A thick, full beard is a badge of honor for many men, but growing one isn't always as easy as it looks. If your facial hair grows thin and patchy, don't give up on the beard of your dreams just yet. By keeping your beard clean, combed and conditioned, it will look healthy whether it's short or long. For extra effect, boost growth with castor oil or make your beard look fuller instantly with spray-on hair.

Step 1

Stop shaving and let your beard grow. Once you've skipped shaving for a few days, your face may start to itch. This usually goes away after the first week of hair growth.

Step 2

Wash your beard several times a week with a moisturizing shampoo. This will keep your beard hairs from getting brittle, so they'll look healthier. After washing, apply a dab of thick conditioner and work it through your beard, then let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing. Leave-in conditioner also works.

Step 3

Comb or brush your facial hair to make your beard look fuller. Hide patchy spots by brushing longer hairs over them, for example.

Step 4

Massage a few drops of castor oil into your beard at night before bed. Rinse off in the morning. Repeat this nightly until you observe noticeable growth, then continue applying the oil once a week.

Step 5

Fill in patchy spots with a spray-on hair product. To use, comb beard hair away from the area you want to treat, then shake the product can well. Hold the can 4 to 8 inches away from your skin, then spray the patchy areas until they're completely covered with color. Let the product dry for 30 to 60 seconds, and then style your beard as desired. Spray-on hair products will make your beard look fuller and thicker instantly. Pick a color that closely matches your natural beard color for best results. Facial-hair dye may also work, but it's not as effective for very thin or fine hair.