How to Effectively Fix a Patchy Beard (Bald Spot)

Updated on Aug 05, 2017

Finding patches and bald spots in your beard can be one of the most demoralizing and disappointing feelings a man can have. All beard styles can be compromised and ruined by a single area of thin hair.

Don’t panic – at Beardoholic, we have a few tips and tricks up our sleeve to help you fix your patchy beard.

The Ultimate Rule to Fix a Bald Spot in Beards

The absolute best way to help you beard hair fill in is by leading a healthy lifestyle.

Jim White, a registered dietician and spokesman for the American Dietetic Association, explains that “”The condition of your facial hair directly corresponds to the health of your body.”

He went on to explain that “the same nutrients that have a positive effect on our heart and other major organs also benefit our skin and hair.”

To keep your beard healthy, make sure you’re eating well and exercising daily. Maintaining your overall health helps increase your blood circulation and testosterone.

Healthy levels of testosterone will encourage hair growth throughout your body, including your face, leading to a healthier beard.

Ensure that you’re getting the right vitamins in your body to encourage healthy hair growth; food that promotes beard growth is rich in:

● Protein –  Beards are made up of keratin, a kind of protein made up of amino acids. The human body cannot produce amino acids on its own and instead takes them from other animals and organisms rich in protein.

Without protein, your body doesn’t have the resources to make your beard at all. Eat fish, lean meats, poultry, and eggs.

● Vitamin A and Beta A Carotene – These vitamins are for repairing skin tissue and allowing for better hair growth. These vitamins help men around the world grow beards faster. Eat egg yolks, carrots, kale, and spinach.


Foods that promote beard growth

● Vitamins C and E – They produce sebum, a natural oil that moisturizes and lubricates hair to create a fuller thicker beard. Eat spinach, sunflower seeds, and citrus fruits.

● Vitamins B6, B12, and Biotin – Promote new skin and hair growth and prevent hair loss from stress with these vitamins. Eat fish, eggs, poultry, and legumes.

● Omega-3 Fatty Acids – These fatty acids promote overall hair growth and prevent hair from becoming dry and brittle. Eat walnuts, flaxseed oil, and fatty fish (like salmon).

Regularly sleeping well and getting in your 8 hours of sleep will also encourage testosterone increases.

In fact, this article by the University of Chicago Medical Center found that sleeping less than 5 hours a night can lead to a 15% decrease in your testosterone levels.

Losing out as sleep can also increase hormone that causes stress (cortisol) the next day, leading to damaged hair follicles.

There are a few more general lifestyle tips that can help you get your dream beard:

● Limit your alcohol intake. Sorry, gents, but getting drunk at the bar every night with coworkers is a quick way to stress out and dehydrate your entire body, including your facial hair.

● Drink lots of water every day. A hydrated body can send more moisture to help healthy and thick beard growth.

● Reduce stress. Stress can make your beard dry and thin. If you lead a stressful life, try to release your stress through exercising, yoga, or meditation.

● Be nice to your beard. Make sure you take care of the beard you do have. Keep your beard clean and moisturized with beard oil to support healthy hair that will appear lustrous and thick.

Keeping a healthy beard will prevent bald spots. If you find your beard itchy or full of beard dandruff, start taking these measures preventatively.

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Other Tips to Fix a Patchy Beard

If a healthy lifestyle still isn’t cutting it, you can try these tips.

Tip 1: Give it Time

Give your beard time to grow

Make sure you give your beard time to grow out. Not all of your hair grows at the same rate; your patchiness may be transient as parts of your beard may still be growing out.

Tip 2: Style Strategically.

If you can grow out the rest of your hair long and brush it well, the voluminous look of an otherwise healthy and full beard can cover up the patchy spots.

If you keep your beard short, the unkempt stubble style can disguise your patchy spots.

If your patchy spots are just short rather than completely barren of hair, you can try to even it all out to the length your patchy spots are stubbornly stuck at.

Tip 3: Supplement

If you can’t seem to get enough vitamins in your diet, you can explore the world of beard vitamins.

These multivitamins combine many of the vitamins on the list we went over earlier to make sure your body has the tools to create a healthy beard.

Worst comes to worst, you can experiment with Rogaine and other hair supplements.

The Final Word

Even a healthy and styled big beard can be ruined by a small patchy spot. Bald spots and patchiness in your beard is one of the ways your body tries to tell you to exercise more and cut back on the junk food.

The first thing you should do to fix a patchy beard is adopt a healthier lifestyle.

If that’s not enough, you can try to supplement your diet or style your beard strategically. Overall, make sure you give your beard time to grow!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Does Minoxidil really work for patchy beard?

Yes. Minoxidil does help some people grow a thick beard and fill in a patchy beard. However, there are some people who have seen minimal results after using Minoxidil.

Minoxidil is an active ingredient of foam known as Rogaine. This foam is commonly used by men to help them re-grow hair when they go bald. It is not yet established how Minoxidil helps men re-grow their hair but it has seen success when applied to baldness or a patchy beard.

However, when you are using Minoxidil for patchy beard, you should not expect to see instant results. Most people who have enjoyed success using Minoxidil have reportedly said they used this foam between 6 to 9 months.

The time it takes before you see results depends on the type of Minoxidil you use. There are two types of Minoxidil, 2% (for women) and 5% (for men) version.

If you want to grow a thick beard within a short time period then you should use the 5% Minoxidil. It is important to note that Minoxidil only works where there are actual hair follicles.

Therefore, if you use this foam in patches where follicles don’t exist, it might not help you in growing the beard you want.

How to make the best of my patchy beard?

If you have a patchy beard, it doesn’t mean that it has to stay like that forever. There are things you can do to improve the appearance of your patchy beard.

The first thing you can do is to let your beard grow freely. Most of us don’t give our beards opportunity to flourish. After two weeks when the patches become noticeable, we use the razor. If you don’t let your beard grow, you will always have a patchy beard.

The best thing to do is to let your beard grow freely for not less than a month. This will you’re your follicles the opportunity to spread.

From there you can tidy things up and pay close attention to your jawline and neckline. If this doesn’t work, then it is time to move to the next point. Invest in a quality beard trimmer that comes with a setting for adjusting the length.

After a few days, use this machine to trim your beard as you shape your cheek and jawline. Keeping it short and clean will make the patches hard to notice. The other thing you can do is to brush your patchy beard.

While brushing, try and even your beard as you focus on filling the less dense areas with hair. At the same time, don’t forget to use a conditioner.

What should I do if my beard grows unevenly on both sides of my cheek?

If your beard grows uneven on both sides of your cheek, it could be as a result of genetic factors. However, you can do some things to enhance your patchy beard.

First, make sure you take good care of your beard and skin. This can be done by investing in good beard oil. Quality beard oil will improve the feel and appearance of your beard.

This oil will also reduce itchiness and provide the best possible environment for hair follicles to flourish. Don’t forget to take good care of yourself. By that, I mean eating and sleeping well.

Sleeping well will help promote hair growth and repair damaged cells in the skin. On the other hand, including specific minerals and vitamins such as Vitamin A, B, C, & E can help in beard growth.

Proteins such as eggs, meat, and fish are good for beard growth as well.

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