In this post, you will learn how to grow and stimulate the growth of your beard, as well as how to trim and care for your new beard. When trying to grow a beard for the first time, not many men realize that growing a beard is more than just a matter of not shaving for a while. After successfully growing your beard, you will have a appreciation of the hard work and dedication this process takes. Now, let’s get started:
- Shave everyday until your facial hair grows in evenly. The worst way to grow a beard is to just stop shaving. Doing this will result in a patchy, uneven, and thin beard that won’t look good on your face. Start with a fresh shave. When you do decide you are ready to start growing a beard, you need a clean-shaven face. Start from scratch and trim off any facial hair. Then shave close to the skin. This will make sure that everything will grow as evenly as possible as you’re starting your new beard.The success to having your facial hairs grow in evenly is to be patient and shave on a regular basis until it does grow in evenly. Remember, your genetics has a great deal to do with your ability to grow your facial hair. Some people simply cannot to grow a full beard. Everyone is different. For some men, growing a beard may only take a few weeks, while for others, it can take several months.
- The itchy stage. Lots of men, because of the itchiness, will stop growing out their facial hair and start shaving again because it becomes too itchy. Remember, the itchiness will last for about three to four weeks, and as the beard hairs soften, you will get used to it. The more you scratch your facial hair, the more it will itch. Also, no trimming of any hairs that stand out. You must learn to be patient, comb it every day, wash it at least two to three times a week, and be sure to apply natural beard oil in the morning and night to alleviate the itch and soften your beard. Beard oil will also exfoliate the skin beneath it, to help your beard to grow stronger and thicker.
Tip: Another obvious way is to brush your beard, preferably with with one that suits your beard the best. Even better, a brush and a comb will help even more to get rid of the dead skin cells off your face and out of your beard. Combining brushing and combing will also help work the beard oil into your beard and underlying skin, which will give you added relief from the dreaded beard itch.
Always keep your beard follicles healthy and stimulated, by applying a natural foaming cleanser on your face ever day. If you have any problems with acne, rosacea or dryness, then check with your family physician first before you decide to start growing a beard.
3. Growth Stage: Weeks Four to Six.
Tip: Having a specific trimming plan over the long term is the best way to keep your beard the way you want it.
Caring for Your Beard
Trimming Your Beard.
Your first trim after about a month of growing your facial hair will be the hardest. Just remember, your first beard trim, and every beard trim afterwards, should always begin at your neckline and move outward and upward. In order to style your beard properly, only remove the excess hair that doesn’t fit in with the style of your beard.
It is very important to clean your beard before you start to trim it by using a moisturizing shampoo. As a result, your beard hairs will be soft and become untangled for an even trim. Next, wash your beard in the shower simply with soap and warm water. However for long beards, you may prefer a special beard shampoo. We recommend Grave Before Shave Beard Wash
Tip: We recommend that you don’t try to trim your beard the first time. Attempting to define your neck and cheek lines while looking in the mirror is rather difficult.One mistake with your scissors may result in you reaching for your razor to shave off your entire beard – negating all your hard work and patience.Therefore, it is best to leave this to a professional barber. After your barber has defined the shape of your beard, you can use your beard trimmer to clean up the lines where necessary between visits. I highly recommend that you watch this excellent video on how to trim your beard after your first trim at the barber. Please click here: How to Trim Your Beard.
Styling and Shaping Your Beard
Trim your beard with a beard trimmer. After you have grown your beard to its desired length, it is time to start trimming and shaping it. It is best to trim your beard about once every two weeks, depending on the speed of growth, and the style of your beard you desire to have.
- If it is your desire to end up with a full beard style, it is best to shape and trim using a beard trimmer, and scissors, in order to keep facial hairs growing out evenly.
- If it is your desire to have a short beard, especially if you have coarse hair, you will need to trim it on a more regular basis, like every few days.
- Make every effort to keep your neck trim, up to your chin-line.
- Use a standard beard trimmer for shorter beards for the first 4-6 months of beard growth, and use a more powerful hair trimmer for thicker beards.
Choose a beard style that fits your face shape.
- A Square Face. Keep your hair fuller on the chin, and shorter on the sides.
- A Round Face. Grow your hair longer at the bottom, and shorter on the sides.
- A Oblong or Rectangular Face. Keep the sides fuller, and the bottom shorter.
- A Oval Face. Oval faces are a compromise between the other shapes mentioned. Decide what is best for you.
It is imperative that you realize the important part that nutrition and exercise have on your facial hair. Exercise and a healthy diet are best ways to improve your chances of having the beard that you visualize. These are the vital factors of self-care that you need to manage well everyday to achieve superb facial hair growth.
Exercise –Reducing your weight will increase your testosterone levels, which eventually promotes facial hair growth. It is best to engage in short workouts that challenge you to give your best effort than pursue fitness routines that are fairly easy to complete. You have to make fitness part of your lifestyle if you want to increase testosterone levels and beard growth. Keep in mind, that a couple of days of exercising each week really won’t make any difference.The important factor is that you commit to it on a regular basis.
Some studies has shown that you can increase your testosterone levels after only 15 minutes of exercising.
- Here are the top exercises that will help naturally boost your testosterone:
- Aerobic – short and fast burst exercises work the best.
- Running – speed walking and sprinting are better than a long distance running to improve your testosterone levels.
- Weight Lifting – Heavyweights are the most productive when you are trying to increase your testosterone levels to help grow your facial hair. If you do not enjoy going to the gym, I would recommend either long distance walking or cycling, to help increase the production of testosterone in your body.
Diet for Beard Growth.
First of all, let’s get one important fact straight, there isn’t any one outstanding diet to help you grow a healthy beard. The simple answer is a well-balanced diet. What your beard needs for notable growth are proper nutrients. Not just one specific kind of food or group of foods. You need a balanced diet that is full of vitamins and minerals. Therefore, eating “clean” is the proper diet for healthy, maximum beard growth.
What nutrients are considered the best for beard growth?
A good balance of fresh foods is most important. Not only for your beard, but for your body too. Healthy fats, complex carbs, combined with an abundance of proteins are the key components of what your diet should be. These three are what is known as macronutrients.The male hormones, testosterone and DHT, are primarily responsible for beard growth. Therefore, by including foods in your diet that promote the synthesis of these two androgenic hormones, your diet can actually boost your facial hair growth. Tip: Testosterone + DHT → Androgen Receptors in your face = Growth of facial hair.
Please note: Before commencing on of diet change/diet plan, it is best to consult your primary physician. All facts mentioned in this post are a result of research and must not be considered as medical advice in any way. This post is meant only for informative purposes and must be treated as just that.
Foods That Promote Beard Growth
Since protein is one of the essential building blocks of hair, eggs, which are high in protein, should be a important part of your diet. The cholesterol in eggs is necessary for healthy testosterone production and this hormone is necessary for beard growth. Eggs are also loaded with vitamins and minerals and also have sufficient fatty-acid ratios which aid in the production of testosterone and DHT.
2. Potatoes for Beard Growth
With potatoes being a quality source of carbohydrates, and since carbohydrates aid in the production testosterone, as well as DHT , having potatoes in your diet is essential. All the more important, if you are dealing with a patchy beard.
3. Raisins, one of the best, but not so well-known beard foods.
Raisins have one of the highest concentrations of boron in the Western diet, with 2.2 mg per 100 grams. Boron aids in beard growth, as it helps increase DHT levels and free testosterone. Boron is a trace element that’s important for keeping your bones and joints healthy too. Be sure to make raisins part of you weekly diet.
4. Grass-fed red meat (beef, bison, lamb, wild game)
Grass-fed red meat is really good for testosterone production and therefore also beard growth. These are great organic sources of zinc, vitamin D and saturated fat –important testosterone-boosting nutrients. Grass-fed beef is a excellent option because it is nutrient dense and doesn’t contain the high levels of estrogenic compounds found in many sources of beef.
5. Macadamia Nuts
A lot beards men are under the impression that all nuts are great for testosterone production, but this is not the case. Most dietary fats are good for testosterone production. The fats to add to your daily diet are those rich in monounsaturated fats and saturated fats which will help you to to increase testosterone. However, most nuts have a too much polyunsaturated fats, which are known to lower your testosterone. Macadamia nuts, on the other hand, are loaded with both monounsaturated fats and saturated fats. Therefore, macadamia nuts are the ideal nut for testosterone production.
6. Shellfish (crab, lobster, clams, oysters)
Shellfish are bursting with zinc, which is one the most important minerals for testosterone production. These shellfish also contain additional vitamins and minerals that are vital to testosterone production, including potassium, magnesium, seleniumand and vitamin B12. If you are a shell fish lover, add these to diet at least once a week.
7. Cruciferous Vegetables for Beard Growth
For many men vegetables aren’t a main stay of their daily diet. Yet eating a serving of cruciferous vegetables like like broccoli, cauliflower, radishes, turnips, cabbage and brussel sprouts that contain Diindolylmethane, which helps to balance your testosterone and estrogen levels, by helping your body produce more ‘good’ rather than ‘bad’ estrogens. This, in turn, allows your body to maintain healthier levels of testosterone. which increases the amount of free circulating testosterone in your body. And of course, these veggies are also have plentiful sources of multiple minerals and vitamins which help stimulate facial hair growth too. As you can see, adding these veggies to your daily diet is a no-brainer.
One of nature’s healthiest fruits, Blueberries are a great source of vitamins C, K, manganese, copper and fiber. Vitamin K helps to maintain healthy hair, vitamin C strengthens the hair by building collagen. A manganese deficiency can cause hair loss, and copper helps with your hair growth. Blueberries, also have a ample amount of resveratrol, which has anti-aromatase and estrogen lowering effects, making this tasty fruit one of the most effective foods to boost testosterone. In addition, blueberries contain Calcium-D-Glucarate, which studies have shown to minimize the effect of estrogen by binding to it. A must for your daily diet.
A little-known fact is that ginger is also great for your hair. Ginger helps stimulate the hair follicles which in turn promotes hair growth. It also makes the hair silky and increases shine. Researchers also found, that by giving infertile men a ginger supplement, it increased testosterone levels by 17% and provided a 16% increase in sperm count too. A must for your diet.
10. TunaAccording to the researchers at Graz Medical University in Austria, Tuna, which is rich in Vitamin D, will help increase testosterone levels as much as 90%. Also, Tuna is a excellent source of Omega 3 fatty acid. Omega 3 is responsible for the luster of the skin and hair, and it will help stimulate production of new hair follicles.
11. Sweet Potatoes
As many of you know, sweet potatoes are high in Beta-carotene. Beta-carotene aids with the cell growth in your beard. The Beta-carotene is converted into Vitamin A, which helps keep your hair moisturized, and this leads to more cell growth within the hairs on the beard.
This is a vegetable packed with vitamins (e.g. A, K, and C) as well as DIM (Di-Indoly Methane) – which is associated with an increase in testosterone. Since Kale is a high source of vitamin A, it aids in growing your facial hair, which helps minimize beard patchiness and brittleness.
Other foods that are beneficial and promote beard growth that you should also consider are: Asparagus, Beats, Celery, Onions, Turnips, Avocados, and Dark chocolate.
Other Supplements for Beard Growth
In case, you are having a difficult time adjusting your diet, you can always try beard growth supplements. These come in the form of vitamins. They will supplement your diet with many of the vitamins your body needs and in turn, will help you with your beard growth.
In this discussion, it will be pointed out the role each important vitamin plays in your diet for beard growth.
Vitamin A helps our sebum production, which is what keeps our face moisturized. In fact, the reason why we so often need to use beard oil and balm for longer beards is that our face can’t keep up with the amount of oil our beards require.
As your beard grows longer, your face cannot produce enough sebrum to meet the amount your beard needs. As a result, you still need to apply beard oil or balm to keep your beard properly hydrated. Foods that contain healthy amounts of Vitamin A include: carrots, salmon, eggs, sweet potatoes, winter squash, kale, spinach and apricots.
Vitamin B Complex
Vitamin B complex includes 8 vitamins. They are all helpful but, the essential one for beard growth is biotin. Keratin is a basic protein that makes up your hair, skin, and nails. It’s clear that biotin improves your body’s keratin infrastructure. Studies have found that if you have a biotin deficiency, you will have a harder time growing hair.Foods considered some of the richest sources of biotin include the following:
- Liver and other meats. As most biotin is stored in the liver, eating animal liver is one of the simplest ways to increase biotin in a diet.
- Egg yolk
- Nuts and seeds
- Sweet potato
This vitamin is a powerful antioxidant which helps to protect your body and skin from damage. It’s also necessary for collagen production. Collagen is a protein made up of amino-acids: glycine, proline, hydroxyproline, and arginine, all of which help our body’s connective tissue, skin, hair, nails and gut stay as healthy as possible. Vitamin C helps build collagen, which is highly important for beard growth,
Without Vitamin C our immune system will suffer, we’ll have a hard time healing, and our skin can become dry and rough.
Vitamin C foods are fruits and veggies like Brussels sprouts, broccoli, strawberries, pineapple, and mango, cantaloupe, citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruit, mango, papaya, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries and watermelon. These are a must for your diet.
Vitamin D improves hair growth and appearance in a number of ways:
- It activates the cells within the hair shaft
- It improves the look and feel of the growing hair
- It stimulates and nourishes the hair follicle. Vitamin D receptors (VDRs) have an important contribution to the follicle growth cycles. According to scientific research, inactive vitamin D receptors in mice always resulted in hair loss
- It stimulates hair growth. Vitamin D analogs (D2 and D3 supplements) reversed hair loss in mice, and cancer patients who have lost hair due to chemotherapy reported significant improvements after the use of vitamin D supplements. Through their direct action on keratinocytes (the cells found responsible for inactive vitamin D receptors), vitamin D analogs stimulated hair growth in mice.
If you’re deficient in Vitamin D, hair loss may occur. Therefore, make sure your Vitamin D levels are not too low. Taking a Vitamin D3 supplement will help ensure proper hair growth. Taking a walk on a sunny day will provide you with Vitamin D. Our skin can absorb sunlight and our bodies will naturally produce Vitamin D. As you can see, Vitamin D has numerous benefits.
Also, try incorporating these foods in your diet to maintain a healthy level of Vitamin D: tuna, oysters, shrimp, egg yokes, mushrooms, salmon, sardines and herring. And fortified foods such as milk, orange juice and cereals are excellent sources too.
Two very important reasons to make sure you have a daily adequate intake of Vitamin E: It improves your blood flow, which makes your facial hair grow faster. Also, Vitamin E helps to strength and soften your facial hair – which gives your beard the healthy look that you always wanted to get and keep.
Excellent sources of Vitamin E foods include: almonds, spinach, sweet potatoes, and avocado, broccoli, squash, shrimp, and olive oil.
Many ask me this question: Do I have to stick to a healthy diet every day to achieve my desired beard growth?
The answer is no you don’t. Just be sensible about your diet. Giving up foods that you love to eat on a daily basis can be difficult. So, having that slice of pie you are craving once in awhile, won’t hurt. Just remember by eating healthy you are helping yourself to grow a healthy, shiny, manly beard. Make growing a beard a delicious commitment.
Prepare Yourself for the Comments Coming.
One of the most difficult truths about growing a beard is dealing with the comments of others. You will need to develop tough resilience, and be aware that everyone is not going to love your new look. Just remember, your decision to embrace your facial hair is not dependent on the public’s approval or disdain. As long as you are comfortable with the beard that you are growing, then who cares what others think or say? Still, having a support system around to encourage you to pursue your new look doesn’t hurt either. However, too many newly-grown beards get shaven off in times of self-doubt after receiving insensitive or negative comments. Please don’t let this happen to you! Prepare yourself to stand your ground. While growing your new beard, make a solid commitment to continue growing your beard for the first six weeks. In life, you can not please everyone, the important thing is that you are happy with the beard you’ve always dreamed of.
Simply Enjoy Having a Beard!
After reading all the above, growing a beard for the first time can sound rather serious. When really, owning a beard should just be about having a bit of fun. Something that you feel adds to your life, gives you a distinguished feature that just sort of ‘feels right’.
It’s about experimenting with your new beard, trying out various styles, using different products and really having your new mane becoming part of your overall look. Be proud of your new look, after all you earned it with a lot of perseverance and patience. Please come back and let us know how you are doing. We will be more than happy to answer any questions you may have along your journey.
Remember: Don’t Fear the Beard.