Post date: May 9, 2024 | Adventure

Growing A Manly Mane: 5 Signs You CAN Grow A Beard

Most men consider growing a beard at some point in their life, and for good reason. Beards have recently become more popular, more stylish, and more common than they have been in a long time.

And while there are a billion articles out there about reasons you can’t grow a beard or why you suffer from patches, thinning, etc. Today, we want to give you some signs that will clue you in to your ability to grow a beard you’ll be happy with!

So, as you read through the article and consider these clues, keep in mind that the more these clues describe you, the more likely it is that you have the ability to grow a manly mane that you can be proud of!

So, let’s dive into the first one.

Sign 1: Age and Beard Growth

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It’s no secret that age affects your facial hair growth. As testosterone ebbs and flows throughout the years, your beard will be affected.

But, we’re going to talk about age and how it relates to beard growth a bit differently today.

I want to give you some age-based milestones to help you determine how your beard growth will likely behave should you decide to grow it out.

For example, consider when your facial hair first started to grow out. If you started noticing your facial hair grow in earlier in life, like between the ages of  14 and 18, then chances are good that your beard will grow in well.

This is because facial hair growth often matures with age until it hits its peak, typically around the age of 35.

So, it makes sense that when you have a lengthened time frame for your facial hair to mature, then it will likely grow in fully.

Sign 2: High Cheeklines


Having a well defined cheek line high on your cheeks is a great sign that you can grow a beard. This is for a few reasons.

Typically, men who have trouble growing facial hair have trouble with their cheek lines, specifically.

Cheeks tend to be one of those areas where patches and thinning is very noticeable and common.

So, if you have the ability to grow a high cheek line, chances are good that the rest of your beard will fill in nicely as well.

The other reason a well-defined cheek line is a good sign is that it provides the basis for your beard shape.

Even if you did struggle with patchy areas on your cheeks, that cheek line can be grown long enough to cover or fill in those areas without sacrificing the full look or shape of the facial hair style you choose.

Sign 3: Your Ancestors Have Beards

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Next, you’ll want to dive into your ancestry. More than anything else, your genetics and ancestry will provide the biggest clue to, not only your ability to grow a beard, but also what type of beard you can grow.

For example, personally, I have a lot of English, Irish, and Swedish ancestry. It then goes to show why there is a lot of blonde, brown, and red that makes up my beard.

Take a look at your father, grandfather, great grandfather, back a few generations and see what kind of facial hair they were rocking.

If none, then perhaps they simply weren’t able to grow a beard they wanted, or it wasn’t stylish at the time, etc.

Either way, you should be able to get a good idea of your facial hair growth potential by exploring this avenue.

Sign 4: Your Beard Growth Rate

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Here is a measurable and interesting data point that you can log to keep track of your beard growth.

If your facial hair growth rate is at least average, then you have a good chance of being able to grow a fuller beard.

The average growth rate for facial hair is about .5 inches per month. Keep in mind that, likely, certain parts of your beard will grow slightly slower or faster, but this is the average.

If you measured your facial hair growth rate and found that it was average or higher, then you can likely grow a fuller beard with a few months work and some patience

Sign 5: You Exercise/Eat Well

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This might be one of those clues you don’t expect, and for good reason. Not many people know that exercise and nutrition can affect the growth of your facial hair.

The science is simple. Testosterone increases for a short time after you exercise. If you exercise consistently, then you will be increasing the average amount of time you live with increased testosterone, and therefore, potentially increased beard growth.

Your diet also matters. Ensuring that you have the right nutrients, vitamins, minerals, etc. to help maintain your beard growth and health will ensure you’re not limiting yourself in that way.

Diet goes hand in hand with exercise, because increased blood flow will help carry those nutrients to hair follicles on your face and increase your potential hair growth in turn.

Overall, if you’re curious about whether you can grow a beard, consider some of these things and audit yourself against the results:

When did your facial hair start growing? The earlier, the better.

Does hair grow high on your cheek lines? If so, you’re in luck because you have higher potential for beard growth.

Do your immediate relatives or ancestors have facial hair? What kind?

Is your beard growth rate average? (.5″/month) If so, then your growth game is strong.

And last but not least, do you exercise and eat healthy? If so, you’re in luck.

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