For some men stubble that simply refuses to grow can become a psychological problem. Especially if you are the groom to be and you have to don that Nilame suit, a little bit of stubble goes a long way. It brings out the masculinity and a meticulously maintained beard is source of pride. So instead of women-talk we decided to dedicate this week’s beauty page to getting a beard growth using home remedies.

Contrary to popular belief shaving every day doesn’t make your beard grow faster. Beauty sleep is not just for women. Sleep repair damaged cells and thereby promotes growth. It is believed that stress reduces beard growth, so meditate and engage in something relaxing like yoga. And if you’re smoking, quit. Smoking weakens the body’s immune system. Nicotine reduces your body’s ability to absorb nutrients, thereby slowing hair growth.

Clean skin accelerates beard growth. So cleanse your face twice a day using a mild cleanser. Moisturized skin allows a better environment for facial hair to grow quickly. Use a moisturizer after cleansing to avoid dryness that may lead to dead skin cells. If you develop an itch use a mild dandruff shampoo. Having said this, it should be noted that new hair growth will lead to some irritation, this is normal and will subside in one to two weeks.

Saturated fat
This is not exactly a remedy but fat and protein boost facial hair growth. In fact hair is composed of protein with coatings of fats and oils. Protein and fat have a positive impact on testosterone levels. Higher the testosterone level, the greater the chances of growing a beard fast. This means that adding protein and saturated fat into your diet will ensure a healthy beard in a short time. Fish, beans, egg and animal fat are great
sources of protein and provide your body with enough saturated fats.

Amla oil and mustard leaves
Mix quarter cup of natural Amla oil – preferably cold pressed Amla oil, if you can get your hands on it, as it affords the highest concentration – and three tablespoons of mustard leaves in a blender in medium speed until it reaches a smooth paste-like texture. Apply the mixture on face, leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse with cool water and wash with a gentle cleanser. Unless you are specifically sensitive to mustard leaves and Amla oil, the treatment is very gentle on the skin. The leftover paste can be refrigerated for up to three days for future use.

Cinnamon and lemon
Mix one teaspoon of cinnamon powder with two teaspoons of lemon juice. Apply a thin layer of the paste on face. Leave it for 20 minutes and rinse with cold water. Do not try this if you have sensitive skin. Use this remedy twice a week for good results.

Coconut oil
A light face massage using natural oil, like coconut oil, can stimulate hair follicles and encourage faster, thicker hair growth.

Apply coconut oil gently, yet with even pressure on the area of face over which you want to stimulate hair growth. Massage in small circular motion for about 10 to 15 minutes twice a day. Rinse with cool water.