Come November and the fuss over the beard hits the roof! Every year, the craze just keeps taking a step further. To add fuel to the fire is the No-shave-November movement, also commonly known as ‘Movember.’
Men, now, don’t just look at a beard as a part of the facial hair. It is now an accessory and for a lot of them, it is a symbol of manhood. While some are blessed with a thick, Zach Galifianakis-style, others have a hard time struggling with a patchy piece, a la Keanu Reeves’ style.
Ever wondered why like this? Well, it’s the hormones to blame here.
According to a beard grooming website, The Beard Coach, “Beard hair growth, unlike the growth of head hair or other facial hair, like eyelashes, depends on compounds called androgens. Androgens are responsible for what is considered masculine features.”
The most famous androgen is testosterone, of course. The dihydrotestosterone is also a prominent one.
Now we might have known as testosterone is responsible for a boy-to-man transition, but when into adulthood, it also keeps the ‘muscles firm and useful and keeps your sex drive at a normal level. It is also beard food,’ adds The Beard Coach.
With that explanation, it is safe to deduce that the more sensitive you are to testosterone, the thicker the beard will be.
“Inside each of your follicles is a structure called the dermal papilla. The dermal papilla are kind of like the ‘brains’ of your hair follicles. The ones in your beard follicles respond to the messages that your androgens send and cause the surrounding parts of the hair follicles (called the hair matrix) to do their thing and make some damn beard hair. Guess what androgen tells the beard hair follicles to activate the hair matrix? Yes, testosterone,’’ says The Beard Coach.
Those of you sitting there disheartened because you fall in the Keanu Reeves’ category, worry not, for GQ is here dishing out some tips for y’all.
#1 – Let the beard be. Grow it longer than the usual this time around.
“The next time you feel the urge to clean shave your stubble, don’t. Give yourself at least a month. It’ll be hard. It’ll be itchy. But there’s no other way to reach your mug – rug potential than by letting your face run free. Once you’ve let your hair follicles spread their wings, assess the situation. Tidy up your neck and shape your jawline. If everything is satisfactory, congratulations, you have a beard,’’ says GQ.
#2 – Don’t cha bother about using the supplements that help in “beard growth”.
GQ further adds, “The science behind most supplements is dicey, and the results are inconsistent. Biotin has been a go-to remedy for hair loss and guys hoping to fill out their beards, but there’s no data to actually confirm that it works. Besides Biotin is found naturally in foods such as eggs, carrots, and milk, so you’re better off focusing on maintaining a well-balanced diet to promote healthy hair growth.’’
#3 – What about bushing, you ask? Well, use combing to control the direction of the hair growth. And yes, abstain from too much shampooing!
Happy Bearding, ya Beard-os!
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