BEARD THUMBNAIL

So you’ve decided you want to embrace your facial hair and go for a full-on beard, but it’s not quite as simple as binning the razor. Creating and maintaining a beard takes a bit of work. We’ve rounded up what you need to know before saying ciao to clean-shaven.

BEARD THUMBNAIL

Beard growth can be affected by your diet

If you don’t have a healthy diet, you might not have a healthy beard. Hair growth is affected by nutrition, so try taking a daily supplement that’s high in iron, calcium and zinc.

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Testosterone has a lot to do with growth, too

Testosterone production varies, but there are natural ways you can help boost yours. Get plenty of sleep, make sure you’re getting enough calories, and do some weight-lifting.

Talk to a doctor

If you really can’t grow a thick beard and you want to, Minoxidil (a drug used for baldness) can be an option. See the Superdrug Online Doctor Service for more details.

Brush it

Combing or brushing your beard will plump up the natural volume and distribute the hair evenly so that it covers up any thinner patches.

Keep it in good condition

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Just like the hair on your head, if you let your beard get too dry and damaged, it won’t grow properly and could even break off. A two-in-one beard conditioner and moisturiser will nourish your hair, making it softer (and way nicer to kiss), and moisturise your skin, ridding it of any beard flaking.