How to grow a beard is a question asked by many young men around the world in the quest to become both more masculine and more attractive. Scientifically speaking, females are genetically programmed to mate with masculine males, there is no better way to become more masculine than developing secondary sexual characteristics. These include facial hair and muscle mass.
For certain men growing a beard can be life changing, however some men do look better fully shaved. Men whose facial hair is light coloured and patchy would tend to do look better shaved whilst men whose facial hair grows thick and dark would highly benefit from keeping a beard.
Why Should I Grow a Beard?
Females are most attracted to ‘edgy’ men. This does not mean you have to pack on 30 pounds of muscle and get fully tattooed as a ‘little’ edge goes a long way. There is no easier method to add edge and look ‘mysterious’ than growing a short, well maintained moustache and beard.
Aside from the aesthetic benefits, a beard can also have a number of pros under looked by bare faced men. A beard can for example help prevent skin cancer by blocking 95% of the UV rays from the sun. Shaving also helps to spread the bacteria which cause acne. Men with beard are traditionally seen as more confident and trustworthy which could lead to positive social, sexual and financial benefits.
A beard also protects the face from harmful chemicals, and pollution in the air, which will cause cell damage, and increase wrinkling and bad skin. So keeping a beard protects your skin from the elements, reduces wrinkles, ageing and bad skin. The beard covers the skin, which protects the sebaceous glands from being infected by acne vulgaris bacteria, thus preventing acne/spots and pimples.
What Should I Use to Grow a Beard?
The single best way to grow a beard is by using Minoxidil. Minoxidil is a FDA approved medication for the treatment of androgenic alopecia (hair loss). Minoxidil encourages blood flow to hair follicles by widening blood vessels which leads to more oxygen, blood and nutrients to the hair follicle. This causes hair follicles in the telogen (resting) stage to shed and be replacement by thicker hair follicles in the anagen (growing) stage.
Find the link for minoxidil below, As the 5% minoxidil solution can be very messy and lead to your hair being difficult to style, I would recommend purchasing the 5% Regaine foam.
Where Should I Apply Minoxidil?
All over the “beard” area where you want hair to grow from. That means the neck (just above the Adam’s apple), under the chin, your sideburns, cheeks, moustache, and soul patch area. Some choose to apply just to their weaker spots, for those with patches, and that’s fine as well.
How Do I Use Minoxidil?
- Wash face thoroughly. Use a soap meant for your face or simply use plain water.
- Rinse your fingers with cold water. The foam will dissolve quickly if your hands are warm, so get them nice and cool.
- Tip the can upside down so that the head is facing directly toward the ground. Dispense the foam onto your fingers until it looks about the amount that can fit into half of the cap. This is equivalent to 1ml.
- Using your other (cold) hand, take some of the foam and start applying it to the beard area. Repeat until all of the foam is used up.
- Wash hands thoroughly with soap.
Find the link below for those who would rather purchase the Minoxidil liquid solution. When applying the liquid I would recommend to use 1ml of the solution twice a day ideally after awakening and before sleeping. After 4 hours the Minoxidil solution is absorbed into the skin which means you can then rinse your face. One of the reasons I recommend the foam is the much faster time taken to dry after application.
What Are the Side Effects of Minoxidil?
The Minoxidil solution can make your skin dry which is why I would recommend rinsing your face once the Minoxidil has dried in addition to using a good moisturizer like the one below. This is the same moisturiser I used to keep my skin healthy during my Minoxidil experiment.
Aside from dry skin there should be no other side effects. The total duration of minoxidil use should be a minimum of 6 months with most people with successful cases using for 1 year or longer. The amount used should be no higher than 2ml twice a day. If you get any other side effects stop applying the minoxidil and consult a doctor.
Aside from minoxidil I would highly recommend using a collagen supplement. Collagen greatly helps in hair growth and hair regeneration. It possesses anti-oxidant properties and fights the production of free radicals in the body. Naturally produced in the body free radicals are a result of the body’s different metabolic processes and they are responsible for damaging the hair follicles, leading to hair loss. But having a sufficient amount of collagen in the hair shaft, strengthens the hair follicles and improves hair growth. Eating collagen for hair growth can also improve the overall volume of your hair by increasing the diameter of each individual hair, thereby giving your flow a fuller appearance. Find the link below.