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How to grow and maintain a full beard

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The Full Beard - Facial Hair Style

We believe that every man owes himself the challenge of growing and caring for a full beard. Whilst both short and long stubbles can look fantastic, there is no other facial hair that yells maturity and masculinity like a full beard.

One of the biggest obstacles between man and a great beard is time. You will only be able to realize your beards full potential once you let it grow out for at least 6 weeks. During the first few weeks you should shave only the perimeter. Doing so prevents your beard from looking scraggly and unruly and allows you to contour the outer borders. You should follow the natural lines of your face, but if you do not feel confident doing so you could purchase a beard stenciling tool.

Best Face Shapes for a Full Beard

The full beard looks great on all face shapes as it can be styled to enhance the places you want it to. But we think the full beard looks particularly good on diamond and triangle shaped faces.

Things you can do to improve beard growth

A full beard represents a man in his prime. It shows your personality and signifies that you take pride in your appearance. There are a range of things you can do to look after your health which will also encourage a thicker, longer, and healthier beard.

Improve your diet

Eating a range of fruits and vegetables will mean your body is absorbing plenty of vitamins and minerals, encouraging healthy skin and overall health. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant and is essential for healthy hair growth. Fruits such as mango and grapefruit are rich in Vitamin A which also helps with reproducing hair cells. 

As well as an abundance of fruit and veg, consuming more protein rich foods will improve your beard, encouraging it to become fuller. Eggs are not only a great source of protein but a source of biotin, which is a vitamin essential for healthy hair growth. Eating a combination of red meat and fish will mean you are getting plenty of protein and omega-3’s which encourage healthy skin and hair.

Drink More Water

It is likely that you are not drinking nearly enough water. Staying hydrated will improve your digestion, your skin, and your hair. From the hair follicle to the end of the strand, hydrated hair will be softer, shinier, and less likely to snap.

Get Some Exercise

Exercise, in particular cardiovascular activity, is great for the skin and hair. It increases the blood flow reaching the skin with higher levels of oxygen which helps nourish your cells. Working out regularly will also aid decreasing stress which is a major factor in many skin conditions as well as premature aging.

Turning a patchy beard to a full one

If by the time you have reached your 30’s, your facial hair is not the lush thick beard you dreamed of, there are still a range of choices you have. These include beard implants and Minoxidil. The drug Minoxidil, commonly known as Rogaine, is widely used by men across America and the world, to encourage hair growth.

Although much more reliable for hair on the head, many men have reported that the medicine allowed their patchy facial hair to bloom into a full beard, and in some cases allowed them to grow a full beard from scratch. There are however some side effects to this drug, with some men reporting dry skin, irritation, and weight gain.

Final thoughts on sporting the full beard style

Use a high-quality beard oil daily to give you soft whiskers improving both the look and feel of your beard. This is important from the early stages of your beard growing right through to you proudly sporting your luscious locks.

Once you have the long, full beard you have been dreaming of, be sure to comb it through every evening. This helps to redistribute oils which naturally occur. Combing can also help sculpt and shape your beard into place.