Growing a beard is not only a sign of masculinity, it’s a sign of discipline and strength—because it takes a lot of effort to maintain. Growing a full, healthy, beard is especially difficult for black men because it presents a unique set of challenges that other bearded men don’t have to worry about. Between slow growth and a coarse and curly hair texture, black men’s beards can be harder to groom and manage. Here are 7 tips to finally get that nice healthy beard that you always wanted:
Have Patience with Your Beard
If you’re starting from scratch, prepare to dedicate at least 6 weeks to your beard journey. Hair follicles need to be stimulated and your growth pattern needs to take shape, and this takes time. In the early stages, you may notice particular areas of your beard that appearance patchy, or locations that grow in thicker than others. You may even experience beard itch. Leave it alone and let it grow. A thick luxurious beard is not going to happen overnight. This is a process— you must understand and trust it. During the first 6 weeks, follow the tips below.
Wash Your Beard
Yes that’s right. Your beard needs to be thoroughly washed at least once a week. From the food you eat to the pollution in the air, the hair on your face grows best when the hair follicles and surrounding area is clean. RULE #1- Never use regular hair shampoo or regular body wash for your beard, as these products can strip your beard of all its natural essential oils. Use a beard wash that is specifically designed to clean and condition your beard at the same time. The main goal is to deep clean in order to make sure you’re promoting healthy beard growth.
Keep Your Beard Moisturized
Caring for our specific hair texture requires a little more effort. Your hair naturally needs more oil, and the oil glands on your face will not generate enough moisture for both your skin AND your beard. Although our amazing beard wash cleanses and conditions your beard at the same time, for best results, follow up with a beard balm that will lock in that moisture. Your facial hair thrives from moisture, and this beard balm will keep your beard hydrated and soft all day long.
Use High-Quality Products
The biggest mistake black men make is trying to use regular shampoo and moisturizer on their beard, or even worse, using the same products they use for the hair on their head. These products will either clog your pores or strip them of the oils that are good for you. When it comes to taking care of black hair and skin, natural is ALWAYS better. Aside from the benefits of not exposing your body to harsh chemicals, high quality natural products rarely have adverse effects on your overall health. What you put on your body is just as important as what you put in it, does your current product lineup reflect this? Simplify your entire grooming shelf with these 3 products that do it all.
Change Your Diet
According to Jim White, a registered dietician for The American Dietetic Association, the condition of your facial hair directly relates to the health of your body. Omega 3 Fatty Acids (walnuts, salmon, flaxseed oil) will definitely boost hair growth. Protein (chicken, fish, eggs) is also essential for healthy hair growth. Foods that are rich in Vitamin A (spinach, squash, and sweet potatoes) will improve the skin underneath your beard. Vitamins C and E will keep your skin and hair hydrated (ex. broccoli, fruits, and peanut butter). By changing your diet to foods that support growth, you should see results in no time.
Hit The Gym
We all know the benefits of working out and living an active lifestyle. But did you know exercise can also promote beard growth? Working out increases testosterone, metabolism, and body recovery, which all trigger beard growth. Hit the gym or set up a hoop session with your friends—do something to get active and pay attention to how your beard responds.
Stay Away from Drama
Stress can increase cortisol in your body, which can decrease testosterone. Since testosterone is essential for beard growth, you need to avoid stress as much as possible. High levels of stress can even make it harder for your blood vessels to deliver proper nutrients to your hair follicles, which can slow down beard growth. Cut out the major stressors in your life (friends, family, commute) or figure out better ways to manage it. Our 10-Day Level Up Challenge is a great place to start.
The biggest challenge for a black man growing a beard is understanding which products work with your hair and skin and which products work against it. Golden Grooming Co. offers the best natural grooming products for black men at fair prices. We did our homework and created a product line formulated just for us.