Growing out your beard can feel like a long, painful process. No man wants to show off a patchy mess while he waits for the rest to grow in. With professional and social commitments, it's normal to want to look and feel your best, but without a full facial plumage and no aesthetic beard extensions floating around the market, the wait can be pretty defeating. When impatience is driving you mad, you may choose to solve your beard growth time crunch with beard serum. But here comes the million dollar question, does it really work?
Here at Zeus Beard, we did the research for you to make your beard growth serum purchasing decisions easier.
What is beard growth serum and how does it work?
Beard growth serum generally takes one of two approaches. The first involves using medication to treat problems associated with hair growth by increasing the blood flow to the hair follicles. This approach is generally targeted toward men experiencing thinning or hair loss.
The second approach is a natural alternative that involves using a blend of oils to add needed moisture to the hair follicles. This approach is targeted toward men wanting to improve their facial hair growth and better their skincare.
Many beard growth serum products include the ingredient Minoxidil, which can cause some uncomfortable side effects.
For the men with thinning or hair loss, the medicated option offers a quick solution to your problem. Products like Rogaine claim to be clinically-proven to increase hair growth by 25 percent with men experiencing hair growth in three to six months. Positive online testimonials can attest to this claim.
However, there is no guarantee that any beard growth serum will be effective because it also relies on genetics and other individual factors. In addition, using this option does not come without side effects. The main ingredient Minoxidil can cause redness and itchiness of the skin and weight gain.
While we definitely understand that a full beard is the desired look, it is also necessary to weigh the adverse effects a medicated product can cause. If choosing this option, additional hair care and skincare is necessary in your routine to maintain moisture and healthy skin.
If you're looking for a natural alternative, oils also aid beard growth.
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While using medications can cause quicker beard growth, using a natural alternative is more sensitive on the skin and hair.
Zeus Beard Oil (1 fl oz / $26) contains safflower oil, grape seed oil, argan oil, and Vitamin E. Safflower oil helps increase circulation, which is good for hair and beard growth. In addition, it betters the appearance of skin and reduces acne. Grape seed oil helps to even the tone of skin and reduce sun damage, while argan oil softens and hydrates hair and skin while reducing itch. While argan oil is high in Vitamin E, the added boost of the vitamin reduces damage and increases elasticity, slowing the effects of aging.
Other oils to include in your natural beard care routine include: essential oils, which combat dry skin, castor oil, which helps rid your beard of dandruff and tea tree oil, which adds moisture and shine.
Other tips to remember while working on your beard growth
1. Shaving won't make your hair grow in darker or thicker.
We've all heard the myth: if you shave your face, the hairs will grow back darker and thicker. We're here to debunk the theory. While shaving may make the hairs on your face appear dark and thicker, the truth is shaving just causes the thicker part of the hair follicle to be temporarily exposed. When it comes to these budding hairs, what may seem apparent is not really what it seems.
2. Hair growth is also associated with your diet.
You can try all the beard growth serums in the world, but without minding proper nutrition, your journey will be a long one. Don't forget about your diet if you're serious about beard growth. Instead, try foods like eggs, spinach and avocado, which will give you the natural boost you need.
3. Upkeep is key.
If you really want to achieve lasting beard growth, proper upkeep is key. The point is to grow the grandaddy of all beards, not a scraggly, wild mess. To moisturize and maintain, products like an effective shampoo and conditioner, beard oil and balm and grooming tools like a boar bristle brush and sharp Dovo scissors offer the help and protection your facial hair deserves.
For those who want the granddaddy of all beards, comes the grandaddy of all beard care sets. The Zeus Ultimate Beard Care and Styling Kit ($179) offers everything mentioned above and a beard comb and brush bag. While it may be an investment, you're investing in the look and health of your beard and skin, which is definitely worth it.