Really Want A Beard Here’s How
Really Want A Beard Here’s How: At five days you can chalk it up to a slow start. At ten, you can blame your father’s genes and laugh it off. But at twenty days in, well over midway through the ordeal, it starts to become genuinely embarrassing. You really want your beard to grow and not be just a bit of fluff here is what you can try.
- Make sure you get the right vitamins – The various vitamins, minerals and nutrients in your everyday diet can have either an advantageous or adverse effect on your ability to grow facial hair. “Your best source for vitamin D – other than sunshine – is eggs, oily fish and cod,” the nutritionist continues. “Zinc can be found in red meats, broccoli, spinach, liver and oysters. And magnesium is found in almonds, cashews, halibut, mackerel and bone broths.”
- Exercise and sleep well – As well as what you eat, your wider lifestyle choices can have a significant effect on your ability to grow a moustache. But which everyday actions make for the best bristles? Whilst you sleep, your body also relaxes and this helps minimise stress. Any emotional pressure can lead to, among other health issues, a weakened immune system – and this in turn could result in slower hair growth.
- Take care of your skin – The many miracle cures for facial baldness vary from vigorous chin rubbing to the application of strange homemade salves and ointments. Whilst the efficacy of these madcap methods is questionable, one thing’s for sure: they all take their toll on your skin. “A man should always care for his skin – moustache or not!” says Dr Haus. “Try to avoid washing your face with very hot water, or taking very hot showers and baths, as that will cause the skin to dry prematurely. Post-washing, when your follicles are clear, a good moisturiser should always be used.
- Work with what you have – When all else fails; after you’ve eaten your body weight in avocado and rubbed your top lip to within an inch of its life, there are certain tricks of the trade that can conceal your follicular failure. I asked some of the best stylists around what to do when you’re stuck with a stunted ‘stache. “So the most important thing to remember is that confidence is key. Everyone who has done Movember properly knows that you start the month totally clean shaven so, if you’re not confident that your moustache is going to make Tom Selleck jealous, then grow it out as a beard and shave the rest of your face when there’s a good contrast between skin and hair.”