If you have started to notice patchy beard growth, you’re probably thinking two things.
One – Why has this happened to me? Usually this is down to genetics and for this reason is known as one of the most common beard growing problems.
The second is that you will probably have to shave your beard off. I mean, if you can’t grow a full Brian Blessed beard then what’s the point?
But in my opinion, doing this would be a serious mistake. There are still plenty of things that you can do to improve the situation! Shaving off your beard will just mean that you will never get to see its full potential.
Instead, I would suggest that you read this blog post that explains how to fix a patchy beard. Hopefully you will take away a tip or two that will help you to grow the facial hair you’ve always wanted.
Patchy beard causes
One thing that often gets people down, is over-thinking the causes of their beard patchiness.
Eighteen Eight have compiled a useful list of reasons. However, for me, the number one reason is simply genetics. So therefore, it’s something that is completely out of your control.
Although there might not be a definitive patchy beard solution, there are still plenty of things that you can do to make the most out of what you’ve got.
Yes I know that I’m in danger of becoming a stuck record here.
It is something that I mention a lot. But like most things in life, patience is key.
Of course if you’re only going to grow out your beard for a week you’re not going to see results! It is a common habit of people who simply can’t wait to see how things turn out.
To see your full potential, you must let your beard grow for 2/3 months at least. This is quite a long time I know! But by that time, you can see exactly how good or bad the patchiness is and can make a decision about whether to keep it or not.
Don’t be surprised to find by that time, that the patches have filled in as the hairs begin to get longer and start to ‘drop’ to cover them.
Make the most of what you’ve got
The focus for most people is on how to grow the biggest, thickest full beard that they can.
This in a lot of ways is quite unhealthy. All it does is put undue pressure on you to have a beard that looks a certain way.
Celebrities don’t help with this. With diverse figures such as Piers Brosnan, Roy Keane, Leonardo Da Vinci and Che Guevara all sporting full beards at various points, it’s hard not to compare your own beard growth with theirs. Who doesn’t want to look like their idol?!
But in reality, you have to be realistic. Your facial hair potential won’t be the same as someone else’s.
What you need to do, is consider some alternate patchy beard styles that will work much better for you in the long run. Just some of the options to consider, include:
- Goatee – With patchiness on the cheeks a common problem, why not focus on the hair around your mouth that grows much thicker?
- Moustache – According to Esquire, moustaches are back in. They are a great way to change your look and are relatively low maintenance.
- Scruffy – For those of you with softer facial features, then just letting your beard grow out might be the simplest solution. For those too lazy to undertake little to no maintenance, then this is also for you!
- Chin strap – This look might not be for everyone. But if you can pull it off, you have my full respect!
But what you might not know is that brushing can also help with patchy beards.
You may have noticed that while some of the individual hairs grow downwards, a lot of them also grow outwards.
This can be very frustrating. It also has the added effect of making your beard appear patchier than it actually is.
Brushing your beard really does help. This is how it works. You consistently brush your beard every single day. Then overtime, as the hairs grow, by brushing them downwards you are effectively ‘teaching’ them to grow in a different direction.
The theory is, with them growing downwards, they will cover the patches in your beard. Applying a small amount of beard balm will then help to keep them in place. Clever right?
Avoid quick fixes
I started this blog post by describing the frustration many people have with their patchy facial hair.
When this happens, there is a big temptation to look for a quick fix to the problem.
Just some of the solutions that are often talked about are:
- Supplements – With results being inconsistent and the science behind it inconclusive at best, it’s simply not worth the trouble.
- Facial hair transplant – This can be very expensive. But aside from that, I have always had the opinion that you should work with what you’ve got – in facial hair and everything else!
- Beard filler pencil – Yes these really are a thing. Colouring in your beard will not give you the natural look you’ve always wanted. I hope you are not too surprised by this!
- Home remedies – In my experience, home remedies don’t end well. Or at least, they have little to no effect.
In a way, I can understand the temptation to look for an easy solution. When you’re really unhappy with something and an easy solution is presented to you, you’re going to go for it.
But this is not always the best way. My honest advice would be to make the best of what you’ve already got.
Whether you can only grow a moustache really well, or your full beard is patchy and you rock a goatee, it doesn’t matter. Grow your beard out for 2/3 months and then choose a style to suit the hair that you’ve grown. You’ll be a lot happier for it!