Movember and You – Tips on How to Make Your Facial Hair Grow Faster

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With November comes a great responsibility for men, the responsibility of growing as much facial hair as possible during the length of the month. It is famously referred to as “Movember”, which is why a mustache is the preferred type of facial hair to grow, and it is meant to be a time of raising awareness for different types of cancer, in particular, prostate cancer.

The Movember Movement

The movement started in Australia in 1999 and has become so big that it raises not only awareness, but also hundreds of millions of dollars during November every year.

Preparation for Movember often starts the day before, on October 31st. Many men shave so that they can start growing out their facial hair as a symbol of awareness during the month. However, some men experience difficulties growing it out during such a short time frame. If you are one of the men having trouble growing a full beard or a thick mustache in just a month’s time, there can be a variety of reasons why this is so.

Why Isn’t My Facial Hair Growing?

Have you given it enough time? One of the most simple reasons could be just that – lack of patience and time. Some men tend to reach for the razor as soon as their beard starts to itch or they feel that it looks too scruffy.

  • So keep in mind…
    …that it usually takes around four weeks to grow a thick beard. However, it varies by individual so for some men it might take longer than four weeks. Take the opportunity this month to actually see how well your beard grows. Based on your results, you will be able to determine if genetics is the reason your facial hair is not growing in the desired way. Or if it is something else – like alopecia barbae.

What Other Reasons Are There?

How about taking a look at your diet? Keeping a healthy lifestyle is not only important for your body and your hair, it is also important for your facial hair. The rule of thumb to keep in mind is that your diet is an important part of all your hair growth. Many foods have vitamins that help promote healthy hair growth.

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Keeping a healthy lifestyle is not only important for your body and for your hair, it is also important for your facial hair.

Vitamin A regulates the synthesis of retinoic acid in the follicle and is an essential component of hair growth and maintenance. It works with zinc to prevent the drying and clogging of the sebaceous glands in the scalp and lubricates the follicles and roots.

There are eight B Vitamins and they are often referred to as the Vitamin B-complex, which includes B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12. This complex plays a huge role in keeping you healthy. They affect your energy, metabolism, nerves, muscles, skin, nails and hair. The vitamin B-complex promotes cell growth and cell division, which is important for facial hair growth. If you feel like your hair is not growing as fast as it normally does, you might have a vitamin B deficiency. In that case, make sure to take your supplements.

Vitamin C has an important role as an antioxidant, that prevents free radicals from damaging the hair follicles. It is also responsible for the synthesis of collagen in the body. Collagen in turn, keeps our skin and scalp healthy and flexible. Vitamin C also works to block the production of DKK-1, a protein that many people who suffer from hair loss have too much of. DKK-1 is sometimes known as “the baldness protein”.

Minoxidil – How Rogaine for Women Works

Rogaine For Women

The medication minoxidil is most commonly known as Rogaine. It is often associated with male pattern baldness, but now there is also Rogaine for women. It has been reformulated in multiple different products and targeted to women with hair loss or baldness. If you are a woman who is looking for help with your bald spots, hair loss or thinning, minoxidil may be the solution for you.

Chemical Compounds in Rogaine For Women

Minoxidil was originally used to treat hypertension (high blood pressure), but somehow doctors discovered that applying it topically on the scalp created hair growth. Bet you’re wondering how that lab experiment came to be! Minoxidil for women with hair loss works by stimulating growth in the follicles and lengthening the growing phase of the hair growth cycle, but the exact chemical influences are not yet known – they just know it works. Studies have found that minoxidil products such as Rogaine for women actually work better than for men. This is believed to be because male pattern baldness is genetic (inherited from their male family), while female pattern baldness is generally a result of external factors.

Using Rogaine and Minoxidil Safely

Minoxidil is the one hair growth compound that is approved by the FDA for female hair loss. This is important since even though so many other products are on the market, no other topical hair growth solutions are sanctioned by the FDA. It is also important to note that minoxidil for women only comes in 2% concentration, while the male formula is closer to 5%. Note for women: Do not use the male formula thinking “it is the same thing, just different packaging.” This is not true, and can actually cause a lot of problems, so stick with the specific minoxidil or Rogaine for women unless instructed by your physician.

Rogaine For Women
Minoxidil is the only hair growth compound that is approved by the FDA for female hair loss.

Side Effects of Minoxidil

If you use male strength minoxidil as a woman, you can experience hair growth in places you would not prefer. This includes your face, neck, chest, arms, hands, or anywhere else you might accidentally touch the solution. Even with the 2% strength, you should be very careful with the solution.

Other side effects can include: skin irritation, discoloring of the hair around the area applied, and even allergic reactions. This is mostly because the brand name Rogaine no longer owns the patent. People often buy generic versions that have different chemical compositions. Make sure to read the label of a generic minoxidil product to make sure you are not allergic to the ingredients. Stop use if you experience severe irritation or worsening hair loss.

If you prefer using a product that is full of only natural ingredients, there is an alternative. Nutrafol hair health supplements are natural and contain a combination of ingredients that work together.

Waiting For it to Work

You are probably thinking, “How fast can this stuff work? I need help now!” As with anything, you really need to be patient. Results typically show in about two months, and most studies find that the results “peak” after four to six months. However, it is recommended to be used for a year, to make sure the maximum amount has been applied and also to make sure your body has become used to the new generation of hair. Also keep in mind that for the product to work, you have to follow the directions on the bottle. Apply twice daily, let it air dry, and wash the solution from anywhere you do not want hair to grow! Do not wash your hair for at least four hours. And do not play with or comb the hair excessively until you start to notice hair growth.