Do you want to learn how to grow a beard faster naturally? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. There are millions of men, just like you.
Men who are looking to speed up beard growth rate and even stimulate new growth on areas they normally can’t grow facial hair (this is possible, and thoroughly explained in this post from start to finish).
In fact, a study showed that 77% of the men in New York without a beard, would gladly grow one if they could. Stats like that clearly indicate that there’s a real need for some actually useful beard growth tips.
It’s not a coincidence that a lot of these men suffering from what can be called “beard envy” resort to scammy beard growth supplements and other beard products like growth oils, beard growth serum, and whatnot.
How effective are those you ask?
Well, to be perfectly honest. Most do nothing but suck the money out of your pockets.
Does this mean there’s nothing you can do to help your beard grow faster naturally?
No! Despite the fact that some snake oil salesman’s guarantee wasn’t able to help you grow more beard, it doesn’t mean that nothing else would work.
In fact, in this article of nine fastest and most effective ways to make your beard grow, you are going to learn exactly how to gain more facial hair from the comforts of your own home.
And this is no basic “use our beard oil, drink water, eat some protein” unhelpful info either. All of these beard growth tips are backed by science.
In fact, this article cites 22 scientific papers, uncovering you the real evidence behind the best beard and mustache growth tips & tricks.
DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical professional. You should consult with your doctor before trying some of the methods mentioned in this article, such as minoxidil for beard growth or red light therapy. This information is strictly for educational purposes.
Why should you listen to me?
I’ve done it myself. ↓
If at least 800,000+ guys googled “how to grow a beard faster naturally” in the last two years and ended up reading this article, that must mean there’s some real need for this information.
Before we move into the meat and potatoes, I want you to understand that none of these nine ways to grow a beard faster tend to work on their own (except the first one), you should be combining as many of them as possible for best results.
And you also can’t expect the results to be instant; big changes like this take time and effort, but if you truly want a magnificent mane and are fighting back your genes, it will be worth it.
Note that we have a couple of different articles related to growth optimization.
The one you’re reading right now is about stimulating new beard growth as well as improving the rate of growth…
Table of Contents
- Isn’t it Impossible to Stimulate Beard Growth Rate?
- Primer: How Facial Hair Grows in Men
- How to Grow your Beard Faster Naturally
- 1. Rogaine or Kirkland 5% Minoxidil
- 2. How to Get a Beard Fast? Sleep More, Exercise…
- 3. Eat Right to Speed Up Beard Growth Rate
- 4. Some Supplements Can Promote Beard Hair Growth
- 5. Derma Roller
- 6. Red Light Therapy
- 7. Avoid these Common Beard Scams and Myths
- 8. Proper Beard Care Routine Helps a Bit
- 9. Get Lean to Grow More Beard (Eventually)
- Bonus: Stop Wasting Money on Beard Growth Oils, Sprays, and Pills
- Infographic Version of This Post
Isn’t it Impossible to Stimulate Beard Growth Rate?
After most men ask themselves the common question: “Why can’t I grow a beard”, they turn to Google (which is probably how you got here).
In most cases, they will end up on one of those poorly written articles about ways to naturally speed up the rate of your natural facial hair growth.
- They find news articles that confidently tell you there’s “no way” to grow a beard faster than your genetics allow you to, without even looking at the possibilities.
- Supplement marketers who have come to you with their magical beard growth products, oils, sprays, and supplements (which are more than often over-priced scams).
- Articles which make claims where hair growth in the scalp is cited as “proof” towards something also working to stimulate facial hair. which isn’t true, as your beard grows in response to androgenic hormones, and scalp-hair does not.
This article is a bit different. Right off the bat, I can guarantee you that there are research-proven ways to stimulate beard growth and even grow some new facial hair in the areas where you normally can’t.
I will also warn you that the effects are NOT instant, and will often take 6-12 months to show a significant difference.
Fact is that you can’t completely overcome your genetics, but in 95% of non-bearded men, there is a gigantic room for improvement in their natural facial hair growth ability.
I speak from experience when I say this.
When I turned 22 (that’s 2014 if you look at the above beard growth progress image), I decided to try growing out my sideburns and cheek hairs.
Two months of no shaving whatsoever and I had a not-so-impressive thin mustache and some fuzz on my chin.
The total hair on my cheeks and sideburn area could not reach double digits. Any hair I had on my cheeks was also that thin unnoticeable “vellus hair beard“.
That’s when I developed a somewhat of a beard-envy towards guys who were able to grow majestic beards with little to no effort.
Leading me to research scientific studies as well as reading every bit of anecdotal evidence from various online discussion boards to finally come up with proven ways to:
- Stimulate facial hair follicles and their blood supply to grow more hair in cheeks.
- Optimize lifestyle and nutrition to grow more facial hair naturally
- Find natural supplements (not those bad “beard vitamins”) to make the beard grow.
- Figure out several “body hacks” and even medicine to speed up beard growth.
NOTE: I contribute the biggest gains in the growth rate of my beard to figuring out how to naturally increase the master hormones behind facial hair growth (testosterone and DHT). It took me a lot of time to make this happen because I learned everything through trial and error.
Nowadays, you can learn everything there is to know about natural testosterone optimization in mere weeks through a course called TestShock program.
Anyway, after some time of implementing my findings, I decided to give another shot at attempting to grow a beard, and this time, it worked.
2-3 Months of no shaving whatsoever, I finally was able to produce something resembling a full face beard. Not grand Dan Bilzerian style yet, but still, a gigantic improvement to the scruff I used to have on my chin and top lip only.
After keeping up with implementing these methods, I have seen faster beard growth day after day, so much so that I now have a bushy, thick, full mane. Something I know wasn’t originally written into my genetics.
And today, I’m going to teach you exactly how to speed up beard growth and naturally stimulate the facial hair follicles to sprout NEW hairs out of them. I’m beyond confident that I can help your beard grow faster, and I hope you have the motivation to test it out and see for yourself.
Primer: How Facial Hair Grows in Men
Before we get into the nuts and bolts of what helps the beard grow faster, you need to know how beard and mustache growth happens in men in the first place.
I’m sure you’re tempted to skip through this part, but you really shouldn’t. It’s important to understand what it is exactly what you’re doing.
Most people think that beard growth would be exactly the same as the hair growth in the scalp area, but they couldn’t be more wrong.
Your beard growth stages do follow the same anagen-catagen-telogen phasing, but the hair on top of your head is called non-hormonal hair, whereas the hair on your cheeks is hormone-driven androgenic-hair.
To understand human facial hair growth we have to go back in time so much that we are still in the womb.
As it is during the pregnancy week 22 (five months) when the fetus forms all of its hair follicles.
That’s when all of the ~5 million human hair follicles generate, and after this point, you will never generate new ones during the courses of your life.
So yes, as a five months old fetus, you already have the follicular structure to growing a full beard – and you still do.
As the years roll by you will eventually hit puberty, and at this point, your hormones will kick in and trigger the growth of pubic hair, leg hair, arm hair, chest hair, and facial hair.
Except that for many men, there will be no facial hair or chest hair. Alternatively, if there is, it may not be anything significant.
The answer is in our hormones and the activity of our androgen receptors in the hair follicles.
Simply put, unlike scalp-hair, facial hair growth is purely androgenic, it is triggered and regulated by two male hormones; testosterone (T) and dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
Testosterone helps beard growth through stimulation and enlargement of the beard follicles1, whereas DHT directly works to maximize linear beard growth2.
Androgens are also the reason why women can’t grow facial hair.
Women don’t have high enough levels of these two hormones. Plus their receptor sites (androgen receptors) for utilizing these hormones in the face area are not sensitive enough to trigger the growth of beard
Androgenic hormones also explain why some men can’t grow beards.
Either the levels of T and DHT are too low for that, or the receptiveness of the facial hair follicle androgen receptors is not intense enough to properly utilize the hormones for beard growth stimulation.
If you’ve ever wondered why Asian men can’t grow beards that well, it’s because Eastern Asian genetics tend to have more copies of the human androgen receptors, which causes weaker sensitivity per each individual receptor, and weaker binding of the hormones in general3. It’s not that Asian men would lack testosterone, their facial androgen receptors just don’t bind the hormones as effectively.
So here’s a simplified explanation of human beard growth:
- Testosterone and DHT bind from the bloodstream to the androgen receptors in facial hair follicles (T again primes to follicles, and DHT promotes density).
- Your body will utilize certain micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) as well as macronutrients (protein, carbs, fat) to produce keratin.
- Beard growth takes place and follows the regular bodily beard growth pattern of the growth phase (anagen), transition phase (catagen), and resting phase (telogen).
How to Grow your Beard Faster Naturally
Minoxidil is not precisely a supplement, but a prescription-free pharmaceutical solution, that men use to stimulate the growth on scalp hair.
It’s highly effective and well-established as a proven hair follicle stimulator.
Here’s the kicker…
You can use minoxidil for beard growth. Seriously, you can and there’s proof of it.
So if you’re one of those guys wondering: “How to grow a beard if you can’t grow a beard?”
Answer #1 is and will always be minoxidil.
It works by activating the potassium channels on your hair follicles and allows for increased circulation of nutrients, testosterone, and DHT to the facial hair follicles, dramatically improving your beard growth rate within 6-12 months.
Honestly, is minoxidil that good for growing more facial hair?
I can’t stress this enough. If you’re looking to force NEW beard growth – even to areas that don’t have any visible hair growing – minoxidil is the way to go.
If you aren’t absolutely flabbergasted by its effects, drop me an email and I will attach my public apology below.
If you don’t buy the before-afters and anecdotal reports of thousands of guys online, you may be happy to learn that minoxidil has been proven to work on beard in a scientific study from Thailand4.
Is the beard growth by minoxidil really permanent?
Yes. Hundreds of men using minoxidil for 1-2 years and then dropping it completely have reported that after discontinuing minoxidil use, the beard hairs will not fall off. I’ve written about this in detail on our minoxidil beard FAQ post.
For hair on the scalp, however, quitting minoxidil will likely cause some shedding to start happening again. This difference is again – caused by the fact that your scalp-hair is not hormonal – but the facial hair is.
NOTE: Minoxidil can dry your face a lot, causing issues with dandruff and the “itchy beard” so I suggest you take a look through these three posts that can help with that:
- How to stop beard itch.
- How to prevent and treat beard dandruff.
- The ultimate guide to beard maintenance and care.
ALSO NOTE: Minoxidil is a prescription-free drug, not a supplement. It has some mild side effects, which is why you may want to read our full guide to minoxidil that I linked at the top of this subheading.
2. How to Get a Beard Fast? Sleep More, Exercise…
To naturally boost beard growth and maximize your facial hair follicle potential, you must start from laying the groundwork.
When it comes to any bodily process, one should start from optimizing certain lifestyle factors.
You know, daily habits like these. ↓
– Consider sleeping more. Many of us neglect this nightly task, but studies have shown that men who sleep for 8 hours have nearly two times the testosterone of the guys who sleep for only 4 hours per night. This will definitely have an impact on your natural beard growth rate.
– Do everything in your power to lower stress, the stress hormone; cortisol directly reduces testosterone and DHT, causing weakened hair growth all around the body, including the facial hair area5.
– Do not abuse alcohol. Although few drinks here and there will do no significant harm, binge drinking does. Studies have shown that exceeding four drinks is a sure way to bring down T and DHT6, which slows down your beard growth speed.
– Lift heavy weights. Exercising is a great way to improve circulation and help those crucial nutrients and hormones get into the follicles (Derma papilla), but resistance training in particular also skyrockets testosterone7, which is a fantastic way to promote beard growth speed over time.
SIDENOTE – Some years ago my good friend, Christopher Walker, created a training program that is specifically formulated for increasing testosterone production and androgen receptor density.
If you’re looking to get shredded and help your beard grow as a side benefit, consider having a read and apply it to your training.
– Last but not least, try to avoid certain human-made chemicals in cosmetics, especially BPA, parabens, and phthalates. They are all proven antiandrogens and can lower testosterone and DHT, which slows down beard growth. Especially avoid using moisturizers with these on facial hair area!
3. Eat Right to Speed Up Beard Growth Rate
To help stimulate new beard growth, you have to dial in your nutrition.
This part is not going to bring quick results as minoxidil does, but it will slowly improve your growth rate and enhance all the other steps mentioned in this article.
Your diet should cover all the vitamins and minerals necessary to sprout hair from beard follicles, as well as be optimal for the production of beard growth hormones.
You may have heard the claims that since hair is mainly protein, a diet rich in protein is the way to go.
Instead, a diet heavier in carbs and fat, with medium protein appears to be best for the production of DHT and testosterone, and therefore optimal for speeding up your natural beard growth rate.
Consider eating roughly 30% of your calories from fat, 50% from carbs, and the remaining 20% from protein.
Not any type of carbs, protein and fats are right for beard growth hormones:
- Avoid overeating polyunsaturated fats, which lower T and DHT8. Eat more saturated and monounsaturated fats, which raise both9.
- Eat animal-protein over plant-protein10, best if you eat meat, cheese, milk, and plenty of gelatin (which is a fantastic collagen protein for facial hair).
- Try getting most of your carbs from fruit, rice, and potatoes, and avoid gluten-rich grains which can raise prolactin and end up lowering crucial beard growth hormones11.
I cover this topic in much larger detail in our post about foods that promote beard growth, so if this interests you, please do read that one as well.
4. Some Supplements Can Promote Beard Hair Growth
Many men are looking for that definitive answer to this common question.
Are there supplements that promote facial hair growth?
The answer is yes, but the ones that work are not the ones with “beard” on the label.
There are at least ten scientifically proven compounds which stimulate the production of testosterone and DHT and thus make your beard grow faster at the same time, I list these in my article about the best beard growth vitamins and supplements.
I’m not talking about the borderline scammy products like Vitabeard or Beardilizer, but actual scientifically proven supplements that affect your hormone production.
When it comes to the question of what is the best supplement to promote beard growth speed, I would have to side with an amino acid by the name of L-Carnitine L-Tartrate (LCLT).
There are two human studies which found that LCLT supplementation at 2g/day was able to increase the sensitivity and amount of the androgen receptors in the tissue of humans in sedentary subjects12 and more effectively in exercising subjects13 (measured by muscle biopsies.)
This is great news for anyone looking to make their beard grow faster, as androgen receptors are the cells that allow androgenic hormones (testosterone and DHT) to enter the DNA14, which is where both of the hormones enhance your natural beard growth rate and density (again, testosterone for priming the hair follicles, DHT for linear growth.)
On top of this, a study by Foitzik et al15. showed that carnitine can directly increase hair density and growth by working as a fatty-acid mobilizer, transporting short-chain fatty acids to the hair follicle cells for fuel.
This study was unfortunately conducted on scalp-hair follicles, but the results should be identical with facial hair as well.
If you’re wondering what would be the best beard growth product there is and the fastest supplemental way to grow more beard possible, I would say that you should get a bottle of Kirkland 5% minoxidil, and a bag of pure LCLT powder, then mix about 1 gram of the powder into a full 60ml minoxidil bottle and apply it on your face.
The alcohol and other absorption enhancers in the minoxidil will help the carnitine to soak straight into the beard follicles.
5. Derma Roller
Micro-needling the beard with a device called the Derma Roller (or Beard Roller) is one of the best ways to grow a beard faster and stimulate new growth.
It’s also one of the least well-known.
There is some evidence for its effectiveness in encouraging hair growth in general, as seen in a study by Dhurat et al16.
The study was done on scalp hair, but it’s likely that the effects extend to beard hairs as well, as I have previously explained in our article titled; Derma Roller for beard growth.
How does it work?
- The small needless poke hundreds of tiny holes into the skin surface, which prompts the body to repair this damage.
- In an effort to repair the punctured skin, your brain signals the rest of the body to shuttle collagen and keratin to the beard area.
- Along with the collagen and keratin, your body also ramps up the circulation in the area, sending fresh hormone-rich blood filled with nutrients into the face.
- Eventually all of the above will make your beard hairs grow faster and even activate some of the dormant follicles.
On top of the above, the study mentioned above claims that micro-needling also “activates stem-cell growth factors”.
Microneedling is hugely useful when it’s done along with minoxidil, and you can get an excellent quality roll with a decent starting size (0,25-0,5mm) needles for quite cheap. I’ve personally used this one.
6. Red Light Therapy
Red light therapy is an interesting “beard hack”, and by far the weirdest beard booster on the list.
Still, there’s scientific evidence that pointing a specific wavelength of red light laser can:
- Increase testosterone levels when aimed to testicles (which is where T is produced)17.
- Increase thyroid hormone production when aimed at the thyroid (neck area)18.
- Turn thin and light vellus hairs into thick androgenic terminal hairs19.
You may be asking yourself, how in the World can simple shining of red light realistically have any effect on the body?
It turns out that certain wavelengths (around 620-680nw) stimulate the enzyme Cytochrome C Oxidase, which in turn boosts ATP production (cellular energy)20.
Theoretically, when you shine the red light at ~600-700nw on your cheeks you would be enhancing the activity of the cells underneath your skin.
This would enhance the ATP production and help create more energy through the electron-transport chain, eventually activating dormant beard follicles and androgen receptor cells.
(in theory, at least.)
Do you have to take actual red light laser sessions to a clinic or buy a device costing thousands?
You can get to the optimal wavelengths with powerful laser flashlight too, make sure that it’s in range of 630-850nw, and you should be able to mimic the results seen in studies by pointing the light to your beard area for 20-30 minutes per day.
Red light therapy might be the most “out-of-the-box” idea on this whole list, but if you’re willing to learn everything there is to grow a beard faster, then it’s one of those stones that shouldn’t be left unturned.
7. Avoid these Common Beard Scams and Myths
There are many myths, and delirious products pushed to men to try to develop more facial hair naturally.
One of the most pervasive myths is the “shaving improves facial hair growth” claim, which is utterly false and not at all effective way to make facial hair grow faster.
Another common thing is the selling of supplements aimed at improving facial hair growth.
Most commonly these are just low-quality kitchen-sink multivitamins with a considerable price tag (like Vitabeard or Beardilizer).
Don’t get me wrong, they can slightly help (just like any standard multivitamin or a biotin supplement could), but the fact that they’re grossly overpriced and not any different than grocery store multi’s is sickening.
Then there are some blatantly bad ones like the popular Beard Grow XL, which literally contains powerful DHT-blocker (saw palmetto) in its ingredients…
Beard growth oils and beard growth sprays, both don’t work at all (unless they have minoxidil in them), they’re mostly just olive oil or some random herbs that do nothing topically.
If you’re looking for a magic-pill or silver bullet for stimulating beard growth, I’m sorry to say that there are none, aside from either using minoxidil, which is actually a man-made drug.
8. Proper Beard Care Routine Helps a Bit
Many brands selling beard oils and other care products often say that their oils can stimulate and promote facial hair growth.
I’m sure many of them mean well when they claim that, but in reality, it’s highly unlikely that any beard oil, balm, wax, or spray would result in noticeable beard gains.
(even though it does create a “healthier base for growth” as many brands claim).
So, does this mean that I should skip beard care completely?
No. There’s a way to maintain your beard (or the future beard) in a way that aids your growth.
But instead of stimulating the follicles, our job is to actually avoid things that inhibit facial hair growth.
(and let me tell you, there are many ingredients in beard products that hurt your beard).
It would take us another 5,000-word article to cover everything that’s wrong with the beard product industry, so take a look at my earlier explanations instead…
In our article about the best beard oils, I go over the ingredients that hurt beard growth rate (most polyunsaturated vegetable oils can lower testosterone and DHT, etc). Same goes for our article about the best beard balms.
Aside from avoiding things that can inhibit your beard growth, there is one “beard care item” that can enhance the growth a bit, and that is using a beard brush (yes, we do have an article about the best beard brushes too).
Brushing the beard with a boar bristle brush will exfoliate the skin, removing dead skin cells and beard dandruff (if you have any beard that is).
It will also improve the circulation of the beard area and stimulate the sebaceous glands under your skin to secrete the natural sebum oils (which are very beneficial for beard growth as they supply the follicle with the hormones).
Bottom line: Proper beard care and maintenance routine can help in growing a beard faster, and the most important factors are minimizing the use of harmful beard products and utilizing a boar bristle beard brush for exfoliation and sebum oil stimulation.
9. Get Lean to Grow More Beard (Eventually)
As said numerous times already, beard growth is highly dependent on high levels of DHT and testosterone.
Sadly, one of the worst things you can do for these hormones in your body is to get fat.
There are many reasons behind why being lean is going to increase T and DHT, and why being fat leads to suppressed levels of both, but I’m going to explain you the two main reasons quickly.
- Each extra pound of adipose tissue raises the levels of the aromatase enzyme in the body. The primary function of this enzyme is to convert the male hormone testosterone into the female hormone estrogen. The fatter you are, the more aromatase you produce, resulting in lower levels of testosterone21 and reduced ability to sprout facial hair.
- Adipose tissue (fat mass) has been scientifically proven to break down the master hormone behind the beard growth (DHT) into much weaker metabolites, such as 3a-diol22, which unfortunately doesn’t contribute too much to our facial hair growth.
I’m not saying that obese men can’t grow facial hair (of course they can), I’m merely saying that beard growth is more likely to occur in a hormonal environment of a lean individual.
Bonus: Stop Wasting Money on Beard Growth Oils, Sprays, and Pills
There’s a huge market for “beard growth” products.
Sadly about 99% of the brands selling them, are ripping people off with $20+ dropper bottles of basic vegetable oils and under-dosed kitchen-sink multivitamins that are sometimes just re-labeled women’s hair health pills.
They are sticking bunch of polyunsaturated fatty acids (bad for your hormones and prone to lipid peroxidation) into their products and farming fake reviews on big online retailers.
One brand for example called Beard Farmers Growther Oil, claims that their product gives 6x faster beard growth rate.
Guess their ingredients?
Just essential oils that you see in any other normal beard oils. Nothing that would even have a hint of research backing up their claims.
But it doesn’t matter, as long as there are desperate beardless men looking to stimulate their facial hair growth, there will be predatory and deceptive companies cashing in on them.
Same goes for beard growth sprays (everything else than minoxidil) which are just chock-full of – well – literally nothing that does anything for your beard. Sometimes they even contain DHT blockers because the manufacturers didn’t understand the difference between scalp-hair and androgenic hair.
Oh and then there’s the beard pill industry, you know the big players;
- Beard Czar.
- And Beard Grow XL.
None of the above do anything for your beard growth.
Beardilizer and Vitabeard are just way too expensive for the fact that they’re extremely underdosed, and Beard Grow XL literally uses DHT blocking ingredients in their “beard growth” supplement (saw palmetto).
That’s ass-backward, you need DHT to grow more beard.
And Beard Czar didn’t do any better, they actually got caught for buying women’s hair growth pills and printing new “beard growth” labels on top.
(not to mention how the supplement itself is underdosed junk).
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Conclusion on How to Grow Beard Faster
Beard growth is not rocket science, and while your genetics determine your base level of growth, it doesn’t mean there wouldn’t be any beard hacks to overcome your natural genetic potential.
Utilizing the nine steps above, I’m sure you can make a significant improvement in your facial hair growth rate, and force-spawn some new beard hairs on your cheeks.
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