Patchy beards, sometimes called uneven facial hair growth, are common among men and can be caused by genetics, age, or lifestyle factors such as diet, hormonal imbalances, stress levels, and more.
To manage patchiness, it’s important to understand the causes of your patchy beard before looking into ways to manage and trim it accordingly for optimal results.
For example, you may want to grow out your facial hair for several weeks before trimming if your mutton chops are particularly patchy in areas where gaps need to be filled.
In this article, I will briefly overview patchy beards, their potential causes, and how to manage & style a beard with patchiness.
Besides, as an experienced barber, I will give my opinions in each case so you can easily fix the problem and get your desired look.
Understanding the Causes of a Patchy Beard:
Practically, there are rare cases where natural occurrences cause patchy facial hair. More often than not, patchiness occurs due to one of the following main factors:
Genetics is the most common cause of patchiness.
If you have a family history of patchiness, you will probably suffer from it.
Your age matters as boys grow beards at different periods.
Even then, it takes time after your beards start showing to grow thick and even completely.
On the other hand, as men age, their facial hair often starts to become thinner and less dense.
3) Diet & Hormones:
Poor nutrition can lead to patchiness in men’s beards. Lack of certain vitamins and minerals can partly cause growth in your facial hair.
Additionally, hormonal imbalances caused by things like stress levels or changes in the body’s chemistry can also affect the quality and rate of beard growth.
4) Habits & Environment:
Certain habits, like smoking or drinking alcohol, can also contribute to patchy facial hair.
Environmental factors like air pollution and chemical exposure can also slow beard growth or cause patchiness.
How to Manage a Patchy Beard :
1) Grow Out Your Facial Hair:
How old are you?
Maybe it’s a matter of time before your beard grows fuller.
To maximize the growth of a patchy beard, you should give it time to grow, brush to groom, and trim, allowing it to become thicker.
Give Time to Grow:
Naturally, it may take several weeks for your facial hair to grow and become less patchy.
Patience is key here, so don’t expect quick results overnight.
Sometimes facial hair can take up to 90 days, maybe your way below the minimum for even growth, depending on parental factors.
The patchiness can take a while to fill up. Wait and see if it grows out more evenly.
While some guys don’t brush their beards, I highly recommend you try it.
Brushing helps distribute the oils evenly throughout your facial hair, making it appear fuller.
In my opinion, the best type of brush to use is boar bristles. How you brush will help cover and fill patches, giving you the confidence to rock the beard .
Trim your beard often to keep it neat, tidy, and well-maintained.
Trimmers can eliminate split ends, keep facial hair the same length, and prevent patchiness.
Ensure you use a sharp, high-quality trimmer with adjustable settings to avoid overdoing it and causing larger patches .
2) How to Boost your beard growth:
After understanding the many causes of patchy beards, you can easily adapt or engage in practices that will help boost the growth of your facial hair.
You can overcome the abnormalities by focusing on activities to help reverse most reasons for beard patches.
To ensure that you are getting all the engaged in the following natural facial hair growth boosters;
Exercise regularly to help keep your hormones balanced and promote blood circulation all over the body, including your face.
This can help increase hair growth in general, as well as help reduce patchiness in the beard.
A balanced diet of dairy products, meat, fruits, and vegetables will help promote healthy hair growth.
Ensure you get a good amount of vitamins A and E, which are very important for hair growth.
Taking supplements for hair health and beard growth effectively targets any deficiencies in your diet.
Look for supplements that contain vitamins, minerals, and biotin to help improve the appearance of your beard.
Get Medical Advice:
Your doctor can help you determine what hormone levels are and recommend approaches to become more balanced.
This advice may be especially helpful if a medical issue causes your patchy beard.
3) Consider Different Beard Styles that Accommodate Patchiness:
If you have no time to wait for your beard to become fuller, you can always opt for a style that accommodates patchiness.
Not all facial hair styles require a thick, full beard. Instead, plenty of creative looks still look great with patches.
Anchor Goatee or Van Dyke:
This look is sometimes referred to as a Vandyke. It’s a mustache and goatee combo with the same length on all sides.
The mustache, goatee, and soul patch should all be the same length. This can help mask any patches and still look neat .
On this look, you’ll want to keep the mustache fuller than the beard. A Beardstache is like a hipster mustache but with a trimmed-down beard.
This look can help hide patchy areas as it will draw attention to the mustache. Moreover, you can use a trimmer to reduce the patchiness visibilities where necessary .
Giving your beard a little longer than “buzzed” can help hide patches. Trim it down to a desirable length, and then use a beard oil or balm to add weight and coverage.
This is especially helpful if you don’t want to go the route of growing it out. I have tried it on my customers severally, and they felt it minimizes the visible patchiness.
Goatee With A Soul Patch:
You can also opt for a goatee with a soul patch. The soul patch resembles a small rectangular facial hair area on the chin.
This style can help fill gaps and look more attractive than a patchy beard.
Besides, the soul patch can be designed to the desired shape and size.
A chin strap is a thin line of hair along the jawline and connects to a goatee. This style often looks great, even with patchy beards, since it ensures the line is even.
After trimming it, you can use some beard oil or balm to give your facial hair more weight and add coverage.
4) Utilize the Right Grooming Products and Tools:
Using the right grooming products and tools is also important when dealing with a patchy beard.
Using the wrong items could lead to further issues, including skin irritation, dryness, and more.
Invest in quality beard oil or balm:
A good beard oil or balm will help moisturize your facial hair and make it look fuller. Look for one that contains natural ingredients like argan oil, jojoba oil, and almond oil.
Trim your beard regularly to maintain a more consistent look and texture. This way, you can keep the length of all hairs consistent, helping to mask any patchiness.
Use a wide-toothed comb:
A fine-toothed comb or brush will only make your beard look thinner and more uneven. To help make sure the hairs are even, use a wide-toothed comb instead .
You have done nothing, and nothing seems to work.
Don’t give up. Patchy beards usually aren’t the result of any external factors, so it can be frustrating when you have no desired result.
I advise embracing your patchy beard and accepting it for what it is. With a little creativity, you can still pull off a great style.
No matter what, try to avoid comparing yourself with others with fuller beards. Everyone is unique and has their features .
Ultimately, it’s important to remember that you control your own life. Focusing on the things you can do—instead of what you can’t—will help keep your morale up.
So don’t let a patchy beard bring you down. You can make your patchy beard look great with the right grooming products and tools, patience, and creativity.
At the end of the day, patchy beards don’t have to be a problem. With the right strategies and products, you can still sport a stylish facial hair style that looks great.
So don’t let a patchy beard bring you down.
Embrace it, experiment with different styles, and own your look. With the right care, you can make the most of a patchy beard and rock a unique style that is all your own!
With the right products and styles, you can turn that patchy beard into a unique look that is all your own! Good luck!
Khamis Maiouf is a professional barber who graduated from Hinckley College in England with a degree in hairdressing. He has also won several barbering contests and successfully operated a barbershop for the last two decades. As a skilled hair stylist for 20 years, his goal is to teach others how to achieve a beautiful appearance through their hairstyles.