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11 Essential Tips to Make Your Beard Thicker And Darker

Growing a thick beard can be difficult for anyone who doesn’t have favorable genetics. Many other factors may also affect it, but genetics can play the most important role in how fast and how thick you can grow your beard.

A good majority of men either like growing a full, thick beard or intend to because it’s widely perceived as more masculine than a clean shaved look. Growing a beard can also boost your confidence and make you feel like a completely different person. However, it’s not easy for those who might have completely different biology.

If you’re one of them you shouldn’t be worried about anything at all. In fact, most people can’t grow a “proper” beard. A full, thick beard can be of many different shapes, sizes, and colors. It can even take some men years to be able to grow a naturally thick beard. So there’s no reason to feel bad about it.

Even though we can’t change anything about genetics when it comes to growing a thicker beard, there are changes you can make in your life, such as diet, skincare, beard care, and more, that can drastically improve how your beard looks and feels. This can help your beard appear thicker and fuller. In some cases, it might be possible to even grow your beard faster, however, there aren’t many studies done on this particular topic.


Qualities Of A Great Beard

If you have a thin, patchy, weak, or dull-looking beard, you’re probably here to know what you could do differently. But before we start talking about how you can grow a thicker beard, it’s important to realize what the qualities of a great beard are.

They are as follows:

  • Thickness: This essentially means the number of hairs per hair follicle on your facial area.
  • Liveliness: If your beard looks unhealthy, then you probably need to change something about your lifestyle. A great beard should look alive and can be achieved with a hardline commitment to beard care and skin care.
  • Length: The length of your beard can drastically change how thick and full it looks. If you have patchy beard growth, keeping a longer beard might just help you to hide those patchy spots.


How to Tips For Growing A Thicker Beard

With that newfound knowledge, let’s look into ways we can improve the health and the growth of our beard to make it thicker.

Grow A Full-Length Beard

tips to get thick beard

A full-length beard can help you hide the patchy areas in your beard. To grow a thick, full-length beard you need to grow the beard for four to six weeks if not more. Make sure that it’s of significant length as beard growth is not uniform. The longer your beard, the easier it is to trim and shape your beard.

Choose a beard style that will go along with your face, or you could leave it as it is. However, if you’ve found the perfect look for yourself, it’s best to get it shaped by a barber.

Try these stubble beards if you have a thin beard


Create A Beard Care Routine

Beard Care Routine


Setting up a beard care routine can go a long way to maintaining your beard health. Not only that, but regular beard care can also keep all the gunk, dust, and dry skin that can accumulate over time. Let’s look into what you can do to up your beard care routine.

Shampoo and Condition Your Beard

Experts recommend using a shampoo and conditioner specific to beard hair. Use the shampoo daily to clean the beard hair and exfoliate the skin under it. It’s not uncommon to have food and dirt get stuck in the beard that shampooing can remove. Shampooing can also prevent dryness and itchiness.

Conditioners can keep the beard hair strong and looking full and thick. They can also provide moisture to the beard and prevent frizz and curls. Conditioners are also meant to provide proper nourishment and wellness to the skin and hair follicles. If you’re exposed to extreme temperatures, you may also want to give beard masks a try.


Use A Beard Oil For Healthier Beard

After you are done showering, you can also apply beard oils to your beard. Beard oils are meant for providing moisture and preventing the skin and the beard to dry and itch. A glossy coating of oil on the beard can also make it appear thick but there is no evidence to suggest that beard oils can encourage beard growth.

Beard oils are an essential tool for someone who’s growing a beard. It’s easy to get your hands on and something you can carry around and apply from time to time throughout the day, especially if you spend most of your time outdoors.

Beard oils contain many natural oils or carrier oils such as Jojoba oil, macadamia, sunflower, and even essential oils that can leave your beard with a unique fragrance. They can also prevent the skin under your beard from being damaged. As we will see, a proper skincare routine can go a long way toward growing your beard hair to be thicker.


Trim And Shape Your Beard

Once you’ve grown your facial hair to a full-length beard, it’s time to trim and shape it. Even though trimming your beard does not affect facial hair growth in any way, it can give the appearance of a thick, full, dark beard.

Alongside growing your beard, while trimming you should figure out the right shape for your beard according to your face and features. Finding the correct shape for your beard can make it look full and also hide your patchy areas.

However, it is recommended that you go to a trained professional such as a barber if you have never trimmed your beard before and slowly start trimming it on your own. You should also invest in a proper beard trimming kit that can help you maintain the look afterward.


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Don’t Skip On The Skin Care

Clean and moist skin can be more encouraging for healthy facial hair growth. Regularly washing your face with soap, face wash, or face scrubs can help get rid of the dirt, oil, and other bacteria on the face that can get accumulated over the face.

Properly exfoliate your skin to remove dead skin cells and debris around the hair follicles on the skin. This will also reduce ingrown hairs that can appear under your beard. You can also keep your face moisturized with a lotion or oil right after a shower.

A proper skincare routine can also prevent breakouts and improve blood flow and hair follicle health in the face area. A good skincare routine consists of cleansers, exfoliants, moisturizers, face wash, and face scrubs.


Use A Derma Roller

use derma roller to grow beard thicker

Derma Roller is a tool that uses micro-needling, which is a method to promote hair growth by using tiny needles to puncture through the upper layer of the skin. A 2013 study shows that micro-needling and minoxidil, which we discuss below, can help reduce male pattern baldness and may work for beard growth as well.

This method can accelerate the production of collagen, improve local blood flow, and promote elasticity in the skin. It can also allow nutrients to reach patchy areas of the beard, and also aid in keratin production.

However, micro-needling is a technique used by qualified professionals or dermatologists and can cost anywhere between $200 to $700 per session. Most people can need three to six sessions for the best results and can spend from $600 to $4,200 in total.

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Take A Break From Stress

It’s widely known that cortisol generated in your body from stress can make hair fall out and affect its health. According to Mayo Clinic, stress may play a role in hair loss. Cortisol can also have a direct effect on testosterone levels in your body.

Stress hormones can cause vasoconstriction, which can result in not nutrient-rich blood reaching the hair follicles on your face. So reducing stress can largely affect your ability to grow a thicker and darker beard.

One step you can take to reduce stress in your life is to practice daily meditation, take part in yoga, or just do therapeutic activities such as cooking or going hiking.


Start Exercising

Exercising can improve blood flow in the whole body. This can in turn, stimulate hair follicle growth and improve hair follicle density. It’s best to combine cardiovascular and weightlifting exercises as that can temporarily boost testosterone.

Testosterone levels are known to fluctuate in young men throughout the day, so it’s best to vary your workouts at different times of the day for the best results. Exercising is also known to reduce stress, so it’s got some added benefits as well.


Eat Better Food

bearded men eating healthy diet

Some vitamins are known to promote hair growth in hair follicles and regrow hair from follicles that have become inactive. The addition of vitamin D may also activate reactive receptors in follicles that have stopped growing hair. You can get these nutrients easily by including fish, eggs, and fortified plant-based milk in your diet.

An imbalance in keratin can also be a source of poor beard health. The right amounts of protein can balance that and promote hair growth in your body and make your hair grow thicker. You should also include vegetables in your diet as that can provide biotin, vitamin C, and vitamin E for better hair growth which can provide antioxidant activities.

A particular study has linked B vitamins to healthy hair growth. Biotin can easily be found in grain bread, dairy, and nuts, and B12 can be found in meat and fish.

Other factors such as obesity can also lower testosterone levels, while nutrients such as zinc can boost testosterone levels. It can help your existing hair look thicker and fuller.

A full list of things you should add to your diet is as follows:

  • Lean protein, for example, chicken and salmon
  • Iron
  • Whole grains and healthy carbohydrates
  • Healthy fats, such as those found in avocados
  • Food high in zinc, such as nuts and chickpeas
  • Fruits and vegetables rich in B vitamins and vitamins A, C, D, and E


Fix Your Sleep Schedule

Sleep can be one of the most important parts of your overall health, but it’s also good for facial hair growth. Sleep apnea, fragmented sleep, and insufficient rest can affect beard growth significantly by altering how much testosterone is released in your system during sleep.

A study has shown that sleep restrictions can lower testosterone levels in healthy young men. REM sleep cycles have been shown to provide peak testosterone levels and maintain them till you are awake. All of this can contribute to a healthier-looking, thicker and darker beard.


Stay Hydrated

stay hydrated to grow thicker beard

Enough water in your system can help with maintaining kidney function and get rid of harmful compounds inside you. The water can keep your skin and hair follicles hydrated in turn giving you a thicker beard growth. The recommended amount of water for a day is 8 to 10 glasses.


Try Out Supplement For Beard Growth

Supplements can provide value to your life in many ways. If you are unable to cook a healthy meal for yourself due to busy schedules, you can try introducing supplements to your lifestyle. Dietary supplements can come with biotin, vitamin E, vitamin C, vitamin D, zinc, copper, and magnesium. Some supplements can have more ingredients based on plants.

A deficiency in all of the nutrients mentioned above can cause your facial hair health to be poor. Biotin supplements can boost hair growth and potentially stimulate the regrowth of facial hair, however, there’s little evidence to support the latter claim.

Regardless, most doctors agree that biotin can fortify keratin infrastructure in your hair and also thickens it. However, it is recommended you speak to a doctor before you start to take anything related to dietary supplements.


Be Patient

The last step is to be patient. All of the methods mentioned above won’t happen overnight. As with anything regarding the body, results will show much later. You will eventually get to see a thicker, darker, fuller beard hair as long as you are consistent.


Alternative Methods For Boosting Beard Growth

While we’ve covered the most mainstream and natural methods to make your hair grow thicker, the following are some alternative methods that aren’t exactly accessible, natural, and at risk of causing some sort of a reaction unless consulted with a doctor before attempting it.


Minoxidil or Rogaine is a cream that is used to restore hair loss on the scalp. It was first introduced as a treatment for hypertension; however, a common side effect is an increase in hair growth. As a result, it was suggested that the chemical be used to grow hair on the skin as well.

Minoxidil, however, is not FDA approved for beard hair growth and there have been some mixed reviews on the product with side effects ranging from headaches, dryness, itchiness, to even hair falling off for some users. If you do want to try out this option, it’s best to consult a doctor before using it on your face.


Beard Implants

beard implant

Beard implants are what they sound like. It’s basically a beard transplant where hair from one part of the body is transplanted to your face, specifically the cheeks and jawline. However, beard implants consist of long processes of harvesting the hair, implanting the hair into your hair follicles, and even involve injecting local anesthesia into the face.

The recovery phase from the transplant can be quick but involves waiting for 10 days before trimming your new beard. There is also the potential for side effects that can include swelling on the face, redness, tightness, numbness, and temporary scrab on the face.

The whole process can cost you $15,000 if you have no hair and your face and $3,000 to $7,000 for transplanting hair to just the areas where facial hair does not grow. As this procedure is complicated and filled with risks, it’s best to not save money for it and go for the best-qualified provider.


Testosterone Replacement Therapy

Testosterone levels can impact the growth of almost every part of the human body. Some men can be born with clinically low testosterone levels, while some men will see their testosterone levels drop naturally as they age. However, this can be particularly bothersome for younger men.

Testosterone levels can cause tiredness, reduced muscle mass, mood swings, and even trouble with beard growth. Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) is directly responsible for hair loss due to the death of hair follicles. Studies suggest that high levels of DHT can boost a fuller and thicker beard growth in young men.

This procedure is also a cheaper option compared to beard implants, as they can range from $40 to $100 per month. You will also need to implant slow-release medications under your skin that can cost $500 per month and vary from person to person. An alternative to using slow-release medications is to use gels, creams, and patches that can cost somewhere between $200 to $500 per month.


Beard Hair Dye

Dyeing your hair might just be your last option if you don’t want to opt for a medical procedure. Using hair dye is completely normal, especially for guys who have different colored hair and beard.

Hair dye can easily make your beard appear thicker as well, as light and dark hair pigments can play tricks on the observers’ minds due to how they reflect light.


Keep A Different Beard Style

If every method you’ve tried has failed, it might be time for you to be realistic and move on to a different beard style. Goatees, French cut beards, soul patches, and pencil mustaches are some of the best-looking and popular hairstyles currently trending around the world.

Since people with patchy beards usually can grow hair perfectly fine around the lips and the chin and maybe the neck, any beard style that focuses on those areas of the face can be the perfect look for you.

Try exploring some other beard styles instead of a full beard and you might just stumble upon a beard style that works best for you.


Natural Reasons For A Beard To Appear Or Be Thick

Reasons For A Beard To Appear Or Be Thick

How thick or fast your beard growth is actually determined when you were born. This is because beard growth is also affected by the diameter of the hair follicles, which can affect beard hair density and coverage.

Growing a beard is different for each person, but factors such as beard hair color can also play a role in how thick your beard can appear.  

Diameter Of Hair And Hair Follicles

Hair follicles in our body are developed in humans during fetal development. This means that new follicles are not produced after we are born. So all the hair that we can ever grow is directly determined during birth.

Hair follicles are inside the dermal layer of the skin. Follicles with a larger diameter can produce hair strands with a large diameter. Hair strands with larger diameters occupy more space on the skin giving the appearance of a thicker beard.


Beard Hair Coverage And Density

The number of hair fibers occupying a certain region of the skin is known as beard density. Naturally, it’s impossible to have a uniform distribution of beard hair density and coverage. Some areas of the skin can have more hair than others.

People with more hair density on their faces can give the impression of having a thick, full beard. Of course, patchy beards are also caused because hair coverage and density might be completely negligible in certain areas of the skin.


Length Of The Beard

If you do have a patchy beard, the only way for you to cover up those patches is by growing your beard longer. While speeding up hair growth can be hard and need a lot of beard care, once you increase the length of your beard can look thicker.


Beard Hair Color

The color of your facial hair is determined by the pigment of your hair. If you have darker pigments, it might just be easier to make your beard appear to be thicker and fuller.

On the other hand, lighter pigment can cause the beard to look thin. This is because the lighter pigments can reflect light off it. If you were born with lighter hair, you should consider dyeing your beard black.


What Controls Beard Growth?

As mentioned earlier, genetic factors can affect beard growth the most. However, according to Cleveland Clinic, beard growth does not depend on hormones if you have low testosterone. This means you can safely rule out genetic reasons inhibiting beard growth if you’ve done a test for testosterone levels in your body.

There are a few things that can inhibit or encourage beard growth. An enzyme known as 5-alpha reductase is responsible for converting testosterone in your body into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which binds receptors to facial hair follicles, stimulating facial hair growth. This is what differentiates patchy beards from full, thick beards that always look so amazing.


How Long Does It Take To Grow A Full Beard?

While there aren’t many studies done on how long it takes to grow a full beard, as the results can widely vary from person to person, we know from anecdotes of a large number of people that facial hair can grow around ½ inch every month.

At that rate, it should be fairly easy and fast for you to grow a short beard within a month or less. However, short but patchy beards are not a good look. You should definitely opt out of that choice and go for either a full beard or another alternative like a goatee or French beard.

This is because patchy beards usually occur on the sides, while the upper lip, bottom lip, and chin area can easily grow beards around that area, just like anyone else.


Why It Can Be Hard To Grow A Thick Beard?

Alopecia areata in beard

Some people might be affected by health problems, diseases, or hormone imbalances that inhibit facial hair growth for them. Following are some of the reasons facial hair growth can be difficult for some men:

  • Low testosterone: If you’ve done the relevant tests and found out that you have clinically low levels of testosterone, this could be a potential reason for you not being able to grow a full beard. Low testosterone levels can also affect your sex drive and irritability and cause erectile dysfunction.
  • Alopecia areata: This is one of the most common autoimmune disorders that can affect hair growth on parts of your body by causing your body to attack the hair follicles. This can cause patches of hair to fall off your body, including your face. As of now, there is no cure for alopecia, however, there are options for treatment, such as minoxidil (Rogaine), dithranol (Dritho-Scalp), or corticosteroid creams.
  • Nutrient deficiencies: Some studies show low levels of protein to be another reason for beard growth to be inhibited.
  • Race: Research has shown that since race is a genetic factor, it can also affect beard growth.
  • Age: Most men end up growing thicker and fuller beards way into their 30s or 40s even. In their 20s, they can tend to see low or no beard growth at all, or even patchy beard in some places.


Myths About Beard Growth

Misinformation about beard growth isn’t just widely available on the Internet but has also been passed down from generation to generation. For example, the idea that shaving more can make your beard grow thicker and faster every time you shave. That couldn’t be far from the truth. Shaving your beard can’t make it grow any faster or thicker as shaving only cuts off the hairs from the tips, but hair grows from the root inside your hair follicles. The roots are inside the skin, so it only makes the hair rough.

Beard oils have been trending recently, with a large number of people promoting their benefits for beard health, including how it helps beard grow thicker. However, beard oil does not play a role in helping your beard grow thicker. It does help keep the skin under the beard and the beard itself hydrated and moisturized.

Another widespread myth going around more recently is the idea that increasing testosterone levels can make the beard grow thicker. There is a study in vitro that shows low levels of testosterone may hinder beard growth, but there’s no evidence that suggests increasing it can grow a thicker beard. However, DHT and our hair follicle’s sensitivity to it might affect beard growth.


Wrapping Up

We’ve looked at all the things that we can do to grow thicker and darker beard hair. Most of it requires consistency and dedication to follow through for months. The best way to stay consistent is to make the tips above part of your lifestyle. As with anything, performing these actions every day of the week can set in the habit of staying regular.

Other than that, there are alternative methods available that are proven to help beard hair grow thicker. Let us know if there are any steps you took differently for your beard health!