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This essential guide focuses on some of the things you should avoid doing when growing out your beard. We’ll break down some of the more important things you need to know—whether you’re a first-timer or an expert beardsman.

How to Grow a Beard

  1. Begin by setting a goal for how long you want your beard to be.
  2. Manage itchiness by applying beard oil or relaxing balm when your beard growth is underway.
  3. It may take up to 30 days or more for your beard to fill in, so be patient.
  4. Improve your beard growth by getting adequate sleep, exercising often, and eating the right stuff.
  5. After the initial 30 days, trim your neckline just above your throat.
  6. Use our barber scissors to trim stray hairs.
  7. Don't make any radical decisions about your beard.
  8. When in doubt, ask Bossman.

Some of the Things That May Impact Your Ability to Grow a Beard 

Genetics 

The kind of beard you'll have is explicitly bound to your genes. It’s the single most significant determinant for why your beard behaves the way it does. While you may not have the same beard as your father or grandfather, the genes that define your beard’s coarseness, color, and final length come from your ancestors.

Age

It's no secret that age plays an integral part in determining the rate at which your beard grows. Boys begin to develop facial hair around age 13, but typically, the fastest, consistent hair growth happens between the ages of 25 and 35. 

Testosterone

Men with higher levels of testosterone have a better chance of growing overflowing facial hair. However, the flip side is that these men are often more likely to go bald because of dihydrotestosterone. Now you have your answer as to why so many bald men have such long beards. 

Exercise

Exercising helps to boost testosterone levels. Intense, practical movements that work multiple muscle groups are the most useful. Pushups, pull-ups, squats, deadlifts, rows, and chest and overhead presses are all great exercises that can help your beard grow faster. 

Diet

A well-balanced diet full of vitamins, protein, and minerals helps nurture your beard while allowing it to maximize its growth potential. Hair follicles consist of protein, so ensuring you get enough in your diet is necessary to grow your beard. A lack of protein can cause the beard strands to become weak. B, C, and D vitamins, as well as iron and zinc, also play a huge role in keeping your beard healthy and growing abundantly.

Sleep

Getting adequate sleep every night enhances the quality of your beard, as well as its growth rate. The body’s temperature drops during sleep, which increases blood circulation, including the flow to hair follicles and their roots. The more nutrient-rich blood that reaches the hair follicle and the roots, the faster your beard grows.

Stress

How many times have you heard people joke about stress causing their hair to fall out? Stress can, indeed, affect the growth rate of your beard as well as your scalp hair because it undermines the immune system—and an impaired immune system means less growth.

Smoking

The health risks of smoking tobacco are real, but one risk you may not have caught is that smoking may lead to hair loss—beard and scalp. Think of it as another great reason to put down the cigarettes for good.

 Top Things Not to Do When Growing a Beard

There are lots of things you should avoid when growing a beard. Let's break down some of the most common.

Do Not Shave With the Intent to Make It Grow Back Faster.

When growing out your beard, be patient. All shaving does is get rid of all the progress you have made. There is no scientific proof that validates shaving makes hair grow back faster. Only time and proper care do that.

Do Not Rely Solely on Beard Growth Serums

If you are in the process of growing out your beard, do not fall victim to beard growth oils and pills as these are not backed by science. However, there are vitamins such as biotin that may help improve the health of your hair.

Do Not Shave Your Beards During Warm Weather

Beards help hinder UV rays and wick away sweat, generating a cool airflow.

Beards Itch But Do Not Get Rid of It

It is common for beards to itch during the initial stages of growth, but this will go away quickly. In general, beards are not itchy; the itchiness is more indicative of a grooming issue.

Beards Are Dirty But Do Not Shave It Off

You may have heard about beards carrying trace amounts of fecal material. Well, practically everything contains trace amounts of fecal material. Use a beard soap and conditioner to keep your beard neat and healthy. 

Eating for Facial Hair Growth

Your beard is a branch of yourself. The connection between your beard's health and your general health is an intimate one. These are some of the best foods you can add to your regime to promote optimal beard growth.

Sweet Potatoes

High in beta-carotene, sweet potatoes can help promote cell growth in your beard. Upon ingestion, beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A, leading to more cell growth within the hairs on your beard.

Oysters  

Not many people eat oysters, but that does not make it a lesser source of zinc. Zinc is an essential mineral that supports the cells within the hairs. Moreover, oysters are a great source of protein.

Eggs

Rich in protein, eggs offer a serious boost for your beard growth. Eggs are a natural source of biotin, which is a well-known supplement that promotes beard growth and strength. Eggs also contain several minerals, such as calcium, iron, and zinc.

Spinach

Spinach is abundant in iron, calcium, protein, magnesium, and potassium, all major factors in having a healthy beard. You can enjoy it raw or sautéed. It even works well in smoothies if you are making green juice.

Cinnamon  

Cinnamon stimulates the flow of oxygen to hair follicles. The best part? You don't need a whole lot of it. Toss it in your porridge, shakes, and other meals where sweetness is a plus. 

Liver

Though not the tastiest food, the liver is a jam-packed protein, iron, and biotin source.

Biotin-Rich Foods

Adding biotin-rich foods such as almonds, peanuts, walnuts, soybeans, and other legumes to your diet can help boost your body’s keratin infrastructure, the element that makes up your hair, skin, and nails. Foods such as whole grains, bananas, cauliflower, and mushrooms are also excellent biotin sources.

Takeaway

Growing a beard requires patience, the right genetics, and the right foods. It's science - if you provide the healthiest environment for growth, you will see a difference given the right amount of time.