The situation of growing facial hair has been seen as ‘either you have it or you don’t.’ However, with research and technology as advanced as it is today, there have been plenty of researchers or scientists to challenge that idea either in hopes of finding the secret to curing their lack of facial hair, or just out of wonder. Today, there is some understandable proof as to what causes facial hair growth and how to manipulate it to one’s liking.
According to beard source, the thing that makes facial hair what it is are multiple hormones within the human body and receptors that use those hormones to trigger certain types of hair growth. “Simply put, unlike scalp-hair, facial hair growth is purely androgenic, it is triggered and regulated by two male hormones; testosterone (T) and dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The former promotes beard thickness and follicle stimulation, whereas the latter increases linear growth actual facial hair growth density.”
This is the reason why beard growth is hard to achieve for some and mainly why women hardly have facial hair, even though some have a little that they must trim from time to time. There are many different methods of stimulation that range from physically manipulating the body to drugs to using special lights. According to Life Square, there are at least 15 different proven ways to stimulate facial hair growth.
Getting a good night’s sleep is a good way to stimulate hair growth. As said on NHLBI, getting sleep is vital to maintaining the body. A lot goes in your body as you sleep; one vital thing that your body does is repair itself and heal. Growing facial hair has a lot to do with blood circulation, and blood circulation benefits from sleep. Sleep deprivation is linked to heart diseases and a gradual decline in brain function. Avoiding intense stress is also important as stress can affect every part of the body and cause insomnia. Your body needs that time to recharge and piece itself together after the wear-and-tear it goes through daily.
Exercise is the next best thing for stimulating hair growth; as you probably already know, it is good for blood flow, the muscles, the brain, the heart, and the skin and hair. It is your body’s way of detoxing, improving blood circulation, building and improving the resilience of bones, and refreshing the mind. You may have noticed that so far, both these methods center around natural mechanisms to improving yourself.
Next is healthy eating. Your body does have what it takes to grow facial hair even when your in the womb, but it needs materials to work with. Your body uses proteins to create Keratin which is essentially what hair is made of. A balanced diet of food may vary from person to person, as everyone has their own needs. It’s probably a good idea to avoid over-processed foods and foods super high in sugar. “While there’s not a lot of research connecting high-sugar diets with hair loss, experts know that sugar promotes inflammation. When people eat sugar or carbs, the sugar floods the blood, causing a spike of insulin and androgens, which bind to hair follicles and cause the hair to fall out.”
Lastly, a good overall healthy lifestyle is a good way to boost your health and your body’s ability to grow hair. If you live in a polluted city, rarely get out of the house, eat only loads of delicious junk, and skip or fail to get proper sleep your health could potentially begin to crumble; if your overall health isn’t good, you can begin to lose hair rather than grow it, not to mention if you are a very stressed person. With conditions like that, you can expect more things to go wrong in your life beyond trying to grow facial hair.