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Fixing a Patchy Beard and making it look thicker

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Alright, so you want to grow a full thick beard but you have always noticed a few sparse patches where that beard hair does not grow thick.  You’ve seen those guys with dense Viking-like beards that scream manliness.  Although you might not be able to sport one of these pieces, don’t lose any ambitions of having a nice full beard?

Fortunately, there are still ways that you can fix your patchy beard or at least disguise it. Here are some suggestions and tips on how you can fix your uneven beard growth.

There is a chance that if you shave your beard close to the skin completely, it may grow in differently than it previously did. Hair does grow a little quicker in some areas, and slower in others… so there is still a chance that you can decrease the patches in your beard by starting off with a #1 or #2 guide on your trimmer when starting growth.

Tips for Fixing that Patchiness

Longer beards can cover those patchy spots. So don’t shave your beard down, let it grow until it is thick enough to cover the uneven patches in your beard.  While that facial hair is on the grow, you can use special pomade for your beard to control the hairs. Use just enough of the pomade, but not too much because no one wants to see a greasy looking beard.

Brush your beard downwards to make the hairs go down evenly. An ideal brush for your beard should have soft bristles. Brushing it down will give it a uniform appearance and keep those unruly hairs in check.

If there are areas of your beard where the hair is too long, wiry and unruly, trim it down. It’s always good practice to brush your beard again after trimming it.

Pick the Right Beard

Choose a facial hair style that will highlight the thick spots of your beard and hide the patchy spots. If you have bald spots on your cheek then you could just shave in an anchor style beard where to showcase your best growth areas.

If you’re a little thin around the lips, or moustache, how about working on a chinstrap beard?  Mutton chops could be just as effective, without being a full beard.

Lastly, if you want to make your beard look thicker then you can dye it with a darker shade of color. Remember that you should use a facial hair dye and not a dye for the hair on your head, of course it is only hair…and you could always shave it off and restart if there are any serious errors.  Don’t get too ambitious though and try dying that beard hair when it’s too short.  Make sure that your beard is good and thick before you apply facial hair dye on it.

How long?  That’s really up to you.  Teenage peachfuzz is definitely too short.

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Making Your Beard Appear Thicker

You can never really thicken your beard because new facial hair cannot grow that fast to cover the thin patches. No one can significantly alter the hair growing process of their own body. All you can ever do is to make your beard appear thicker as it seems. Here are some ways on how you can make your beard appear thicker.

You can dye your beard to give it a darker shade thus making it look thicker. You can buy a regular beard dye in your local drugstore. When buying the beard dye, you have to make sure that the color matches your hair and the natural color of your beard. A beard with a somewhat off color will immediately get the attention of anybody and it will look unnatural.

Shaving more often can make your beard appear thicker not because more facial hair will grow but it will make the hair grow in flatter. This kind of beard growth will make it look darker and fuller for short beards.

You can emphasize on the part of your beard which is thick and not on the thin areas. For example, you have thin facial hair on your cheeks but have a full mustache and goatee. It is recommended that you highlight those areas where you have a thick facial hair. Constant maintenance by trimming and shaving the beard is needed for this.

Stray hairs is not good for your beard. You have to use your beard trimmer to limit all your stray hairs to make your beard appear fuller and thicker.

Reasons for Lack of Facial Hair for Men

Men begin to grow facial hair during the age of 11 or 12 years onwards, and facial hairs continue to develop until early 20s. Usually teen facial hairs are sparse, patchy and uneven.  Some areas have thin facial hair and some are thick. If you are in your 20s and you still lack facial hair, you might have a hormonal condition, skin conditions and circulation problems.  Of course, it might also just be the genetics.

The most common reason is low testosterone level for men. If this is the reason why you have excessively thin facial hair, you can consult your doctor for a testosterone test before a hormonal supplement is recommended.

Now in terms of skin problems, this can also affect the growth of facial hair. Psoriasis and eczema can give you uneven facial hair growth. In some severe cases, permanent hair loss is experienced. Consult a dermatologist for the proper treatment of the skin.

Alopecia is a condition wherein it affects hair loss on the head but it can also affect the facial hairs. Men who have Alopecia may have uneven facial hair patches or they can completely lose their facial hair.

Increasing the blood flow and oxygen in the area of your face can stimulate more hair growth. You can do this by massaging that area and increase the blood flow.  Consider wrapping a hot towel around your face to open up those blood vessels and get more oxygen flowing through your facial skin.  It’s also a great way to moisturize your face and prep it for shaving.

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