Instant gratification. It’s something all gentlemen desire, however, when it comes to beards they are no exception. The truth is, much like growing a beard in the first place, beating patchiness requires a waiting period.
No man grows a thick, Viking style beard overnight.
It takes time, dedication to grooming and most importantly, good genetics.
The same is true for a patchy beard. It’s a lot like beard itch; it lasts a week then it’s gone. Only patchiness can and often does last much longer; that’s just life.
Much like the young man who grows he’s beard for the first time and experiences the dreaded itch, there’s absolutely no reason to overreact let alone, worry. Starting a supplement regimen or spending hours concocting a home remedy would be considerably foolish.
While I’d love to tell you there is a miracle cure that instantly solves a patchy beard overnight, there’s isn’t! Without good genetics you are well, literally out of luck my friend. However, before you get disappointed there are a few simple steps you can take to make your beard woes less painful while looking in the mirror.
I’m going to go over them with you here in a second, but just keep in mind what I mentioned above. A patchy beard, much like an itchy beard requires one thing: Patience. A virtue every gentleman should possess; especially one with the intent of sporting a beard.
Let it grow
Easier said than done. Right now you’re probably ready to call it quits and shave off your partially grown beard. Sure, it might look better in the meantime, but again, don’t let instant gravitation get the best of you!
If you set out to grow a thick, full beard do it. In all honesty, no one is going to remember how you looked six months from now. There are plenty of men who have patchy and spotty beards well into their later years, but chances are you and everyone else has failed to catch it all this time.
It’s a lot like missing connectors. When was the last time you went, “Wow, that guy has a beard with missing connectors?” Never. Yet, so many young men freak out over that and for absolutely no reason.
With that said, here’s where letting your beard grow will help.
The longer you grow, the better things will fill in. If you have a spot on your cheek that refuses to show facial hair, eventually longer beard hairs from other areas will grow over it. It’s a good reason why I always advise first timer beard growers to never trim too early in the process!
You’ll be amazed at how even the patchiest beard can look full, with flawless facial hair coverage over time. It’s a total transformation. As all those facial hairs in other areas grow it’s literally like natural concealer for your beard. Give it time and you too will see the results you want.
Keep things trimmed and neat
While your patchy beard may not look the best, don’t let it become a reflection on your grooming habits! A little trimming here and there can make a world’s difference in how your beard looks as a whole. Regardless, if you’re beard is patchy, spotty, or simply not.
Understand that doesn’t mean you should go wild with the trimmer. Do that and you’ll be in a world of regret. Instead, focus on learning how to trim your beard the proper way without taking away all the fill from other areas that you desperately need.
Always keep your neck neat and clean with the razor or electric trimmer if you prefer. The truth is, a neckbeard never looks good on any one; it’s extremely tough to pull off. Which is exactly why you need to continuously clean that area up on a regular basis.
If you aren’t combing or brushing your beard, start doing so. When I see men growing out their beards without making sure facial hair lays in the same direction, I’ll be honest, I cringe. Using a brush is one of the easiest grooming habits you can pick up, and it only takes a few seconds to transform your look.
All those beard strands shooting in a million different directions aren’t helping your patchy beard. The reality is, they are making your problem much worse. By combing your facial hair downwards, all those longer strands from other areas of your face are going to work together to fill in all the gaps.
Wet your beard, make sure it’s dry with the towel then comb it on downwards. Rub a dab of hair cream sparingly into the palm of your hands then run it down your beard. Compare before and after, take a photograph of yourself if you want. You’ll be impressed by the difference. (This is great for training your facial hair direction too.)
Of course, there are a million other beard tips I could mention like avoiding trimming while your beards wet, or cutting it at the right angle and so forth. I’ll get into that later, however for now, let’s focus on dealing with that patchy beard first.
Fuel your face
As much as you want to reach for that Rogain, don’t. It’s not what you need at this point in time. I won’t tell about its effectiveness, however, just know when you stop using it, so do your results. Imagine how awful it would feel to finally get a full beard then start going backwards. When all you had to do in the first place was literally be patience!
While your genes really do dictate the growth and density of your facial hair. All the male grooming products in the world aren’t going to change that. Any gunk you apply whether it be ointments, oils, etc. aren’t going to magically make more follicles pop up on your face.
However, that doesn’t mean you are totally helpless here:
1. Cut back on the stress. It’s a well-known fact that it contributes to male hair loss. Literally, the more you stress out over a patchy or spotty beard to worse you make it for yourself!
2. Live healthy. Say no thanks to the fast food and junk food. Start eating foods rich in fats and proteins. Everything from yogurt to milk, steak and eggs make for fine choices. Dial in your sleep schedule.
3. Take Biotin, which contains Vitamin B6, E and C. Most gentlemen take around 2.5 mg per day. Think of it like an aid for your skin and hair. Not to mention, your fingernails too as oddly enough, they tend to grow faster as a result.
4. Testosterone is like rocket fuel for your beard. While consuming more saturated fats can help, going to the gym, chopping wood, etc. work far better wonders.
Remember, if there’s one thing you should know: All of these steps combined will not directly result in immediate growth. Understand they are simply creating the right conditions for your facial hair to grow in the first place. That is all!
How long will my patchiness last?
In reality, every man’s genetics are going to differ.
Until time machines are invented or fortune tellers start reading minds accurately, there is literally no way to know. Patchiness could last for a week, month or years. It’s not uncommon for a younger male to be dealing with this until he reaches his thirties. Remember, that’s not the case for everyone though.
Will people really notice how bad my beard looks?
The number one thing both men and women alike notice when it comes to beards is your grooming habits. If you put in the time to take care of your beard properly, things like patchiness, missing connectors, etc. go unseen. Truthfully, no one will comment, let alone notice them in the first place.
It’s really easy to fool ourselves into making a big deal out of a small problem. However, it happens; we’re our own worst critic at times. Just know not everyone views you in the same manner as you. Embrace your patchiness. It is a part of growing a beard, and so be it. You should be proud of your commitment regardless.
Understand, that people look at your beard as a whole! No on picks out the bits and pieces.
What if I’m growing a short beard?
If you’re not planning on growing a thick, full beard, you won’t get the benefit of longer facial hair filling things in. However, that’s nothing to worry about. In fact, you have things a bit easier.
You can still pull off the impression that you can grow a full beard while sporting a short one by using an electric trimmer or razor. On certain models you’ll find selectable heights in mm, where you can adjust the height. There’s a guard that attaches on and glides over your face at the height setting you selected.
From there you’ll want to clean up all the spotty areas and blend in your facial hair. Then finish by using a straight razor on the upper cheek areas for a uniform, neat presentation on both sides. Remember, it’s not uncommon for long strands of facial hair to grow in random spots on the cheek.
Sure, it takes a little bit of practice to master the illusion, however, the ends results can look amazing.