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6 tips on dealing with a patchy beard

You're not the only one going through rough patches

6 tips on dealing with a patchy beard
In a perfect world, men would trim their beards and get a beard as sleek as Tom Hardy’s in Drama Crime film, The Drop. But we’re not in a perfect world, and most men’s beards are less Tom Hardy and more Keanu Reeves – in other words, patchy. Thankfully for you, below are 6 tips to fight off this unfortunate manifestation.\n

6 tips on dealing with a patchy beard
Trim your sides to make other areas seem fuller: This just makes sense. When you trim the sides of your head hair, the hair on top seems fuller. The same goes for your beard. The shorter your sides, the longer and fuller your beard looks elsewhere. To enhance the fullness effect, sharpen the line of your beard. And if you’re patchy further up, grooming experts recommend lowering the line down your cheek.\n

6 tips on dealing with a patchy beard
Have longer length at the bottom to lessen patches: This tip hits two birds with one stone. If you’re patchy at the bottom, trip on top and have longer hair lower down, this will reduce patches and make them appear less obvious. This will also help create a flattering jawline.\n

6 tips on dealing with a patchy beard
Opt for longer beards instead of mid-length ones: Because patches are more likely to get lost in longer beards than mid-length ones, where hair gets tangled easily and makes them more visible. However, longer beards require more maintenance, so experts recommend keeping an eye on stray hairs and using leave-in conditioner to stop it from tangling and looking dry.

6 tips on dealing with a patchy beard
Go for beard colouring: Why not? Some barbers can create miracles with some beard colouring. It doesn’t have to look like a hot mess. We recommend men’s salons like 1847 and Jazz Lounge Spa, who specialise in executive grooming. They might even tell you your patches can be fixed and you don’t require any colouring!

6 tips on dealing with a patchy beard
Two words: beard transplant: If women can undergo countless beauty treatments to look pretty, you can overcome a beard transplant. And hey, desperate times call for desperate measures. But if you’re not willing to go through that, opt for tip number 6.

6 tips on dealing with a patchy beard
If all else fails, stubble is your answer: Stubble will give your face added definition, just make sure it’s well-groomed and trimmed on a regular basis. If you want a fuller effect, define your beard only on the sideburns. If it’s good enough for Tom Ford, it should be good enough for you.