Hair growth and hair loss on both the face and scalp have many similarities. While it is far more common to experience hair loss on the scalp, beard hair loss is a real problem for millions of men. How quickly does a beard grow and when should you be concerned about a lack of beard growth?
How Quickly Does a Beard Grow?
A full beard can take anywhere from 2 to 4 months to grow. Facial hair typically grows between 0.3 – 0.5 mm every 24 hours. That’s about one-third to one-half of an inch per month.
Stages Of Beard Growth
Beard hair—just like scalp hair—grows in stages.
- Stage 1: Over the first 7 days after shaving, you should have noticeable stubble. This should give you an idea of how quickly or slowly your beard will grow.
- Stage 2: Over the next 2 weeks, you will begin to notice a pattern of hair growth that will let you know if you can expect any patchiness.
- Stage 3: After 4 weeks of growth, you should have a true and noticeable beard. If you still aren’t growing much facial hair, a full beard may not be in your future.
- Stage 4: After 6-8 weeks without shaving, your beard should have the fullest coverage that you can expect. It may be time to consider trimming it slightly to even it out.
- Stage 5: After 8 weeks, your beard growth will likely slow down. Now you can decide if you are ready to commit to the look and upkeep of a full beard.
What Affects Beard Growth?
Most commonly, beard growth doesn’t truly begin until around age 18 However, for some men, it may not fully develop until they’re 30.
Certain ethnic groups tend to be more hirsute than others. Asian men typically grow less facial hair than Caucasian men and men of Mediterranean descent tend to have thicker beards.
Your genetics determine the texture of your hair, your likelihood of going bald, and yes, how well you can grow a beard. Commonly, hair patterns are hereditary.
Low levels of testosterone can dramatically reduce beard growth.
Tips & Tricks
If you want to grow your beard faster, there are a few things that you can try.
It’s generally recommended that you eat a balanced diet including fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins while avoiding processed food and added sugars.
Try to make sure that you’re getting enough:
- Vitamin A
- B vitamins (including biotin)
- Vitamin C
Stress has been shown to lead to hair loss. Try to get 7 – 8 hours of sleep a night. Consider trying activities like meditation or deep-breathing techniques to de-stress.
Let It Grow
One way to cover thinner growth in spots is to let the rest of your beard grow longer.
When lack of growth is a concern
Hair growth can be altered by several factors relating to your overall health. Certain conditions such as alopecia barbae or alopecia areata can lead to significant hair loss on both the scalp and the face. These are both genetic conditions and cannot be treated with medication or changes in lifestyle. For men suffering from either of these conditions, the only true solution is a beard hair transplant.
What Is A Beard Hair Transplant?
A DHI (Direct Hair Implantation) transplant is a modified version of the FUE technique. During a DHI hair transplant, hair follicles are removed one by one from the donor site and are implanted directly into the recipient area. The transplant process is done with the help of Choi Implanter Pens that help the hair grafts to be placed in precise alignment with the natural angle and direction of hair growth. The result is a completely natural and permanent solution.
Beard Hair Transplants With Dr Serkan Aygin
Dr Serkan Aygin is a hair restoration specialist with more than 25 years of experience. Over his career, he has helped more than 15,000 patients with hair transplants, achieving a hair regrowth rate of 98%. At The Dr Serkan Aygin Clinic, we work with you every step of the way up to, and after, your beard hair transplant in Turkey. All of our patients receive long-term care and support. Contact us today for a full, free consultation.