No matter what you’ve seen on those late-night infomercials, what determines your ability to grow a beard isn’t age, ethnicity, genetics, or how frequently you have sex. In a world of instant-everything, there is something decidedly reassuring in knowing that the main things standing between you and a perfectly formed patch of facial hair is patience.
Exactly how long you’ll wait isn’t certain: “Two to three weeks, I’d say,” says Eric Bandholz, founder of men’s grooming company Beardbrand and owner of a kickass beard. “I’d go with two to three months to grow a proper beard,” says David Pirrotta, curator of The Drugstore in New York. “Each man has a different disposition. Some will have a solid beard within a month, others will take up to three months.”
That serious fluctuation can be discouraging, leading to the premature appearance of the razor in a hasty bid to shave it all off before it even has a chance to breathe. Even those who avoid temptation admit that growing facial hair is a bit like watching water boil – the harder you think about it, the slower it goes, and options for accelerating the process seem nonexistent.
That’s why you need this advice-packed plan. One month to total beard awesomeness, with tips and strategies to help you get through the tough patches and take advantage of the few proven tricks to encourage faster, healthier hair growth. It won’t turn a pubescent wolf boy into a thick-maned beast, but it will help you make the most of what Mother Nature has given you.