three months trimmed beard growth

A three month beard is a 1.5″ (4cm) long medium-sized beard. It’s impossible to say exactly what your beard will look like after 3 months though, as everyone’s beards grow at different speeds and densities.

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If your goal is to grow a beard for 3 months without doing anything to it, then an unkempt 1-2 inch beard is the most likely end result.

Beards in this length region are some of the most popular around, and I’m sure you know a friend or two who regularly sport this beard size. No wonder, with good line up and trimming work, a three month beard can look absolutely amazing.

However, without any trimming, a beard of 12 weeks will most certainly make you look unkepmt, homeless-like, and if the growth is not very thick, you may even get the undesired “pube beard” effect as well.

What Should a Beard Look Like After 3 Months

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The average beard growth rate is ½-inch per month, which means that an average three month beard is 1.5″ in length.

Of course, it could be less or more than that, based on your genetics, nutrition, lifestyle habits, and a bunch of other factors.

Nevertheless, 1.5″ should look like a real beard already, and if you think about it, that’s already a quarter of the way to a full yeard!

At the three month mark men that naturally grow thick beards should no longer be able to see their chin, jaw, or lower cheeks at all. Men with modestly patchy beards, may see some bald spots on the upper cheek area as these continue to fill slowly over the months.

If however you still can’t even see a resemblance of a full beard after 12 weeks, you should re-consider whether or not you are able to grow a beard at all. (Don’t worry though, if your beard growth is lagging, just read our guide on how to grow a beard faster and you’ll be up to speed in no time).

Three Month Beard Examples

shaped 3 month beard example
This is a good example of three months of beard growth with just minimal shaping and trimming. You can see that the cheekline has been lowered quite close to the jawline and that the neck hairs are mostly shaven off completely.
african american beard
Here’s an example of three months of growth on an African American male. This example comes with a short mustache and lower than usual cheekline as well, but the bulk of the beard coming from the chin and neck is kept at natural length.
ginger beard
You can’t really trim a medium-length beard better than this example. Could it be achieved in three months? Easily.
patchy three month beard example
In this three month beard example the cheek area is still bit patchy, while the rest of the beard has already filled up quite nicely. If this is where you’re at, then be patient, those upper cheeks will eventually fill in as well.

How to Grow and Maintain a Three Month Beard

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There really isn’t a rule book for this stuff. If you want to grow your beard out for three full months, then all you have to do is to lay down the razor and be patient.

The only choice you really need to make is whether you’re willing to maintain the beard along the way as it grows (by lining up the cheeks, trimming the neckline, etc) or are you just going to let it grow 100% natural.

Three months is not that long of a time to just let your beard grow naturally, but if you need to look professional or have something like a job interview coming up, then it doesn’t hurt to clean up the look a bit.

What Beard Products to Use on a 3 Month Beard

man pouring beard oil

After 12 weeks of growing a beard, using beard products starts to actually make some sense.

Beard oil is by far the most useful one, as a beard this long will start to get dry easily. For a three month beard, 2-3 drops of beard oil is a good amount.

You may also want to get yourself a good boar bristle beard brush and some beard combs if you haven’t got those already. We have a big review on the best beard brushes here and one for best beard combs here.

Both beard balm and beard wax would offer some nice styling help and hold for the beard, but they are not yet necessary at this point.

If your beard begins to feel brittle and dry (very common at the three month mark), then consider getting a dedicated beard wash (our review of the best washes here) and beard conditioner (our review of the best conditioners here), and please, do your facial hair a favor and don’t wash it more than 2-3 times per week.

For trimming work, a trusty beard trimmer is recommended (see our review of the best ones here) and some beard scissors obviously (which we have also reviewed here).

Quick tip: If you’re unsure about trimming your own beard at home and don’t want to ruin your hard-earned 3 months of beard growth time, then consider getting a beard shaping template to ensure even results.

Pros and Cons of a Three Month Beard

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So what are the benefits and negatives of growing your beard out for 12 weeks?

Well, for starters it will relieve you from the agony of constantly having to shave your facial hair, and also means you don’t have to endure any in-grown beard hairs or razor bumps.

On the flip side, if you do trim and line up the beard yourself, then it will likely take just as much time to groom your beard than it would take shaving.

But what I most like about having a 3 month beard is the ability to choose what facial hair style to go for. It’s like a blank canvas to work with, as 1.5″ length of beard hairs evenly distributed on your face will allow you to try and test most of the beard styles out there.

Should you go for the classic full beard? Maybe trim down to a BeardStache? Or go ham and grow yourself a wolverine beard! It’s all up to you.


Growing a beard out for three months takes patience, but once you’re done you will have a nice medium-length beard of 1.5″ to work with and shape into any style you choose.

It will take some time and beard products to properly maintain a beard of this length, as a bare minimum you should at least own a bottle of beard oil, beard scissors, and a beard trimmer.

What do you think? Did we miss anything important or have something to add? Let us know in the comments below.

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Ali is a published author and a beard grooming expert. To this date, his articles have been read more than 15-million times on various sites, and he has helped thousands of men make their beards look better and grow thicker. His work has been featured and cited in Seeker, Wikihow, GQ, TED, and Buzzfeed.


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