Is a patchy beard better long or short?

The art of growing a beard is a tricky one. It can be hard to tell if your facial hair looks good, and even harder to know how to make it look better. Do you go for a scruffy look or something more polished? Should you trim it or leave the edges ungroomed? Is having patches on your face worth all this trouble in the first place? I'm here today to answer those questions and more:

Your hair type and length

It depends on your hair type and length. Some people have a lot of hair, others don't. If you have a lot of hair, then a short beard works better. If you have less hair, then a long beard works better.

How to make your beard look fuller

If you're looking to make your beard look fuller, there are a few tricks that can help.

  • Trim it with a beard trimmer

  • Shave the beard off entirely

  • Use a beard oil instead of shaving cream (or shave cream and conditioner)

  • Use a beard balm or wax in addition to an oil

  • Brush your beard out before washing it with shampoo and conditioner every day

It depends

This is a tricky question. A patchy beard can look great in either style, but it depends on your hair type and length.

If you have a patchy beard and want to make it look fuller, you can choose to trim it short or grow it long. You’ll get an equally good result either way—it just comes down to your personal preference and how much time you’re willing to spend styling your facial hair each morning (or night).

If you want to grow your beard long, though, then patience is key! Be prepared for the process of growing out the hair follicles that are currently dormant under your skin surface; this will take some time—and there are no shortcuts here.


In short, there's no right answer to this question. It depends on your hair type and length as well as personal preference. You may have noticed that most of the beards we've discussed here are very long and full, but that doesn't mean they're the only option! You can always try different styles until you find one that works best for you.