My beard is patchy… now what?

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Unless you’re blessed with superior beard-growing genetics, most men will get some form of patchiness while growing a beard. While you can’t control genetics, there are some steps you can take to grow a luscious beard.

One of the first things you need to do is exercise patience. For some men, it can take months before a beard has properly developed in a consistent fashion. You need to recognize that it can take far longer for some men to grow certain areas than it does for others. Another thing to realize is that certain areas—such as between your cheek and jawline—are particularly stubborn when it comes to growing out your beard. If this sounds like you, this is very common and nothing to worry about.

While its growing, it’s usually best to keep your beard trimmed, because beards look best when they are well maintained; this is especially true while you are trying to fill in gaps in your growth. A special set of beard-trimming scissors is all it takes to clip off rogue hairs that are growing out faster than others. Additionally, if you apply beard oil each day after having a shower, you are bound to see a noticeable improvement with your facial hair thickness. The beard oil gives your skin and hair the nutrients it needs to grow healthy and strong. Massaging encourages blood to rush to the area, providing nutrients for the follicles to get longer and thicker.

For best results, gently massage the oil into the beard’s bald spot. If you do this daily, the beard oil will help repair aggravated hair follicles, paving the way for your beard to grow long and healthy. Beard balms are ideal for enhancing and making the beard look fuller while it is growing out, as the beard balm coats the hair and makes it appear thicker.

Most of the time—especially if your place of employment
is strict on beard length—guys who take a while to grow out their patches are probably best served to keep the length of their beard short and consistent. This looks appealing and will keep your beard at a constant length; there is no point having some parts grow haphazardly and look untidy. The most important thing to remember is just to be patient; it may be patchy now, but with a bit of knowledge and time, your beard will be full and glorious before too long.