How to fix a patchy beard

Written by: Simon Bang


Time to read 3 min

The amount of facial hair you're able to grow, as well as the shape of it, is completely genetic. Some men have a full, thick beard whereas others have a patchy beard. Some men can't even grow a beard at all.

So, does that mean you should just accept what Mother Nature gave you and do nothing if you have a patchy beard? Yes, and no. Having a patchy beard is not the end of the world. However, there are definitely things you can do to help your beard grow to its full potential.

We will be covering those things in the following.

Reasons for patchy beards

As mentioned, your ability to grow a beard is mainly a matter of your DNA. However, there are some factors that can have a negative impact on your beard growing-abilities.


  • Those factors are:

  • Poor / insufficient diet

  • Stress

  • Fungal infection

  • Hormonal imbalances


If you suspect any these factors affecting your facial hair, speak with your doctor. Now, if your patchy beard is simply due to genetics, here's what you can do to make it fuller and thicker.

Let it grow

Get rid of patchy beard by letting it grow. One of the best ways to fix a patchy beard is actually just to let it grow. A lot of men simply give up way too fast, because they expect to get a full beard within four to six weeks.


The reality is though, that for most men, growing a full beard takes a lot longer. You should give your beard at least 90 to 120 days to grow. If you do that, most men will experience that their patchy beard starts to fill in.


So, don't throw in the towel too early. If your beard is still patchy after several months, you can look into other options such as the ones below.

Use a good beard balm

Using a high-quality beard balm is a great way to get rid of patchy beard. A beard balm basically does two things: it makes your beard easier to manage and it provides important nutrients for your beard.


With the help of beard balm, you can actually move longer hair over patchy areas. Sort of like combover, but for beards. Also, if you chose a quality beard balm, like The Cruise Control from CPH Grooming, it will contain nourishing ingredients to help your beard thrive, such as essential oils, shea butter and other critical ingredients.


In short, fill in patchy beard with a beard balm by covering patchy areas, and provide your beard with critical ingredients that it needs to grow optimally.

Take good care of yourself

Fix patchy beard by improving your lifestyle. You would be amazed at how much your health can impact your ability to grow a beard. Getting enough sleep, exercising regularly and eating a proper diet can actually boost your beard-growth significantly. A healthy lifestyle will also help keep your testosterone levels high, and testosterone plays an important role when it comes to beard growth.


Supplementing your diet with a multivitamin may also be a good idea. Especially biotin and B1 have been linked to healthy hair growth.


Finally, if you're smoking, you should quit. Smoking has been linked to hair loss by causing inflammation and DNA damage to the blood vessels that nourish hair follicles.

Dye your beard

If everything fails, you can always try dyeing your beard. This solution is especially effective if your patchiness is due to your facial hair being very light or blond. Dyeing your beard darker will make it seem thicker and fuller. Just remember to pick a colour that matches the hair on your head.


But doesn’t the harsh chemicals from the beard dye damage the hair? Not necessarily. If you chose a beard dye without substances such as parabens, silicones and ammonia, as The Dye Hard from CPH Grooming, the dye will not damage either your hair nor your skin. It will, however, enhance the appearance of your beard.

Image of Simon Bang, co-founder of Copenhagen Grooming.

Simon Bang, Co-Founder

Meet Simon, one of the co-founders of Copenhagen Grooming. His passion for men's grooming and expertise in communication have shaped the brand's ethos. Simon curates grooming solutions, writes content, and educates about the products.

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