By John Lockett.
Growing a beard is pretty much the final milestone on your way to manhood. You spend your formative years looking up to bearded wizards like Ernest Hemingway, Chuck Norris, and Obi-Wan Kenobi fully expecting to one day join their ranks. Then you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and see...patches? No one ever said there’d be patches!
The cold, hard truth is that not all beards are created equal. For every Galifianakis, there are at least a dozen sad, scruffy Keanus out there. If you find yourself on the splotchier end of the facial-hair spectrum, don’t worry. The good news is that facial-hair growth can only get better with time for most young guys (sorry, old-timers). And though there’s no magic potion for miraculously filling in the gaps and growing a full-fledged beard overnight, there are ways to work with what you’ve got.
This story originally appeared on GQ.com.
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