Fashion trends for men change all the time. In the 80s we had the yuppie look, in the 90s we had the grunge look, and in the 2000s the skater look was popular.
One thing that has never gone out of style, however, is a thick and manly looking beard. No matter what other trends have come and gone, a man with a well groomed and thick beard has always been able to catch the attention of others.
This is why many men would love to have this kind of identifiable look that commands the attention of others. Unfortunately, however, not everyone can grow a thick beard, growing something that more resembles bad five-o-clock shadow than a beard.
This is where this article comes in today to help you out. We will be taking a look at various techniques and processes that will help you to get that thick, natural beard that you have always wanted. So if you want to get to work on a thicker beard in no time, keep on reading.
The “Four Week” Rule
Before you start trying different techniques to try and grow a nice and thick beard, you should first see if the issue is actually just a matter of time.
It may seem surprising, but a lot of people who try to grow a beard expect the process to be quick, with them growing a nice bushy beard in the matter of a week. The fact of the matter is, however, that this is too soon to really see if your beard will grow properly, and a lot of people will get frustrated and give up on growing their beard too soon.
By rule of thumb, waiting four weeks for your beard to grow is ideal. This gives you more than enough time for your facial hair to grow out properly, and you will be able to tell better exactly how thick your beard can grow.
If after this time you notice that your facial hair is still on the relatively thin side, then you may need to try one of the following things to see if they will help you out.
Diet and Exercise
Did you know that your diet can actually affect the rate at which your facial hair grows? This is because certain foods that you ingest actually affect your testosterone levels, which in turn is what helps not only your facial hair grow, but also keeps a healthy amount of hair on your scalp. Lower testosterone levels can lead to thinning hair on your head and face, and will ultimately affect your ability to grow a thicker beard.
To help with this, you should try consuming food that has more protein in it, as it is good for hair growth, as not only does it increase testosterone, but, seeing as the hair is made up of protein itself, it helps to improve its quality directly. Foods such as eggs, meat, and vegetables are a safe bet in this area if you wish to increase protein and testosterone.
Just as equally important to hair growth is exercise. Exercise actually helps in a number of ways, not many of which may seem obvious at first. For example, losing weight, especially when overweight, helps a man to increase his testosterone levels. Also, seeing as you are usually increasing your heart rate during exercise, you are also increasing your blood flow. This helps your body to carry blood and nutrients to your facial hair follicles, which can help you to grow a thicker beard.
Vitamins and Supplements
Much like people fail to realize that diet and exercise is important to the growth of facial hair, so too do they fail to recognize the importance of certain vitamins and minerals in the bloodstream. Not only is it good for your overall health to have certain vitamins and minerals pumping through your body, but the right amounts of these in your body can also help to increase facial hair growth.
Vitamins such as vitamin B, vitamin D, and vitamin E all play an important role in hair growth. In addition to this, if you want a thicker beard you should also have sufficient amounts of copper, zinc, magnesium, and iron, all of which help to strengthen and grow hair follicles.
To help increase the value of these vitamins and minerals in your body, there are of course any number of over-the-counter supplements that you can take, which you can find at a local health and fitness store or online. You can also eat foods such as shrimp, red meats, spinach, and kidney beans, all of which are packed with useful minerals for beard growth.
Of all the things on this list that can help you with growing a thicker beard, this may be one of the hardest to actually do. Daily stressed people abound in this world, from work and home issues to problems in life that are out of your control.
Unfortunately, high stress does take a toll on hair growth. This is because with an increase in stress comes a decrease in testosterone which, as we already covered, can hurt hair growth and actually cause hair loss. While it may be nearly impossible to completely eliminate stress from your life, there are a few things you can try to reduce it.
Meditation is a good start for many to reduce stress, as it allows you to focus on yourself and to calm down. Just find a nice silent place to be alone with your thoughts, and you are good to go.
Another thing that worked for me personally is to go for a short walk. Sometimes some fresh air and time to calm your mind is all you need to reduce stress. And heck, it even kills two birds with one stone by giving you a little exercise at the same time.
This one seems like a no-brainer, but it still needs to be said: adequate rest does the body good. A good nights sleep of 7-9 hours not only increases your health as a whole but also helps you to regenerate testosterone.
In contrast, according to a study conducted from 2003-2009 shows that a lack of sleep can reduce a man’s testosterone by about 15% (https://www.soundsleepinstitute.com/mens-health/lack-sleep-reduce-testosterone/). I think by this point, we don’t need to remind you that lower testosterone is bad for your beard.
If all else fails, there are a few other options available to you. If you wish, it is possible to get facial hair transplants and hormone therapy to help you to grow your facial hair. However, these options may be considered extreme to some and in the case of hormone therapy can even lead to some serious side effects.
A much safer route is to buy some beard supplements, which help to grow a nice beard when all else fails. These products include some of the following:
We hope that with the help of this article you can find yourself finally able to get the thick and luscious beard that you have always wanted. No matter what the situation, you know that with your new, thicker beard, you will always command everyone’s attention. Thanks for reading.