Q: Hi, I just crossed your site. I liked the whole thing and thought I would ask a question. I am trying to grow a beard, itís
coming in ok. It is growing somewhat, but it is thin, unlike my hair because my hair is very thick. I was wondering if there was
anything I could do to get my beard to come in fuller. Thanks.
A: Facial hair grows in much the same way as the hair on your head and at roughly the same rate of growth or faster in some cases. In
fact, the biggest differences in the hair on the face as compared to the hair on the head is that facial hair tends to be more coarse in texture, and often more curly.
However, like the hair on the head, thereís little you can do to change the way the hair grows Ė
either rate of growth or density Ė unless you have a specific condition that is causing abnormal growth (or an abnormal lack of hair).
In cases of suspected abnormal development of hair (either over-production or under-production) you will need to see a doctor to verify the condition and determine causes.
In most cases, though, it is simply a matter of individual genetics and age. Young men will develop
facial hair at different rates. Some young men need to shave daily by the time they are a senior in high school, while others reach
their mid-twenties without being able to grow reasonable facial hair. The plus side is that most men will find that their facial hair
grows thicker as they get older, so in most cases, getting fuller facial hair is simply a matter of patience.
The key for you at this point is to simply find a beard style that is most flattering for you, given
the amount of fullness you currently can manage. In cases where the beard hair isnít as dense, keeping the length a little longer will
help. If you prefer a well-groomed look and are concerned that extra length will make the facial hair appear too bushy, you can always
use a little pomade and a natural bristle brush to give a smoother, more closely-trimmed appearance.