When it comes to growing a thick, magnificent beard it seems like some guys just have all the luck. While they bask in the glory of their beautiful face-manes, many of us are left in patchy purgatory. Between the bald spots and kung-fu master whiskers, it seems like you’ll never get to experience the magic of a natural face-beanie.
Bald chin up, sport, all hope is not lost. As recent studies have shown, it turns out that the higher your testosterone levels, the thicker your facial hair can potentially grow. You read that right, Babyface, you can actually do stuff to finally get some fur on that mug. You can cry… its okay.
It won’t be easy, it won’t be overnight; but it’s better than just wishing you looked like a lumberjack.
We’ve compiled a quick list of things you can do to get some hair on that face and finally start looking like a man of substance. (jk, bruh.)
EAT BEARD FOOD
As it is with many things your body is and does, it starts with the diet. Since beard growth is primarily regulated by the production of the male hormones testosterone and DHT, our diets can actually boost facial hair growth when we ingest foods that promote the synthesis of these two androgens and make it easier for our bodies to utilize them.
By incorporating some of these foods in your diet, you are essentially increasing your beard growth rate.
• Eggs • Potatoes • Raisins • Beef • Brazilian Nuts (high amounts of selenium, essential for beard growth) • Orange Juice • Kale • Fish • Gelatin
EXERCISE THE HAIR OUT
As we’ve mentioned already, beard growth and testosterone go hand-in-hand. With that said (again), it is also a FACT that exercise increases testosterone levels. Suck it up, Buttercup. If you want to look like Blackbeard the Pirate, you are going to have to make the gym part of your lifestyle. To really get those follicles trembling, here are the best activities that are sure to get those Test levels spiking (pun intended).
• Aerobic – Short, hard, and fast bursts of exercises. Jump ropes and elliptical machines are a good example.
• Running – As with aerobic, short and hard bursts. Sprinting is much more effective than distance running. Alternating between 30 second sprints and 90 seconds runs will do the trick.
• Weight Lifting – Heavy weight and big lifts are useful when trying to grow a full beard. Try focusing on lifts that engage your whole body. Making sure not to overexert or overtrain, it is recommended to lift more than once per day if you are just starting (with short rests between sets).
There isn’t a bigger beard killer than stress. It’s probably a no-brainer, but it has to be mentioned that stress significantly decreases testosterone levels, which means less face-fuzz. We know it is easier said than done, however, adopting stress-relieving activities such as yoga and meditation can help offset our daily stresses.
In addition to that, avoiding stimulants such as caffeine can also help. Caffeine tends to make us more receptive to tension and irritations, so swapping it for water or amino acids can help reduce accumulating stress throughout the day. You can also get off that damn phone (not yet, finish the article first… then get off!)
SLEEPING BEARDY (or whatever sleep/beard pun you can think of)
We can all benefit from getting some more sleep, but this is more true for two specific types of people – guys named Gerry and people trying to grow beards. Poor sleep can and will lead to decreased testosterone levels. Getting more than 8 hours of sleep, however, can get bring those levels right back up. No wonder bears are so furry.
It is important to note than this is only true with profound sleep, meaning catnaps will not be enough; it’s gotta be that deep sleep. Proper water intake and exercise can help avoid inconsistent sleep throughout the night.
TAKE A FRILL PILL
So you’re doing all the above, but you still look prepubescent. Before you prepare to show ID for the rest of your life, there is one other thing you can do. There are many Natural Testosterone Boosting supplements that can help elevate your body’s production of Testosterone. Assuming you are doing everything else on this list, you should be up to your eyes in face fur in no time!