How to grow out your facial mane
A symbol of masculinity, the beard, has been around for thousands of years. While for some, growing facial hair comes naturally, there are some men who have trouble growing it out. Or growing it at all. Granted, genetics plays a major part in whether or not you can achieve a beard that is the cause for much envy. However, there are some steps you can take to aid the overall quality of your beard.
Feed Your Beard
Growing a healthy beard needs a high-protein, low-fat diet, to create a solid platform. Additionally, cell reproduction and hair growth needs Vitamins A, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, E and F, as well as, minerals such as iron, magnesium, omega 3 fatty acids and silica. Once you’ve gotten your healthy, well-balanced diet down, you can talk to your doctor about introducing dietary supplements, in the right dosage, to provide some of the minerals and vitamins you may not be getting enough of, from your food.
Pamper Your Face
Your beard requires regular attention and care. The most obvious being washing your face daily, twice a day, with a mild cleanser and warm water. As you wash your face, ensure you massage your face too, to stimulate blood circulation and get those nutrients to your hair follicles faster. Then, at least twice a week, shampoo and condition your beard to give it a fuller appearance. Furthermore, good skincare requires exfoliation to remove dead cells from your face that can cause ingrown hair. Don’t forget to moisturize, to keep the skin healthy and lithe!
Don’t skimp on the sleep and rest as you grow out your beard. It’s during our sleeping sessions that the level of growth hormones increases in the blood, encouraging hair growth and cell reproduction. Additionally, better sleeping habits means decreased stress levels. Stress cause hair thinning because it inhibits cell reproduction. Apart from sleeping, another way to keep the stress at bay is to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Not only will you be distressing, you’ll increase your testosterone levels and lose some weight/ bulk up while you’re at it.
If your beard doesn’t seem to be growing in an even fashion, you may want to consider using beard products to give your beard a thicker appearance. Just remember that you’re only filling in the blanks here, so don’t overdo it. Moreover, you want to work with a colour that is as close as possible to your natural hue.
It’s not going to happen overnight, and you will have days where you’ll be tempted to throw in the towel and shave it all off. You need to give your beard at least four weeks, or let it reach one and a half inches before you start trimming and shaping it. The growth process can be itchy and uncomfortable, but beard oil can help with. Bonus, you’re beard will be soft and shiny too.