Some guys seem to be able to grow a full, thick beard in no time while it takes others of us ages—and we still may not have that big, robust beard we’re after. No two beards are alike, and though (of course) there are similarities, every beard is like a fingerprint: unique.
With that being said, each beard has it’s own max potential. And the purpose of this article is to give you the information you need to help you make sure you are maximizing your beards FULL potential.
I’ll admit, this is a lot of detailed information; however, knowledge is power and these are the truth’s you need to know to get your best beard possible. So let’s start with the basics and go from there.
Hair grows out of the thousands of tiny follicles that cover most of your face. Two types of hair grow out of these follicles—vellus hair which is light and often colorless, and terminal hair which is darker, thicker, and generally coarser. As boys go through puberty, vellus hairs gradually convert into terminal hairs—and as those terminal hairs are allowed to grow and get longer, they will eventually form that familiar adornment of manhood: the full adult beard.
The number, density, and placement of hair follicles you have on your face—as well as the kind of hair that grows out of them—are determined entirely by genetics. In fact, much about beard growth is tied to genetics, and how your DNA dictates the level of certain hormones that influence beard growth. The two hormones responsible for beard growth (as well as many more processes in the body) are testosterone and dihydrotestosterone, or DHT. Testosterone is converted by certain processes in the body to the more potent DHT, and it’s DHT that ultimately regulates your beard and hair growth.
Men who have naturally higher levels of testosterone (and subsequently DHT) will usually have more and thicker facial hair than men with lower levels of these hormones. Some people have genetic sensitivities to these hormones, which will make their effects occur earlier and in a more robust manner—so young men who have this hormone sensitivity can expect to grow a fuller, thicker, and darker beard at a younger age than their peers.
Just as your overall health and diet affect almost all of your body’s natural processes, these factors will also play a large role in the health of your beard, and the nutrients you consume can influence that tremendously. A generally healthy lifestyle will boost your chances of bearded glory, and there’s perhaps no better place to start than with a healthy diet. The following foods all have nutrients that have a direct impact on beard growth, so add them into your diet if you’re hoping for the best beard you can grow.
Red meat is a great source of saturated fat, the fatty acid most important for the body’s production of testosterone. Adding red meat to your diet can give your body the nutritional boost it needs to grow hair healthier, and faster. More beef means more beard.
Brazil nuts contain selenium, an important trace mineral related to hair growth. Ingesting just 100 grams of Brazil nuts gives you 1917 micrograms of selenium—which is around 3000% of your recommended daily value. And the best thing is that 100 grams is equal to just two Brazil nuts.
Eggs are an excellent source of protein, calcium, iron, and zinc—the latter being especially good for hair production. Eggs are also a great source of biotin (much more on that below), and eggs have a fatty-acid composition that helps boost the production of testosterone and DHT.
Gelatin is a rich source of amino acids like glycine and proline, which are collagen proteins that your body uses to rebuild and rejuvenate your skin, nails, and hair. Gelatin can definitely help boost your hair growth.
Though not everyone’s favorite, this organ meat is high in both iron and biotin.
A great source of protein and zinc—which is a key mineral involved in the cellular production of hair.
100 grams of raisins contain around three milligrams of boron, a trace mineral like selenium which is known to increase the production of testosterone and DHT. In one study, subjects that consumed as little as 10mg of boron per day experienced a 28% increase in testosterone production and a 10% increase in DHT.
Growing the Better Beard
Dietary changes can help boost testosterone and DHT and provide other nutrients important in the healthy production of hair, but that’s not the only tool you have at your disposal. Regular exercise, proper sleep, generally good health habits (don’t drink to excess, don’t smoke), paying attention to your stress levels, and a regular hygiene regimen will help your beard grow faster and look fuller.
A Clean Beard is a Happy Beard
Just like the hair on your head, if the hair in your beard becomes oily, dirty, or dry, it will not look its best. When you regularly clean your beard, it will appear much fuller and healthier. You don’t want to overclean it—stripping too much oil from the hair can dry it out. Your best bet is to invest in a high-quality beard wash and conditioner to help keep your beard clean, soft, and manageable while ensuring it doesn’t dry out and become brittle.
You’ll probably have to experiment a little to find the right frequency of beard washings, depending on your personal routine (if you’re a regular at the gym, you’re going to want to wash the sweat out of your beard, after all), unique body chemistry, environmental factors, and time of year.
You’ll also want to moisturize both your beard and the skin beneath it. Keeping your facial hair and skin well hydrated will help nurture a fuller looking beard over time, as healthy skin grows healthy hair.
Including a high-quality beard softener and beard oil into your regular grooming habits will pay off, helping you avoid skin irritation, dryness, clogged pores, acne, or dandruff or flaking skin. Beard oil also helps your beard look fuller by helping the hair untangle and distribute evenly across your face.
Reasons to Use Beard Oil
A lack of proper hydration in the follicles of the face can lead to dry, brittle, and coarse beard hair, and eventually breakage, split ends, and poor growth. If your follicles aren’t hydrated sufficiently, it’s more difficult for them to produce sebum oil, which is a natural oil produced by glands under the skin. Keeping the skin clean, moisturized, and free of irritation is one of the best ways to ensure proper sebum production, which will go a long way toward keeping your beard healthy.
Unfortunately, there’s a limit to how much sebum these glands can produce. Everyone’s body chemistry is different, but eventually you’ll grow a beard so magnificent that the hard-working sebum glands on your face simply can’t hope to accommodate all that facial hair. Without a thin coating of sebum oil, the longest parts of your beard hair misses out on the protection and nourishment sebum provides to hair. Subsequently, your beard will start to dry out, feel and look coarse, and become dull and less manageable. Beard oil or beard serum helps fight that by mimicking the action of sebum oil from follicle to hair tip.
Whenever you shower or wash your face and beard with a cleanser stronger than water, you’ll want to use a beard oil or serum, and work it into your regular beard-and-face-care routine. Beard oils generally help to keep your skin and beard hydrated and well moisturized, which will help your beard hair grow more easily and rapidly. Beard serums have all the benefits of beard oil, but generally also contain other ingredients which nurture, repair, or otherwise replenish facial hair and the skin beneath it.
Biotin and Hair Growth
Biotin, also known as the water-soluble vitamin B7, is necessary for a diverse array of processes in the body, including cardiovascular activity, digestion, the regulation of your metabolic rate, and proper nerve function. B7 helps your body properly access, utilize, and process things like amino acids, carbohydrates, and fats present in food by acting as a coenzyme needed for the metabolism of those nutrients, as well as other fatty acids and glucose. Without B7, the carbohydrates, fats, and proteins present in our food would be inaccessible to our bodies. B7 makes these nutrients and others like them bioavailable, allowing the body to break down foods efficiently and convert and utilize nutrients to support and encourage optimal wellness, both physically and psychologically.
So, what makes biotin so great for beard growth? Scientists and researchers aren’t exactly sure, but biotin has been positively indicated in the body’s production of keratin, which is the basic protein that composes your hair, skin, and nails. Biotin improves the body’s ability to produce keratin, and more quickly, but its exact mechanism or function isn’t known.
Many studies have been conducted in an effort to understand biotin’s function in the body, and though so far biotin is keeping its secrets, the studies have shown remarkable proof of biotin’s ability to improve the rate of hair growth, the thickness of the hair shaft, and the overall health of the hair and the hair follicle.
Studies that compared people with normal levels of biotin to people with biotin deficiencies found that when biotin is lacking, the body has a more difficult time producing or growing hair and keeping existing hair healthy. When people with biotin deficiencies were treated with supplements, their hair growth normalized, and the health of their hair and scalp improved. Some studies have even shown that biotin deficiencies can lead to hair loss, and that higher levels of biotin in the system may even be able to regrow lost hair.
One study involving test subjects with significantly thinning hair was carried out to determine the efficacy of biotin and hair growth. Subjects were treated for ninety days, and were given either a biotin capsule or a placebo twice each day for the duration of the study. Researchers measured thinning or balding areas on the scalp at the beginning and end of the study, and test subjects had their hair washed or combed, with any hair falling out during those processes being collected and quantified.
The study found that the test subjects who were given biotin supplements not only experienced significantly less shedding of hair, but did see regrowth of hair in areas that had been affected by hair loss.
Biotin has been used in the traditional cosmetics industry for years to treat a variety of hair-related issues, and has only comparatively recently come into favor with beard enthusiasts for the benefits it can provide. Beard hair is just like any other hair that grows on the body, so of course biotin can provide the same benefits. Biotin can help men grow beards more quickly, make their beards thicker and fuller, and improve the health of each individual hair and the follicle that produced it.
Your Beard’s Best Ally (and Secret Weapon!)
Is there an easier way to get the right mix of vitamins and minerals, to get enough biotin into your system, and to find a high-quality beard serum that will promote quicker, fuller beard growth? You bet. Wild Willies is proud to offer our Beard Growth Kit, which consists of our Beard Growth Supplement and our Beard Boost Serum.
Our Beard Growth Supplement is made with our proprietary BioSitol Complex 1™ and contains a powerful mixture of amino acids, herbal extracts, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that will promote and encourage healthy beard growth from the inside, out. Great beards start on the inside, and our Beard Growth Supplement is one of the best ways to be sure your body has everything it needs to propel you toward your dream beard.
Our Beard Boost Serum is one of our best-selling products. It promotes more rapid beard growth, revitalizes and strengthens hair follicles, moisturizes and helps lock in hydration, and softens beard hair from the outside all the way through. It contains caffeine, which works to stimulate hair follicles to produce greater cellular activity and more growth. The biotin helps to strengthen each hair and each hair follicle, producing healthier, thicker, stronger hair.
The Beard Growth Kit from Wild Willies is the easiest, all-in-one solution to grow your beard thicker, fuller, and healthier.
For Those Of You That Skipped The Details
I get it, that’s a lot to read. So here is a quick recap to the truths of Beard Growth and how to make sure you are maximizing your beards potential.
1. It’s All In The Genetics - we are all different and have our own unique “beard fingerprint”. So while I can’t guarantee you will get the killer beard your neighbor has, we can do what we can control to make sure we are giving it all we got.
2. Eat The Right Foods - There are specific foods that can help you increase the health of your beard, which results in better growth. ( See above for details )
3. Take Care Of Yourself - Regular exercise, proper sleep, generally good health habits (don’t drink to excess, don’t smoke), paying attention to your stress levels, and a regular hygiene regimen will help your beard grow faster and look fuller.
4. Keep Your Beard Clean and Properly Oiled. - Use Wild Willies Beard Wash and Soft to keep your beard cleaned and conditioned. Then follow up with Beard Oil or Beard Boost which is included in the Beard Growth Kit.
5. Biotin Is Your Friend - Vitamins such as Biotin is scientifically proven to help grow hair.
6. Give It Time - Most men don't really reach full beard potential til they are much older in age. So give it time to grow.
7. Wild Willies Has You Covered - The Beard Growth Kit ( See above for details )
So there you have it! While there are many things about your beard that you can't control, there are some that you can. Your beard is your beard... Own it!