How to fix patchy beard: tips & tricks for a fuller look
We can all agree—no one likes a patchy beard. Those uneven areas can hold back your whole look. But with the right tools and some smart styling tips, you can disguise spotty beard growth so the world sees the best version of you.
Check out some expert tips for fixing up a patchy beard.
Why does my beard grow unevenly?
Two things can play a role in a patchy beard: hormones and genetics.
Low levels of testosterone and dihydrotestosterone—male hormones that impact the growth and thickness of facial hair—can lead to gaps in your beard.
Genetics are another factor. Just because your dad or uncles have thick, full beards doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be able to grow one too. So, what can you do about it?
Method #1: Grow out your beard
The best way to fix a patchy beard might be to let it grow. Give yourself a month without shaving. When you let your beard grow out, your hair will eventually start to fill patchy spots for a thicker and fuller look. To get those problem areas under control, try the King C. Gillette Beard Trimmer, powered by Braun. This piece of tech can help you trim, shave, and shape your beard, helping to cover up any uneven patches.
When you’ve finally managed to even out your beard, razor bumps will be the last thing you want. Here’s some advice for a smooth, neat shave:
- Rinse your beard trimmer and blades after every use: Washing your blades every few strokes prevents build-up of shaving gel or foam.
- Keep checking for symmetry as you shave: You can always take more off, but you can’t put hair back, so take your time.
- Try our King C. Gillette Transparent Shave Gel. This gel hydrates facial hair to keep your razor gliding smooth and minimize razor bumps.
- Shave both with and against the grain: Pro tip for a smooth, neat finish.
- Apply a beard oil or beard balm after shaving: This helps keep your remaining facial hair as well-groomed as possible.
Method #2: Try a new beard style
Even with uneven facial hair, you’ve got style options. Look at your face shape: what style would work best? Where are your beard gaps? Here are a few of our top recommended styles for a patchy beard:
Chin Strap Beard
The chin strap beard is making a comeback, and being so easy to maintain, this style can be a great option for patchy faces. Simply shave your facial hair, leaving behind a thin strap that runs along your jawline up to your sideburns. The King C. Gillette Beard Trimmer makes shaving and shaping your beard nice and easy.
Another option is the goatee style. Get this look by separating your beard from your moustache with two clean lines. Keep either your beard or moustache fuller, depending on where your patches are.
5 O’Clock Shadow
A lot of guys are going with this look. Done right with tips like these, it’s a smart and easy look. The key is keeping your stubble trimmed and neat.
Method #3: Experiment with what you’ve got
Everyone’s beard is a little bit different—you might have patchy facial hair in places others don’t, and vice versa. There’s no one-solution-fits-all, so stay patient and try a few different things to see what works best for you. And whatever you decide, embrace it. Rock that beard with confidence and keep it hydrated, moisturized, and trimmed.
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