Why can’t I grow a beard?
I get that question a lot. And I feel bad for the guys that ask me.
It must be so frustrating to see how big this beard trend has gotten and they are left wondering how to grow a beard.
Though there is no magic bullet that will put a glorious cover of facial hair on your face when you have trouble growing a beard, there are some things you can do.
In this article, I am going to go over a simple roadmap to get you closer to bearded glory.
Read on to see how you can transform your face and learn how to grow a beard when you can’t!
Why Can’t I Grow a Beard?
Genetics can be a real bitch sometimes.
Some people win the beard lottery and some people don’t.
Most of the time if your beard does not grow in full or it is patchy, it’s just bad luck of the facial hair draw.
You can improve on what you have, but more on that later.
What if your lack of beard growth is not due to genes, though?
There are some other factors that can inhibit your beard growth.
- Hormones – Your body needs testosterone and dihydrotestosterone or DHT to grow hair all over your body, and your face is no exception. Low testosterone can be a problem for some guys that exhibits itself in many ways that are more serious than growing a beard, unfortunately.
There are some remedies that can boost your testosterone naturally, or you can go to the doctor to see what kind of prescription may be available.
Never try to go around this by asking a buddy at the gym if he knows where you can get a shot of testosterone. You’re putting your health at serious risk, not to mention it’s illegal.
- Age – You may simply not be old enough yet to grow out your beard. As you can see, hormones play a big part in this equation and your body might not yet be at the stage when you can grow a beard.
- Stress – Stress from work, relationships, finances and plenty of other modern problems can affect your overall health and prevent your hair from growing well. Relieving the stress in your life could improve your beard growth.
- Overall Health – There are plenty of health issues that can directly affect your ability to grow a beard. Anemia and hypothyroidism among them. Then there are skin conditions like alopecia and eczema that prevent beard growth. If you have a specific medical condition, then treating that condition will put your beard back on track. But, also taking care of your health, in general, will see positive gains in your facial hair growth.
Make the most of what you have
Though you can’t change your genes, you can mitigate their effects on your beard.
Here are a few things you can do to try to work with your growth pattern and have the best beard you can get as it is.
You may not end up with an award winning beard, but you can have one that looks great for you.
Take care of your skin
The health of your skin is directly responsible for how your beard looks. And this goes for guys that can grow a thick, full beard, too.
If you take care of your skin whatever facial hair you are able to grow will be healthier, thicker and grow faster as a result of a proper skin care routine.
When your skin is healthy, the pores are more open and the roots of your hair are able to get the nutrients they need.
Your circulation improves which brings much-needed oxygen to your hair follicles.
And exfoliating will clear away any dirt or excess sebum which can block the follicles and prevent proper growth.
Use a beard oil
Anybody who is growing a beard should be using a beard oil, regardless of how thick or thinly it grows.
Just by using a good beard oil, your beard will appear thicker as it is healthy and hydrated. This will fill in some of the patchy gaps where your beard doesn’t grow as thickly.
Some beard oils are formulated with vitamins that can help your beard grow, so those should be considered a must when trying to grow a beard.
Beard brush it
Using a beard brush is a great way to make sure that your beard is evenly coated with whatever beard oil you use. This can give a nice boost to your beard growing capabilities.
A beard brush also stimulates the skin and increases circulation which brings nutrients and oxygen to your hair follicles.
You should also be paying attention to the direction your beard grows in. Use a brush to direct the growth to where it is patchy. This will help fill in the bare spots. Kind of like doing a comb-over when you’re bald, except you won’t look creepy by doing it to your beard.
Take some pills
Ok, so there is no magic pill that will suddenly make your beard start sprouting like a chia pet, but there are lots of vitamins that will give your beard a natural boost.
And those vitamins can be found in some beard growth supplements.
Biotin is essential for hair growth and can really give a boost to your beard growth when you increase your intake. It is found in a lot of foods that you eat, but to grow your beard faster and thicker, you need a lot more than your diet can provide.
Folic acid, Vitamins A and E are all in abundance in beard growth pills and your beard will thank you for taking those pills.
Just temper your expectations when you use them. They don’t work for everybody and they don’t offer a dramatic transformation. You will see a difference if they work, however.
You may start a beard and think that you are doomed to patchiness and give up right away.
What may be the case for you, however, is that you simply didn’t give it enough time to see how it will look once it is fully grown in. Your beard just may not be growing at the same pace all over your face.
Some spots may be just taking longer to start growing. This is especially true on your cheeks. A lot of times, your mustache and chin start growing out thick and fast leaving the cheeks behind and slow to catch up.
Give it a month or maybe even two before and you may be surprised that your beard is looking way thicker than you thought it would.
Try these tips and you will see even better results and your patience will be rewarded.
How to grow facial hair
I want to reiterate that there is no magic bullet when it comes to how to grow a beard if you can’t.
I have some tips here, but they won’t magically make your beard grow beyond what it can really achieve.
These methods will improve your growth and make it look better than if you don’t do anything to try to grow your beard.
Watch what you eat
There are plenty of vitamins that your skin and hair need to stay healthy and your diet is the main way to provide this.
As much as I wish that Buffalo wings provided these vitamins, the fact remains that you need to pay attention to what you’re eating to get the proper nutrition for your body and hair.
Vitamin E is one of the most important vitamins for your hair health. Getting this vitamin to your beard will result in thicker, shinier beard hair.
You can get this vitamin by eating plenty of leafy vegetables, nuts, and beans.
Vitamin A is responsible for producing sebum which is the natural oil your skin produces to coat your hair and provide moisture and nutrients.
Eat a lot of eggs, meat, cheese, liver, carrots and green leafy vegetables like spinach for Vitamin A.
It may seem strange to think that working out or playing sports will help your beard grow, but indirectly it does.
When you exercise, your circulation goes wild. Increased circulation brings more oxygen to every part of your body. When it makes its way to your skin, that will end up in your hair, too.
Any damage done to your cells during the day, whether through bad diet, stress or other factors need time during sleep to repair. The better your sleep is, the easier it is for your cells to repair and this will show in your beard health.
All is not lost if you can’t grow a George Clooney beard. Look at Keanu Reeves. His beard is patch AF and he still looks good.
Work with what you have and make it work for your look and style.
You can only be disappointed if you had expectations that can’t be met.
Got any tips for those guys that can’t grow a beard or have thin facial hair?
Share any tips you have on how to grow a beard by commenting below. We’d love to hear how you deal with a patchy beard.