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Growing a beard can be a daunting idea, but it’s the same for everyone. Everyone’s been through the early days of awkward patches and scruffy stubble. It’s only those who can surpass the comments and the looks, who really achieve a great mane. During the awkward patchy phase, don’t resort to unnatural ways of increasing beard growth. Here are 4 tips that you can easily do to increase your beard growth.

Take care of your skin
Your skin is where the hair comes from, so It only makes sense that if you take care of one, it will take care of the other. You should be aiming to exfoliate at least once a week. This will help remove the dead skin cells helping the others to strive. As well as this, wash your skin with a light cleanser twice a day. Clean skin accelerates hair growth and “healthy skin is a healthy beard”. Keeping your skin moisturised will help too, find a moisturiser with eucalyptus as its main ingredient and massage it into your face. Eucalyptus is shown to increase the rate of hair growth. Massaging your face whether or not it is with moisturiser is beneficial as it increases the blood flow to your hair follicles, carrying with it the nutrients that your hairs need to grow long and strong. During all this, be sure to keep and eye out for ingrown hairs, your beard will never even but be sure to remedy these early on.

Watch your lifestyle
Regular exercise increases the efficiency of blood flow around your body, including to your face, and as mentioned earlier.That’s good. Every day you wake up, don’t shave, obviously. If you want to grow a beard you need to commit to the growth. Shaving every day, despite the rumours does not make your beard grow thicker, there is no evidence to support this. What you eat can also have a big impact on your beard, and the rest of your body for that matter. Consider increasing the amount of protein you eat. Vitamins are also very good for naturally increasing beard growth, vitamins A, B, C and E all have positive impacts on your beard. I would suggest adding them to your diet. Lastly, go to bed earlier! Really. No, I’m not trying to impersonate your mum, I’m trying to make your beard bigger (Unlike your mum).

Leave it alone
If you’re just starting out, the general rule is, don’t trim, shape or alter it in any way until at least 6 weeks of growth. I know, it may seem like a long time, but it needs to be done. If your beard grows super fast, then it’s your choice if you want to do it a bit earlier, similarly, if your beard grows at snail pace, then leave it for a bit longer. The urge to experiment with designs is a large one. But resist it. After all, you can’t sculpt if there’s nothing there to sculpt. You’ll hear time after time that growing a beard will teach you patience. These rumours are true, and it starts from day one. If it’s patchy don’t worry, like I said everyone’s been there. Give it time to fill in, it will eventually. It may take weeks or even months. But it will get there, if you keep chopping it off, pulling it and opting to shave, it will never get there. The grooming will begin when it's long enough, have patience. 


Look after the hair you already have
It’s all well and good leaving your beard alone like I just said, but don’t leave it alone forever.You do have to take care of it. If you just neglect it and let it run its course, it will be horrible. No one wants a horrible beard, trust me. There will come a point, about 6 weeks (ish) in that it will become uncomfortably itchy. The solution, beard oil. Beard oil contains the nutrients your beard needs, so not only does it increase your beards growth, but it makes the hairs healthy and soft. So no more itching. That’s one less excuse to stop growing. The correct beard hygiene can also go a long way in helping it grow. Wash it daily using cool water applying beard shampoo no more than twice a week. A clean beard is a growing beard.

All that’s left to do after you’ve done all this is sit and comb your beard. Honestly, comb your beard. It’s good, it trains the hairs to grow in the direction you want them to. So then when it’s really long, it will look a lot neater.

Written by: James Oxenham


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