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Still, as with all fashions, what was old is eventually new again. Dr. Allan Peterkin, beard expert and author of ‘One Thousand Beards: A Cultural History of Facial Hair,’ says that latter-day beard growth, as it were, is no longer a function of army culture, but instead comes from pop culture influences. “Some even see growing a beard as a playful backlash to feminism, being one of the few things women can’t do,” he says.
Like we mentioned before, the best way to how to grow a thicker beard is to exercise to increase your testosterone and eat right, but there are a few tools that will definitely support the growth you’re looking for. Do you own a beard brush? What about a comb? If you answered no to both of those questions, then we highly suggest you change that as soon as humanly possible.
There are plenty of reasons why the five beard trimmers reviewed above are on our ‘best of’ list for 2018. We took into account a lot of factors: each trimmer’s versatility, ease of use, the number of (useful) attachments, whether it was good for both wet and dry shaving, and durability.
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On the other end of the spectrum, guys with lower levels of DHT have a better chance of keeping their head hair. That being said, just because you are in your 20’s and still have a patchy beard, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have low hormone levels. It’s about your body’s sensitivity towards these hormones and not the set values of them.
We’ve talked about using a blow dryer in our videos, but usually, it comes with a bit of a disclaimer to keep an eye on it and use it in moderation. If used too much it could dry up those follicles and cause split ends. To combat this, you can hold the hair dryer further away from your beard, use a medium heat setting, or even use the cool setting. All of this will help make sure your beard doesn’t get damaged. Just make sure you’re using an oil or balm to keep it moisturized after it’s dry.
The first thing you’ll need to decide is when to apply your beard balm. We’re assuming that you’re like most men and that it will be part of your morning routine. And we suggest you apply your balm after your morning shower when your beard is warm and damp. This is when your hair – and skin – will most absorb your balm’s key ingredients.
Growing a beard all comes down to your hormones, specifically testosterone and dihydrotestosterone or DHT. Regular testosterone is converted to the more potent androgen hormone DHT. The amount of DHT you have in your reproductive system directly affects your beard and hair growth patterns. Men with higher levels of testosterone and DHT will typically have significantly more facial hair than men with lower levels. If your body is genetically prone to be sensitive to these hormones, you’ll likely grow a beard at an earlier age than others.
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There are many factors you should take into account in regard to trimming your beard evenly. Trimming a shorter beard is always going to be more even compared to trimming a longer beard. It’s also harder to get the same ‘even-ness’ rating compared to trimming a longer beard.

In Ancient India, the beard was allowed to grow long, a symbol of dignity and of wisdom, especially by ascetics (sadhu). The nations in the east generally treated their beards with great care and veneration, and the punishment for licentiousness and adultery was to have the beard of the offending parties publicly cut off.
Unfortunately I’m not attending Hogwarts, but this works like magic. Definitely helps in keeping the the hair hydrated and feeling soft. Some people have noted that it cured their beard itch in one application. The consistency is a bit thinner than other balms, likely due to the ingredients allowing for a more buttery feel. Something to note is that this isn’t really a “wax” the hold-ability is pretty lackluster. If that’s what you are after, then we wouldn’t suggest this product. 
It was normal – as normal as it is to debate a thing at a barbershop. But beard discussions aren’t just in the barbershop, they’re everywhere. The beard is lifestyle and strategy is necessary. That’s why “how to use beard balm” was the fifth most-searched grooming question of 2015. 
Since the mid-twentieth century, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) has encouraged men to be clean-shaven,[46] particularly those that serve in ecclesiastical leadership positions.[47] The church’s encouragement of men’s shaving has no theological basis, but stems from the general waning of facial hair’s popularity in Western society during the twentieth century and its association with the hippie and drug culture aspects of the counterculture of the 1960s, and has not been a permanent rule.[46]
Both the balm and oil have jojoba and argan to moisturize and condition your stubble. Once you try them you will know which suits your preference better and then you go decide which one to go with on a permanent basis.
Unlike most OTC products, Powell’s is FDA-approved—something not mandatory for non-prescription topicals like their beard tonic. It’s also USDA approved, which also isn’t required for their purposes—it’s an extra step they chose to take to ensure their customers of their exacting quality standards.
Hi Paps. All of The Mod Cabin’s beard oils will moisturize and condition your facial hair. Start with that. Our beard balms will moisturize and condition as well, but they will also seal in the moisture and provide a light to medium hold.
Bro, I know what you are thinking, we just said oils and I’m giving you a balm. Honest Amish is one of the most popular brands when it comes to beard grooming; this balm has existed for a long time, long before beards were all the rage among men. Honest Amish has a lot of dedication and experience when it comes to beards. It goes without saying that the brand is a staple and that is something you should take into strong consideration when making your purchase. There are countless positive reviews and a large and loyal fan base that accompanies this brand and their products.
For most men, learning to trim their beard is a harrowing journey of trial and error.  When they don’t trim it evenly, it looks like some kind of weird shrub with things poking out randomly here and there. When they trim it too close they get to wait for it to grow back. When they trim one spot really close, they get to trim the rest to match it.
Dry Process: The dry process involves drying up the meat that is extracted from the coconut known as copra, and then dissolving it with solvents to produce raw oil. The produced oil from this process however, isn’t suitable for consumption.
When trimming the mustache, I recommend you use a pair of scissors over clippers. This will give you a little more control and only cuts a few hairs at a time. With the cheek line try to go with your natural line and only trim off the one or two stragglers that are outside that line.
That said, finding the right trimmer to execute this not-really-shaving look is a challenge. You want one that will last for years while still holding its charge, preferably with a lithium-ion battery. The blades should be sharp — for morning efficiency, mostly — and the tool should feel good in your hands without seeming cheap, or getting too easily clogged with hairs. My last trimmer recently went kaput, so I decided to check out all of the options on the market to find the best replacement. After researching more than 30 trimmers, and testing a dozen from major electronics brands and digital upstarts alike, these five stood out. And not just for simple things like having the most power, or the strongest blades, or ample battery life, but for otherwise being a cut above the rest. (Sorry.)
Some men can grow a beard faster, and some slower. Not all of your hair grows at the same rate, so patches on your cheeks may fill in later. But you can take some steps to help the process. Make sure you’re eating well and exercising daily to encourage healthy hair growth. Beard oil can help but have in mind that not all beard oils are of the same quality, so choose wisely.
This oil includes argan and jojoba oils, which are essential ingredients for proper beard care, as well as cedarwood essential oil that’s a natural antiseptic and provides a mild, woodsy aroma. A must for dry beards, Cedarwood Beard Oil Conditioner cleanses and moisturizes.
Still, beards remained rare among the Romans throughout the Late Republic and the early Principate. In a general way, in Rome at this time, a long beard was considered a mark of slovenliness and squalor. The censors L. Veturius and P. Licinius compelled M. Livius, who had been banished, on his restoration to the city, to be shaved, and to lay aside his dirty appearance, and then, but not until then, to come into the Senate.[26] The first occasion of shaving was regarded as the beginning of manhood, and the day on which this took place was celebrated as a festival.[27] Usually, this was done when the young Roman assumed the toga virilis. Augustus did it in his twenty-fourth year, Julius Caesar in his twentieth. The hair cut off on such occasions was consecrated to a god. Thus Nero put his into a golden box set with pearls, and dedicated it to Jupiter Capitolinus.[28] The Romans, unlike the Greeks, let their beards grow in time of mourning; so did Augustus for the death of Julius Caesar.[29] Other occasions of mourning on which the beard was allowed to grow were, appearance as a reus, condemnation, or some public calamity. On the other hand, men of the country areas around Rome in the time of Varro seem not to have shaved except when they came to market every eighth day, so that their usual appearance was most likely a short stubble.[30]
Congratulations for joining us at the finish line! We hope you’ve learned some useful information today. There are a multitude of options when it comes to maintaining a great-looking beard. With the right products and the right techniques for using them, we believe that your beard will be a source of pride, confidence, and the envy of many. Beard on, friends!
If you tackle the patchy problem from each of these angles while avoiding snake oil, it will usually all work itself out. Even if you beard stays patchy due to genetics, remember patchy beards can look awesome when you know how to maintain them.
To trim your mustache, first comb it straight down. Then use either the beard trimmer or scissors. Start in the middle and trim first towards one side of the mouth, then towards the other. Normally, you should not shave or trim the top of the mustache. It usually looks best if you let it grow all the way up to your nose.
While many brands offer only a single beard oil scent, Beardilizer have a whole range of unique smells, including Gentleman Sandalwood, Ol’ Cowboy Leather and Choco Swag. Our favourite is Sweet Pipe Tobacco, which smells like you’ve taken a pinch of your granddad’s personal baccy blend and smeared it all over your mush. It’s also great for moisturising and will do wonders for your hands as well as your face fuzz.
Grooming with ER-GB40-S isn’t just confined to your face either, as it will also get the job done on your chest, arms, and more. All you have to is snap off the included comb attachment. Versatility like that is hard to beat.
We don’t use any silicones, sulfates, or parabens in our oils to give you the best possible outcome for your beard. Silicones aren’t inherently bad, but they coat your beard hairs and prevent them from getting the nutrients they need, plus they require more effort and chemicals to wash out. On top of that, they mask dry hair and split ends so you only have the illusion of conditioned hair. 
And if you’re a teenager or a guy in his twenties, remember that you won’t know your beard’s true density until you’re anywhere from late twenties to early forties. It’s only in this late stage—after adolescence ends—where men grow the thickest beards.
In addition to vitamin B supplements, you can promote hair growth with a diet anchored in proteins, vegetables, whole grains, cheese, and yogurt. This will ensure that you get all the right nutrients for sturdy, efficient hair growth. You’ll want to focus on foods rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E in addition to proteins. Here’s a shortlist for your next grocery run: eggs, almonds, whole grains, cheese, yogurt, salmon, chicken, leafy greens, carrots, legumes, avocadoes, onions, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes. Round out that roster with other nutrient-dense foods, and you should be sending all the right vitamins and proteins into your blood stream for maximum hair growth and strength.
Balms for beard & hair (+ body for our utility balm), so you get more functionality in one jar. Minimize the amount of products on your shelf while maximizing the quality. These balms are made without parabens, sulfates, silicones or dyes because we care about your beard as much as you do.
The next problem men face when trying to grow a beard faster is unreasonable expectations. It is almost impossible to wake up one morning with a fully-fledged beard, but you can begin to see growth over a few days. When tempted to shave it all off, remember that it will take time and that you are taking active steps in the right downward direction. Most men move out of the itchy, growing in phase by the end of the week, so focus on something else and it will arrive faster.
It simply means that your body is not sensitive enough towards these hormones. On the other hand, being more sensitive to testosterone and DHT means that your beard will likely grow faster and at an earlier age.
Once you have grown your beard, keeping it in top condition will prevent the need to trim if off and start again. Castor oil is a great conditioning treatment that promotes hair growth, and will keep your beard moving in the right direction. Apply castor oil at night before you go to bed (a towel will help prevent staining), and wash off in the morning. Keep this ritual daily until the hair shows successful growth, and then move to a weekly régime. 
There’s no such thing as a perfect beard. We’re our own worst critic, so there will always be something you will find “wrong” about your beard. That’s ok though. It’ll keep you humble, and encourage you to support the people around you who want to grow their facial hair out too. You may not be able to solve every issue you find, but we can definitely help you with a few of them. Strap in, cause we’re going through itchy beards, dandruff, patches, split ends, and losing your beard hairs. Most of it goes down to how you care for your beard and the products you use.
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Your body responds to the things you do in your life; what you eat, what you drink, and how your mind responds to different activities. Your body chemistry and the hormones it produces changes when you’re stressed. The hormones produced get reallocated into what is most necessary, and most times testosterone get pushed lower down that list. Don’t worry though, it’s natural levels in your body will return once your stress dissipates.
Yes, Stephen, there is a certain food that can promote beard growth. That’s usually food that contains proteins, minerals, and vitamins. We’ve compiled a list of 10 foods that help beard growth, which you can find here: //beardoholic.com/foods-for-beard-growth/.
New treatments and ointments are now available and beards are dominating men’s beauty, along with countless methods for better facial hair. By better, we mean these products help create some awesome beard styles that wouldn’t be possible without these products. Take a gander, browse our reviews and make your selection today.
With a full line of “beard control” products that includes a beard wash, beard control conditioner, beard oil and a boar bristle beard brush, Billy Jealousy is not messing around. The Gnarly Sheen Refining Beard Oil has a blend of sunflower, avocado, almond and jojoba oils, and has a sweet smell that’s hard not to like (all the more reason to slap it on your face – though you’ll only need a drop). It conditions both beard and your skin, and helps get rid of dryness and flakes.
All of that aside, it’s important to note that most men will experience patchiness at some point in the growth cycle—even those who ultimately wind up with full, thick beards. A lot of this simply has to do with your hair growth cycle in general. You could theoretically have a lot of beard hair in the shedding stage at the precise time you’re growing it out, giving the appearance of a patchy beard when it’s really just temporary shedding.
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Spinach – Rich in Calcium, iron, magnesium, protein, and potassium, all major factors in having healthy beard growth. It works great in smoothies if you want to try and mix it with other foods so you won’t taste it.
This balm is even easy to take with you as it comes in an ultra-slim design that will fit into most pockets and any compartment or bag. There’s no need to leave home without it. Moreover, the aluminum tin comes with a secure screw-top lid.
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