beard grows the desire to touch it grows. You will end up doing this subconsciously sometimes but you’ll reach up and stroke it. While stroking the beard is ok, avoid pulling on it or pulling hairs out. Believe it or not, many men slowly pull their beard hairs out without even realizing it. Do not do this! This can lead to unneeded bald spots when you do not expect it. A little thinking stroke is fine but when hairs start falling out be aware you’re damaging your beard!
While there are absolutely no guarantees for how to grow a beard faster or even thicker for that matter, using the above will help ensure your best chance for growing it to it’s fullest. Not all men can grow enormous beards but be happy with what you can grow. Genetics play the largest role in your ability to grow your beard thicker or faster or even at all. My mustache and goatee come in thick and full but I have a few patches that take a couple of months to fill in as the hairs get longer.
Be happy with what you can grow and be you!
Please note that nothing is this post should be taken as medical advice. This post is for informational purposes only. I am not a doctor or health care specialist. If you have any issues with testosterone or health make sure you consult your doctor.