The question “how long does it take to grow a full beard?” is probably the most asked when growing a beard. It’s a valid question, and surely the answer is worth knowing about.
Going into something with at least some idea is a comforting thing. It makes you feel like you know what to do and what to expect. We want to make sure that you feel this way. We’re here to break down those phases of beard growth for you.
Hair Growth Phases
Generally, hair goes through different phases and rates in its growth. These phases are known to be called: anagen, catagen, telogen, and exogen.
- Anagen Phase
This is the phase of active growth, wherein the cells found in the hair’s root divide at a rapid rate. This active phase can be from 2 years to 7 years long. Generally, one can grow about 1 cm of hair per month.
- Catagen Phase
The catagen phase starts as soon as the anagen phase ends. During this phase, the hair starts to slow down in its growth. This usually takes about 10 days or so before the next phase occurs.
- Telogen Phase
This is when your hair is usually plateaus; it doesn’t grow, but it doesn’t fall out either. This phase is generally for 3 months.
- Exogen Phase
In this phase, shedding happens. One could lose about 50 to 100 strands of hair a day. But as old hairs fall away, new hairs grow in the follicles. This phase occurs about 2 to 5 months.
The Answer To Your Question
Now that you got a picture of how hair grows, let’s move on to your beard. We’re going to answer the golden question: “How long does it take to grow a full beard?”
- 0-2 Weeks
This phase is what we like to call the “killer” phase. Wanna know why? That’s because most beards don’t make it out alive during this period, for a couple of reasons (that you might find yourself feeling guilty about).
Firstly, this is the stage wherein you might feel self-conscious. With your beard in its early stages of growth, it might be looking weird (to others at least). You might get some stares here and there, but their opinions don't really matter at the end of the day.
Secondly, the itchiness. Yes, you will have days when you’ll be tempted to just shave it all off. And yes, you will have days when the itchiness might drive you insane. But that’s just part of it.
Just remember: no pain, no gain. Also, it’s important to start doing a daily beard routine as early as this time. Establishing good beard care habits early on is always a good thing.
Remember, it’s just 2 weeks. It’s short-term discomfort, for long-term gain!
- 4-10 Weeks:
This is where the discomfort stops (finally!). Now that we’ve got that out of the way, what are you gonna do with your beard now?
A good place to start is to look for a good barbershop. But if you’d be comfortable to learn how to trim and clean your own beard (we wrote about this too), it’s worth a shot. Also, don’t forget your mustache!
From here on out, it’s almost mainly maintenance and routine care. But just because you’re past the uncomfortable phase, that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. Remember to always, always, always do your beard care routine (be sure to use natural, non-synthetic products).
- > 4 Months:
Your beard has finally reached its final form. By doing your beard care routine religiously, you will rarely have to deal with dandruff or itchiness.
You’re probably going to start noticing some hair fall here and there during this stage. If you’re thinking about the telogen phase, you guessed right! It’s just part of the hair life cycle.
Your main focus now is to maintain that healthy beard. Remember to use quality products in your daily beard routine.
All phases discussed in this article are based on the average growth periods of men, and they may not all apply to you. Beard growth can vary due to genetics, age, and physical health of a man. The most important thing in this journey is patience. Patience is one of the most important virtues to have as a Barbudo, and a key to give your facial hair a long, healthy life.
Keep at it and may the growth be with you, Barbudo!