You’re tired of your patchy beard and you always thought about having a full-grown beard once you were an adult. Now that you’re an adult and Hugh Jackman is starting to get in the way of your happily ever after with the woman of your dreams, you have had enough!
So, you’re here now for knowledge about how long does it take to grow a beard. Let’s first introduce you to the science behind beards before you start daydreaming about becoming a model.
Androgenic hair is the hair that is all over your body e.g. facial hair, arm hair, chest hair, and pubic hair. For people, the hair transforms from vellus to androgenic during puberty. The growth of the beard depends on the amount of testosterone present in men. However, the higher the amount of testosterone in your body the more likely you are to grow body hair and less likely on the top of your head.
Phases of Beard Hair
Scalp hair and body hair grow almost similarly but in different phases. The distinct phases that hair goes through are:
An androgenic hair or in this case beard is in growth mode when it is going through the anagen phase. In this phase hair growth only lasts for a few months to a year. Scalp hair on the contrary can grow very long before it comes across the finish line and moves forward to the next phase. Since androgenic hair only goes through an anagen phase of a few months to a year this helps keep your beard, leg, chest, and pubic hair limited to bushes and not forests (Amen for that!).
This phase is where your beard takes a relaxing trip before going back to work. The blood supply of your hair is shut down during this phase. The hair follicles decide to pause their growth for2-3 weeks before it finally enters the telogen phase.
Your beard has concluded to retire in this phase. The telogen phase is all about new and incoming hair taking the old hairs’ positions which causes shedding. Thus, the only growth that happens in telogen is solely a last effort to leave. Once the incoming hair is all set it transitions back to the anagen phase.
Some Facts about Beards
- Full-grown hair takes 2-4 months to grow.
- Beard grows ½ inch per month where some can experience a full inch a month.
- Hair follicles during mid to late 20s (or afterward) goes through all the phases several times.
- All the hair or androgenic hair do not coordinate in the phases and are in different stages which prevent one from becoming hairless or a completely grown tree. (PHEW!)
- Skin Protection
From the age 12-16 is known as the puberty stage. Puberty is when you begin to notice facial hair usually starting from the mustache and eventually ending with a little patchiness on your cheek. Puberty results in a rise in testosterone level which converts vellus hair into androgenic hair.
After puberty, androgenic hair enters the anagen phase where the continuing rise in the level of testosterone helps the beard grow faster and fill in the patches resulting in a bit fuller and thicker hair. From the age of 25 until 35, the anagen phase lasts the longest. It is the prime time for one to grow a full beard and enjoy the attention of all the ladies passing by.
Race plays a crucial role in determining the growth of a beard. Race helps to identify whether you will experience growth during your teens or much later. E.g. Asians can grow a beard however struggle with developing full facial hair growth.
High-stress levels prevent healthy beard growth. Immune system and management of stress coordinate together during the development of hair. Thus, it is important to have a good immune system and develop a stress management strategy such as meditation and yoga to help the growth process of the beard.
Skin beneath facial hair plays a vital role in achieving potential growth. Using products that stimulate hair growth and also cleans face is important especially if you exercise, as sweat might irritate your skin thus, affecting your beard growth. Using gentle beard wash and softener will help protect facial hair.
Testosterone is the male hormone that controls red blood cells, fat distribution, fertility, and muscle mass. The hormone contributes to both health and hair. If you have a high level of testosterone the chances are you might have a fuller and long beard.
The genetics you were born with play a vital role in determining how your beard is going to look. While some people might have families that have been blessed with fuller beards others may not. There are things in life we cannot control and the best thing to do is to accept yourself the way you are.
How to Maximize Beard Hair Growth?
- Understanding hair characteristics play a vital role in determining how long it will take to grow your beard and what steps you can take to maximize the growth.
- Eating right like food rich in vitamins magnesium, iron, zinc, etc. helps contribute to healthy hair growth. Protein such as fish, chicken, eggs along with vegetables also speed up the hair growth process.
- Exercise helps one remain healthy and also raises testosterone levels which helps promote androgenic hair growth.
- Since hair cannot repair itself, one can adapt to good grooming habits to develop healthy facial hair.
- Healthy life choices such as proper sleep schedule, meditation, and not smoking helps stimulate hair growth.
As you can see there are many factors that can impact the growth of your beard. From the genetics, diet, exercise to the phases. The best answer to how long it takes depends on the type of growth your beard experiences.