- Isn’t it Impossible to Stimulate Beard Growth Rate?
- Primer: How Facial Hair Grows in Men
- How to Grow your Beard Faster Naturally
- 1. Minoxidil, the Fastest Way to Grow a Beard from Scratch
- 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. Microneedling (Beard Roller or Derma Roller)
- 6. Red Light Therapy
- 7. Avoid these Common Beard Scams and Myths
- 8. Facial Massage, Brushing, and Exfoliation
- 9. Stay Lean; Bodyfat Lowers DHT & T
- Bonus: Stop Wasting your Money on Beard Growth Oils, Sprays, and Pills
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Do you want to learn how to grow your beard faster naturally? If you answered yes, you’re not alone. There are millions of men, just like you, desperate to get someone to help their facial hair grow faster.
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 fuzz growth pills and other products like growth oils, sprays, and whatnot.
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 facial hair, 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 facial hair 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.
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 speed up facial hair growth tend to work on their own, 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.
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 a magical beard growth serum, oil, spray, or supplement (which are more than often over-priced scams).
- Articles which make claims where hair growth in the scalp is “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 facial hair growth and even grow some fuzz in the areas where you really can’t normally.
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 beard-envy towards guys who were able to grow majestic manes 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 mane grow.
- Figure out several “body hacks” and even medicine to speed up beard growth.
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 paid course called TestShock program.
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.
Surely, your whiskers 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, back so much that we are still in the womb.
During the pregnancy week, 22 (five months) is when the fetus forms all of its hair follicles. It’s when ALL of the ~5 million human hair follicles generate.
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.
Fast forward to childhood, and at some point, early in your life, you will start growing hair on your scalp. 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 lies 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).
The former helps to make your face furs thicker and denser through stimulation and enlargement of the facial hair follicles1, whereas the latter 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, and their receptor sites for utilizing these hormones in the facial hair area are not sensitive enough to trigger the growth of facial hair.
Androgenic hormones also explain why some men can’t grow bristles from their faces. 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 rarely have full beards, 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
1. Minoxidil, the Fastest Way to Grow a Beard from Scratch
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 the most well-established and proven hair follicle stimulator known thus far.
Here’s the kicker: Minoxidil is proven to work exceptionally well for growing a beard too.
So if you’re one of those guys wondering: “How to grow a beard if you can’t grow a beard?”
Answer #1 is 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 sprouting abilities 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 (often sold by the name Rogaine or Kirkland) is the way to go.
Aside from natural hormone optimization, minoxidil might be the best way to maximize the beard growth rate.
Minoxidil has been proven even by a scientific study from Thailand to promote facial hair growth4.
Is the beard growth by minoxidil really permanent?
Yes. Hundreds of men have reported that after discontinuing minoxidil use, the beard hairs will not fall off. For hair on the scalp, however, quitting minoxidil will likely cause some shedding to start happening again.
Minoxidil is also cheap, easy to use (apply 1-2ml to facial hair area once or twice per day and let dry), and proven highly effective.
Use it with the other tips on this article and I can guarantee majestic facial hair growth within 3-12 months.
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, the daily habits of yours.
– 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.
– 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 rate.
– 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 fantastic for beard growth rate.
SIDENOTE – In 2016 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.
– Don’t use antiandrogenic medication. Many common drugs have a nasty side effect of lowering crucial beard growing hormones; these include statins, SSRI’s, beta-blockers, opiate painkillers, and antifungals.
– 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, inhibiting 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. Is best for the production of DHT and testosterone, and therefore optimal for speeding up your natural ability to sprout more bristles from your face.
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.
Further reading: 13 Foods that Boost Beard Growth.
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.
There are at least these 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 research-backed beard growth supplements and vitamins.
When it comes to the question of what helps facial hair grow faster, amino acid by the name of L-Carnitine L-Tartrate (LCLT) is one of the most impressive ones.
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 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 there is, my vote would go to a topical minoxidil solution with pure L-Carnitine L-Tartrate powder mixed in at roughly 1000mg per bottle ratio.
5. Microneedling (Beard Roller or Derma Roller)
There’s also scientific validity for its effectiveness in encouraging hair growth in general16.
The small needless poke tiny holes into the facial hair area, which accomplishes two important things that will over time help to grow your beard and mustache faster.
- Rolling stimulates blood circulation to the facial hair area, which helps to deliver nutrients and hormones to the follicle.
- Microneedling signals the body that there’s damage, and the body sends keratin and collagen into the area to “repair” the skin. Both compounds are beneficial for the beard.
Microneedling is hugely useful when it’s done along with minoxidil, and you can get an excellent quality roll with optimal size (0,25mm) needles without breaking your budget.
6. Red Light Therapy
Red light therapy is an interesting “beard hack”, but 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 (usually around the 640nw) can stimulate the enzyme Cytochrome C Oxidase, which in turn boosts ATP production (cellular energy)20.
Theoretically, when you shine the red light at ~640nw on your cheeks you would be enhancing the activity of the cells underneath your skin. Providing more ATP production through the electron-transport chain, and through this activating dormant beard follicles and androgen receptor cells.
Now, 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 would), 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 “pills for facial hair growth” like the popular Beard Grow XL, which literally contains powerful DHT-blocker in its ingredients…
Beard growth oils and beard growth sprays, both don’t work at all, 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 drug or mixing up something similar to this beard growth serum (it’s an underground DIY recipe)
8. Facial Massage, Brushing, and Exfoliation
All of your beard growing potential gained from the above subheadings can be further supercharged.
Just massage your beard area 1-2 times per day to stimulate fresh blood and nutrient flow to the facial hair roots.
Then use a high-quality boar bristle beard brush to stimulate beard growth, redistribute natural oils, and provide some exfoliation.
Also, exfoliate your skin under the facial hair area couple times per week while showering.
Why is exfoliation good for facial hair stimulation?
Simple; it helps remove dead skin cells, bacteria, and all sorts of other “blockages” that might hinder proper oxygenation of the hair follicles of the face.
I would highly recommend this natural exfoliating cream. There are no harmful additives or beard hormone suppressing compounds in it, which makes it perfect for facial hair skin exfoliation.
9. Stay Lean; Bodyfat Lowers DHT & T
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 exactly 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.
Firstly, 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.
Secondly; fat mass has been scientifically proven to break down the master hormone behind the whisker (DHT) into much weaker metabolites, such as 3a-diol22, which won’t contribute much to beard growth.
Being lean helps your chances of getting that sick full-beard. I’m not saying that obese men can’t grow any scruff on their faces, I’m merely saying that beard growth is more likely to occur in a hormonal environment of a lean individual.
Bonus: Stop Wasting your 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 sweet almond oil and under-dosed kitchen-sink multivitamins that are sometimes repackaged 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.
Well, they’re nothing more than over-glorified kitchen-sink multivitamins with a massive price tag.
Beardilizer and Vitabeard are just way too expensive for the fact that they’re extremely underdosed, but then there’s the Beard Grow XL, which literally uses DHT blocking ingredients in their “beard growth” supplement. 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 Get your Beard to Grow Faster Naturally
How can I speed up my facial hair growth rate?
- Facial hair growth stimulation starts from optimizing lifestyle.
- Proper nutrition is vital to promote facial hair growth.
- Certain supplements do work to boost beard thickness.
- Minoxidil is a way to grow facial hair even if you can’t naturally do it.
- Microneedling is proven to work and works together with minoxidil.
- Red light therapy is an almost entirely beard stimulation trick.
- Don’t waste time with myths and bad supplements, sprays or “growth oils”.
- Consider doing some facial massage, beard brush, and exfoliate your face.
- Try to stay lean, as fat mass depletes your body of DHT and T.
That’s it. Now get to work.
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