Thicker, fuller looking beards have often been considered a sign of strength and masculinity throughout the world. Does yours stand up to the hype?
Without the proper care and right products, your beard can lack shine, feel dry to the touch, have obvious split ends, or simply refuse to grow at all.
But if you're having beard trouble, consider caffeine…
Several studies, not to mention thousands of beard owners, have recognized the benefits of caffeine for growing a beard.
The biggest benefit of caffeine is something good for your skin and your overall health as well as for your beard.
Caffeine contains micronutrients known as antioxidants that help to stimulate the production of healthy cells within your body and protect them from free radical damage.
This means better looking facial hair, healthier and younger looking skin, and a happier, healthier looking body overall.
To get the most antioxidants out of caffeine, choose coffee or topical products made with dark coffee beans.
But that doesn't mean you have to skip right to using coffee grounds for beard growth.
Drinking an espresso or a French roast in the morning is an excellent way to start your day (just remember to pair it with healthy food too).
Scientific studies have indicated that hair's growth cycle tends to be faster when you consume caffeine.
A researcher from the University of Jena in Germany, Dr. Tobias Fischer, conducted a study that found caffeine significantly sped up hair growth in his control group of people who used it.
The same study showed that hair not only grew faster but longer as well. The control group saw increased hair length by up to 40%.
When you use hair care products that contain caffeine, the antioxidants can even stimulate the hair follicles to promote healthier looking hair.
Massaging these substances into your beard (or your scalp!) stimulates the roots and aids in providing more blood circulation to the follicles.
The nutrients your hair takes from the caffeine can create stronger follicles and hair shafts that don't break as easily and have a silkier, smoother appearance overall.
As with anything, sometimes too much of a good thing can become a bad thing.
When trying caffeine to promote growing a beard or any other type of hair, it’s important to use it in moderation.
Drinking too much caffeine can cause jitters, anxiety, and even heart palpitations. When you apply too much caffeine topically, it can actually slow the process of your hair growth.
For the best results, be sure to use any caffeine-infused hair products according to the directions on the packaging.
Sometimes, people take beard growth supplements instead of drinking coffee or using topical treatments. If you go this route, ensure you are only taking the recommended dose.
Always begin your beard maintenance routine by washing the hair, but skip using your regular body wash or bar soap.
These products aren't formulated for your face, where the skin is more fragile and often can't withstand the harsher ingredients found in body scrubs.
Instead, use a natural beard wash formulated specifically for the hair on your face. After washing and rinsing, grab a towel and gently dry your beard.
Next, apply a growth-promoting beard oil, such as this Wild Willies Beard Boost Serum, gently massaging it up and into your beard to prevent itching, soothe dry skin and dandruff, and keep split ends at bay.
In addition, the combination of caffeine and biotin gives you a boost to help you grow a thicker, fuller looking beard.
The third step is to grab the beard butter.
This product conditions and moistens your beard. Plus, because it has a slight hold on your hair, it can help you to create the exact shape you want before you head out the door.
All you need to do is scrape a bit onto your fingers, soften it and spread by rubbing it between your palms, and then massage it into your beard.
Finally, comb your beard.
Gently remove any tangles and use the comb to style your beard into the shape you want.
Avoid using a basic comb that you'd use on your hair.
Stylists recommend a wood or plastic comb with wide teeth, which prevents snagging tangles or creating static that causes your beard to stand on end.
If you want to ensure an even look, use two combs, combing up and then out to remove tangles and add fullness before smoothing it down to look pulled together.
Caffeine beard growth could be just the solution you're looking for. Wild Willies has everything you need to keep your skin and beard looking smooth, sexy, and strong, all without the feminine scents most products carry.
Remember to talk to your doctor before using caffeine or other supplements, especially if you have a history of being sensitive to them.