How to Grow a Beard

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Grow a Beard Faster

OK boys. Face it, women sometimes like a manly beard. But do you have what it takes? It requires patience, persistence, (and just enough testosterone) to pull it off.

  • The first step in growing a beard is deciding to grow one. This is no trifling matter. Growing a beard takes at least 4 weeks including enduring an uncomfortable itchy period and having to answer ridiculous questions like: “Are you trying to grow a beard?” from your friends and colleagues.
  • Don’t shave. Despite the popularly held belief, shaving will not make your beard grow faster or thicker.
  • Pick a time when you can get a running start like at the beginning of a vacation or even a long weekend.
  • Resist the urge to trim or shape the beard. Let it grow as much as possible before shaving, even if you are going for the “goatee” look. The hairs on your face will be in various stages of growth; not all are actively growing at the same time, so you have to be patient to see where it will fill in and where it won’t.
  • What if your beard is spotty? Unlike your scalp, the hair on your face will not cover every inch. Some men will have hair from their eyeballs to their neck. If you’re this guy, then feel free to shave areas to shape it. Most men will have some areas that are spotty or thin, like on their cheeks and chin. This is determined by genetic and hormonal factors. There is little you can do about it, so work with what you’ve got.
  • What about applying Rogaine (minoxidil) to your face? Minoxidil is a drug that was used to lower blood pressure until it was found it also grows hair. In topical form, it causes hair growth on the scalp of men and women with hereditary hair loss. Why it works is not really known. In theory, Rogaine could help you grow a beard, but this is never been shown in studies, nor is it FDA approved for facial hair. Applying Rogaine (minoxidil) to your face would likely be irritating and can also cause acne. If ingested or if applied in excessive amounts, it could cause serious side effects like a drop in your blood pressure.
  • Biotin is a dietary supplement known to help with hair and nail growth. Consider taking 2.5 mg of biotin each day.
  • You might find that growing a beard gives you an itchy, red, scaly rash on your face. Try using a little dandruff shampoo like Head and Shoulders on your beard two or three times each week. You can also apply a mild over the counter steroid cream like hydrocortisone 1% once a day.
  • When your beard starts growing, the hairs are often stiff at first; they will soften over time. Consider using a mild steroid like hydrocortisone 1% everyday to help with the itching.
  • After 4 to 6 weeks you should have a good idea what your beard will look like. If after 6 weeks you find people saying: “Oh, are you trying to grow a beard?” consider the clean-shaven look.

530 thoughts on “How to Grow a Beard

  1. hi
    My age is about 25. I’m very much interested in growing the beard. But only very less amount hair present in my cheek. is there any solution for growing a stronger hair.

  2. Someone please help me. I am 25 years old and my beard is almost down to my belly button. People have been making fun of me once it started protruding past my shoulders. They call me names like Sasquatch and Gorilla Man. I have a very important job interview and would like to look clean cut. How do I get this hair off of my face? I see these commercials with people who use razors and I have heard that people use scissors to trim it down. I am scared of metal, so I am not looking to go that route. Someone has to have a better solution then putting a razor blade to my face, even with Halloween gag spray that though just makes me quiver.

    • Don’t shave. Buy a sweet three-piece suit and a pair of Tod’s shoes.

      At the job interview say you’re Rick Rubin’s cousin, your hobby is mauling bears to death and you came there riding a moose Teddy Roosevelt-style.

      Regardless of the outcome of the interview, set up a couple of explosions in the background so no one would question you complete badassery.

      If you smoke, come in with an unlighted cigar. Light it with another cigar, then eat both.

      I believe you’ll do just fine.

  3. I am 25 years old.i did nt hair on my body.especially i want grow beards and hair on body.plz give me suggestion.i want grow beards by natural.is it possible nw means its so late fr getting beard

  4. Sir, i am 27 years old, but i have very little bear on my face, it’s make me very shamefull in my life, pls tell me some therapy that within 1 month i can get a good beard in my face.
    Thanks…….

  5. Sir, pls help me to grow beard. I have very few beard. Only very few over my chin. I am 21 yrs old. And I want to know about any medicines that would help me to increase my beard.

    Thanks.

  6. I am 24 and all my father, brothers and uncles have beard. I try to grow one but it is very patchy and looks like ball hair. I am the black sheep of the family and have heard my uncle call me pube face. I don’t even want a beard just a mustache please help!

  7. -.- my 12 year old has a small mustache and im 15. -_- not only that he is even taller than me now.

  8. i am 21 years old and there is no beard on my face. i feel very irritating because my friends irritate me for not having beard. Please give some require suggestions how i can grow mu beard faster, please

      • well i could grow one at 12. i just depends on the person. i have a friend who is 17 that cant grow hair even under his arms. asking your relatives can usually give you those answers on when you will start growing facial hair.

  9. i am 26 years old and there is no beard on my face. i am very desperate.
    Sir please give some require suggestions.
    how i can grow mu beard faster, please.

  10. i am 21 years old and there is no beard on my face. i feel very irritating because my friends irritate me for not having beard. Please give some require suggestions how i can grow mu beard faster, please

  11. am 39 and my son is 18,i have moustouch bt no beared and goatee,imagine how awkward it was to see my 18 year old son wt thick beared..

  12. Im 24years old. i dont have berard on my face. is there any medicine fo growing beard. please help me…..

  13. This is the funniest thing I’ve ever come across. Hundreds of baby-faced, self conscious dot heads. Be happy with what you were given.

    • haha I know…I was reading the comments, and decided to look at the names of the people typing in. They were all “Nishmu”, “Atafu”, Pishnah” hahaha Don’t worry children, you will look like Osama soon enough

  14. hi
    My age is about 19. I’m very much interested in growing the beard. But only very less amount hair present in my cheek. Is there any solution for growing a stronger hair.

    • Allan, it can be frustrating. For most men, it gets better as you get older. In general, eating a well-balanced diet high in protein and vegetables, for vitamins such as biotin, is most important.

  15. My name is Allie. I’m 25, and my husband is as well. He has never been able to fully grow a beard. when he lets his hair grow out for months he looks like a damn cheetah. I for one can get down with a ginormous long crazy beard. I love them, theyre definitely rugged, manly and oh so sexy. Thanks for the biotin help. I’ll be slipping those into his morning coffee. ;)

  16. sir, i am 22 years old but i haven’t beard in my cheek and am very crazy 2 know how i increase my Genes, plz sir its my hearthly request to you i’m so feel like a something missing inn me for a perfect men and am always keep distance from my frnds coz they always laughing with me…

  17. im 14 all my friends have beards and im playing high school hockey how can i grow a chinstrap beard fast?

  18. i am 25 year old no beard on face man. my friend all make joke that my name harry and i dont have the beard. it make me sad. they all have the beard, my brother have the beard, even my cat have the beard, why can’t i have the beard? if i have the beard then i can be happy get family and not be sad. my cat not sad. i want not be sad. how i get the beard?

    • Harry, I’m sure life isn’t that bad without a beard. As for your cat, remember she also gets fleas. Sometimes the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Be patient, eat well, and take care of your health.

    • Steal it from the cat. That’ll teach the smug bastard.

      Seriously though, Dr. Ben said it well – eat healthy, get your vitamins and you’ll have all the beard you can grow. Maybe even two. Maybe even chest hair (aka ‘chair’).

  19. May take more than 4 weeks to grow a beard, some times even 2 months depending on what you really want. It’s all a matter of beard style, a goatee, a regular mustache, a rap beard line, etc.

  20. im 12 and NEED!!! a beard is there any way that will take less then a year to grow a beard

  21. im 21 all I can grow is sideburns. I look like a freaken baby teenager… Will will my beard grow so I look like a man!!!!

  22. I am a 43 year old guy from Texas and as of right now,I am growing a beard. When I first grew it last year,it had came out wrong. It had came out uneven so tell me what to do while I’m doing it.

  23. hey im almost 17 years old and all my friends already have beards, i feel so shameful because i dont have any. can you give me some suggestions to grow some soon

  24. Dear Sir, i am 22 years old, but i have very little bear on my face, it’s make me very shamefull in my life, pls tell me some therapy.plzzz

  25. I’m 54 and my beard is a little spotty and white. I grow it anyway. If a woman asks, “Are you trying to grow a beard?” I say are you trying to grow fingers. It’s a body function. You can’t try to grow a beard. You grow what you have.

  26. Hi,
    My name is waleed. and i’m 20 years old. i have very less n thin hair on my chin and up the lips. i want to grow my facial hair thick. Is any good and natural way to grow my facial hai thick??? Or is BIOTIN supplement good for growing facial hair or any side effect???

  27. ?What about applying Rogaine (minoxidil) to your face? Minoxidil is a drug that was used to lower blood pressure until it was found it also grows hair. In topical form, it causes hair growth on the scalp of men and women with hereditary hair loss. Why it works is not really known. In theory, Rogaine could help you grow a beard, but this is never been shown in studies, nor is it FDA approved for facial hair. Applying Rogaine (minoxidil) to your face would likely be irritating and can also cause acne. If ingested or if applied in excessive amounts, it could cause serious side effects like a drop in your blood pressure.

    The brand name of this is (Regain or Rogain)

  28. Rogaine (minoxidil) Try 5% two times daily, in the morning and and before bed . with in 6 months u will get a good beard

  29. Hi I’m 28 but I still have very less hair on my face may be its genetic but how can I grow it?

    Is there any side effect Biotin?
    what will be the eating frequency?

    • Shoaib, yes, genetics plays a role. I can’t say for you specifically, but in the post, I mention the recommended amount of Biotin. It does help some people. Best of luck.

  30. I dont have sufficient Beard on my face,,,, I want beard on my whole face….im 22 years old…. what can i do for growing beard on my face… one of my friend advice me to have Tab:BIOTIN 300Mcg!!! does it work??? gimme a suggestion please…..

  31. can an ethanol substance(methylated spirit) make ones facial hair to grow faster?

  32. Hi i am 21 and i have a little beard on my chin and a few on my checks will it grow cause i lost my hope and if i use Biotin can u tell me the direction of use how to use how many time in day and for which amount ???

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