For the shrinking number of men out there who choose to go completely shaven, there are always a select few explaining why they don’t opt for facial hair. Some say beards are itchy, while others say they can’t have them for work. However, one of the more deep seeded excuses that we hear over and over again is beard patchiness.
Is it annoying that certain areas on our faces tend to grow less hair than others? Of course, but beard patchiness is much more than just that. Unfortunately we haven’t yet developed a foolproof way to suddenly have a thicker beard, although plenty have tried over the years, but that doesn’t mean that you need to be held in check by your beard’s varying levels of thick and thinness from your cheeks to your chin to your jaw line. Let’s take a look at some of the realities of beard patchiness and how to adapt to them, shall we?
Give Your Beard The Time It Needs To Fill In
The number one complaint from guys with supposedly patchy beards usually arises after only a month of letting their beards grow in. We all have this false vision of bearded glory appearing four weeks after putting down the razor, but in reality beards take a lot longer to appear full than you might think. Just because your beard doesn’t fill in uniformly after a few weeks doesn’t mean that anyone will be able to notice two months later. That’s the thing with beards: the longer they get, the more equally distributed they appear. We aren’t saying that the process of letting your beard grow out won’t come with some awkward moments, but if you can take those in stride and simply let your beard do as it does, your facial hair will appear much fuller after less time than you might expect, based on how patchy your beard looks after just a few weeks.
You Notice It More Than Anyone Else
Like each supposed flaw of the self that we notice, beard patchiness is significantly more apparent to the beardsman himself, than to the onlookers. Similar to thinning hair or embarrassing scars, the beholder spends much more time looking at, acknowledging, and thinking about beard patchiness than anyone else does. Onlookers will notice you have a beard and will most likely not give it a second thought. As with so many things in life, handling supposed beard patchiness is all about confidence and not dwelling on things that you simply can’t control. If you can accept it and move on then so will anyone else who takes notice.
Beards Fill In As You Age
For many of us, college is when we first try letting our facial hair grow out, with each of us experiencing varying levels of success. We might give it a go and, even after six months, our beards might still appear wispy or threadbare. Similarly, the same could happen happen to a 25 year old just starting out on the beardsman journey. However, regardless of age, one important thing to keep in mind about your beard is that almost every man’s facial hair will become denser as he ages. Just because you struggle growing a full beard at 20 doesn’t mean that will be the case when you’re 30 and so on. The important thing here is to simply stay the course and keep your chin held high. Let time do the heavy lifting and before you know it, you’ll be complaining about how hearty your beard has become.
No One’s Beard Grows In Uniformly
Even for those of us with signs of dense facial hair, we still might not let our beards grow out in fear of uneven growth. It doesn’t matter who you are, there isn’t a single beard out there that naturally grows out in perfect uniformity from side to side, top to bottom, or chin to cheek. To think otherwise is silly and will put you on the fast track to disappointment. This gents is why we have beards trimmers and electric clippers, to help even out unruly corners of our facial hair and achieve the desired looks that we want for our beards. As we always like to say here at Urban Beardsman, don’t let fear deter you. The only way you’ll know how your beard grows is if you let it do its thing and then adapt. Your beard is unique for a reason, it’s time to make peace with it.
For Those With Infinite Patchiness, Go Shorter
We understand that there are some cases of beard patchiness that will never ever be remedied (see: Franco, James). However, that doesn’t mean that you need to opt for the completely shaven look either. Although we don’t suggest this to many, the best way to combat persistent beard patchiness is to simply opt for a shorter length of facial hair, going as far as what many simply consider “scruff.” Much like baldness, it’s much less noticeable when your facial hair is already at a short length so the areas that simply don’t grow hair become less apparent in comparison to those that do.