Work on your health.
Your beard is produced by your body. That my seem obvious, but it means that your personal health will have an impact on your beard growth. Go to the gym and workout. This will help increase testosterone which is an important hormone for beard growth. Eat healthy. A balanced diet will be rich in all the essentials like protein, carbs, healthy fats, and vitamins. All of these things will feed your beard from the inside out. If you don’t take proper care of your body, don’t be surprised if your beard suffers right along with everything else. Get up, get outdoors, and do something. Bonus, being active outdoors is awesome!
Reduce your stress level.
Alright, let’s get sciency here. In a study done at the University of Texas in 2010 it was shown that stressful situations, or a constant state of stress, cause the release of the hormone cortisol. Cortisol essentially dampens the influence of testosterone. As mentioned above, this is the hormone responsible for promoting men’s muscle mass, bone mass, and body hair. Therefore, if you’re stressed out all time, your body is working so hard to deal with that stress and the extra cortisol that it can’t focus on growing your epic beard. Of course, this weaker beard game is on top of reduced muscle mass. So seriously, just relax and your beard will grow bigger and thicker.
Use products meant for your beard.
You know that conditioner your wife uses? You know, the one that smells like strawberries? Don’t use that in your beard. Get yourself a real beard soap. Not only will you feel manlier, but it will work better. It’s designed for your beard. Then follow-up with a good beard balm. The beard balm will load your beard with vital nutrients for your hair and follicles while keeping it moisturized and smooth. Then, later, the soap will help get out all the crap that gets built up throughout the day, like oils, dirt and BBQ sauce.
Stop Playing with it.
Ok, this could go a couple ways, but we’re going to stick with beard advice. I know messing with your beard is awesome. I mean, it’s like 43% of the reason I grew a beard. But there is a right way and wrong way. Pet your beard, like you would pet a dog, a very manly dog. You wouldn’t walk up and tug on a tuft of your dog’s hair so don’t do that to your beard. Pulling or tugging on parts of your beard can create thin spots, and that’s not what we want. If you must touch touch your beard, which I totally understand, use an open palm and stroke it gently (this keeps trying to go in a direction I don’t want it to). For more things not to do with your beard check out our beard no-no’s here: