Many men – when growing beard for the first time – notice that their facial hair is patchy, especially on the cheek area, just like Keanu’s on the image above.
How to fill in this patchy beard then? And also how to make sure that the trimming and beard style is right for thin or sparse or patchy facial hair that you have.
That is the question this article answers in three steps:
- Why is my facial hair patchy and will my beard fill in?
- How to fix patchy beard and make it fill in naturally over-time.
- Patchy beard styles for covering and minimizing the bald spots on beard.
Why is My Beard Patchy and Facial Hair Thin?
Like said, this is an extremely common problem, and especially on the area of the cheeks.
There are few scientific reasons as to why this happens.
One is that the cheek area has significantly weaker blood flow than the area of the upper lip and chin, this means that over time less nutrients and beard growing hormones (testosterone and DHT) make it to the cheek area, resulting in beard patches and thin facial hair on that area.
Another explanation is that your overall levels of androgens (testosterone and DHT) might be on the lower end and the supply simply isn’t enough to trigger facial hair growth in full beard area. Common characteristics of men with lower amount of male hormones are indeed a thin beard, growth only on chin and mustache area, and/or no facial hair at all.
Will my beard ever fill in then?
You may have heard people saying that it’s all in the genetics and there’s nothing that can be done to fix a patchy beard. However, there are several research-backed patchy beard solutions, and you’ll find them below…
How to Grow a Full Beard without Patches
So, how to fill in a patchy beard, how to finally fill in your beard? That’s a million-dollar question asked by countless of sparse bearded men around the globe.
The truth is that there are only a handful of methods to actually stimulate facial hair growth to eventually eliminate those bald patches in facial hair area.
Here’s a list of those proven “patchy beard solutions” with links to further reading;
- Minoxidil, a prescription free hair-loss medication proven to stimulate beard growth. This has practically no side-effects and is clinically proven to work on face.
- Microneedling (using a Derma Roller), poking tiny holes into beard area, signalling the body that there’s “damage”, causing it to send in collagen and keratin.
- Increasing testosterone and DHT levels naturally (the two facial hair growth hormones, T for hair-follicle stimulation and DHT for lineard growth).
- High quality multivitamin for proper micronutrient balance (NOT vitabeard or beardilizer though, they’re overpriced kitchen-sink multi’s with just the name “beard”).
- Castor oil and chili oil for increasing the levels of hair growing prostaglanding E2 (PEG2) on face and stimulating circulation on the area.
Those are the ONLY proven solutions to fix a patchy facial hair and stimulate new growth. It won’t happen over night and you can’t expect to suddenly go from Michael Cera to Don Draper, but over long-period of time combining the steps above (especially minoxidil and microneedling), will yield impressive beard gains even to men with no signs of facial hair.
Best Styles for Sparse and Patchy Beard
Until your beard fills in, you may want to know what are the best styles for patchy facial hair to make beard appear fuller and thicker.
Goatee is a classic one, and it’s often used by the men who can’t grow hair on their cheeks so well.
If you wan’t to maintain a more fuller style and have some hair on the cheeks too, try trimming the hair to be the same lenght all-around the facial hair area.
Lastly, use a brush to tame the hair downwards, and something like castor oil to make it appear thicker.
One option is also to just roll with it, let the beard grow at its own phase despite the bald spots, much like Keanu Reeves does. This style might look odd at first, but its also rugged and perfectly acceptable.
Bottom line is that there are many styles to choose from, and depending the sizes and placements of your beard patches, different styles will suit different people.
When looking to fix a patchy facial hair, one should strive for proven methods of stimulating beard growth, such as:
During the time that your beard fills in with the use of above, trimming and styling the beard to emphasis your strongest points is one option, or you could just follow the example of Keanu and face life with a rugged-beard…
…It’s an underestimated look anyway.