Think you can’t rock facial hair because your beard is patchy? We at Zeus like to think otherwise. While it is the truth that the way your hair grows depends strongly on genetics, not all hope is loss for our less follicly blessed brothers.
We’re here to tell you that just because your facial hair is patchier than others, it doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can do to make it look fuller, denser and healthier.
Read on to find 5 tips that can help a thinner beard look its best!
Patience Is Key
The most important rule of growing a beard is to stay away from razors and to just let it do its thing. While you may get impatient with the growth rate, it is important to know that time is your best friend. Many a beards life was cut preemptively because some underestimate the time it takes for their beard to reach full potential, thinking that the beard is only going to be patchy. A good rule of thumb is to let your beard grow out for at least four weeks, as it’s only after a decent amount of time that you can asses it’s true status.
TIP: It’s very possible that as the beard grows longer, patches will get covered up underneath the rest of the beard. Longer hairs can be used to cover up the sparser areas, by combing and styling.
Be Nicer to Yourself
As you surely know, everyone is their own worst critic. We spend a lot of time looking into the mirror and picking apart what we don’t like about ourselves, whether that be our hair, our beard or just our face. It’s worth it to remind ourselves that not everyone is spending as much time examining your face in detail.
It is fair to say that the little things we criticize about ourselves are going unnoticed by most others in the world. Value your beard the way it is and enjoy your beard growth journey for what it is.
Keep Things Hydrated
While leaving the beard to grow is the most important tip in reducing the appearance of a patchy beard, a close second tip is to remember to take care of it.
First and foremost, you will need give your beard thorough cleaning. Be sure to use a beard shampoo and conditioner that is specifically designed for this purpose. Unlike regular shampoo, these products won’t dry out your facial hair and will keep it soft.
The product that will make the biggest impact on your beard growth journey is beard oil. Beard oil is designed to stop any itchiness or irritation that comes with growing facial hair by hydrating the follicles as well as the skin underneath, promoting healthy growth. Beard balm is another product that serves a similar purpose, but gives your beard a little more volume while it conditions it.
Brush Your Beard
Finish your daily grooming routine by brushing your beard. Brushing your beard will keep your facial hair tidy and train your hair to grow in the direction that you desire. Using a natural boar hair bristle brush will reach hairs at all lengths of the beard and distribute any conditioning product evenly throughout. All of this promotes further hair growth while maintaining upkeep.
It’s All in the Styling
There are a couple of things you can do to optimize a patchy beard. First, it’s a good idea to keep your facial hair relatively short. This will give the illusion that your beard is fuller and is more dense. The longer your hair grows, the more apparent that there are sparse areas. Short beards can look great! Many celebrities like Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio rock them.
Another thing you can do for a patchy beard is to keep the cheeks trimmed and the sides shorter. If your beard is thicker lower on the face. Bring the line further down the cheek. Sharp beard lines assist in making them look fuller.
Remember, a patchy beard might not be what you had initially wanted, but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t grow it. All beards are awesome in their own way, it’s just a matter of having the patience and styling them the right way.