In this 21st century, everyone cares about their look. No one wants to be intimidated or belittled because of their appearance.
People take their general look seriously, and some will go to any length to adjust any part of their body they feel uncomfortable with.
Breast, hip and butt enlargement, hair implants, organic and inorganic skin care methods, and even grooming beards have become the trend today.
In Nigeria, grooming beards are shared among the youth and teenagers. There is hardly any young man who does not keep a beard.
Some do it for fashion’s sake, to look good or belong to a particular group. Others do it to attract females to themselves.
Whatever the intent for growing beards, this article will highlight tips to grow beards faster and what to expect as your beard grows.
What Stimulates Beard Growth?
Two hormones stimulate beard growth. They are testosterone and Dihydrotestosterone (DHT).
The human body uses an enzyme called 5- alpha-reductase to convert testosterone to DHT.
This DHT binds with receptors on the hair follicle to stimulate hair growth.
A higher dose or secretion of these hormones results in faster and thicker beard growth.
Conversely, under-secretion of these hormones results in slower and thinner beard growth.
The rate at which beards grow (thicker or thinner) is affected by your body’s sensitivity to DHT. Your genetics determines this sensitivity.
How to Grow Beards Faster
There are several ways to grow beards. While growing beards may seem as easy as cutting your fingernails, there’s a need for patience and consistency in practice.
To boost your beards faster and look hotter, you should consider following these tips:
The most important thing to grow your beards faster is patience and commitment. You need to remember your goal and how important it is to achieve it.
Do not consider shaving your beards when things get tricky around the first few weeks, as they most certainly will.
You may struggle with itches, and a little discomfort as the hair poke through your skin. Take your time; it takes time to grow a full beard.
Allow it grow
Do not touch your beards for the first two weeks. Hair grows at different rates. Your beards may have a variable growth rate.
Resist the urge to pull, shave or trim it for the first two months. Waiting allows you to take note of the growth rate and pattern.
Use beard growth vitamins and supplements
To grow beards faster, use good beard oil. In Nigeria, there are so many of these sold.
The sooner you start using beard growth products, the better.
Beard oil helps to provide moisture and shine to your beards.
Although, factors such as the amount of testosterone and genetics affect the functioning of the vitamins and supplements.
When this happens, ensure you carry out a genetic test or check your testosterone level.
Regular exercise can boost your testosterone level during the day, stimulating hair growth.
Exercise also improves blood flow, which gives the hair follicle plenty of water and nutrients, stimulating hair growth.
Eat well, and watch your diet
Eat a healthy balanced diet. Take food supplies such as eggs, potatoes, beef, avocado, bell peppers, and sorghum.
Generally, food items rich in zinc, like nuts; healthy fats, such as those in avocado; protein, such as chicken and fish; Iron, such as liver; fruits and vegetables high in A, B, C, D, and E vitamins.
Consume more proteins as this helps us grow long hairs and fingernails.
You must keep your body mass in check through a proper diet since obesity lowers the testosterone level.
Getting sufficient sleep is necessary for optimal body performance. Sleep can improve the secretion of testosterone in the body.
Drink water from time to time
Water helps your body to stay hydrated. Water, in turn, helps the body stay energised, enhancing hair growth.
Drinking water also helps prevent brittle hair and ensures a healthy scalp. Drinking water reduces your chances of a dry, itchy beard.
As odd as this sounds, studies point out that smoking can lead to hair loss.
Many chemicals in tobacco can cause damage to blood vessels and block the supply of nutrients to the hair follicle causing slow hair growth.
Read also: Health Benefits of Deep Tissue Massage.
Take care of your skin
Find out your skin type and adopt a regular skincare routine.
Regular washing and moisturising
Washing and moisturising your hair can help prevent dryness which brings dandruff.
Keep the pores of your face open by exfoliating. Exfoliating will help remove the dead skin around the hair follicle, allowing the hair to grow out.
Microneedling (called Collagen Induction Therapy) involves poking tiny holes in the face with small needles.
Micro-needling aims to increase blood flow to the hair follicles. As more blood flows, there will be an adequate supply of nutrients, which helps to increase beard growth.
In Nigeria, micro-needling is done in spas like Flawless Skin by Abby Medspa in Abuja; Skin 101, and Skincare Clinic, all in Abuja; Luceez, Thalia by Alice, Pluto Beauty Cafe Skyline Spa amongst others, all in Lagos.
The average cost for micro-needling in Nigeria is N50,000.
Some Factors Limiting Beard Growth
- Age: Generally, the beard grows thicker for men as they approach their 30s.
- Race. Race is a genetic factor that affects beard growth. Your race can determine the thickness of your beard. The African race, however, stands a better chance in this.
- Clinically low testosterone
- Alopecia areata: This immune disorder causes your body cells to attack hair follicles leading to hair loss. Although there are treatment options, there is no cure for this disorder.
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On average, grooming beards take about 2-6 months, depending on certain factors such as age, genetics, or hormonal balance.
Some men may never actualise the beards of their dreams as genetics and hormonal balance plays a vital role in beard growth.
Taking supplements can regulate hormonal imbalance. But genetics is determined by a person’s father or maternal father.
Do not compare your beard growth with others. It won’t help yours. No one said the journey would be smooth, but it would be worth it.
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Rotimi Mercy is a Nigerian writer whose lifestyle centres around her family, teaching children and young adults, reading a book, or surfing the internet. This gave rise to her converting her speaking abilities into writing skills.
She writes on various niches such as; lifestyle, health, and Career.
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