Beards are never going out of style. As true as that is, it’s also true that growing and maintaining one can be difficult. Whether you want a fuller look, or to fix patchiness, you’re at the right place!
This article covers the top 5 ways to boost beard growth, either naturally or with the help of professional therapists & equipment (don’t worry though, we’ll cover at-home treatments too). Let’s get right into it!
How to Increase Beard Growth Naturally
Boosting any hair growth doesn’t always require professional intervention. Sometimes, simple changes in our daily lives can make a huge difference, so we recommend trying these out before investing in professional treatments.
How to Increase Beard Growth with Serums
Hair growth serums are available from pretty much any skincare brand you know. The main thing to know is what to look for and which ingredients can be helpful.
For example, vitamins A and E are the most effective. They both boost blood flow in the face and improve the health of your skin and hair follicles.
The difference between a beard serum and a beard oil is that serums are more lightweight, so they’re more suitable for those with oily or combination skin.
Here are our top picks for beard boost serums:
Keep in mind that, although very effective, Rogaine poses some risks. You can read more about them here.
How to Boost Facial Hair Growth with Oils
Like we already mentioned, serums are based on oils but work as a more lightweight solution. However, oils will work better for those with dry skin, since they’ll hydrate and nourish the skin on top of boosting hair growth.
The most effective way to use beard oil is to pump a few drops into the palm of your hand and apply it in downward swipes.
Once your hands feel dry and all the oil’s made it into the beard, use your fingertips to massage it in even further in circular motions. The massage will boost blood flow, which will only make the hair follicles more productive.
When it comes to choosing a beard oil, here’s what we recommend:
How to Boost Beard Growth with Lifestyle Changes
On top of incorporating a serum or oil (or both) into your after-shower routine, there are some other simple steps you can take to increase beard growth. Following these bits of advice alone most likely won’t result in drastic spurts in your hair thickness, but hey – they’re still positive changes.
Here’s what the experts recommend:
- Exercise. Weightlifting and strength exercises have been linked to testosterone production which affects beard growth.
- Change your diet. Try to incorporate more protein, iron, zinc, and whole grains. These can be found in chicken, liver, and nuts, respectively.
- Incorporate vitamins A and E into your diet as well as your skincare.
- Wash your face daily. Sebum and oil buildup can clog your pores and slow the hair’s growth rate.
- Trim regularly. Letting the hair get damaged and having dry ends makes the beard look not only unkempt but also less dense than it actually is.
Professional Ways to Increase Beard Growth
If you try out these simpler, natural ways of increasing beard growth and come to find that none of them work for you, it may be time to consult a professional – or invest in professional machinery.
Let’s get into the best ways you can help your beard reach its fullest potential with a few visits to the salon.
Microneedling for facial hair is done with a device that has lots of tiny needles that puncture your skin to introduce products into the deeper levels of the skin. It can be done professionally at a salon, or at home.
If you want to get really hardcore with microneedling, you can look into vampire facials. Scientifically known as platelet-rich plasma, or PRP, this facial uses the recipient’s own blood to reduce the signs of aging, get rid of hyperpigmentation and scarring, and boost hair growth.
The DIY (and non-bloody) version of microneedling is different from the salon version because there are no products included, but the tiny trauma caused by the punctures triggers the skin’s natural regenerative processes which help make your skin younger, more rejuvenated and healthier – which then leads to hair growth. For this, you’ll need a derma roller.
If you’re looking to invest in this kind of skintech, check these out:
Red LED Light Therapy
For a less invasive treatment, red light therapy is a good option. The specific wavelength of the light stimulates the follicles and promotes their growth.
This works because the light dilates blood vessels to increase microcirculation, improving nutrient and oxygen delivery. This not only promotes regrowth, but also supports the strengthening of your existing hair.
There are also at-home devices that allow you to go through with this treatment from your couch. It’s best to consult a dermatologist first to see if there’s any reason for you to skip this skintech trend. Once you get the okay from your doctor, here are the best available machines:
If All Else Fails…
Assuming you’ve tried making changes to your lifestyle, diet, and skincare routine, and even investing in pricey salon treatments and skintech devices and found nothing that works, you’re probably feeling a little bit discouraged.
But fear not – there are other ways to achieve the full beard look!
Micropigmentation and microblading are forms of permanent makeup that resemble tattoos – the mechanics are similar in that a device is used to place ink into the skin to give it the appearance of a fuller beard or mustache.
The main difference is that micropigmentation delivers the ink deeper into the skin, but neither of the treatments is permanent.
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