Patchy beard is more common than you think and in most cases, they eventually grow into beautiful lush beard. But what if you have waited long enough and the patchiness still persists?
Unfortunately, there’s very little you can do about it because the pattern and growth rate of facial hair are mostly dominated by our genetics and hormones.
Just so you know, patchy beard doesn’t necessarily mean you have low testosterone levels. It rather means your body isn’t very sensitive to testosterone (Yet).
Having said that, with a little patience and creativity, you can make your patchy beard appear neat and stylish. Let’s explore some of the most well-circulated patchy beard hacks that (almost) always work-
Table Of Contents
- Thumb Rules of Trimming a Patchy Beard
- Methods for Managing Patchy Beard Growth
- Ways to Fix Patchy Beard
Thumb Rules of Trimming a Patchy Beard
Once a very wise man said, “don’t get mad, get even”. I think it’s the perfect philosophy to live by if you’re going to devote the next 15 minutes of your life to trimming your patchy beard.
Shoot for uniform length and sharp edges while trimming. A trimmer or clipper with multiple length settings should be your weapon of choice in this case.
Here are a few ways to get creative with your trimmer when you have a patchy beard:
Aim for an Even Length
Hiding barren spots in the middle of the cheek can be tricky but not impossible. What you need to do is choose length setting 1 or 2 on your clipper guard (depending on the length of the thicker parts of your beard).
Keep trimming the longer bits down to the length of the shorter strands till everything is uniform. Mainly focus on the neck and jawline as the patchiness is more prominent in these areas.
Shaping Is the Key
The next step to turn those raggedy-looking patches into something wonderful is contouring. Sharp edges and lines help to highlight your cheekbones. Pay extra attention to the sideburns.
Wiry and unruly side whiskers bring the patchy spots into sharp focus which is exactly what we need to avoid. So trim off the sideburns to a length that seamlessly blends with the length of your beard.
It’s an idiot-proof trick to creating unique edges that’ll make your key facial features pop.
Play Safe by Keeping Them Short
Keeping the growth short is another hack that helps to minimize the contrast between the spotty areas and the relatively fuller areas.
The patchiness would draw less attention if the hair strands are only a few millimeters long from the surface. Keeping the beard tightly and uniformly cropped also creates the impression of a thick and full beard.
Don’t forget to be creative. Start with height setting 2 and move it along your cheekbones and neckline. Angled shaving along the cheekbones creates the illusion of a sharp jawline.
Methods for Managing Patchy Beard Growth
Wiry, uneven, unkempt beard can make doesn’t make a great first or second, or third impression, does it? Letting those pesky whiskers happily grow in random directions will only make things worse.
Sure, tidying up a bristly beard isn’t a walk in the park. But I’ve got your back.
Here are a few ways to master the art of making your beard appear thicker:
Use Beard Oil
Beard oil is absolutely essential for all kinds of beard, especially for the type that refuses to grow uniformly. While beard oil won’t fill in the gaps in the literal sense, it can help you camouflage them like they never even existed.
Applying beard oil makes the scruffy beard soft and manageable. It will let you use the classic combover technique of styling. You can comb your long hair strands over the shorter ones to minimize the appearance of the patchiness.
A nightly application of beard oil also replenishes the skin beneath the beard which prevents beardruff and itchiness.
Control and Condition with Beard Balm
Beard balm acts as a stronghold styling product for beard. Fortified with nourishing ingredients like shea butter, beeswax, coconut oil, and essential oils, beard balm is a great source of hydration for rough, bristly whiskers.
Applying beard balm during the day helps to reduce the unruliness of patchy hair, giving it a softer, healthier appearance.
Use a quality beard brush to evenly distribute the beard oil and balm. Brushing your beard regularly twice a day is an effective way to make your unruly beard behave.
Regularly combing the scruffy growth with a regular beard brush can make a world of difference. To make your unruly whiskers appear neatened up, use repeated strokes in one direction.
100 strokes a day would be ideal but if you don’t have that kind of patience, comb at least thrice a day, especially before bed.
Hide the Patches
Use an eyebrow pencil, one that matches the color of your beard, to fill in the small gaps. No one will even notice if you are clever with it. This trick is only recommended for filling in the tiny bald spots. If you overdo it, it will make your beard look unnatural, or even downright creepy.
Ways to Fix Patchy Beard
If you are not ready to give up on the dreams of growing a full, lush beard just yet, you have made the right decision. Although our hair growth is primarily controlled by genetics and hormones, there are certain ways to make biology work in our favor.
Let the Patches Grow Long
Forget about the teenage stud in school with jaw-droppingly beautiful beard. He is clearly an exception. Even though most guys start growing sprigs of hair on their cheek and jawline in their early teens, the mid to late 20s is usually the peak growth time.
For some men, the growth continues till they are 35. So if you are a teenager or in your early twenties, have patience. Moreover, the beard tends to grow thicker as you age. By the time you’re in your thirties, those sparse areas of growth are most likely to disappear.
Don’t worry already past your peak beard growth stage. Usually, facial hair grows about half an inch every month. If you have only recently begun to grow your hair, wait at least 3-4 months before you jump to a conclusion.
In 4-6 months, not only the gaps will be filled in but your stubble will have also grown into a dense, luscious beard.
Switch to a Healthy Lifestyle
A proper workout routine that involves weightlifting, push-ups, squats, and similar high-intensity exercises can increase your sensitivity to testosterone. The higher your sensitivity to testosterone, the faster and thicker your beard grows.
It goes without saying that exercise alone won’t make a big difference. You need to pair it up with a well-balanced diet to give your facial hair the nutrients it needs to grow at a healthy pace.
Foods rich in biotin such as organ meat, eggs, fish, nuts, seeds promote beard growth. If you are not getting enough biotin through diet, it’s perfectly safe to take biotin supplements.
Also, include foods rich in Vitamin B3, B5, and E leafy greens, avocado, chicken breast, avocado, and mushrooms in your daily meal.
Since our mind regulates our bodily functions to a great extent, it’s important to learn stress management if you want to lead a truly healthy lifestyle.
Stress and anxiety can trigger hormonal imbalance which could directly impact both your scalp and facial hair growth. So make sure you are getting a full night’s sleep and taking good measures to keep the stress under control.
Minoxidil or No Minoxidil?
The active ingredient in Rogaine, Minoxidil has a popular go-to OTC medicine to stimulate hair growth. But is it okay to use Rogaine to boost beard growth?
Well, there’s no hard evidence that Minoxidil makes any difference to spotty facial hair.
One study by The Journal of Dermatology of the Japanese Dermatological Association reported that there was no statistically significant difference after the application of Minoxidil on 48 men twice a day for 16 weeks.
More research is yet to be conducted to prove the efficacy of Minoxidil on promoting beard growth.
So, common sense dictates that there’s absolutely no point in applying minoxidil to boost beard growth.
Don’t Be Scammed
There are tons of products in the market that are advertised to promote fast beard growth. Only if it was that simple.
When there’s little to no evidence from a legitimate source to back the claims, it’s clearly a scam.
Beard growth pills and topical solutions could probably make things even worse. You could get rashes and severe inflammation from them. Use only beard balm and beard oil to hydrate and manage the existing growth.
Style Your Patchy Beard
If everything else fails, you embrace the situation and make the most of what you have.
Styling a sparsely growing beard is quite possible as long you have a trimmer with adjustable length settings. When trying a new beard style, always remember to incorporate face-flattering angles.
If you have soft features, use your scruffy facial hair to highlight your cheekbones and jawline to get a sharper look. If the growth is thick particularly on your upper lip and jawline, let it grow naturally to create an attractive chinstrap beard style.
Make sure to clean-shave the hair on your neckline and the upper side of your cheek to bring out the contrast. Chinstrap beard styles, when executed correctly, can give a stellar makeover to rough, patchy beard.
If you have no idea how to choose the right beard style for your face shape, ask your barber for help.
Parting Words of Wisdom
I’m quite sure using the following trimming and grooming tips will make the patchiness less prominent. If you are still dead set on growing a thick, luscious beard, know that there’s hope for you.
If the reason behind your uneven beard growth pattern is not genetics but a bad lifestyle and stress – you can definitely turn things around for yourself.
Dust off those jogging shoes, incorporate lots of leafy greens, healthy fats, and biotin-rich food into your diet and stop worrying. Thick beard, patchy beard, or no beard – none of it is worth losing your precious sleep over.