It's a question that we've been asked a number of times since we first started back in 2014. My beard doesn't grow in the cheeks, it grows in thinner in certain places, how do I grow it where it doesn't grow and get a thicker beard?
This is a perfectly normal response to a manly mane not growing, as we see gents on Instagram with full thick beards and wonder why on Earth our beard doesn't look like that! But rather grows in different directions and grows in thinner in some areas.
The first step is to understand that this is perfectly normal. Much like the hair on our head, every single person is different! Not everyone has the ability to grow a long lustrous mane on their head or even have it suit them! Thinning hair, face shapes and so many other factors play into this, and it is the same with your beard.
We're going to start with products, and as a retailer of men's grooming products, you may expect us to say "buy this, it'll give you a fuller, thicker beard in areas which don't grow," but that is just not true! We hate to see this spread around, and want to make sure you don't waste your money when products aren't the answer!
While grooming routines such as using a beard oil, keeping skin exfoliated and moisturised, can help aid the growth and have a big part to play in beard care. These aren't going to be your miracle cure to go from no growth to Santa Claus in a week. This just isn't possible. If you aren't going to grow hair in those areas then it just isn't going happen in a short space of time!
The number one way to grow your beard where it doesn't grow or grow in a thicker beard, is patience. Yes, patience, simple right?
Some of us may just take a lot longer than others to grow a manly mane. There's no definitive answer to the question how long does it take to grow a beard? And the fact that you're even asking that already, may mean that you don't have the patience required to grow it in.
As a suggestion we would say to give yourself around 3-6 months of growing it in, before you start to think about these sort of questions. If you've only been growing a week, and are asking why doesn't it grow then that is just unrealistic. Remember, Rome wasn't built in a day, and a manly mane, much like the Roman Empire, requires a long term strategy.
Unbeknown to most gentlemen, diet and keeping healthy actually plays a big part in hair growth. The same as your body, your hair cells require a balanced diet to maintain healthy hair growth. That means a balance of proteins, carbs, fats, vitamins and staying hydrated with plenty of water, just like you need elsewhere!
80-85% of your hair is made with a protein called keratin, and therefore this makes protein a vital part of hair growth. Without sufficient levels of protein, hair can become brittle and thin. So you gents getting into the gym and increasing your protein intake, this bodes very well for you!
Yes blame your dad! Unfortunately (or not if your dad, has a fine mane) our DNA/genetics play a big part in beard growth, so if your dad has the inability to grow a beard then there's a chance you may not be able to too. Beard growth depends a lot on exposure to testosterone, and therefore if levels are lower then it can lead to inability to grow in hair as fast as gents with high levels.
Finally, don't worry, if you can't grow a beard in certain areas, at all, or it grows in thin, these are all NORMAL. We know sometimes it can seem like you're the only one, when your friends are all growing in beautifully tamed facial fuzz, but it's not just you!
Make sure you're giving it time though, if you really do want a beard. Like we said give it at least 6 months of growth, before you start to judge, while also looking at your diet! And then if it's not for you, then look for beard styles that suit where you are growing, or for the length you have. Maybe a moustache is for you, a goatee, stubble, shorter length beard, there are so many different styles that there will be one that suits you and your face shape! And if not there's always the razor!
Know that what you have is what you have, and learn to make the most of it! It's what makes us all unique!