While not all men can grow full, thick beards, there are ways to sculpt a beard style that fits your face and facial hair growth. Shaving a lot does not make your beard fill in any faster than normal, so you need patience, dedication and a little focus to make your beard fill in and look good. Depending on what kind of beard you want to grow and your natural hair growth, it is easy to make your beard fill in.
Grow your beard for 4 to 6 weeks without shaving. If you have substantial facial hair on the lower neck or upper cheeks, you may shave these for appearance's sake. When you start growing your beard, you should shave closely with a razor to ensure even beard growth.
Assess your beard's growth honestly after 4 to 6 weeks. Examine your jaw line, neck and cheeks for beard thickness and growth potential. Depending on your natural facial hair growth, choose a beard style that will complement your face and work with your hair growth. Not every man can grow a thick, full beard.
Treat your facial hair and skin for itchiness or flakes as your beard grows. Hydrocortisone anti-itch cream will reduce itching and keep you from scratching at your beard. Use a small amount of dandruff shampoo on your beard if flaking is a problem.
Supplement your beard growth with biotin a natural dietary supplement or Rogaine. Biotin improves hair and nail growth. Rogaine is FDA approved for promoting hair growth, but not specifically facial hair. Consult your doctor when using Rogaine if you get rashes, unusual hair growth or other skin reactions.
Trim your beard down to your desired style after at least 6 weeks of growth or longer. Shave below your eyes and shape your beard on your lower neck unless you are going for the Grizzly Adams look.
For light-colored hair, facial hair dye may make a beard appear thicker or fuller, but it will not work for thin and patchy hair.
If you have little or no hair growth after 6 weeks, you may not be able to grow a beard. Consider a mustache, sideburns or a small goatee.
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