Beards. Most men can grow one, some attempt it – but only a few truly rock it. So, what’s the beef with beards? Is our reticence to grow one out down to the latest fads, our partner’s whims, or the British weather? Or perhaps should we just sit back and take a deep hard look at our stubbly bearded face and just admit growing one out is bloody hard?
The thing is – the beard growth process is not an easy feat. It takes dedication. It takes time. Mostly, it takes you desperately trying not to scratch your face off during the first 3 weeks of beard growth! But it’s not just about scratching that itch. Messy facial hair that’s neither clean-shaven nor glorious goatee looks, well – meh.
No matter the advances in technology, we are yet to see that sought-after overnight beard growth that instantly takes us from itchy stubble to glitzy whiskers. In fact, if men could bypass the torturous beard growth stages, we think they’d all be lounging about in their full manes looking dapper and debonair!
Ready to embark on a one-way journey to beardom? Read on to follow our top tips for a tip-top beard no matter the growth stage!
How Long Does It Take to Grow a Full Beard?
Let’s get one thing straight, growing a beard can take a long time. It might not be until your late twenties that you have a full beard, and the speed of your growth is all down to genetics. If the men in your family had a full beard by their late teens, chances are you could too. This means it’s worth waiting it out with a short full beard to see how it might fill in.
Facial hair tends to grow in the following order:
- Upper lip
So, don’t give up too soon if you don’t notice any hair growing on your upper lip until your mid-teens, it could take a good few years for it to fill out on your neck. But the good news is that as you get older, your beard will carry on filling out, and your beard can get fuller and thicker even decades after your teens. So, if you don’t immediately get both a full beard and moustache look that you’re dreaming of, patience could be the key.
But before you throw out the beard balm and lose all hope of growing your own long, luscious locks, hear us out – for we have created a go-to beard growth timeline for all you facial hair aspirants.
Beard Growth Stages: First 3 Week Beard Growth
Gents – now that you’ve signed your life away to committed beard growth, there’s no looking back. Unless it’s to catch your swanky reflection in the mirror to check on your beard growth progress!
Jokes aside, we do hope you’re serious about being committed. The next few weeks will be challenging both to look at and experience. Beards, just like many other things in life, come with hard work. See it as a challenge. A testament to your persevering temperament. An oath to tenacity. And yes, we do genuinely believe growing a full beard should be one of those skills worthy of being added to your CV.
Beard Growth by Week 1
Right, so you’ve swapped the razor for the beard oils and now you’re all pumped up and ready for the exciting future beardedness entails. Yes, you’re probably staring at the mirror way too often. No, you don’t have to apologise. But as you glance back day after day and in some fateful twist never see any progress except for patchy stubble – Do. Not. Worry.
In the first few weeks of growth, it’ll seem like nothing’s happening. At least appearance-wise. The truth is, all the good stuff is happening behind closed doors, and by that, we mean underneath the skin!
Your facial hair grows in three phases:
The anagen stage is the growing phase, where your facial hair will grow on average around a quarter of an inch a month for the next 2-7 years. Whether your anagen phase is closer to 2 or 7 years is dependent on your genetics and has an impact on how long your beard will grow.
The catagen stage is also known as the transitional phase and usually lasts about 2-3 weeks. This is the stage where the hair stops gradually stops growing and disconnects from the blood supply and stops receiving nutrients. The catagen stage generally lasts 2-3 weeks.
The telogen stage is the shedding phase and lasts around 3 months. Your hair follicles are now inactive and ready for new hair to grow, beginning the hair growth cycle once again in the anagen phase.
Beard Growth by Week 2
Right, you’ve made it through the first week. You might not have noticed a great deal of difference, but come week 2, you’ll surely feel it. Now that your stubble is beginning to grow, you may start feeling an itchy, prickly and particularly persistent urge to scratch your face.
Now, this is where you get to test the true nature of your free will against the deterministic forces of beard-induced itch. Many a great man has fallen victim to the urge to simply do away with it, reach for that sharp razor, and cut off the damned facial hairs in a battle against their tyrannic tickle.
Gents – put down those razors and arm yourselves with beard balms and oils. This fight against the itch is won using soothing tactics, not blades! Use moisturising products like King C. Gillette’s Beard Oil which is packed with natural ingredients like sweet almond and avocado oil to soothe your itchy skin and hydrate your beard making it softer and less coarse.