Through thick and thin, the beard has maintained its spot as style’s manliest accessory (the spot right on the chin, that is). But not all men can grow a full face of fuzz. Indeed, patchy growth, weak connecting lines, and an inability to squeeze out so much as a whisker on the cheeks are the same of would-be beardies everywhere. It’s a cruel fact of life that some chaps seem (Brian) Blessed with cheeks that erupt like Vesuvius, who must shave morning and night or start to look like a Victorian cricket captain, for others, facial hair hits puberty then halts, leaving beards as patchy as a Christmas tree in June. There should be no shame in it, of course – it doesn’t make you less of a man (or does it?) – but there’s no doubt that being able to grow facial hair in great voluminous abundance can leave those who can’t green with envy. Fret not though, smooth-cheeked men, because there are solutions. Before you start googling beard transplants (they exist, and the pictures aren’t pretty), here are some savvy tips to help you turn a barren beard lush.