NaturAll believes in providing healthy and effective hair products for everyone! We’ve just launched a fresh new product line specifically made for strengthening and growth, and encourage you to participate in our growth challenge, but don’t think this is just for the ladies! Now is the perfect time to fill in your beard, thicken up your mustache, or beef up your sideburns with a few tips from us. We know that many struggle to grow and maintain their facial hair, and we’re proud to provide information on facial hair growth, and how our natural formulations can help with caring for it!
Growing Your Hair
The growth rate for facial hair varies greatly and depends most on biological factors like genetics, hormones, and age. As with all things, facial hair growth is a process and some may find their facial hair springing up as early as 13, while others may continue to remain without facial hair throughout their teens and even into early adulthood.
The younger you are, the longer it may take to grow a full beard or mustache. As your body enters puberty, testosterone, the hormone that produces facial hair, begins to enter your bloodstream in higher amounts. As time goes on, the level of testosterone in your body grows and grows, and facial hair usually follows. In these instances it is important to take a great deal of care for the hair that may be sprouting up, and to remember that growing facial hair is all a part of a long process which requires diligence and patience. Once a consistent growth pattern is established in you, which is most likely to occur around the age of 18, you can expect to see about one half inch of growth per month, and with proper upkeep you’ll be able to retain the hair you grow and make it to Santa Claus status in no time at all!
The Shaving Myth
As you travel along your journey through facial hair growth, there might be great temptation to shave or cut your incoming ‘stache or beard. There is even an incredibly popular old wives tale that if you cut your hair it will grow back faster, but it remains just that; a myth. Some may notice that after a shave their hair appears to come in fuller, but this is more-so attributed to new hairs growing darker in comparison to your freshly shaven face. Most people would consider the phenomenon to be a mere trick of the eye. Don’t fall for it! Keep your baby beard trimmed and uniform in length and keep on growing. Remain encouraged, and know that you’re on the path to facial hair greatness!
General health and wellness is always a great first step in a hair journey. Fortifying your body with the things that are conducive to a positive lifestyle will always be beneficial to you and even your beard. Exercising is a great way to get your blood pumping, and can even cause a temporary boost to your testosterone levels! Although they fluctuate depending on the type of workouts you do, getting active is always a wonderful suggestion. It has been shown that obesity can reduce your natural testosterone levels, so maintaining a healthy body mass index is always recommended. These small diet changes offer a great chance to increase your chance at seeing faster and more dramatic results.
Diet can play a huge role in how your body regulates itself, and your hormone levels. Consuming foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals that can help increase cell turnover, maintain your metabolism is also important.
Lean proteins like chicken and salmon will keep your digestive system and metabolism from being bogged down by red meats and saturated or trans fats. Eating foods rich in Iron aids in our blood cell’s ability to carry oxygen to our organs. Increasing your intake of iron rich liver, oats, and spinach can help promote overall organ functionality and even increased energy levels. Consuming foods rich in zinc has been found to be beneficial to blood testosterone levels as well! Zinc can be found in foods like shellfish, nuts, legumes, and whole grains. With growing facial hair, every step you take increases your results.
Taking a dietary supplement can also help boost your growth rate, and improve your health overall. For many adults, a daily multivitamin is recommended to ensure you get all of the vitamins your body needs. Vitamin D is especially important in a multivitamin as it increases your bone health. Vitamin D helps your body absorb more calcium from the foods you eat, and although it doesn’t directly aid in hair growth it can have many other benefits. Not getting enough Vitamin D can allow your immune system to weaken making it more likely for you to get sick. On top of that, Vitamin D lessens your chances of bone and back pain as well as bone and hair loss, which is important for keeping your beard coming in!
Magnesium is another essential nutrient that many people aren’t able to get from their regular diet. While Magnesium is best known for supporting bone health and energy production, it can also help regulate muscle and nerve function, help to balance blood sugar levels, and even promote a good night’s rest. This important mineral can be found in pumpkins, artichokes, and soybeans, but many adults find that it’s easier to get their fill in the form of a supplement.
One of the most sought after vitamins for hair growth are Vitamins B6, B12 and Biotin. These are considered the big 3, and are often featured in supplements marketed toward improving one’s hair, skin, and nails. When taken in the right dosage, they can help promote the growth of new skin cells and hair which in turn improves your hair’s growth rate as well as the strength and durability of your hair. Taking these supplements has the potential to drastically improve a sparse beard that may need some assistance in the thickness department. These “big 3” vitamins and minerals can also be found within foods like fish, poultry, eggs, nuts, and brown rice, but be careful as too much Biotin has been known to cause skin outbreaks and worsen acne.
Making sure you get enough sleep is absolutely essential for improving your overall health, and it can even be beneficial for your incoming goatee as well.
As your body rests during sleep, testosterone is released into your bloodstream. This surge of testosterone aids your body’s recovery and helps to build up your muscles so you wake up strong and ready for the next day. Studies have shown that when your body goes without a significant amount of good and restful sleep, your testosterone level can actually be lowered which isn’t a great news if you want to grow out your facial hair. This includes fragmented sleep like naps and sleeping in shifts, as well in cases of sleep apnea where the person doesn’t breathe enough as they sleep.
Congratulations! You’ve grown out your dream mustache and beard combo! Your face sees a lot through the day, and so does your beard. For help with everything from beard dandruff to ingrown hairs, check out these tips to keep your facial hair looking its best!
- Exfoliating your face is a great step if you’re prone to ingrown hairs. After a fresh trim, use a facial scrub to clear your pores of any oils and uneven texture left by the clippers. Your skin will look brighter and you’ll lessen the chance of getting ingrown hairs.
- Crumbs from the foods you eat, and debris from the air can find itself stuck in your beard so it’s important to thoroughly shampoo and cleanse that area of your face. NaturAll’s Cleansing Avocado Shampoo is perfect for washing away anything that may get in your beard’s way without leaving your hair looking dry or brittle. Strengthening avocado actually helps to build up your hair to leave it stronger and shinier than before, and because it’s made sulfate-free with natural ingredients, it is gentle enough to be used daily!
- It may seem silly, but detangling your beard is important in maintaining its looks. Depending on your curl pattern, your facial hair may be curly and prone to tangling. Be sure to get a small comb and brush so that you can brush the hair to keep it from becoming matted or knotty. You’ll notice a huge difference in the length of your hair as well. Tangles can cause the hair to curl in on itself, making the hair seem shorter than it is. Brushing your beard or mustache smooths the hair so that it lays uniformly appearing more lush and full. It’s also great for keeping it neat between visits to the barber.
- Using a beard oil is extremely beneficial for beards to help nourish the hair, keeping it soft and moisturized, as well as protecting it from damage. Jamaican black castor oil is famous for its ability to add strength to hair and give it a fantastic shine. NaturAll has created a line of Strengthening Growth Serums made with ingredients like JBCO, carrot, and moringa-monoi. It’s a lightweight oil that smells amazing and coats your hair in hydrating ingredients that deeply penetrate the hair strand. This results in hair that is shiner, stronger, and easier to manage by eliminating dry hair issues like beard dandruff and dry skin. It can also help stimulate hair growth so that it grows thicker and faster. It’s a great all in one product that can be used for the hair on your head too!
As we mentioned, a huge factor in your hair growth journey is genetics and hormones. While we can try various methods to increase testosterone production, you can’t fight your genetics. Depending on your age, your body may be on the verge of changing your beard game completely, and in those cases it’s best to wait and work with what you have.
In this blog, we also tackled the popular shaving myth, and how cutting your hair won't necessarily make it grow any faster or thicker. You’re encouraged to simply allow your facial to be, and grow to its full potential. While it takes patience and diligence, it’s always best to let your hair do its thing and just help it out along the way.
The general tips given will surely help your facial hair to grow to its full potential. Maintaining the cleanliness of your beard and mustache will ultimately help in a multitude of ways! Washing your beard improves the appearance of your beard to keep you looking awesome. Maintaining the skin on face also helps to provide a smooth and ingrown hair free canvas to showcase your glorious facial hair on. Styling and using products on your beard is the secret to keeping it shiny and flourishing for years to come. We also learned that combs and brushes specifically made for facial hair, while being cute and convenient, are also important tools that can help you upgrade your look in a snap.
This blog also pointed out that making changes to your lifestyle can also have a positive impact on your growth rate. After all, a healthy body is a working body, and that will definitely help on your way to facial hair glory. Small changes like exercising and consuming less saturated and trans fats will aid in improving your body’s functionality and improving your lifestyle.
We also discovered that taking vitamins and supplements in the hopes of attaining your dream ‘stache might be a fine choice if you can’t seem to get the vitamins and minerals you need from your daily diet. Making the decision to try out pre-made daily vitamins marketed toward your specific goal can be very helpful as well. It is even recommended that most adults take a multivitamin anyway since most of our diets don’t necessarily include our recommended daily values of important vitamins and minerals anyway. We also learned that sleep plays an important role in the body's production of testosterone, and that if you don’t get enough sleep you may in fact be helping to lower your testosterone levels.
In conclusion, with reading this blog we’ve realized that there are a host of different suggestions and tips for growing and maintaining your facial hair. Going through and deciding which you will try is all up to you! We hope this blog is useful for you, serves as a guide, and provides you with various methods to try so you can get your facial hair on point!