Why can’t I grow a beard?

Why can't I grow a beard?

So, No-Shave November came and went, and instead of the lumberjack beard you envisioned, you’ve only managed to grow a Pedro. I imagine that’s got you feeling some kind of way.

Why can't I grow a beard?

Well, we’re here to help with the Top 3 Reasons Your Beard Isn’t Growing. Let’s jump right in and take a look at why you may not have been able to develop a magnetic face mane as of yet.

3. You’re a slow grower

Different people have different facial hair growth rates. This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone. If your beard isnt coming in like you think it should, it’s entirely possible that you just need to wait a little while. Show a little patience, give it a couple of months, and you may just see the beard take shape. Maybe not as fast as you’d prefer, but slow growth is still growth, after all.

2. You’re a late bloomer

If you’ve given the beard adequate time and still nothing much seems to be happening, consider your age for a moment. If you’re in your teens, it’s perfectly normal to not be able to grow a full beard…or any beard at all, even. Your classmates who can are the outliers, not you. If you’re in your early twenties, you could still be developing. It’s more uncommon in this age but that doesn’t mean it’s unusual. There are plenty of people just like you who are still waiting. Once you hit your mid twenties is probably when you can start ruling out this possibility, though you may not want to totally discount it either. I wasn’t able to grow a full beard until I was around 26 years old.

Why can't I grow a beard 2For example, here’s me circa 2003. Notice that, aside from those awesome sideburns, all I really had was a mustache and a little bit of hair on my chin. That wasn’t because I shaved and styled myself that way. In fact, I rarely ever shaved. That’s just all I could really grow at the time. My age that year? 23.

The point here (and for the previous bullet point as well, I guess) is that it’s not a race. If you want a beard, you’ve got all the time in the world to grow the thing out. Unless you’re planning an elaborate Gandalf cosplay for the next comic con, what’s your rush?

Also, if you ARE doing that and you’re dedicated enough to grow a beard of that length for a single cosplay event, can we be best friends? Because that’s awesome.

1. Genetics

I’m just going to put this out there: some guys just aren’t going to be able to grow a big thick beard, no matter how they try. Men from certain Native American nations, for example, may be able to grow some sparse facial hair but not a full, thick beard. Here’s an interesting video on some genetic factors that can impact beard growth.

What you can do if you can’t grow a beard

The easiest and quickest way to solve this problem, particularly if you’re one of those who can’t grow a beard due to genetics, is to simply accept it. You’re fated to either have a smooth face, or a patchy beard. That’s not the end of the world…in fact, it puts you in some pretty elite company. Johnny Depp, Keanu Reeves and the late Heath Ledger all have grown patchy beards and they turned out OK. Well, except for Heath…but his problems weren’t beard related, that we know of.

But, if you’re absolutely determined, some people have been using minoxidil on their faces, with mixed results. I can’t exactly recommend that path, since there aren’t really any studies I’ve seen that support the idea of using minoxidil for beard growth, let alone offer an effective dose recommendation. If you want to give this a try, though, you can get Rogaine at pretty much any drug store these days. And, by all means, let me know how it turns out.

What not to do

Please don’t fall for “beard growth oil” gimmicks. What they’re selling you is just a basic beard oil and will in no way help you overcome your genetics. While a beard oil may do a lot of great things for a beard and may even help a beard to grow a little bit faster, it’s not going to help you grow a beard if you are currently unable to do so.

Also, don’t shave with the express purpose of making your hair grow faster. It doesn’t actually work that way, as is noted in the video above. The best it’ll do for you is to make your stubble appear darker.

Finally, don’t glue pubes to your face.

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