Some guys stress over their patchy beard. There are many factors that affect full beard growth, including genetic, lifestyle, and age. While deciding to grow a beard can be easy, a clean-shaven face might be preferable to uneven facial hair. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to fix a patchy beard and fill in thin spots. Whether you want to use a filler or stimulate full growth, this guide will help you fill in a patchy beard. From styling tips to treating bad facial hair with products, we got you covered with steps to get rid of a patchy beard.
Keep Things Trim
Nobody can grow a beard without any patches. Part of having a wonderfully full beard is the fact that it will cover up some of the areas that naturally don’t grow quite as much hair. If the lack of hair is coming from the middle of the cheek, try shaving down a bit more to lessen the contrast between the two. Using a quality beard trimmer with a full set of attachments, there are many different styles to make the beard look fuller than it really is.
Shaving or trimming just below the cheek or between the cheek and jawline are two of the most popular styles. Achieving a “tomorrows five o’clock shadow” is going to give that sexy, “just rolled out of bed” look. That length is perfect for the patches to appear less noticeable and but long enough for the scruff to look naturally full.
The longer it grows, the more room it is going to fill on the face. Thankfully everyone goes through an awkward month when going through the stages of growing a beard. It will be patchy for a while but it will be worth it in the end. Once it grows a significant length, it will cover all of those patchy areas and look like a full beard.
Shave or Fade Your Neck
A huge part of making patches seem less apparent is the upkeep of them. Having the ability to know what areas need to be longer and shorter will make at-home shaving instantly easier. Keeping the neck completely bare up until the curve into the head is going to make the jawline look as sharp as possible. It will also allow for a slow fade at the top, where most men experience the highest amount of barren space.
Use Beard Oil and Balm
There is no magic treatment that is going to make hair magically grow thicker and faster, but there are ways to prevent it from deteriorating. Having hair that is wiry and dry will encourage it to continue in a pattern of unhealthy hair growth. Find a quality beard oil and beard balm that work best and use those regularly. These can be found at the drugstore for an affordable price, but high-end oils go up to nearly $100.
Many of these balms and oils are made specifically for certain hair types. Those with curly hair will want one that is hyper-moisturizing while those with naturally thin hair will want a strengthening formula. Along with an exfoliant, that hair is going to look fuller, longer and healthier upon the first treatment.
Eat To Grow
To lose weight or gain more muscle, certain food groups are necessary to achieve the desired goal. The same thing applies to hair growth. Specific foods are detrimental to the active growth of hair while others work wonders.
Water is the number one ingredient to a healthy lifestyle and healthy hair. Vitamins B and C, zinc, iron, and omega 3’s are huge for nourishment and can even be found in daily multivitamins. Before consulting a doctor to take new multivitamins, try eating more avocados, eggs, and almonds as they are a great source of biotin and these necessary ingredients.
Niacin is linked to hair growth as it improves blood flow and directly affects the way oxygen and nutrients are getting to the hair. Meats, peanuts, and mushrooms are all good foods to improve physical health along with the added benefit of healthy hair.
Shade Inside the Lines
There is nothing wrong with doing a little cosmetic touch up to make those patches go away in the blink of an eye. A small eyebrow pencil from the drugstore will provide just enough pigment to fill those gaps without creating a whole new look. Begin trying this a few times before wearing it out as it may look different in the mirror than it does in natural light.
Trim Your Long Facial Hair
Some areas of the face and neck naturally grow faster and come in thicker than others. If that is the case, even out the hair by cutting the hair around thin areas shorter to reduce contrast. The longer areas should match the short ones so they look even. Additionally, creating a short scruff is the best way to make that trouble area look even with the rest of the face.
Try Different Beard Style Ideas
Beard styles are one of the best solutions to covering up bald areas. As mentioned above, certain cuts are going to eliminate the look of barren areas and create a beard that is perfect for everyone. The Balbo, for example, is comprised of a mustache, chinstrap, and soul patch. Before deciding that isn’t the desired look. Look up some photos of the Iron Man. If he looks great in it, anyone can.
Van Dyke and Verdi are styles that are based around a mustache and goatee. Both have been a staple for Johnny Depp and men around the world. If growth around the cheeks is the reason for hesitation, connect the beard and mustache to achieve the Hollywoodian. It requires a tight shave as far down the cheek as possible.
Using Minoxidil On Your Face
Topical treatments to treat a deeper issue are all the rage, some even swear by them. By no means are they are a bad thing, but some cause side effects that aren’t worth the risk. Minoxidil (Rogaine) is a chemical some experts suggest using to make the hair grow faster, but it can leave some men with dry skin so be careful when deciding to use it on your face.