If you wear a beard, you should own your beard rather than letting your beard own you. This means mastering the manly art of beard grooming. You’re about to get schooled on doing just that. You’ll also get the scoop on how to make your beard thicker and how to make your beard grow faster.
Beard Oil 101
If you’re new to growing a beard, your top concern may be getting the darn thing to start growing faster. Googling “how to grow a beard faster” will give you everything from what to eat (hint: think lean protein) to injections you can get (yikes!), but we’re here to help with some common sense and uncommon products to try.
You may have heard about using beard oil. But what is beard oil? Simply put, it’s an oil or, more frequently, a blend of oils that tames your beard and gives it moisture. The primary oils are called carrier oils. Here are a few carrier oils you’ll find in popular beard oil products, along with specific properties attributed to them:
- Argan Oil: For beard softness and reducing itch
- Jojoba Oil: To help fight sebum build-up
- Sunflower Oil: Believed to prevent beard hair breakage
- Avocado Oil: For targeting “beardruff” as well as delivering fullness
A Bit About Beard Growth Rates
Whether you’re a total beard-growing neophyte or just want to grow your beard faster, you might be wondering, how fast does a beard grow? We’ve got a few answers for you.
The good folks at Gillette (who’d rather see you CUT off that beard!) will tell you that the average beard grows at 0.27 mm every 24 hours. When you want to grow out that beard, it can seem like it takes an eternity. In actuality, a beard will grow in bits and spurts, according to hair growth cycles. It ends up growing around a quarter to half an inch a month.
If you’re eager to speed things up, you may want to find a beard growth oil, a more specific type of product than regular beard oil. Bossman makes a best-selling (and great-smelling) signature oil called Beard Jelly that’s targeted to help increase thickness and stimulate beard growth.
What You Can Expect With Consistent Use of Beard Oil
When you use beard oil correctly, you’ll start noticing results quickly. Correctly means massaging it in, combing it through, and using it at least once in the morning and once in the evening. With regular use, you will get you to know precisely the amount of beard oil to use. You will get into the habit of massaging it into the skin, which is essential if you want to encourage additional growth.
After three weeks, your once-wiry beard should be smoother and softer. A previously scraggly beard should be more uniform, and if you are using beard oil for growth, you may find some change in length and fullness.
Another Way to Increase Beard Fullness & Growth
As we mentioned earlier, what you eat, of course, impacts how well your beard grows. You can eat the following for both overall hair health and feeding your beard:
- Lean Protein- chicken, salmon, lean red meat
- Zinc-Rich Foods- nuts, oysters, and chickpeas
- Vitamin and Antioxidant-filled fruits and veggies
Now, if you’re like most guys, you don’t always have time to prep three balanced meals a day or the desire to learn the vitamin roster of each ingredient grown by Mother Nature. So, take a shortcut and make sure to get the essential vitamins and nutrients that will ensure you give your beard what it needs to grow faster and fuller.
A supplement takes the guesswork out of the equation. Make sure it’s formulated specifically for beard/hair growth (biotin is a major ingredient you want it to include). If you regularly take a supplement, you’ll generally find you have healthier skin and nails to boot in about a month.
Do Beard Oils Work?
Bottom line, yes. They do. That’s why they are flying off the shelves at the pharmacy and being delivered umpteen times a day in every neighborhood. But there are other products to consider in your arsenal that can help you conquer your best beard ever.
Okay, What Else Ya’ Got?
Another beard essential you will want is styling tools to help apply the product and tame the beard. Plus, it also feels good. You can pick a good beard comb (wooden ones help distribute beard oils) and perhaps a brush and/or a mustache comb. You’ll also want to keep on hand a quality pair of scissors and decent razors to clean up the beard line if you don’t want the whole wild woodsman look.
While we’re on the topic of taming, styling, grooming your beard, pick up a few tips at the Bossman blog. If you’re getting bored with your beard or just want to see some top boss beards, take a look through Instagram.
If anyone is still wondering if beard oil works, the answer is an unequivocal yes - it works, and you deserve it. Beard oils are essential for a respectable beard.