How to fix a patchy beard
If you’re struggling to grow a full, bushy beard, don’t worry. Just follow our quick tips below to learn what causes patchy beards and how you can make it look thicker.
Why is my beard patchy?
Let’s start by debunking a couple of myths. Firstly, we can’t all grow a full beard. For some men, patchiness is simply in our genetics. And, if you’re still under 25 it’s possible your beard hasn’t reached its full potential. After puberty your hormone levels change, so it might be worth waiting a few years before trying again.
Second, shaving doesn’t make beards grow thicker. If anything, it’s the opposite. Instead, be patient and let your facial hair grow out for two months without interruption. As the hair grows longer, it slowly covers up and fills in the bare patches. If your beard is still patchy after eight weeks, though, there are a few things you can do to make it look thicker and fuller.
How to fix a patchy beard: 3 top tips
Want to know how to get a thicker beard? Just follow these three grooming hacks:
Use a beard brush during your daily self-care routine to help cover up any patches. Beard hair naturally grows outwards, but brushing regularly helps ‘teach’ your hairs to grow downwards. Over time, the hair will start to cover the patches on your face.
Alongside brushing, a beard balm will also help anchor hairs into place. Go for higher-hold formulas that will help control stubborn strands and allow you to style longer hairs over the top of any patches. A good beard balm should be packed with nourishing ingredients and essential oils that help your beard look and feel healthy.
If you’re still struggling with patchiness, invest in a beard trimmer and shape your beard according to your unique growth. Chin straps and goatees work well if you have patches on your cheeks, while short stubble ( known as ‘afternoon shadow’) can also help hide any sparseness.
How to fill in patchy beards is an artform that just takes a little practice and care. Trust us – you’ll be a pro in no time.
How can I care for my beard + my skin?
Dove Men+Care Plant Powered Relaxing Eucalyptus + Cedar Oil Cleansing Bar is a great all-round grooming tool. Made with natural essential oils, it cleanses your facial hair while giving the skin underneath superior moisture. It can also be whipped up into a creamy shaving foam, so you can sculpt and style your beard your way.
To learn more about caring for your beard (and the skin underneath), read our five top tips.