When it comes to beard growth, a lot of the complaints come from not knowing what to expect. Knowing what’s “normal” at specific points can lead to a lot less frustration. Here’s everything you need to know about the 6-week beard.
What it looks like, the length you can expect, tips on maintenance, and more.
Let’s get to it.
What Does 6-Week Beard Growth Look Like?
This is what the average 6-week beard will look like.
I say average because people vary widely in how fast they grow facial hair. After 6 weeks, some people may have a longer beard than this, while others may have a shorter one.
However, the picture above should give you a reasonable expectation of what the average person could expect after 6 weeks of growth.
At this point, a beard really starts to look like a beard. It clearly looks intentional and not just like you forgot to shave for a few days.
It’s also long enough for you to experiment with styles if you wanted to.
The 6-week mark is a phase where people often start to see some patchiness fill itself out. It starts to look fuller, especially around the mustache and chin areas (i.e the goatee area).
However, many still find that the cheeks remain pretty patchy at this point and this can lead to some frustration.
We’ll talk about some maintenance tips to minimize this problem later on.
Overall, the 6-week beard is relatively high maintenance, but the fullness you start to see at this point does make it worth it.
How Long Does A Beard Grow In 6 Weeks?
After 6 weeks you can expect a beard to have grown approximately 18mm on average.
Once again, this is a rough average. You need to consider the fact that people vary a lot in terms of their rate of growth.
If you’re a few millimeters shorter than this – don’t worry about it. To be honest, it’s still too short to be whipping out that tape measure in the first place.
So just give it more time and focus on maintenance instead.
The crucial thing to note about the 6-week beard is that it’s long enough for scruffiness and poor maintenance to look obvious.
You can’t really get away with leaving everything au naturale as you might have been doing during the first 4 weeks of growth.
You’ll need to maintain it – even just a little – to prevent it from looking untidy.
A well-groomed beard is obvious, but a poorly groomed beard is very obvious.
The next section will go through some tips for ensuring you achieve the former and not the latter.
How To Maintain A 6-Week Beard (4 Tips)
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance the 6-week mark is just a stepping stone to a much longer beard length.
However, even if this is the case, you’ll still want to consider the following tips once you get to this phase.
1. Trim (Cautiously)
After 6 weeks of growth, it’s common to see flyaways and strays sticking out in all sorts of directions.
Beard hairs sticking out is a problem that can sometimes seem like a losing battle.
People are often scared to trim their 6-week beard – they’re worried they’ll undo weeks of solid growth by doing so.
But cautious and subtle trimming can actually make a beard look thicker and fuller because you’re snipping flyaways and split-ends.
Trying to trim a 6-week beard with a beard trimmer is risky business, especially if you’re looking to grow the beard out much longer. It can often lead to a pretty unnatural-looking beard – too even and too neat.
Instead, use a pair of beard scissors to simply snip away the ends of strays and flyaways.
Pay attention to the cheek lines and snip the mustache hairs so they don’t crawl over the upper lip.
The neck is likely to need some additional attention as the neckline should be well defined at approximately one finger-width above the Adam’s apple. It should also vaguely follow the angle of the jawline to either side.
The neck hair underneath the neckline should be removed – ideally with a razor.
But that’s really all it comes down to – snipping flyaways and maintaining the neckline.
Get these things right and you’ll notice that the beard looks better and feels more comfortable as you grow it out way beyond the 6-week mark.
Beard brushing has a lot of benefits, but it’s important to choose the right type of brush.
In general, avoid nylon and synthetic brushes as they cause too much static and can lead to more harm than good.
Stick to boar bristle brushes. Boar hair actually has a pretty similar texture to beard hair and glides through it quite effortlessly as a result.
Brushing your 6-week beard will train it to grow in your desired direction. Usually, that’s straighter, flatter, and neater.
It also redistributes natural sebum so it doesn’t accumulate in specific areas and lead to a greasy appearance.
Instead, it’ll spread through the beard leading to a nice, natural-looking sheen instead.
The main point here is that a 6-week beard is definitely long enough that beard brushing becomes useful.
Combing is less essential than brushing at the 6-week mark but can still be useful. It has different benefits – mainly detangling and styling.
Running a comb through the beard once a day can be helpful if you feel as though the deeper hairs start to knot up.
It’s great for on-the-go styling and is just a pretty cool grooming tool to own.
In general, however, you could go without a comb until you get to the 2 to 3-month mark.
If you wanted a head start, the benefits should still be noticeable at the 6-week mark too.
The main benefit of beard oil is that it moisturizes the beard hair. It gives it a nice sheen, especially when it’s properly distributed throughout the beard.
The easiest way to distribute it is to apply the beard oil before you brush it.
That way, you’re allowing the bristles of the brush to do the work for you, spreading the oil throughout the beard and along the hair from root to tip.
Beard oils often come in pleasing scents – there are so many of them available. If you’d prefer an unscented one, however, you’ve got a range of those to choose from too.
It’s worth owning a collection of beard oils you love, as you might with a range of colognes.
Tips To Help A Patchy 6-Week Beard
As I mentioned earlier, patchiness can definitely still be a problem at the 6-week mark, although you may start to see some spots filling out.
The cheeks are a notoriously patchy area of growth and unfortunately, many find this problem too difficult to push past.
Here are a few tips if you find your 6-week beard patchy in parts:
- Stop playing with it. It can be tempting to play with the beard at this early stage of growth, but it can lead to hair clumping together and looking patchy.
- Consider changing the style so that you remove the patchy areas altogether. For example, if you’ve got patchy cheeks, consider shaving the cheeks completely and styling a goatee.
- Brush regularly. As I mentioned earlier, brushing has its benefits. It can make a beard look less patchy by laying the hairs down neatly, evenly, and in similar directions.
There you have it. Hopefully, everything you could want to know about the 6-week beard.
Growth, progress, maintenance, and more.