In this special article, we will trace the evolution of the beard by days, weeks and months, but also by length, in millimeters and centimeters!
Of course, all beards are different and the photos may not match your beard, hair type or growth rate.
Beards can be more or less full, thick or thin, grow on the cheeks... So many factors!
Most of the pictures you will find on this page are of me, featuring my beard or the beards of my relatives.
First of all, a few questions you're probably asking yourself when you get here:
Yes, your hair, skin and testosterone levels will not be the same at 20 as at 50! Therefore, your beard will be different depending on your age, in its growth, but also in its structure and its touch.
Beard growth depends on more criteria than you might think, for example:
- Genetics: it may be that beard hair grows better in some families than others! Look at family photos to see if your uncles and grandparents sported a big beard!
- Age: depending on your age, your beard will not be the same: growth, hair hardness, beard structure...
- Testosterone: the rate of testosterone (and of " DHT (dihydrotestosterone)")
- Nutrition: and yes, a beard worthy of the name must be nourished properly!
- Sports and exercise: by increasing your testosterone and reducing your stress, you put all the chances on your side by practicing a physical activity
- Sleep: as for many things, the quality of sleep is very important
- Your origins: as well as genetics, these are factors that you cannot control... Did you know that Asians have a harder time growing a beard?
- Stress: because it is never good for your health, reducing it will promote the growth of your beard
- Tobacco: Do I need to explain why, or is the sign "Smoking causes impotence in men" enough? This is due to the decrease of hormones like testosterone.
Good news: the beard never stops growingwhatever your age! A decrease in facial hair can be noted around the age of 30 to 40.
It is important to know that all men have a "maximum length" of facial hair, after which the hair must be renewed.
The medium beard of a man can reach maximum between 30cm and 90cm of hair. I might as well tell you that it's a huge size!
Otherwise, you have Hans Langseth, a Norwegian who holds the record for the longest beard in the world with no less than 5.6 meters of beard.
A small photo for the pleasure:
Evolution of the beard by time of growth
Let's get to the heart of the matter: the growth of the beard according to the time it is left to grow!
We won't lie to ourselves, at first it will be difficult to give it a style with a good beard cut:
- First week your beard will still be in its infancy and will only measure about 0.28 cm, so, it's mostly to have a light beard, very short, in handsome mode.
- Second week : you start to see more clearly, your beard fills in, certain areas of your face become less visible
- One month : Ah, now we're getting a bit long, of approximately 1.2 cm, your beard takes shape.
- 3 months : a beard worthy of the name, with a length of 3.6 cm, you can trim it and get a real beard trim!
- 6 months : you become an authentic Viking with your beard is longer than 7 cm... Valhalla is yours!
Beard size according to growth time
Here are some videos of bearded men who have been tracking their growth during 100 days, 1 year (365 days) and 911 days (almost 3 years!) :
Shaved beard: the beginningBecause we have to start somewhere, we start with a clean-shaven beard!
Beard of 1 day
In one day, your beard measures approximately 0.4 mm in lengthIt's not much, but it's enough to have a good-looking beard at the Hugh Laurie.
At this stage, you will see a "shadow" of hair, like a veil, on your face. The one-day beard is one of the most classic.
Almost invisible, it highlights your face.
2 day beard
From a length of 0.8mmYou haven't reached the millimeter yet and your beard is still a carpet of hair on your face.
3 day beard
We go beyond the millimeter with 1.2mm lengthor 0.12cm!
At this point, you still don't need to shave, but you can remove any excess hair that grows on your cheeks or neck.
Beard of 7 days (one week)
The 7-day beard measures about 2.8mm and is becoming more and more pronounced. Depending on the color of your hair, it will be more or less noticeable: brunettes will have a very visible beard while blondes will not be able to see much of it yet.
Which beard cut at 7 days?
You can make yourself Thor's beard, the famous Nordic God!
The 10-day beard measures 4mm in length, or 0.4cm!
How do I trim my 10-day beard?
You can start to give yourself a balbo beard like Tony Stark !
14 days (2 weeks)
In two weeks, your hair should have grown to 5.6mm, or more than half a centimeter!
20 day beard
In 20 days, your beard is 8m.
We are almost at the centimeter!
At this point, there is no stopping you: this is the time to persevere.
Beard of 30 days (1 month)
The beard of one month is 1.2cm (12mm) long, we finally exceed the centimeter of beard!
Your beard is getting stronger and stronger and your skin is starting to hide underneath...
At the end of the day, do we give him a choice 😀
More info on the 1 month (30 days) beard.
At this point, you can tell if your beard will grow evenly or if you will have gaps, sparse beard or fine hair.
If you want to have a stronger beard that grows faster and without holes, I recommend you buy :
Beard of 3 months
In 3 months, your beard is more than 3.5cm and you can style it with nice cuts.
Now we're talking about a real beard worthy of the name! You will finally be able to start trim it the way you want. More of a style Wolverine style or to the Jack Sparrow ? If not, opt for the classic " Van Dyke" you will be handsome!
Between the second and third month of growth, it's time to go to the barber ! You can have it professionally trimmed and have the beard style you want. Plus, there's probably some cleaning to be done!
Beard of 6 months
In 6 months, your beard is now over 7cm long!
You enter the pantheon of the bearded, the real ones: congratulations !
Now you can have fun with different styles like :
Be careful when trimming your future beard, don't mess up or you'll probably have to start all over again and that's the last thing you want!
Beard of 1 year and more...
I think that after the 6 month mark, it's not so useful to "measure it in time" but rather in length.
After all, most men can only go so far because the growth may stagnate.
Anyway, just for fun, I'll put some pictures of men with a big beard...
Since your hair growth may stagnate or grow (very) slowly, it is necessary to take care of the existing.
Very long hair is like hair: you have to maintain it almost daily with good products.
Evolution of the beard by length
If you prefer to judge the evolution of the beard by its length rather than its age, I understand you! So I will explain for the different levels:
To have a 1 cm beard, you will need you let it grow for about 25 days !
You will need almost two and a half months (75 days) for a 3cm long beard!
We are starting to talk about a real length here... And you will have to let your hair grow for no less than 4 months (about 125 days) !
Beard of 10cm and more...
Okay, at this point, you're going to make every bearded person you meet on the street jealous. Your friends will ask you if you're one of the ZZ Tops and your beard will almost be able to drive your car for you because it's touching the steering wheel...
How long should you let your beard grow to 10 cm? No less than 250 days! That's more than 8 months... That's the investment of almost a year, huge, isn't it?
Evolution of the beard according to age
Here is a very interesting video from @Winslegue Who tracked his beard growth from age 18 to 38! Nice evolution 😀
Taking care of and maintaining your beard, no matter how long it is, is essential!
Growing a beard is all well and good, but like long hair, you have to take care of it. And that requires an almost daily beard routine, based on shampooing, brushing and applying oils and balms.
Wax to style the beard
Your #1 asset for a beautiful beard: wax ! You can style and give your beard the look you want in any situation.
You may not know it, but it also acts as a nourishing and moisturizing treatment.
Plus, if you let your beard grow for a few months, you can imagine that the result won't always be perfect. To combat stubborn hair, nothing beats the beard styling wax !
Be sure to use a shampoo for the beard and not for hair, which is far too aggressive for your hair!
This could lead to dryness and even dandruff or other discomforts.
So, I advise you to wash your beard with this type of shampoo, developed especially for your hair.
Brushes and combs
If you want to keep it clean and not "messy" (and even more so during the transitional period of growth), I recommend using beard brushes and combs.
This will allow your hair to be untangled and to be aired. In any case, it is mandatory in the morning or after a shampoo for example!
Excellent care for your beard, they will be essential for any length, from the beginning to the longest beard you can grow!
Not all oils have the same "power" on your beard, so choose one according to your needs:
- For grow a beard: castor oil, mustard or black seed
- For moisturize and shine: sweet almond oil, olive or coconut
- For protect it and strengthen it: argan oil
Concerning their application, it will generally be in the evening, after the shower or before going to sleep so that it acts all night long.
Of course, don't hesitate to mix them to get all the benefits!
Perfect for moisturizing and nourishing your beard, the balm is used in the morning, before you start your day. In addition to giving it a beautiful appearance, the balm will also give it a fresh and magical smell!
Shaving and trimming
And to properly shave and trim your beard, nothing better than these 3 essential accessories:
You now know more about the evolution of beards, the different stages of growth and what a beard looks like at a certain time.
Most of the pictures were taken by myself and for those I missed, the Internet was my friend!
Don't forget to take good care of your beard or you'll be bothered by women who don't like beards...
If you want to trim your beard in a certain way, find all beard styles on the BarberDuWeb!
Still have questions about the evolution of the beard?
Here are the answers!
The beard grows 0.4 mm per day.
Attention: it's not even 1 mm! To reach 1 cm, you will need about one month of growth.
In 3 days, your beard will have grown 1.2 mm.
That is 1/10ᵉ of a centimeter. Although it may seem like nothing, the three-day beard is one of the most well-known.
In 10 days, your beard will have grown 4 mm.
It may not seem like much, but it's already a good start to a beard that will look good on your face!
To have a good beard worthy of the name, you will have to wait at least 3 months! From there, you'll be able to trim it with a variety of beard styles.
Choose a beard length that fits your face! This is surely the most important criterion when deciding where to grow a beard.
The beard itself may not stop growing. However, after one year, you will notice a decrease in the growth of your hair.
When it comes to age, there are no limits: the beard will grow until the end of your life.
Certain criteria such as genetics, testosterone levels or lifestyle can slow down beard growth. But it doesn't have to be that way: your beard still grows and you can improve its growth!
In a few days, you will have a beard of several millimeters in length. To have a full and complete beard, you will have to wait between 1 and 3 months.