How to Grow a Thicker Beard

by Charlie Gaston ; Updated September 28, 2017

Every beard starts with a single strand of hair.

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It takes the average man about four weeks to grow a beard. While the thickness of your beard will depend on a number of factors including genes, you can use a few simple steps to help speed up the growth process and achieve the fullness you want. You may receive comments along the way about the various stages of growth, but remember, within several weeks, you will have the beard you've always wanted.

Allow four to six weeks for the beard to grow without cutting, trimming or shaping the beard.

Consume 2.5 mg of biotin daily. Biotin is a dietary supplement that may stimulate hair and nail growth.

Treat dryness and skin irritation under the beard with an over-the-counter mild steroid cream such as hydrocortisone (1 percent). Use daily.

Trim along the neck line and chin after four weeks to remove unruly hairs that may be growing out of sync with the natural growth line of your beard. Continue to allow the upper line of your beard, along the cheeks, to grow. Only trim if this area is particularly messy.


  • Genetic and hormonal factors will determine the overall thickness of your beard.

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Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.