How to grow a long beard: Genetics, Tips & Care

Have you ever really wanted to have a long beard but you simply can’t make it grow longer than a certain point? All men are different and each beard grows at different rhythms. The role of genetics, diet, good habits and the right beard care routine will also influence how fast your beard grows.

Age counts

Beard padrons start to establish during our 20s or even our 30s for most men. This means that your beard won’t look the same in your youth as when you turn into a full grown adult. Additionally, the average time that your beard takes to grow will also change with age. Do you know how much time does it take for your beard to grow? Read our post “The Phases of Beard Growth: How long does it take for facial hair to grow?”.

Some Hormones control your beard

It all depends on testosterone and DHT (Dihydrotestosterone) which is in itself a sub-product of testosterone. When testosterone is converted into DHT, this hormone will focus specifically on hair and beard growth patterns. Men who have more testosterone and DHT generally achieve a longer beard but it all depends on the sensitivity of your body to these hormones and not their quantity. For example: while most men with higher DHT levels usually have a longer beard, those who have lower levels have less probability of suffering from hair loss.

Diet and Healthy habits

Eating healthy food and exercising regularly increases the levels of testosterone that in itself can help the beard grow. It’s essential to sleep between 7-10 hours daily because it’s during the REM sleep, the phase where we have most vivid dreams, when the production of testosterone is higher. Additionally, it’s also important to keep low stress levels in order not to disturb the balance of the body and beard growth.

The Magic of Genetics

It’s possible to see a pattern in some families of Barbudos where relatives keep the same aspects and beard growth capacity through generations. If you have someone in your family with a full, long beard this can also indicate that you may have the same genes. However, this is not set in stone as there are many exceptions and sons don’t always inherit the characteristics of their parents.

Patience is a virtue

Independently of having good genes or not or more/less difficulty while growing a beard, if you don’t have patience and can’t take the weird phases of beard growth, you won’t be able to grow facial hair. It’s important to keep your mind set on the main goal especially during the first few weeks when your beard feels itchy and uncomfortable. Remember that your beard will look different every single day that passes and when you least expect it, those first few weeks will already be far, far away and your facial way will start to look more consistent and attractive.

Essential beard care

Even with good genes and patience it’s also important to take care of your beard through the right products, to keep your beard hydrated and healthy. With that in mind, shampoos, oils and waxes are essential and must be added to your beard routine. Don’t forget about combs that take the knots and loose hairs out of your beard and the washing brushes that can be used with shampoos and that massage and exfoliate your skin.

As you can see, there are various tricks and tips that can help you during this growth process to achieve any length you want. Don’t despair if you’re not able to do it right now, this may not be the ideal time, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to do it in the future.