Growing a beard, or considering growing a beard, for the first time? Whether you’re gearing up to grow for seasonal reasons (Movember, cooler weather, holidays, etc.) or you’ve just decided to make a change to your personal style, we salute you and we’re here to help!
Growing a killer beard is not without a few challenges. But by following some simple practices, building a consistent routine, and learning what works best for YOU, we promise you’ll be a #Beast in no time!
To grow a beard fast, you need to make sure you’re supplying your body with the proper nutrients. You can do this internally (by diet) and externally (with topical products). In fact, it’s most effective to take BOTH approaches.
Let’s start with diet.* You’ll want to focus on Vitamins A, B, and E, a proper balance of fatty acids, and plenty of protein (hair is made almost entirely of protein). There are a lot of ways you can achieve proper nutrition for fast beard growth, but if you mix and match from the following protein and veggie options, you won’t go wrong:
Proteins: Fish (especially salmon), beef (leaner cuts such as strip, sirloin, flank), chicken, eggs
Veggies: Dark leafy greens (spinach, kale, chard), red/orange roots (sweet potato, beets, carrots), cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, Brussels sprouts).
Following a healthy diet will set you up for success. But since everyone metabolizes food a bit differently, adding nutrients topically can help ensure that they’re present where they’re needed most.
Beard Oil is the single best product you can apply to help you grow a beard fast. Quality beard oils consist of the fatty acids and vitamins mentioned above, and daily topical application will help stimulate the follicle and keep everything healthy. If you’re new to beard oil, check out our complete guide on how to use it here. And if you’re new to Custom Blended Beard Oils, you can check out the benefits here.
In addition to getting the proper nutrients, you’ll need a good grooming routine once your mane starts to come in. The biggest thing you’ll want to do is exfoliate daily. This helps keep pores clean, clear away dead skin and debris, and evenly distributes both your natural body oil (sebum) as well as your beard oil of choice. The best tool for exfoliation is a quality brush made of natural hair. Our brush of choice consists of 2nd (softer) cut natural boar bristle.
It’s also important not to over-wash your beard - which is a common mistake that can lead to excessive oil production. We’ve found that no change to your face wash/shower routine is really necessary until you start building some significant length (1” or more). Once you’ve reached that point, you may actually want to ease off washing the bearded portion of your face a bit to avoid stripping healthy oils off your luscious mane.
Don’t fret about the skin underneath - a well groomed beard actually protects your skin and keeps it cleaner than when shaven. And daily exfoliation as discussed above will be more than enough to keep everything in check.
That’s about it - follow these simple tips, and you’ll be on your way to beard glory in no time. While no product or routine can change your genetics, following this plan will allow you to make the most of what you have, keeping the hair follicles healthy and active, and supplied with the proper nutrients to help you grow a beard as fast as possible.
Once you get going, you’ll be able to see what length and style work best for you. We’ll cover tips on making the most out of your personal style, as well as dealing with problems that may arise along the way in a future post.
Thanks again - and Rock On with the Bearded Life!
*Consult your doctor before starting any diet plan.