There’s nothing worse than deciding to grow a beard only to find that, well, the coverage isn’t quite what you’d hoped for.
But patches don’t have to be the end of your exploration into facial hair as there are loads of options to consider before reaching for the razor and going back to a baby face. Here are those alternatives…
Be patient, a full beard will not grow in the space of a week. See how far your beard will grow before trimming any of it, because, after a month, you may find that those patches will have disappeared with the length of other parts of your beard covering them.
If your patches are only slight in places, try combing your facial hair that’s growing in the direction of the gaps to cover them up (and to promote more hair growing in that direction).
Make use of all of those beard shampoos and conditioners you see out there – they exist for a reason. Much like you wouldn’t let your hair go unwashed or untreated, you need to make sure you give your beard all the love, too.
Test the waters with some of the many beard grooming products on the market. There are plenty of oils and lotions out there that offer beard-growth stimulation. OR, failing that, you could use a holding product (wax, pomade etc.) to keep your facial hair in place once combed to cover the patches.
It might sound daft, but high levels of testosterone have been proven to prime your follicles for the growth of thicker beard hair. A good way to get that sweet, sweet hormone increase? Getting absolutely jacked, bro.
Just because your beard is patchy, it doesn’t mean it has to be unkempt. Keep your beard neat by trimming the sides and focusing on the lines that help shape your face. It may not directly help the patchiness, but it’ll be a huge help for its overall appearance.
As a last resort, if your beard definitely isn’t growing, shave the longest part of your beard down to the shortest and live your best stubble life.
You might not be able to grow a full beard, but what about the moustache? The goatee? Work with what you have. Unless what you have is mutton chops.