A patchy beard is the bane of every type of beard, but luckily it's something you can fix.
How your beard looks is largely a result of your biology. A number of factors contribute to why you have a patchy beard. For one, you might not have enough beard hormones. To be exact, you might lack the testosterone that allows beards to grow all thick and bushy. You may also experience weak blood flow to the patchier areas. Blood flow encourages more hormones to visit your beard and help it grow out better.
And that's not all. Other factors cause a patchy beard as well. Nutrient deficiency, stress, and age all affect your beard growth. Not having enough vitamins stunts beard growth and may contribute to uneven patches. Stress also causes thinning and hair fall, both from your head and your beard.
These are factors that you have to keep in mind when you have an annoying, uneven beard. Don't lose hope, though: there are plenty of ways to heal thin beard growth. You can still grow the beard you want in no time—with the right care and knowledge, of course. There are ways to handle patchiness and plenty of patchy beard styles that can make an otherwise awkward beard look better.
As with everything, great things take time. This is very true for guys with a patchy beard. Letting your beard grow out is the first step in learning how to fix a patchy beard.
Just like you in puberty, your beard will go through an awkward phase. It will struggle, overshoot, and even go on a few weird first dates (with your face.) Don't expect it to grow evenly at all, as your body will be picking the most optimal places to grow hair in first. This will inevitably result in weird patches that don't seem to be growing anything. Don't panic because it'll still grow out with a little time. Beard-growing wisdom dictates you give it 4-6 weeks of solid growth, no matter how tempted you are to tweak and trim.
A big benefit to letting your beard grow free is seeing its growth pattern clearly. In most cases, your beard grows faster on the chin, mustache, and jawline areas. These are where your facial hairs first started popping up as a teenager. This growth will keep going until you expire, and as such will be the thickest parts of your beard.
In time, you will notice that your beard has grown sufficiently. It may be thick and bushy or thin and straight. Now, it's time to start evening out the hairs and making it work for your face.
It's time to start taming your wild growth of hair. No matter your beard type, the best style for your beard is an even one. If you don't have a beard grooming kit yet, it's time you got one. A grooming kit is essential for this step.
Find a beard brush and brush your hair. Doing this allows all the hairs to fall into place. You will notice a significant change after just combing it. Evening out the hairs with the comb will hide patchiness and make it look fuller and more even. In fact, this might be the neatest your beard has been in the last few weeks.
Take your trimmer and set it on the medium or long length. Run it through your beard and slowly start evening out the length. You'll notice that as your beard is cut, it starts looking more uniform and clean. Shape becomes apparent, and you're getting closer and closer to your ideal beard length. Take care not to go overboard and stay at your preferred trimmer setting.
If you're still not satisfied with your beard, perhaps it's time to look at other options. One you should consider are beard fillers, which you can apply to your face to give your beard a fuller, more even look. But no, it's not your girl's eyeliner. A beard filler comes in two types: fiber-based or dye.
Fiber-based beard fillers use keratin fibers, which you can spray on your patchy areas. Keratin is a protein that makes up hair, which makes fiber-based beard fillers a pretty natural-looking alternative. It usually comes in a container that you can spray onto your face. The keratin sticks to your face and creates an illusion of thickness. But that's all it is: an illusion. When you wash your face at the end of the day, the fibers will fall off. Still, it's a great way to temporarily fill up the patchy areas, especially if it's making you conscious.
Option number two is a dye-based beard filler. This is pretty much makeup, in which you use brushes to distribute color evenly throughout your beard. It's also easy to use. All you need is a steady hand and a mirror, and you'll have the appearance of a nice, full beard in no time.
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Minoxidil (a.k.a. Rogaine) was actually originally developed to treat high blood pressure, but it had the side effect of growing hair. As such, many men use it to treat bald spots—including their patchy beards. However, while this is an effective beard-growing product, it is by no means a neutral one. It does come with some undesirable side effects, so it's best to consult with a doctor before you use Rogaine to see if it is right for you.
If you want beard growth but fewer side effects, there are natural alternatives. A great example is Wild Willies' Beard Growth Supplement. Using natural products that promote beard growth, this supplement is sure to get you the bushiest beard you can possibly get. A specially-formulated blend of ingredients stimulates your hair to start growing. In time, bald patches on your beard will disappear, replaced by thick growth.
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These quick steps on how to handle a patchy beard are useful and great for guys who are feeling anxious about bald spots in their beard. However, if we were to choose one major step on this list to prioritize, it'd be plain growing your beard out. Like we said: we are our beards. We go through puberty, and it takes a while for us to completely bloom. Give your beard a bit more time and we promise, it won't disappoint you.
How do you handle a patchy beard? Let us know in the comments section.