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How to Fix a Patchy Beard

POSTED: 28 March 2021

For many men, growing a thick, full beard is easier said than done. Patchy or uneven beard hair growth is common – in fact, 45% of men have bald patches in their facial hair – but it can be a source of frustration for those who are struggling to achieve their ideal look. 

There are a number of reasons why your beard may be patchy, from varying hormone levels to genetics, but thankfully, there also a number of ways to make your beard appear fuller. 

 

Let your beard grow out 

 

Patience is key when it comes to growing about a beard. Although it may look particularly patchy in the first few weeks, you may find that once it’s left a little longer, it starts to look more uniform. Many men find that the hair on their cheeks tends to grow slower than the hair on the rest of the face, so you may find that once you have grown it out, you no longer have this issue. Ideally, you should leave it to grow out for at least a month to get a better idea of how patchy it really is – you can just trim the areas that are growing faster to avoid looking too unkempt. 

Keep your beard shorter 

 

If you’d rather not take the time to grow your beard out, you could try keeping your beard short. When you have stubble, any patches in your facial hair would be far less visible – it can still look stylish and well-groomed, so could be a good way to disguise uneven growth. 

You could also try adopting a different style of beard that doesn’t accentuate the patches. Head to your barber and see what they recommend to make the most of the hair you have. 

 

Look after your beard 

 

Just like the hair on your head, your beard needs some TLC to keep it looking its best. Brushing and styling your beard can help to cover up sparse areas, whilst keeping your beard well-conditioned and using oils can improve the condition of your beard to make it look fuller. A gentle exfoliant can help to remove any dead skin that might be clogging the follicles. 

 

Stay healthy 

 

It may not be a quick fix, but a healthy lifestyle and a balanced diet supports all of your body’s processes – and hair growth is no different. Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water and eating foods rich in protein, zinc, iron and vitamin B and C, all of which support hair growth and help to nourish hair. 

 

Look into beard transplants 

 

The only permanent way to fix uneven beard growth is to undergo a beard transplant. Although this might sound like a rather drastic step, it’s actually a minimally-invasive procedure. Beard transplants use hairs from the back of the head, which are then carefully implanted into the beard area. The surgery takes around 4-6 hours, but the results will last a lifetime. If you’d like to find out more about the beard transplant procedure, please feel free to contact our team who will be happy to help.

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