It may seem like a no brainer to grow a beard. What else is there to do besides wait for it to grow in?
Well, some people have beards that need a boost, but don’t want to use harsh chemicals to grow it faster and fuller.
Enter natural beard growth products and home remedies to grow a thick, full beard.
You don’t need to use anything that you wouldn’t find in nature to grow a beard faster. Or, if you have a patchy beard you can fill in those bare spots with your naturally grown facial hair thanks to the best beard growth products that use homeopathy instead of chemicals.
In this article I will highlight some essential oils and other products to grow your beard naturally.
Where to start
Before I get into the best beard growth products, you need to figure out what it is you are looking to do.
Different products have different effects, so to achieve the best results, you need to identify what it is you want.
For example, you may be looking to grow your beard faster. Some people may only be allowed to grow a beard on vacation from work as it may not be appropriate to have a growing beard in the office. So, there is a need to grow it quickly.
Or, some others may have patchy beards and are looking to grow them in thicker and fill in the hairless spots.
Still others may have a full, thick beard but are looking for it to grow in softer or straighter.
All of these different scenarios will require a different product.
How can you grow your beard faster naturally?
When you’re pressed for time to grow a thick beard, it is very tempting to start using some chemical based products. It seems like a good idea to just nuke the facial hair with something strong to get it going.
What if I told you that growing a beard naturally is just as effective and far more healthy if you use natural beard growth products.
Here are a few ways to grow your beard faster with homeopathic hair growth products.
Recent studies have shown that peppermint oil is at least as effective as Minoxidil when it comes to hair growth, putting it at the top of the list of best beard growth products.
It stimulates the scalp so blood circulation is increased. This increase in circulation brings fresh blood, full of nutrients and nourishment, right to the follicle. It also extends the length of time of the anagen phase of your hair growth. This is the phase when your hair turns on to grow. Eventually it will turn off and move into another phase where it lies dormant and yet another when it falls out to make way for new hair.
The longer this phase is turned on, then the faster the hair will grow.
Look for beard oils or balms with peppermint oil like this one by Can You Handlebar on Amazon.com. It also contains clary sage oil which helps disinfect the scalp and hair to remove any bacteria that could be causing an infection that is slowing down the growth of your hair.
I don’t recommend using pure peppermint oil directly on your skin. It is quite a potent menthol and can be really uncomfortable on its own. It needs to be diluted with a carrier oil, like a combination of olive and jojoba oils in the the case of Can You Handlebar.
It is quite clarifying, so it is ideal for guys with oily skin. If you have dry skin, then make sure you also use a moisturizer since it can dry out your skin.
Your skin under your beard can easily be clogged by dead skin since it isn’t as exposed to water, air, soap and other factors.
And when your pores are clogged, it can seriously slow down the speed of your facial hair growth.
Once a week or so you should make sure to exfoliate the skin and give it a good scrub. Natural exfoliants work great as they contain things like ground walnut shells and other natural materials to scrub away the dead skin cells without using plastic microbeads or chemicals.
Some of the beard growth products are even formulated for men’s skin like this one from Thrive available on Amazon.com. If you have oily skin or use a lot of natural beard products, then use this and naturally rid your face of the stuff that is going to inhibit your beard growth.
Brush Your Beard
Using a beard brush is an integral part of maintaining your beard and should be doing it anyway. But, it is especially helpful when you are in a rush to grow your whiskers.
Brushing your beard does a few things to get your beard looking sharp in less time.
First, it will make sure your oils are distributed evenly. This is whether your oil is natural sebum your skin produces to hydrate and nourish your facial hair, or if it comes from your beard oil or balm. This even distribution makes sure all the hairs are getting the nutrients they need to grow healthy which will speed up the process.
Second, it will stimulate the circulation in the skin. When you increase the blood flow, you’re helping to bring more nourishment to your hair which will help them grow faster.
Lastly, your beard will be straighter and less curly. Though this doesn’t make your beard grow faster, it will give it the appearance of being longer since the hair is straightened. If you think your beard has plateaued and isn’t growing any faster, then you likely will see some really nice benefits from brushing it to straighten it out.
If you need a guide on the best beard brushes then click that link for the full article.
Fix a patchy beard naturally
There are many different reasons why your beard might be growing in patchy and thin. To start growing your beard in fuller, you need to tackle each factor on its own with different beard growth products.
The only thing that can’t be fixed are your genes, however. You can do a few things to grow a thicker beard and make it look better than if you do nothing, but it won’t be the beard of your dreams.
Tea Tree Oil
If you have skin conditions like acne that are getting in the way of your beard then cleansing your pores and disinfecting your skin to prevent future breakouts is very important.
Tea tree oil is one of the best natural ways to clear up and prevent acne. Your pores will be cleared of bacteria that infect the root of your hair and can kill the follicle.
Tea tree oil can be quite harsh, so I recommend using a beard oil that contains it so you aren’t putting undiluted tea tree oil right on your skin.
I like Rocky Mountain beard oil from Amazon.com as it also contains jojoba oil. Jojoba mimics your sebum which is the natural oil your skin produces. When you have acne it is usually because you produce excess sebum, so it is just that it is too much. Tea tree oil will wipe out your sebum so having jojoba will make sure your hair is still getting the nutrients it needs and is easily absorbed.
New to me, though in use in Asia for hundreds of years is oil made from the Amla fruit, a gooseberry found in India.
The oil made from the dried fruit has long been used to strengthen hair and is now being studied to find out what its benefits are.
It is loaded with fatty acids that are very important to nourish and strengthen your hair. When you give your hair a boost it can add volume to the follicles so your beard looks thicker. It won’t grow hair where there are are no roots, but sometimes when you have patchy spots, there are roots but they have weak and wispy hair. Strengthening that hair will help regrow these follicles much thicker and stronger.
I have yet to use any on my clients at the barbershop and don’t know of any beard oils that contain it, but I won’t be surprised if they start coming to market soon.
Try out an amla oil like this one from Amazon.com and get back to me with the results. I have so far only read about the benefits and would like to hear back from somebody who has used it.
If you read my article about beards and castor oil, then you may already know that using it on your beard is one of the best ways to naturally beat a patchy beard.
If your beard is patchy due to skin conditions like psoriasis or folliculitis then the castor oil will clarify the skin and disinfect it. It will cleanse your pores of bacteria and even fungus that can get infected and slow down your beard growth.
It won’t grow hair where there wasn’t any growing before, but like the tea tree oil, it will bring nutrients to weak follicles that are thin and wispy. And even some roots that have stopped producing hair will be reactivated.
Your patchy areas will see some thicker hair growing and the hairless spots will start filling in.
Take a look at some black castor oil from Amazon.com as I think it will do the best job on your patchy beard. Just make sure to read the article I linked to above as it can be hard to apply. The results make it worth the headache in applying a thick and staining oil for your beard.
Dealing with sudden bald spots on your beard
If your beard has been otherwise healthy and suddenly you start seeing some bald spots around the size of a coin, then you may have alopecia barbae.
When you have alopecia it could be caused by an autoimmune disorder in which case you will need to be treated by a doctor.
There are times when your alopecia barbae could be caused by other things like psoriasis, a bacterial or fungal infection or even something as banal as stress.
If your bald spots are not from an autoimmune disorder, then here are some things you may want to try to grow your hair back naturally:
If you have some sudden bald spots on your beard, the first thing you should do is to rub some grated onion on it. Don’t laugh I am being serious!
As strange as it may seem, it is logical when you understand the properties that onion has. Onion contains methylsulfonylmethane, a highly soluble form of sulphur that helps in the formation of keratin. Keratin is the building block of your hair.
Not only that, but it will make your hair look and feel healthier so even if you don’t have a bald spot you should give opinion a shot.
If you feel like rubbing onion juice directly on your face is a bridge too far, then try making a mask out of it.
You can take some cold pressed castor oil and add some grated onion to it. Include some essential oils to help the smell. A lemon or lime oil will be great at making that oniony smell.
Make it into a paste and then use a small brush like you would use to apply a hair dye to spread it into your beard.
Let it sit there for an hour and then wash it off well.
Proper diet for natural beard growth
One of the best beard growth products is not a product at all.
It’s your diet.
Your beard is only as healthy as what you are putting into your body. It may seem silly, but if your diet is high in Buffalo wings, then you’re not doing your beard any favors.
Eating the right foods, especially ones that are geared toward your hair health will have a big impact on your beard.
No, it won’t suddenly have your beard looking like Jason Momoa if you have a patchy beard, but it will look infinitely better than if you are just eating junk.
If you have sudden bald spots on your beard, it could be caused by a zinc deficiency. Though it is rare, there are guys who don’t get enough zinc and it causes their hair to start falling out. If your head hair is also experiencing a lot of sudden loss and your beard have patches of hair falling out at the same time then it could be a sign you need zinc.
It’s believed zinc acts as a 5-alpha reductase inhibitor which is exactly what finasteride does. This is the hair loss drug in Propecia.
You can get more zinc into your diet by eating oysters, chickpeas, lentils and flax among other things.
The problem is that you end up needing to eat a ton of high zinc food when you have a deficiency. I think it is far easier and more effective to take zinc supplements like this one from Amazon.com.
There have been some studies done in which it seems that your hair growth could be impacted by your gut health.
Actually a lot of things are directly tied to your gut health so getting the good bacteria back into your gut will go a long way towards being healthier in general and your hair will thank you for it too.
Add a lot of naturally fermented foods to your diet and the bacteria will do the rest.
Foods like yogurt (Bulgarian is actually best), kimchee, sauerkraut, and even homemade sourdough bread will replace the missing bacteria in your system.
If you feel like you need a faster boost than just adding foods to your diet, then try out a probiotic supplement like this one from Amazon.com.
Water is the building block of every part of our body, hair included. Drink plenty of water a day so your body’s cells have the ability to regenerate and repair themselves.
If your beard hair is brittle and you follow some of the other steps for best beard growth then you will definitely see a difference in the quality of your beard.
If your beard growth seems slow then simply drinking more water will give it a boost.
Nature has given us so many gifts when it comes to the best beard growth products. We don’t really need to complicate things so much.
If your beard looks less than glorious or you are having problems with bald patches, then try a natural remedy first before you go with some other chemical based products.
If you have any questions about any of the tips I gave you here then drop a line below and let me know. I love getting questions and comments and will get back to you very quickly!