How to Fill in a Patchy Beard

How to Fill in a Patchy Beard

01.11.2021 Off By manager_1

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A beard is an important part of men’s life. It’s something that we don’t think about in our youth. We assume we will be able grow a healthy chin forest and make our first million. Unfortunately, not all things are always as they seem. However, as we age, our hair gets longer, so you may still be at your best.

There are many differences between the beard and scalp hair so a fine beard doesn’t necessarily mean fine hair. The beard is thicker, coarser, and has more cuticle layers. It also grows more unevenly than the scalp. It is not easy to cultivate a bushy chin.

Sudden hair loss can cause anxiety and affect self-esteem. Here’s how to get your hair back on track.

#1 Find a Specialist

Hair loss can be caused by stress, trauma, or health problems. An experienced trichologist can treat certain conditions. Dr Sharon Wong, based at The Shard in London is a “tricho-derm”: a consultant dermatologist who specializes in hair loss and hair health.

Dr Wong explains that “aside from male pattern hair loss, there are many other conditions that can affect the beard.” “Genetic factors can also influence the amount and density of hair follicles within the beard area. They can also dictate how hormone responsive they will be.”

Dr Wong can treat a wide range of hair loss conditions, including alopecia Barbae, folliculitis, and fungal infections (ringworm). Many men have areas in their beards that don’t grow well or aren’t as full. This will have been the case since puberty, and it is mostly genetic. Certain hair loss conditions can lead to hair loss in patches later in life. Alopecia areata is the most common. This is an autoimmune condition in which your immune system attacks hair follicles, causing hair loss. This condition usually affects the scalp, causing hair loss in areas that are circular. It is also known as alopecia barbae when it affects the beard. This condition is often treated with steroid creams and injections.

Trichotillomania is a disorder that prevents you from pulling, plucking, or playing with your hair. Although compulsive behavior can temporarily alleviate anxiety and stress, it can also cause damage to the follicles. Mild cases may be helped by a stress ball to distract the hands. Dr Wong recommends that you treat the psychological condition.

“Folliculitis and razor bumps can cause beard hair loss, especially if it is severe enough that scarring occurs in the hair follicles. Roaccutane or antibiotics may be used if the situation is severe. Modifying hair grooming practices can also be helpful to reduce friction and irritation.”

Prescription medications, bespoke products, and RegenLab PRP (platelet rich plasma injections) are all other specialist treatments.

#2 Be a Master of Disguise

Fillers and temporary dyes are great for filling in small areas or bulking out a shorter beard. Toppik uses keratin-based fibers that blend seamlessly with your hair, helping to hide weedy areas. Carmelo Guastella, an artist and specialist in men’s grooming, recommends that you choose a shade lighter than your natural colour. This allows the fibers to blend seamlessly into the hair and beard, ensuring a seamless look.

The spray applicator, which attaches to your bottle, “gently distributes the fibres. This provides extra control, helps to manipulate the facial hairs on your jaw and chin, giving it a sharper edge, and adding density to certain areas of patchiness.”

#3 Play to Your Strengths

There are some styling tips that can make your beard appear fuller, even if you have any medical conditions. Jos Gibson is a master beard wearer who founded holistic beard care company JOS Grooming. He knows how to get the most out of your beard. If the growth is really weak, you can try a facial hairstyle that emphasizes the best areas of growth. To soften these areas, keep the beard long. Avoid layering your beard too thin as it will emphasize the areas that are less prominent.

Guastella suggests that you “leave the hairs around patchy areas a little longer and trim the rest of your beard with scissors.” This will give the illusion of more density. You can adjust the beard’s length by gradually trimming until you achieve your desired length. For the cheeks and neck area, use a shorter clipper to comb. This will give your beard a contoured look.

#4 Beware False Promises

Gibson advises that it is better to improve the environment for growth than to hope for miracle products. “Regular exfoliation can be a great way stimulate circulation under the skin. There’s been a lot of interest in micro-needling to promote growth.” Gibson says. “While this may improve the condition of your skin, it has less impact on hair growth.”

Guastella states that there are companies that claim their products, micro needle rollers and lotions, can stimulate hair growth and make your beard grow in as little as three months. It’s possible to give it a try – any help would be appreciated – but these quick fixes are often not effective.

While exfoliation can help to prevent razor bumps, grainy scrubs can be difficult to rinse off of longer beards. Instead, use a silicone brush such as the Tooletries Face Scrubber. The longer bristles will power through thicker stubble.

#5 It’s what’s on the inside that counts

Your body’s health is more important than what you put on it. So, grow your beard. Guastella says it’s worth eating a healthy diet, and taking vitamins that address hair loss.

Toby Huntington Whiteley, a model and fitness expert, has created a line blueberry-flavored vitamin gummies. They contain biotin and selenium as well as zinc and other essential vitamins. This will ensure that you have healthy hair and skin.

Viviscal, another clinically proven hair-growth supplement, contains zinc, vitamin C and silica. Millet seed and a marine protein complex are used to increase hair cell repair.

#6 Get Back to Basics

Sometimes it is just a matter of making an effort to achieve a fuller look. Carmelo says that a messy or unkempt beard can make it look more patchy. You should take care of your beard by combing through, washing it, and conditioning it with a leave on oil or balm.

The act of combing and brushing the beard can stimulate circulation and distribute oils throughout the follicles. This will improve hair’s condition, giving it shine and prevent breakage.