What Makes A Beard Grow?

This may seem like a stupid question, but seriously what is a beard and what makes it grow? Well just like all human hair on the body, a beard is composed of a protein called keratin.

How Long Does It Take to Grow a Beard?

A beard will generally take between 2-6 months to grow. This, of course, is dependent on the person, the genes, and genetics.

The Cycles of Beard Growth

The growth of a beard is subject to a bit of a journey whilst growing, a series of stages that lead to the holy grail of the long beard. There are three different stages of growth – anagen, catagen, and telogen.


This is the stage we are most concerned with as it is where your beard will grow the most and is the stage of active growth. The length of this stage (whilst dependent on your genes and genetics) will take around two months or so. This same stage for head hair lasts a mammoth two to six years!


This is the phase between anagen and telogen and is a period where your hair stops growing. This period usually lasts around 2-3 weeks.


This phase is where no new hair growth occurs, and the hair stays the same length. During this stage, the cells prepare to start back at the beginning in the anagen stage again. This period can last from 3-9 months before it all starts again from the beginning. How Long (what length) will a Beard Grow? The average beard, if left untouched, will grow three feet long. The total length will again depend on your genes. It may grow less or even longer.

The Difference between Head Hair and Facial Hair

If you are a smart cookie then you may have noticed that head hair looks and feels a bit different from the hair on your face. This is because different parts of the body produce different kinds of hair. After puberty, a male body grows head hair and androgenic hair, which is your bristly body hair. Although Beard hair is of the androgenic type just like the rest of your body, it also continues to grow just like head hair.