You can’t grow your beard because it takes too long and doesn’t look decent? Facial hair goes through many phases, some of them a bit annoying but it’s important to know them in order to know what to expect from the first few small hairs on the first days to the sobriety achieved by a 6 month old beard. Today we’ll discuss all these steps, the time it takes for your facial hair to grow and also give you various tips and suggestions.
The Anagen phase is the phase where your beard grows, it can vary from each men to another and can last two to seven years. This is the phase that will let you know the real length that your facial hair can achieve. If your anagen period is longer than others your beard will probably also be. This phase also affects the quality of your hair through time and this makes it important to keep a healthy beard care routine.
Catagen is a temporary phase that last 2-3 weeks. Basically, your hairs are taking themselves out of the blood supply and preparing for the next phase.
Do you know those hairs that fall when you scratch or comb your beard? 6%-8% of the hairs will be in the telogen phase at any given time, this phase is focused on renovating your beard and making room for new hairs.
It’s the last phase where new hairs grow and then take the place of the ones that fell.
Now you know about the many phases of beard growth but let’s talk about what really matters: how long will it take for your beard to grow?
At Barba Brada we call this phase the killer phase since most beards don’t survive it. Yes, your beard may be looking weird and people keep looking to see what’s that thing growing on your face. Yes, the itchiness is driving you mad and you never wanted to pick your razor more in your life. Don’t stress! It’s two weeks of (possible) discomfort (or not, it all depends on your beard) but also of learning. Two weeks will go by really fast and give way to other options once your beard is longer. At this phase you should focus on hydrating your skin and start establishing good beard care habits. This is a very important step on your beard journey because it helps you avoid some of the worst problems your beard can have: itchiness and dandruff.
Now your beard is starting to have some shape and less rifts. In case you’re blessed by genetics you may also have a consistent beard by now but if this is not your case (just like most bearded man) don’t worry! Your beard will grow eventually. During this phase the itchiness will start to calm down and in case you’re giving your beard the proper treatment, people around you will start to change their opinion about it since it’s looking much better than before.
This is an interesting phase as your beard has stopped feeling uncomfortable but you still don’t know exactly what to do with it. It’s also during this time that you should look for a good barber shop or, if you feel confident enough, you can always try your luck with some beard cutting tools. In case the length is looking perfect by now you can start trimming your beard and defining its limits on the neck, cheek and ear-line. Don’t forget the moustache because it will probably be too long already and if you don’t want it in front of your mouth, you should probably trim it too. Remember when we talked about a good hydration of your beard in order to avoid dandruff and itchiness? Your beard being longer doesn’t mean that you should jump this step. Using beard shampoos, serums and other beard products should always be a part of your routine. Imagine that your facial hair is a car. It also need maintenance and constant care in order not to break.
Your beard is finally stable and you already know the style you like to see on yourself. Your routine is also set in stone (you found the right products for you) and you rarely have to deal with dandruff or itchiness. You’re probably noticing more fallen hair by now but this is due to the fact that a lot of them are on the Telogen phase and since they’re also longer, they’re just easier to see. Now all you have to do is to focus on having and maintaining a healthy beard with a balanced diet and a beard routine full of natural and quality products.
All periods of time that we talked about during this article are based on the average growth times of men and they may not apply to you. Each beard grows at different speeds and even the same person doesn’t have the same beard when they’re a teenager, an adult or a senior. Patience is one of the biggest virtues of bearded man and a key to give your facial hair a long, healthy life.