Is 2 months enough to grow a beard? Styles, tips, and more…

Not everyone in the beard-growing world once a massive and long beard. In fact, most beard growers will stop their beard and after a couple of months of growth and simply enjoy the benefits of a short beard such as easy maintenance, low usage of products, and therefore it is cheaper and easy styling. In this article, we are going to go over everything you need to know about whether two months is enough to grow a beard and the things that you need to pay attention to it if you want your beard to look as good as possible after two months.

Two months is long enough to grow a beard which is approximately 1 inch (23 mm) in length. A two-month beard will look continuous across your face but may suffer from issues like patchiness, uneven growth rates, and frizziness which can be solved by growing a beard further.

Though your beard is likely to look like a relatively full beard it will still follow the contours and shape of your face. A two-month beard is perfect for trimming up evenly as you can use a 1 inch guard on your beard trimmers to even off the difference in growth rates between your chin, cheeks, and sideburns.

If, however, you find that two months of beard growth still results in a relatively patchy and unconnected beard you don’t have to worry. You can still grow out your beard for another couple of months to solve most of the issues of a two-month-old beard.

At two months you have almost certainly pushed through any uncomfortableness and itchiness which happens when you first start growing a beard within the first month. So now you can enjoy growing and maintaining a beard.

How many weeks does it take to grow a beard?

It can take up to 52 weeks to grow a beard – it just depends on what sort of beard you want to stop at. For a stubble like beard it may only take four weeks but for a wizard length beard it will take up to 52 weeks and a lot of patience.

Growing a beard is a frustrating combination of resisting trimming and cutting combined with a painfully slow rate of growth.

A lot of beard growers tend to stop, or suspend, their beard at about two months of growth because the beard is starting to come together as a full dense beard and it can be easily maintained with trimmers.

Expected 2 month beard progress:

After about two months of beard growing this is what my beard looked like:

Is 2 months enough to grow a beard - my growth

You can see that the beard is long enough to fully cover my face and the hair is long enough to cover up the gaps in between the hairs to give me a contiguous coverage.

The beard covers follows the contours of my face and at this stage the edges of the beard are a little bit fuzzy. It could have been halted at this stage by simply using a 1 inch beard trimmer to remove the fuzziness on the extremities of the beard.

At this length the moustache requires a little bit of a trim on the top lip to avoid any spikiness which can irritate the lips. This can be easily done by using a sharp pair of scissors or a small headed trimmer.

The beard doesn’t need much care or maintenance at this length and a regular head shampoo and conditioner is capable of cleaning the beard but you must start using Beard oil to soften the hairs otherwise they will get spiky and stick out more often.

Length of a two month beard

A beard grows at approximately 0.015 inches (0.38 mm) per day which means that after about two months of growth you can expect a beard which is 0.9 inches (23 mm) long.

Your actual length will vary depending on how much your beard grows and what the coverage and density of your beard is. For most people at this stage they are comfortably supporting a beard.

There is no need to keep the beard unkept at two months of length. You can easily shape up your two month old beard to make it look more intentional and therefore clean cut and professional. If you want to grow out your beard further you can still do a light trim up before allowing your beard to grow.

Here are a few beard styles which you may want to consider if you want to stop your beard from growing any longer than what you have achieved from two months’ worth of growth.

Styles for 2 month beard growth

There are so many different types of beard!

For a full rundown and comprehensive list of all of the different types of beard styles you should know about check out my other article – beard styles [a comprehensive list of foundational beard styles] – click here to be taken to article.

However, for a short beard that has been growing for two months here are my recommended beard styles which you can use as inspiration for maintaining and shaping your two month beard.

Pretty much with all of the styles you will be stuck with what you can do because the length is only about 1 inch. These beard styles are typically maintained by trimming up and lining up the cheeks, neckline, and fading or trimming certain areas of the beard.

One of my favourite beard styles for short beard is known as the defined lines.

Defined lines

A defined line short beard which has been growing for two months is very simple to achieve by trimming up the cheek line so that it is even and sharp across the entire top of the beard. Here is an example of a defined line to month old beard:

This beard has a consistent length across the entire surface of the beard and is achieved by using a good quality trimmer that you pass over the beard at multiple angles to assure that it is homogenous in length.

This sort of short beard is perfect for a professional who wants some facial hair and doesn’t want to look too unkempt.

You have to maintain this beard a little bit more than a stubble or short shaggy beard by trimming up the lines every couple of days. You should back up the top cheek line definition by closely shaving and defining the neckline.

Boxed beard

A short boxed beard looks perfect on someone with a heart-shaped face. The short boxed beard is defined along the jawline and no hair (or very little hair) is visible on the neck. This, combined with a defined cheek line is perfect. The look is suitable for formal occasions and can be combined with a sideburn fade like in the image below.

The trick to pulling off the short boxed beard is to have the sharp lines mirrored in your hairline and to be extra careful when defining the jaw. Also, trim up the bottom line of the mustache a little bit above the lip and it’ll come together in a lovely package! 

Short and shaggy

The short and shaggy beard is about 1 inch in length (two months of growth) and is allowed to be a little bit frizzy on the edges. The trick with this is to just let the beard grow out for about 6 weeks and then trim it back to a shorter length. You should also keep the mustache short. The shaggy look can come from uneven hair growth – which is more pronounced at shorter beard lengths and can be emphasized with a bit of beard balm. This will add a bit of texture to a shorter beard and give it a more rugged look.

This beard type will suit pretty much anyone but looks great on oval and rectangle faces. It is easy to maintain and can be the launching pad from which to grow a long beard. You may consider growing a longer beard if this style is getting you a lot of great compliments consistently.

These sorts of beard styles are fantastic for people with a short beard and by using a single blade safety razor and a powerful trimmer you can easily keep them maintained and looking their best.

If your beard is not looking exactly how you want it there are some common problems that occur at about two months worth of beard growth – let’s take a look at them here.

Common problems at 2 months:

When you are growing a beard there are a variety of issues which you need to combat. Tackling each one of these issues is always relatively simple but it is an ongoing process no matter the length of your beard.

Here are the types of issues which are very common when your beard is about 1 inch long.

Uneven growth rate

An uneven growth rate is very common and much more obvious with short beards. For many people their strong growth appears around the chin area, moustache area, and top of the sideburns. It is typically the chin area which overtakes the chin or other growth rate on your face.

If you have only been growing your beard for two months you can decide to take a few millimetres off the top of it to even out the uneven growth rate. Or, you can use the different guards on your tremors to fade in and out of areas where your beard is thicker, longer, and fuller.

An uneven growth rate disappears after about four months worth of growth and you can simply wait another month before cutting it back to the 1 inch length if you want to make sure that all of the hairs on your face have reached the minimum length of 1 inch.

If the goatee area of your face grows faster than the size check out the three beard growing hacks which I talked about in my YouTube video:

Patchy

A patchy beard is very common in the early stages of beard growth. When beard hairs are only 1 inch in length they can struggle to cover up any low-density coverage areas of your beard. It is relatively easy to cover up patches once your beard gets over 3 inches in length.

Before that, however, you should keep your beard nice and soft so that it is much easier to comb into shape. You can achieve that using beard oil and other beard conditioners or softeners.

If you have a patchy beard check out my six insider tips for beard growing success in my YouTube video, below:

Not connected

Another issue which is very common with a beard which is two months old is that your moustache doesn’t connect to the beard. There is a small gap in most people between the end of their moustache and the chin area which can be covered up with an extra couple months worth of growth.

If you want to know more about the four things you can do to fix a moustache which doesn’t connect to the beard check out my YouTube video, below:

Itchy

Another issue which is very common in beards that are only two months old is that they are itchy. 1 inch worth of hair is enough to allow the hair to curl around and irritate the skin underneath. If you have particularly curly beard hairs you need to make sure that you condition and soften the hair and use a good quality pair of scissors which cleanly cut off the ends during trimming.

If you want to know more about how to make your beard less prickly check out my other article – how to make your beard less prickly in a flash – click here to be taken to article.

Despite these issues a two month beard is long enough that you need to start taking your two months of beard growth seriously. This means purchasing dedicated beard products and which you can use daily to look after your beard.

Tips for looking after a 2 month beard

Like everything in life, the best results come from compound interest on small amounts of effort applied every single day rather than waiting for your beard to look bad before trying to tackle it. Coming up with a beard routine that you can do every single morning doesn’t need to take a lot of time – I can do my long beard in under five minutes and I do it every single day.

Buy dedicated beard products

Up until this point of beard growth you have probably been using hair shampoo instead of a dedicated beard shampoo. I recommend that you purchase and start trialling a range of different beard product so that you can find the ones that you like the most.

Beard shampoo

A good quality beard shampoo or soap will clean out your hair whilst not drying it out. A hair shampoo is built for a more oily environment than your face and can easily dry out your beard. A fantastic beard soap for you to use is the honest Amish beard and body soap.

Honest Amish Beard & Body Soap (Slick)

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This beard soap is very similar to the slick version but with a very slight difference. The original has the essential oils cedarwood, clove, anise, and lavender with white kaolin clay. The Slick has the essential oils Eucalyptus, cinnamon, and clove with French green clay. The Extra Grit has the same essential oils as the original with black walnut hulls and wild cherry bark (exfoliates) and bentonite clay. The extra exfoliation will help scrub your face and provide a deep clean for your beard.

Like the slick version, this beard soap goes a very long way so use it sparingly. The scent is not overpowering and doesn’t linger too long which means it’ll be perfect for use in combination with another smelly product. A solid choice for your beard washing!

Beard softener

Short beards, in particular, need softening with beard conditioners and other beard softening products. You should purchase a good beard conditioner which you can use every couple of days as a moisture boost to your short beard hair. This will also stop your beard from becoming too itchy by keeping the ends of the beard soft and supple so they don’t poke into your skin.

Beard oil

Beard oil is a staple for the majority of bearded men. You should consider getting a beard oil that has a lot of jojoba oil in it. The jojoba oil is readily absorbed by the skin – rather than the hair – which means that your short hair and skin is looked after. Make sure that the beard oil has some essential oils in it too – not just for smell but also for the small amount of therapeutic properties which can be imparted by essential oils.

If you’re not sure about what beard oil to buy in this early stage I recommend trialling a range of different manufacturers and suppliers so that you can choose the best one for you.

Beard brush

A good quality beard brush with natural bristles will mean that you are able to spread the beard oil evenly throughout your beard whilst also brushing it into shape. Your beard is probably too short to control with heat and so you will be relying on using beard oils and softeners in combination with your beard brush to keep it in control.

Trimmer

At this stage you do not need to worry too much about spending a load on a set of trimmers. If you want to know more about the best beard trimmer for detailing – which is what you want to look for with a short beard check out my other article – best beard trimmers for detailing – five topics – click here to be taken to article.

Andis Finishing Combo Trimmer + Shaver

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If you are looking for a trimmer to detail your beard – you really need to consider this combo. Not only do you get the power of a corded T-blade trimmer but you also get the addition of a foil shaver that will keep your neckline and beard shape looking sweet!

This combo comes with great reviews online and you have everything you need to keep your beard looking sharp and maintained. Great for traveling too as it comes with a soft case to keep everything together.

  • Gold Titanium Hypo-Allergenic Foils,
  • Corded Trimmer + Lithium Shaver,
  • Fine-Tooth, Carbon-Steel Blade

Pros

+ Everything you need for detailing

+ Professional quality

+ Corded

Cons

~ A little loud during operation

~ Corded may hinder movement

Single blade safety razor

A single blade safety razor will be one of the most important things that you will purchase for your two month old beard and beyond. I use my single blade safety razor every single day to trim up the cheek line and get rid of those pesky hairs that seem to pop out of nowhere.

Summary

in this article we have gone through everything you need to know about two months worth of beard growth. In summary, yes, two months is enough to grow a beard which is approximately 1 inch in length. This opens up a variety of styles for you and by using a trimmer and a single blade safety razor that you are able to make your beard look professional and presentable.

We also tackle some of the common issues with a beard which is only 1 inch in length but with a little bit of patience and the development of a good daily routine these bad aspects of a short beard can be minimised.

Happy beard growing!

The Author


Andy Stapleton

Andy is a writer and YouTuber with a PhD in science. He has written and/or produced videos for Science Alert, COSMOS magazine, and Australia's Science Channel among others. He is an avid beard grower and after many years of growing and trialing different beard styles, he started this blog to share the tips, tricks, and science that he has learned along the way!