The Complete Guide To Growing A Full Healthy Beard

Man with beard holding a trimmer

Not every Kingsman can grow a thick, luscious beard easily. Many obstacles can get in the way, causing patchiness, bald spots and frustration. 

This can lead to stress, which can lead to even more patchiness. It doesn't need to cause anxiety, though! There are so many fixes for a patchy beard and so many ways to promote thick, healthy growth of your facial hair. 

If you’ve been wondering how to grow a beard, you’ve come to the right place. We've compiled this guide for you, the Kingsman who struggles to keep his beard looking full. We're going to go over everything you need to know about growing a beard, filling in that patchiness and rocking the magnificent mane you've always wanted. 

How to Grow a Beard: The Complete Guide

Part 1: Skincare

A full and healthy beard always starts with skincare. One of the most common causes of patchiness and slowed hair growth is clogged pores and obstructed follicles. This can be caused by all kinds of things, including product build-up, dead skin cells, dirt, oil, and so much more. You want to provide the perfect, most welcoming environment for your hair to grow, which means always taking care of your skin first. Here's how we do that:

Daily cleansing

Washing your face each day will clean away any product build-up around the hair follicles, freeing them from any blockage that may be getting in the way of steady growth. A good cleanse will get rid of excess oil and dirt in your pores and follicles, as well, reducing the frequency of blemishes and breakouts, which can slow hair growth. Give your beard a clean, healthy base on which to grow, and you'll find it will grow a little easier.

Bearded man cleaning his face

Choosing a facial cleanser

Find yourself a gentle facial cleanser that works with your skin type. Avoid products with alcohol in them, as they have a tendency to dry out your skin. Even if you're an oily-skinned Kingsman, you do not want products that will dry out your skin. Believe it or not, this can cause breakouts just as much as excess oil can. 

You don't have to spend hundreds of dollars on the most recognizable brand-name facial cleansers. There are plenty of affordable drugstore brands that will do the trick. Our advice is to find out what skin type you have and then do some research on which cleansers are suitable for your skin type. 

Exfoliation

Exfoliating the skin on your face a couple of times per week helps to really scrub away any dead skin and stubborn product build-up that has been resisting your cleanser. 

Choosing an exfoliator

Exfoliators tend to come in three forms, a granular scrub, a chemical, or a tool. You can find a two in one facial cleanser that exfoliates using a granular ingredient, but if you're prone to breakouts and blemishes, we recommend avoiding this sort of exfoliant. The tiny beads found in a cleanser can cause micro-abrasions that can become inflamed and turn into pimples. The same goes for a handheld tool. Facial brushes, exfoliating face cloths and other exfoliating tools can cause the same damage. 

The only exception would be silicon tools. Chemical exfoliants sound scary, but they are, in fact, quite gentle. Far more delicate than scrubbing your face with gritty face wash or a bamboo brush. Chemical exfoliators work by gently breaking down the bond between dead skin cells and your skin, allowing them to be washed away. Retinol, AHA, BHA and enzymes are all exfoliants that are frequently found in skincare products. Your skin may react poorly to these ingredients, so we suggest doing a spot test before you start using the product regularly. 

Moisturizing is an important aspect of how to grow a beard

Moisture

This is the big one, the single most crucial factor when it comes to skincare: moisture. It doesn't matter if your skin usually is dry or excessively oily; it still needs moisture. If you're a Kingsman with dry skin, moisture is necessary to provide a more welcoming environment for your beard to grow. 

Hair doesn't like growing on dry, flaky skin. If you've got oily skin, you have to wash more frequently, and this can strip your face of its natural oils. This can cause your body to work overtime, producing oil to replace it, leading to even more greasiness, clogged pores, breakouts and blocked follicles. The best way to prevent this from happening is to replace the natural oils you wash away during the cleansing process with a high-quality facial moisturizer. 

Choosing a moisturizer 

The first step in choosing a moisturizer for the skin on your face is determining what type of skin you have. Do you have dry skin? Normal or oily skin? Perhaps you have mature skin or sensitive skin? Whatever your skin type is will determine what sort of moisturizer you're going to use. You'll also want to decide whether you want something scented or if you prefer to moisturize your face with something milder or unscented.

 For dry skin, look for a moisturizer that has more powerful hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid. If you've got oily skin, you can opt for a gel-based moisturizer or something oil-free. Sensitive skin may demand a hypoallergenic moisturizer, and if you've got mature skin, creams with anti-ageing properties might be your choice. 

Be forewarned that changing the products you use on your face can cause breakouts and blemishes in the first week of use - this does not mean it's the wrong choice for your skin. This is just your skin adapting. If you want to know if a moisturizer is a good choice for you, give it at least 30 days before deciding you don't like it. 

Woman applying sunscreen to the face of a bearded man

Sunscreen

A crucial step in your skincare is sunscreen. You already know that prolonged and frequent exposure to the sun can lead to skin cancer. Most of us already pack sunscreen when we're headed to the beach or out on a boat. What you may not have thought about, though, is the fact that your skin is exposed to the sun's light every day, even if you work inside. You may not get burned, but your skin is still absorbing UVA and UVB rays, leading to dry skin, premature ageing, and skin cancer. 

Daily use of sunscreen will not only prolong the youthfulness of your skin and prevent skin cancer, but it will also prevent your skin from drying out, leaving your beard in an environment not suitable for steady and healthy growth. The good news is that you can find moisturizers with sunscreen built-in, so you don't have to add another product and another step to your morning routine.

Part 2: Nutrition

As is the case with just about anything we want to improve in life, diet plays a significant factor. If you've got an on-the-go lifestyle that sees you eating lunch from the drive-through every day, you may not be giving your beard the nutrition it needs for full and healthy growth. Making healthier choices about your diet is going to have a profound effect on your whiskers. 

Foods to avoid

Refined sugar

In a roundabout way, foods high in refined sugar cause an increase in a male hormone that can shrink your hair follicles and slow the growth of your hair. This can happen in patches, causing a spotty beard. 

Eating bad carbs is not what you should do to grow a beard

Bad Carbs

We're talking about pastries and donuts, french fries, pasta, cakes and excessive amounts of white rice. When these foods break down, they turn to sugar fast, causing the same issues for your hair that sugar does. 

Seafood with Mercury

While seafood doesn't often contain enough mercury to make you really sick, you can jeopardize your hair if you eat enough high-mercury seafood. Fish like mackerel and swordfish are often the culprits here and can actually cause hair loss. 

Bearded man looking at alcohol on a shelf

Alcohol

Alcohol is very dehydrating and can cause your beard to dry out and become brittle. It breaks down into sugar, so you can experience the same damage to your hair that excessive sugar causes. You'll also find alcohol attacks and depletes your zinc levels, which your beard needs.

Too Much Vitamin A

Vitamin A can be great to bring shine to your beard and protect against it drying out. However, in doses that are too high, it can lead to hair loss. Regulate your intake of Vitamin A for healthy, shiny hair. 

Salt

Salt is very dehydrating, especially in high doses. A high salt diet can keep your beard dull and dry. Cutting down on your salt intake can make your whiskers very happy!

Aspartame

Aspartame is in more foods than you might realize. This artificial sweetener can cause toxins that attack hair follicles. While much about how and why is still unknown, be nice to your beard, Kingsman, and avoid this ingredient.

Avoiding greasy foods is another aspect of how to grow a beard

Greasy Food

That greasy bacon double-cheeseburger may taste great at the moment, but the grease sticks around. If you make a habit of eating this way, you're going to be a greasy dude with a greasy beard and clogged follicles. So, forget the drive-through, for your mane's sake!

Foods to include

Fish with no mercury

Salmon and tuna are great for your beard and have low mercury levels. Plus, they taste great!

Oats

Oats are packed with fatty acids that promote beard growth! Your hair loves this stuff, so go grab some oatmeal, Kingsmen!

Spinach

Turns out, spinach is good for everything. Yeah, even your whiskers, Kingsman! It's packed with iron, and that beautiful beard of yours loves that stuff. Get some green stuff in you!

Eggs are a superfood and can contribute to beard growth

Eggs

There are many good things packed inside just one egg, from almost all the vitamins to fatty acids and carotenoids. Incorporating eggs into your diet is fantastic for your body, your skin, the hair on your head and, of course, those lovely locks on your chin. Kingsmen, get cracking!

Yogurt

The creamy tang of yogurt makes it a great addition to any meal, but it's also great for your hair. It's loaded with the B vitamins your facial hair loves. Keep your beard happy easily by eating loads of this good stuff. 

Almonds

Your whiskers love Vitamin E. Almonds are packed with it. Almonds are also delicious. It's a win-win!

Lentils

Lentils are bursting with folic acid, a nutrient with well-known benefits for your hair and skin. These are also some of the most affordable little bites on the planet, and with the right recipe, they can become something delicious. 

Avocados are good for many health reason, growing a beard included

Avocados

All-natural and luxuriously creamy avocados are also packed with biotin. Biotin is going to help your beard grow, fellas. Always make sure to order the extra guac!

Pumpkin

Before you carve a scary face into this orange gourd, why not eat it instead? Pumpkin has loads of beta-carotene, which can provide conditioning from within for your facial hair, leaving your beard hydrated, soft and looking fantastic.

Chickpeas

Folate is the critical nutrient in chickpeas that your beard wants. Incorporate some hummus into your life (flavor tip: add hot sauce!), and you're going to have a happy beard. 

That's a lot to think about when you're shopping, but the pattern is pretty easy to recall: stick to whole, unprocessed foods as much as possible, and your beard will love you. When you eat like a king, you're going to look like a king.

Man relaxing in a bath tub while cleaning his beard

Part 3: Cleansing

We've already discussed how important it is to wash your skin daily. Just as necessary is washing your beard regularly. However, your beard doesn't need to be cleaned daily outside of a few exceptions, unlike your skin. These include working at a job that leaves your beard full of dirt and debris and hobbies or activities that do the same. 

If you find your lifestyle leaves your beard filthy, you may want to wash it daily, but for the average Kingsman, 2 to 3 times per week is enough. Any more than that, and you run the risk of drying it out and forcing the overproduction of oils and sebum on your face. 

Beard wash

The number one mistake men make with their beards is using regular shampoo, shower gel or bar soap to wash those whiskers. The problem is that all those forms of soap are designed for less delicate areas of the body. Shampoo, for instance, is developed for the scalp, which is thicker and produces more oil than the skin found on your face. 

As such, you'll find harsh detergents in there that work perfectly for cleaning your hair but may cause your face and whiskers to dry out. It's imperative to choose a product developed specifically for beards. That's what beard wash is. It's gentle enough for your face but strong enough to help you strip out the build-up of product, oil and dirt. 

Avoiding overly hot water can minimize damage to your facial hair

Water temp

We all know how relaxing a piping hot shower can be, but hot water can wreak havoc on your beard and face. Cold water can also be a shock, forcing your pores and follicles closed while you wash. This means all that oil, product and dirt built-up stays in there, and you haven't succeeded in cleaning much. 

When you wash your beard and your face, use lukewarm water instead. It's the perfect temperature for accessing those pores while not forcing more of your natural oils out with excessive heat. 

Part 4: Hydration

Just like we have to hydrate the skin on our face, we also have to ensure we're doing the same with our whiskers. Dry, brittle beards rarely grow evenly on flaky, dehydrated skin. You need a good, moist environment for your beard to grow regularly. We recommend a two-front assault: give your beard the hydration it needs from within and without.

Drinking plenty of water is very important when growing a beard

Drinking-Water

Ensuring you're consuming enough water on a day-to-day basis comes with a lot of benefits, not the least of which is the health of your glorious mane. Keeping hydrated on the inside is going to be reflected on the outside. Much like a plant will stop growing without enough water, so will your beard. Water also improves your circulation, which means your skin and hair follicles benefit. More efficient blood flow allows for more oxygen to reach your face. A Kingsman wants to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day for healthy and sustained beard growth.

Conditioner

When we wash our beard, we strip each hair of some of its natural oils, which are imperative for healthy beard growth. That means we have to replace it. Luckily we live in a day and age when this process is made easy by innovative new products designed just for your beard. Beard conditioner was developed to achieve just that, restoring the moisture your beard needs directly after a wash. 

Always follow up a beard wash with a beard conditioner. Apply it to damp hair, leave it in for a few minutes, and rinse it out thoroughly. If you've never tried beard conditioner, you'll be amazed at the instant difference in your hair after just one use. Beard conditioner leaves your follicles with the nourishment they need to keep producing hair evenly and regularly.

Deep conditioning treatments

Sometimes, a Kingsman can find himself in a situation that dries a beard out beyond all recognition. Maybe you're working with drywall, and all that dust is catching in your whiskers, absorbing every last ounce of moisture in it. Perhaps you've been out in the sun for a week with no shade, or maybe you've just been camping and haven't had access to everything you need for your daily beard routine. 

Whatever the reason is, if your beard becomes overly dry, you can always perform a deep-conditioning treatment using a little beard butter. Before you hit the sack, spritz your beard down with some water, and apply some beard oil. Give it about five minutes to absorb, and then apply beard butter to your entire beard and mustache. 

Your beard will experience deep conditioning overnight. This can even be a daily routine if you find yourself in beard-drying circumstances often. As we have already discussed throughout this guide, moisture is the key to providing an environment that can sustain normal healthy beard growth.

Examples of moisturizing products that can enhance beard growth

Daily moisturizing treatments

There are no exceptions here: beard oil should be used daily. How you make use of your beard oil can make a massive difference in the benefits you reap from it. Beard oil should always be applied to a damp beard. If you're fresh out of the shower, towel-dry your beard and use the oil then. 

If you're not just out of the shower, spray your beard with a mist of water and then apply your beard oil of choice. Work it in from the roots to the tips, ensuring you reach the skin. Always wait five to ten minutes after applying your beard oil before using any styling products like beard butter or beard balm. This will enable your beard oil to absorb fully and won't cause your beard butter or beard balm to slip as you apply it. If you find your beard still has a greasy slip to it after waiting 10 minutes, you're using too much. 

Always use an amount of beard oil that your beard will fully absorb with no greasy residue. Daily use of beard oil will provide the perfect moisturized, healthy foundation for your facial hair to grow evenly. 

Part 5: Products that promote beard growth

There are a lot of products out there that claim to promote hair growth for men. Before you jump on the more invasive products and services like prescription drugs and surgery, though, let's explore some products that come with fewer side effects.

Vitamins can help you grow a beard

Vitamins

Vitamin A is a necessity for healthy growth in any cells, including hair. It is vital in sebum production, which is one of those natural oils we're always talking about. If you're not getting enough vitamin A in your diet, you can experience patchy hair growth.

Any multivitamin with biotin in it will encourage hair growth. Biotin is just vitamin B-7, but if you're experiencing a B-7 deficiency, you might see hair loss or uneven hair growth. 

Vitamin C prevents damage caused by free radicals, which can cause your hair to age prematurely and block healthy growth. Vitamin C also promotes the development of collagen, which is crucial to hair growth. You'll also have your ability to absorb iron boosted with regular vitamin C intake, and iron is one of the building blocks required for healthy, full beards. 

Vitamin D deficiency is often seen in people who suffer from prolonged hair loss. Vitamin D is also great for promoting new follicles, making it essential for healthy hair growth.

Supplementing with vitamin E has been shown in studies to promote an increase in hair growth.

All of these vitamins can often be found together in any multivitamin. Take one daily and measure the results in two weeks. 

Beard care products formulated for beards

Specific ingredients to look for

Beard oils, balms and butters all contain natural oils, but some of these ingredients are better than others when promoting healthy hair growth. Let's take a look at some of the ingredients to look for in your beard products:

Sweet almond oil: This ingredient can repair your hair right down to the cellular level. Frequent use of this oil in your hair can make it softer, prevent and repair split ends. This will keep your beard from thinning out, giving it a fuller, more healthy look. This oil also contains vitamin E, which promotes hair growth. You'll also get rid of any beardruff with this nectar of the gods, reducing the dead skin cell build-up around the hair follicles, leaving them all free to produce hair at a healthy rate. 

Jojoba oil:  This luscious oil has been used in hair for centuries because it, too, reduces breakage and eliminates flaky skin that can block follicles. 

Grapeseed oil: Preliminary studies on mice have found that grapeseed oil could be one of the most effective ingredients for hair growth. Early findings suggest this product may significantly promote hair growth with consistent use over time. A beard oil that contains grapeseed oil is your best bet for getting this in your mane every day. 

If one of your primary concerns for your beard is stable growth, make sure you're purchasing beard oils and butters with any of these ingredients.

Part 6: Styling Your Beard

The key to styling your beard while promoting healthy beard growth is, of course, moderation. Applying excess product, twisting and tugging at your whiskers and having to wash it all out frequently will all lead to dry skin, brittle hair and patchy growth. Here are a few tips for styling that will make the process easier on your mane: 

  1. Use beard butter instead of balm or wax when possible. Beard butter has more nourishment in it than a balm or a wax, leaving your beard feeling conditioned after use. You'll also find it's easier to wash out, requiring less beard wash, less scrubbing and less damage overall to your hair. 
  2. Check the ingredients of the styling products you are using. Opt for clean products, which are those that use all-natural ingredients. 
  3. Use a beard brush to help style your beard, so you don't have to use as much product. 
  4. Try to stay away from more involved beard and mustache styles that require pulling or twisting. Just while you're working on beard growth.

Wearing your beard au natural doesn't mean it has to look messy. Apply your beard oil and beard butter, give it the once over with your brush to tame the flyaways and neaten everything up, and you're set!

Bearded man getting a trim with electric clippers

Trimming Your Beard

Contrary to popular belief, trimming your beard and mustache will not promote faster growth. Studies have proven time and again that trimming has no effect on how quickly your hair grows.

While trimming does not, in itself, promote growth, what it can accomplish is tidying up your facial hair to hide any patchiness that may be going on while you're waiting for it to grow. If some areas of your beard are shorter than others, evening the hair length out can create the illusion that your beard is not patchy. 

Before you trim: wash and dry your beard

You do not want to be trimming a greasy, dirty beard. Trust us. This is a recipe for pain, frustration and very colorful language. Dirty hair runs a higher risk of getting caught in your trimmer blades, and it could yank the entire follicle right out. On the flipside, greasy hair can also be so slick that it slips on the blade without getting cut at all. For best results when trimming your beard, use a proper beard wash with a thorough lather. Make sure you rinse it completely out and then dry your beard before heading in with your clippers.

Brush Your Beard

Brushing your beard is a crucial step in prepping it for a trim. This step will make sure all the hairs getting trimmed are where they are supposed to be. If you cut before you brush, you can miss some hairs that may have been turned under or caught up with other whiskers. Run a brush through your mane beforehand to avoid having to go back numerous times to clean up strays. 

Man with long beard growth getting a trim in a barber chair

Trim your beard: Start Long

When you first go in with your clippers, use the longest guard attachment, so you're only taking a little bit off in the beginning. This is going to help you ease into it and fix any mistakes. As you feel more comfortable, move up to the shorter guards until you've gotten your beard to the length you want it. Eventually, you're going to become a pro at this, and this step may not be necessary any longer, but in the beginning, working your way down to a length you desire is going to help you get the hang of it. 

Think About The Direction of The Hair

If you're looking to get at those pesky flyaways and trim down your beard, you want to go against the direction of the hair growth. If you want to hang onto any fullness you can, if you have a patchy beard, then go with the direction of hair growth. 

Don't Forget To Trim Your Mustache

It's easy to overlook your mustache when you're trimming your beard, so don't forget it! A neatly trimmed 'stache is going to add to the overall tidiness of your facial hair. We recommend using a pair of mustache scissors for this job. You'll have more control and get more precision out of them. Where you trim your mustache is going to depend entirely on the shape you're looking for, but a good rule of thumb is to follow your lip line and cut just slightly above. 

Bearded man getting a neckline shave

Define Your Neckline

Your neckline is, of course, a personal preference, but if you're looking to start somewhere, it's generally acceptable to set it just above your Adam's apple while the sides incline ever so slightly. 

Shave

After you've used your trimmers to trim your beard, shave the areas under your neckline and anywhere else you might find stray hairs growing. 

Regular trimming will reduce the look of patchiness while using the rest of this guide to promote healthy and steady growth.

Part 7: Using the right tools

The tools you use to care for your beard can have a significant impact on the overall health of your lovely locks, so it pays to know how to choose the right ones. 

Beard Brushes & Combs

 Your beard hair is more coarse than the hair on your head. To tame these whiskers, you need something that can match the weight of your facial hair. Brushes specifically designed for your facial hair also have exfoliating properties. A good brushing with a beard brush can keep the skin underneath healthy and fight beardruff, promoting more even growth.

Beard brushes also disperse product and natural oils more evenly throughout your mane, ensuring your skin and hair are both getting all the moisture they need. 

If you're using a regular plastic comb in your facial hair, you might notice that it just slips through the coarse hair without really readjusting any single hair's position. It doesn't bring your mane together; it doesn't make it very much tidier. Choosing the right brush for your beard will tame the flyaways and neaten the final appearance of your whiskers whether you're using the product or not. A good beard brush will last a lifetime, as well, so it's not much of an investment for so much payoff. 

Using the right brush can reduce damage to your beard growth

What to look for in a good beard brush

Brush head size

A smaller brush head is going to give you more precision when it comes to styling your whiskers. If you're a Kingsmen who likes to put a lot of shape and styling into your mane, we recommend a beard brush with a smaller brush head. If you have a longer or more coarse beard, grab yourself a beard brush with a larger head to bring all the hairs together in uniformity because they cover more area at once. 

The firmness of the bristles

The longer and coarser your beard is, the more firm you're going to want your bristles, and that's because a firmer bristle is going to get more done at once. On the flip side, a softer bristle is excellent for precision. If you've got some intricate styling going on, or your beard is relatively short, grab yourself a softer bristle. 

Bristle Length

Longer bristles are the perfect match for a long beard, whereas a beard brush with shorter bristles is the right choice for a beardsman with a short mane. 

Handle or no handle

This is more about comfort when brushing and personal preference, but brushes with handles tend to have less surface area. If you have a longer and fuller beard, you might opt for the military-style beard brush with no handle, as it will get the job done faster. 

Material

A plastic comb or brush can have jagged edges from the production process that can damage your whiskers. These brushes also don't absorb oils and can catch and pull on your hair more than wood or bamboo would. That's because these natural materials absorb small amounts of oil as you use them, making them smoother and able to glide effortlessly through your facial hair. 

Man getting a trim to control maintain his growing beard

Part 8: Trimmers

We've all been there, in the barber's chair, or maybe it was a home job when someone took some clippers to our hair, and they snagged. This isn't just a painful experience, though; this can actually pull out your hair and damage the follicles. That's why it's so important to choose the right trimmer for your beard, ensuring you're not losing hair while you're trying to grow it.

What makes a good beard trimmer? 

Blades

Your new beard trimmer should be made with stainless steel or titanium blades. This will ensure that your trimmer doesn't rust and the blade stays sharp and efficient. Cheaper metals can be unreliable when it comes to precision trimming. You can also run the risk of caught hairs, rash or skin irritation. Your trimmer just won't do its job as long as you might want it to if it has a cheap blade. 

Grip

The grip on your trimmer is more about your own personal preferences. How does it feel in your hand? Do you think you have a good handle on it, or does it feel like the slightest jarring might loosen your grip? Something that fits the size and shape of your hands is also going to be beneficial, especially if you're using your beard trimmer for long beards, as you might have to do a bit of maneuvering to get that trim done. 

Bearded man getting his cheeks trimmed by a high quality trimmer

High-quality casing

Ensuring the case is made of higher quality, resin-based plastic will mean you get to hang onto your beard trimmer for much longer than one made with cheap plastic. Clipping tools made with lower quality plastic crack and chip faster and simply don't stand up to the daily beating it's going to take from the motor's vibrations. 

Guarantees

Some beard trimmers guarantee that the blade on your trimmer will stay sharp. If you can get your hands on one with a guarantee like this, grab it. 

Multiple guards

Kingsmen with longer beards should try to find a trimmer that comes with multiple guards so you can find the correct length for your beard. These are also versatile options for those beardsmen who frequently change the size of their beard. It works whether you need a long beard trimmer or short. Some attachments may even allow you to trim your eyebrows or nose hairs.

Other features that are more about personal preference that you might find on a beard trimmer are: 

  • Self-sharpening blades
  • Corded or Cordless 
  • Laser guiding lines
  • Vacuum 
  • Dock

Choosing the right trimmer will protect your beard from breakage, tearing and damage to the follicles. These are all things that will lead to increased patchiness and slow your overall progress when it comes to beard growth. It may cost a few more dollars, but the investment in a good trimmer is well worth it. 

Bearded man that knows how to grow a beard

Part 9: What to avoid when growing a beard

 

Alright, we've gone over what's good for promoting beard growth, so now we're going to take a look at some things that can slow your progress. In some cases, it might stall your progress altogether. Here are the most important things to avoid if you're trying to speed up beard growth:

Beard dye

Any kind of dye or bleach you apply to your beard is going to cause damage to your hair. If what you're looking to do is cover grey, there are some natural options out there like henna that won't do the damage that boxed beard dye will do, but often they don't come in an extensive range of colors. Luckily, the world loves a silver fox, so if you're looking to grow your beard, tuck away the dye for now.

Heated styling tools

In recent years, numerous heated styling tools for beards have made their debut on the market, and a lot of them actually do what they say they do. These are handy in a pinch if you need to dry your beard or get that mask beard kink out, but these kinds of tools also have a downside. They dry out your whiskers. Beard straightening brushes and hair dryers are going to leave your mane feeling brittle and crispy, and that is no way to encourage your lovely locks to grow. So, set down those handy tools for now and be patient while your beard does its thing.

Stress is detrimental for beard growth

Stress

Stress is one of the most common causes of hair loss and slowed hair growth. So, avoiding stress is one of the quickest ways to see improvement in the growth speed of your facial hair. But we live in a stressful world, and there are triggers everywhere. It's challenging to avoid stress. We get that. What you can do, though, is control how you react to it. Stress management is a whole field of study that we could write an entire ebook on as well. Instead, we'll give you some short, easy to consume tips to reduce the impact stress can have in your life: 

  1. Meditation - This isn't just for yoga moms and hippies anymore. Meditation has become a well-accepted route to reducing the stress in our lives. There are countless apps for your smartphone that will lead you through meditation, and you can find free videos and articles all over the internet that will do the same. A few short minutes a day in exchange for a clear and balanced mind, reduced stress and hastened hair growth? Sounds like a no-brainer to us. 
  2. Exercise - long understood to be a method of reducing stress, exercise is good for just about everything else in your life. Plus, sweating is great for the skin, providing it's washed after!
  3. Downtime - make sure you're making some time for yourself, whether you need to sit back and watch some Netflix or you want to lounge at the beach. Make time for whatever it is that makes you joyful and rested.
  4. Sleep - getting a decent amount of deep sleep every night is going to do wonders for your stress levels. If you struggle with getting enough sleep, try increasing your exercise, reducing the amount of food you eat in the evening and tucking away your devices an hour before you hit the sack.
  5. Hobbies - if you have a hobby already, you know how much it can fill the soul, leaving you feeling refreshed and a little bit more like yourself. Making time for your hobbies will reduce your stress. 

If you still struggle with stress after trying all of these tips, there's no shame in seeing a therapist. It's true. We're doing that now. We're taking care of our mental health and, in turn, taking care of our bodies. Your beard will reflect the difference.

Sunlight can damage your existing beard hair

Excessive sun

The sun's rays damage the skin and dry it out, leaving a less than ideal environment for improved hair growth. Too much sun can lead to dry skin and a crunchy beard, even if you follow the rest of this guide. Needless to say, avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun is going to be vital in helping to promote even hair grown on your face. 

If you can, reduce the amount of time you're in the sun and when you are outside enjoying the hottest days of summer, find shade to relax in. Always wear your sunscreen, of course, and keep a hat with you to keep the sunshine off your face.

 

We know that there are many Kingsmen out there who work outside and can't always avoid the sun, but if you can find a way to do it, reducing the amount of time you're in the rays is key to healthy beard growth. 

Final Advice for Growing a Beard

If you've tried following this guide to the letter for a couple of months and you're still not getting the results you want, it might be time to see a doctor. There are prescription drugs available that work to increase the speed of hair growth, and you can also explore hair transplant surgery. For most Kingsmen, however, this guide contains the answer to your beard growth woes. Just be patient, and you'll be on your way to the full, glorious beard you've always wanted.