I think it's fair to say, as boys growing up we all anxiously awaited the day we could grow a beard as our "passage to manhood". We envisioned our beards being magnificent, majestic, thick and full. The last thing we thought we'd see growing from our face is a patchy beard!
Now, we all know having a beard does NOT make you a man, your character does. But nonetheless, many of us want to grow a beard the moment we can. Unfortunately, the truth is a lot us deal with having a patchy beard, and it keeps many men from growing their beard at all. Here at Live Bearded we hear it all the time...
"I really wish I could grow a beard, but mine just comes in too thin".
This fear of a patchy beard keeps a lot of guys from growing, so we wanted to put together some actually helpful information as to how you can deal with a patchy beard.
How To Fix A Patchy Beard
I'm going to come right out and say it...There are no magic cures to a patchy beard that will give you new hair follicles in areas that you don't currently have them. Sure, Minoxidil (Rogaine) is a topical treatment that guys have used to grow new follicles on their face. The results aren't permanent and it's not something I'd recommend to anyone!
A lot of guys ask about Beard growth products which Spence wrote an article about here: Are Beard Growth Products A Scam? To save you having to hear him blab, the only recommendation he makes is a beard supplement like beard boost as it's proven to actually work. He explains why in detail in that article. It won't make you grow new follicles, but you'll grow faster, fuller and healthier.
There are however a couple of tricks you can do to cover up a patchy beard...
Grow it longer
The added length will give you coverage in areas that are a bit thin. So what looks like a really thin beard at the begging stages of growth, can actually turn into a solid beard. Spencer's brother Justin is a good example of this. His beard is pretty thin on the cheeks, so most of his growth comes from the heck hairs. But with added length you'd never really know!
Play to your strengths
If you have a really patchy beard, you may want to trim it to a length that looks the best for you, and play to your strengths. That could be shorter or longer, depending on what you prefer.
At the end of the day, it really just comes down to owning what you've got and not comparing your beard to everyone else. Be comfortable in your skin and be thankful for what you've got. I may have a bit of a patchy bead, but that's what makes it unique. And I have a glorious stache! I mean, it doesn't get much better than that.
I truly hope this helps you guys. Don't beat yourself up over having some thin spots or patches. Throw a little beard oil and beard butter in it, and rock it with confidence. A patchy beard is better than no beard! If you have any questions hit us up anytime.
- The Real Stache Master