Keep It Healthy
What else can help your beard look and feel good?
- Eat a healthy diet. There are no special foods that will improve beard growth, Desai says. But he says a balanced, healthy diet is good in general for hair and skin. What about supplements? Some people say that biotin, a B complex vitamin, strengthens hair. However, there's no strong evidence showing it helps. Always check with a doctor before starting any daily supplement.
- Sleep. One study found that losing sleep could slow down beard growth. So if you want a healthy, full beard, take care to get your ZZZs.
- Eat with care. How do you keep your lunch out of your beard? Poirier recommends taking small bites, wiping your face after each one. "Always ask for extra napkins at restaurants," he says.
Of course, some of this beard-grooming advice might seem too fussy. Maybe the very idea of beard care contradicts your manly man ideal?
Poirier, who has an impressively long beard, disagrees. "You have to take care of your beard," he says. "Beards have a strong presence. They're the first thing that any person you meet will see. Grooming is worth the effort."