should i grow a beard?

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i have no shaved in a bit over a week, making this the closest i've ever come to having a beard.

pros and cons:

- having a beard makes me look more like my fadder, who is a bad BAD man, indeed.

- the propecia i'm using to keep the hair on my head also makes the hair on my face as tough as brillo, making the shaving experience a quite painful one.

-razors, especially nice ones, are damned expensive.

jess, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

feel the (razor) burn!

jess, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Grow a beard and we will all gather and forcibly settle the problem by removing your head from your torso. All in the name of science and art, you understand.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

NO! NO! NO! BEARDS ARE WRONG! DON'T DO IT!

there have been far, far too many examples of erroneous facial hair over the years. why add to them?

katie, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

There is no greater bond than between a man and his beard. However there is also no good reason for having a beard, other than idleness. A tiny tiny percentage of men look better with a beard - statistically you will not be among them. However when you do have the beard you will not care as you will feel reconnected to your INNER MAN.

Whatever you do don't have a goatee. You have all the problems of a beard (i.e. looking a fool) and you STILL HAVE TO SHAVE. What is the point in that?? Also people will think you like acid jazz. If you do like acid jazz then may God help you Sir for I surely cannot.

Tom, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Don't do it. Beards look horrible 99% of the time and make kissing the owner a significantly less pleasant experience. I suspect the Olympia girl will be none too impressed if you get off the plane with a beard next week.

Richard Tunnicliffe, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

hmmmm...yes. see, hippy girl likes it...prolly becuz i look like a damn hippy! oly girl...prolly less so. (it's also good to see that tom has retained at least 50% control of his brain, but the beard battles on...like spider-man's black symbiotic costume that is.)

my face itches.

jess, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

don't do it. dude, think about the ladies, think about stubble rash, think about the PUBLIC SHAME.

di, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

You've just reminded me of another reason beards are bad: they make you look like a hippy.

Richard Tunnicliffe, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Or rather even more like one in some cases. Consider my photo and then just imagine that smug bastard with facial growth. YECH!

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

If I was a guy I would grow a beard because there is nothing under this sun that could provoke me to shave my face everyday.

Also, I've heard that moustaches can tickle clits nicely.

I say grow one.

I love winter when I can get away with no leg or underarm or bikini- line shaving for a whole SEVEN MONTHS!!!

toraneko, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

"Also, I've heard that moustaches can tickle clits nicely."

i want confirmation of this, RIGHT NOW.

jess, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

We-ell, I did once read an article in Cosmopolitan in which one woman propounded the wonders of beard assisted cunnilingus. So that's one data point in favour. But I've never heard anyone else vouch for it and given the running battles I've witnessed between women I know and their partners beards I suspect other considerations outweigh any oral sex advantages.

Richard Tunnicliffe, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Soon, you might have no choice!

dave q, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I think my record on beards is pretty well known, but I have to reiterate: DON'T DO IT!

For all the talk of it being great for cunnilingus, if you have a beard 99% of women are never going to let you get close enough to find that out.

Beards, eurgh.

Nicole, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

i have bought a razor. if it wouldn't look kinda odd, i'd walk right into the rest room and shave it now. itchy!!

jess, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Ugh, don't want to think about a beard being down there, urgh, no no no no no no no. NO! Shave it. Now. Oh no now each time I see a mang with a beard I am going to think about that. Urgh. Ewww. Clean shaven, smooth, GOOD.

Sarah, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I think my record on beards is pretty well known, but I have to reiterate: DON'T DO IT!

What's weird is that Nicole's future husband has a beard down to his waistline to go with his shaven head. He brushes it lovingly when not saying mean things about Scott Walker.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

A general lesson I think applies: stubble - whether chin or pubic - and oral sex do not well mix.

Tom, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

bearded men and their oral skillz = unspoken reason for willingness of the Oriental Lady to be down with Sharia Law and the chador (sp?) et al

mark s, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Mark S: you are insane.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

He's just a bit sensitive about the fact that pikachus have yellow fur all over their body. I guess that would sort of count as a beard.

Nicole, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

all-over bodyfur = rowr (on humanZoR)

mark s, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Due to being a sensitive flower I can only shave about every 5 days, consequently I have almost permanent stubble, fortunately it grows very slowly. I do hate it though, I used to have such a smooth face.

chris, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

clit-tickler? more like clit-scratcher!

di, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Moustaches = destroy. Little sould patches or creative sideburns are classic though. I'm curious about the whole beard/clit thing though. Do bearded guys turn their ladies on by rubbing their chins on them? Bizarre.

Samantha, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Thats just what bearded guys say to try and excuse themselves, like the way guys with huge feet or something try and make you think they are "large in other areas" aswell, hurhur.

Ronan, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

there's a way around this - grow stubble for days on end,and then, when too itchy/hot/bothersome, just reduce with the no-blade setting on some hair clippers - then you don't need to shave and rip up yr face nearly as much, but you can also get rid of beard itch fairly easier.

Geoff, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

yes you should , and stop taking propciea , age gracefully

anthony, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

ronan = prepubertoid w.small penis, the source of all bitterness

mark s, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

smug Ned.

Mike Hanle y, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

What, you only noticed just now?

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I'm happy with what I've got Mark. Thats without having to mention youth,or even the power in my legs/brain/other important areas in which you are lacking

Ronan, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

prepuberitoid = name of album number 4 (or 5, I forget now.)

and anthony, propecia is an ultimate GOOD. godbless those heartless drug multi-nationals.

jess, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

other important areas in which i am lacking = acne surely haha

mark s, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Yes it goes away with wrinkles..........of course I don't have acne anyway, is it hereditary or something? It's a ship that sailed without me.

Ronan, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Do it!

I had to give up and grow one cause I cant get hot water for a bath let alone shaving in the morning. + After a week or so they become addictive to scratch. +When your sick of it you can always get a shave from a barber. - If you have a cat it may get freaked out, cats dont like bearded men, neither do most sane women.

Mr Noodles, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

You can always tell yourself that growing a beard is your assertion that you do not care for the fickle and cosmetic allegiances of womankind.

Tom, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

GROW A BEARD!...Every man should grow a beard once in their life. It's a rite of passage. (Must shave for my interview tomorrow)

jel, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

plus its really cool when after a week or two you start to plcuk out the double grown hairs in yr chin that look/feel like splinters - it's the source of my pride and joy most times.

Geoff, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

So can I assume members of the Taliban don't own cats?

Samantha, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I must PROTEST the goatee vilification! Even if it does make me look like Hootie, I would much prefer that to looking like I'm 14. Although, when I did grow a full beard, Joei absolutely LOVED it. In fact, I'm growing another full beard this winter.

Dan Perry, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

at least no-one is suggesting he grow just a mo.

Geoff, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I have had a King Tut goatee (goatee at the chin, no 'stache) for the past few weeks. I like it. Almost no-one's commented upon it, though.

Tadeusz Suchodolski, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

i shaved. i forgot i had a ver' important meeting with the Big Boss today.

jess, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Jess, only if the beard "is you" and will make you a more confident individual, then I'd say go for it. Otherwise, shave it. Like it really matters anyway. Fuck. Mullets obviously haven't turned off women recently.. they're more prevalent than ever before!

Just don't let the "90% of women won't touch a bearded man" myth get to you. If memory serves me right, this was born from an exaggeration of some poll in a high profile singles magazine asking what women thought of beards... and it was a preference, not a deciding factor for dateability. Even then, while I'm sure more women prefer clean-shaven -- 9 to 1? Come on! Maybe 6 to 1 in major Western cities, but that ends up being a regional thing.

Besides -- if you were to replace "clean shaven" with "nice car", "rich", or "watches Friends" in that same poll, I'm sure the ratio would be just as high.

And how often does Mr./Ms. Right end up fulfilling all the traits and attributes of one's "dream person" anyway? This goes both ways.

(I mean, I'd like to believe the "90%" myth. Most Seattle men have goatees, and if they are all indeed stupid, then that would increase my chances these days -- given that I've long abandoned the goatee that most of the photos in the link I posted in the picture thread show.)

Brian MacDonald, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Except now my advice is too little too late.

If worse comes to worse, Jess, it's Halloween season. I'm sure you could go buy a fake beard somewhere if Olympia girl ends up being a facial hair fetishist.

Brian MacDonald, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Grow a moustache! They are pure roXor. EVERYONE has got a little "soul patch" or some goatee concoction - FUCK that "self- expressive" Norelco shite. WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?? up with the CHICAGO SAUSAGE MAN LOOK OF TODAY!

(p.s. with just a little conditioner, moustaches do not scratch)

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

Tadeusz, what you have is actually called the Justin Timberlake goatee.

Otis Wheeler, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

I agree with what Di said. Beards do not feel good during oral sex. The person who said that must have no feeling in their clitoris. Sorry.

foo, Tuesday, 9 October 2001 00:00 (seventeen years ago) Permalink

brimstead, my dad shaved off his beard when i was about 8 years old. i freaked out and refused to talk to him for about two days.

3kDk (dog latin), Friday, 4 July 2014 09:37 (four years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

Somehow my facial hair started coming in much better than it used to, which I thought wasn't supposed to happen. Maybe it's an age thing. Anyway I've wanted to grow one all my life, so it's finally time. I feel a little late to the beard party at this point since it seems like every fucking guy under 40 has had a beard at some point in the last decade, but my plan is just to grow a nice, full but short beard that sticks with the profile of my face rather than adding much mass to it. Kind of psyched for it.

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:28 (nine months ago) Permalink

Yeah. It's a nice look. And it minimizes shaving, too!

A is for (Aimless), Sunday, 14 January 2018 04:49 (nine months ago) Permalink

So recommend be some kind of beard oil/conditioner/softener that isn't ridiculously expensive and overblown

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Friday, 19 January 2018 06:06 (nine months ago) Permalink

But it opens the possibility of having to explain that you're not a terrorist

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Friday, 19 January 2018 07:44 (nine months ago) Permalink

You don't need beard oil really, not unless you're planning to grow a full-on 2014 viking beard.
I was playing a client one of our video productions the other day and the actor/model in the video had one of those gigantic square beards and brown brogues and it looked SO of its time, even though that time was only 4 years ago

Badgers (dog latin), Friday, 19 January 2018 08:52 (nine months ago) Permalink

Always knew I could grow a beard, grew a beard for the first time a little over a year ago. Kept it. It's great. Better than shaving.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 19 January 2018 12:26 (nine months ago) Permalink

It's always fun to see what color it grows in. Currently I am rocking, in the words of a friend, the Michael Gross.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 19 January 2018 12:27 (nine months ago) Permalink

I was just thinking about how dated big beards already look right now. Whereas I think a nice trim beard is a solid look.

Another q: at what point should I start using a trimmer to neaten it up a bit. I’m def hitting a scraggly well more than stubble but not quite full beard phase now and I feel like it looks slightly unprofessional for the office. Do I need to wait it out?

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Friday, 19 January 2018 13:06 (nine months ago) Permalink

Shape around the edges, but wait out the length.

Jeff, Friday, 19 January 2018 13:10 (nine months ago) Permalink

'It's not a beard until you shave it off" is the rule i heard. so I'd wait until it's looking just a bit too long and then trim it

Badgers (dog latin), Friday, 19 January 2018 13:10 (nine months ago) Permalink

yes, but what jeff said

Badgers (dog latin), Friday, 19 January 2018 13:10 (nine months ago) Permalink

I think beard trimming is less about length and more about uniform length. Another important thing I have learned through experience is that you still need to exfoliate and scrub, especially if you are used to shaving.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 19 January 2018 13:12 (nine months ago) Permalink

Re tidying up even while growing out the length, it's advisable to trim those parts that are getting scraggly imo. Just trim to the average length every week or w/e

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Friday, 19 January 2018 13:23 (nine months ago) Permalink

I’ve done the beard for over a decade now and my basic routine is to shave neck/edges every weekday morning and overall trim every week or two if I’m lazy.

Jeff, Friday, 19 January 2018 13:30 (nine months ago) Permalink

Every weekday morning!

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Friday, 19 January 2018 13:32 (nine months ago) Permalink

It takes about 10 seconds in the shower.

Jeff, Friday, 19 January 2018 13:43 (nine months ago) Permalink

Yeah my instinct already told me to shave the stray hairs around my Adam’s apple and upper cheeks. I keep the top of it roughly in line with the top of my moustache.

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Friday, 19 January 2018 14:07 (nine months ago) Permalink

i've had a very short, trim beard for about 5 years now. maintaining it is 100x easier than shaving. i hated shaving so much. i use a decent set of hair clippers and trim it to 1/8" every three weeks. i'm too lazy to shape it so i just trim the length. 1/8" is a little short, like longer stubble, and i'd probably have a better result doing 1/4" every week but i don't feel like trimming it that often. i've thought about growing a bigger garcia circa 1971 beard but it seems like it'd feel a little unkempt. mine's already pretty dark and thick

marcos, Friday, 19 January 2018 20:39 (nine months ago) Permalink

how is a beard dated fuck off

clouds, Sunday, 21 January 2018 04:00 (nine months ago) Permalink

tbf I didn't mean so much "big beards" as overly styled steampunky big beards

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Sunday, 21 January 2018 04:03 (nine months ago) Permalink

Feel like it’s starting to fill out

https://imgur.com/a/uuBgR

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Sunday, 21 January 2018 04:08 (nine months ago) Permalink

ahh then yes agreed but that was never a good look to begin with

clouds, Sunday, 21 January 2018 04:29 (nine months ago) Permalink

looks good imo. nice sleepy dad pic too lol

marcos, Sunday, 21 January 2018 04:42 (nine months ago) Permalink

i just got into beard oil recently, i have a short beard but it def helps with the under-beard skin not getting dried out and gross and there are tons of amazing scents.

for trimming i just got this guy for xmas: https://www.usa.philips.com/c-p/BT7215_49/norelco-beardtrimmer-7200-vacuum-beard-trimmer-series-7000

and i'm a huge fan. it's precise and comfortable and the vacuum is a huge help with cleanup. i used to dread trimming but now it's a pleasure.

call all destroyer, Sunday, 21 January 2018 04:58 (nine months ago) Permalink

Every weekday morning!

― remember the lmao (darraghmac), Friday, January 19, 2018 1:32 PM (two days ago) Bookmark Flag PostPermalink

It takes about 10 seconds in the shower.

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Shower every morning!

lana del boy (ledge), Sunday, 21 January 2018 12:40 (nine months ago) Permalink

i've decides the reason i have a beard is so i can spend zero time on facial hair care. it keeps itself to a reasonable length, bit straggly but not too bad, could shave my neck but fuck it i'm a dad now so i'm allowed to look a bit rough round the edges.

lana del boy (ledge), Sunday, 21 January 2018 12:43 (nine months ago) Permalink

dad privilege

Luna Schlosser, Sunday, 21 January 2018 13:05 (nine months ago) Permalink

xxp otm

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Sunday, 21 January 2018 13:40 (nine months ago) Permalink

I think objectively I look better with a beard but I don’t want one.

treeship 2, Tuesday, 23 January 2018 03:40 (nine months ago) Permalink

I get in a habit of letting it grow for a week and a half and I start to get compliments but then I always decide to shave it off

treeship 2, Tuesday, 23 January 2018 03:41 (nine months ago) Permalink

you should suit yourself. it's your face.

A is for (Aimless), Tuesday, 23 January 2018 03:53 (nine months ago) Permalink

But you should also try to suit your face tbh

remember the lmao (darraghmac), Tuesday, 23 January 2018 08:48 (nine months ago) Permalink

so far my fav thing about growing a beard is actually the tiny hands of my kids curiously feeling the beard

IF (Terrorist) Yes, Explain (man alive), Thursday, 25 January 2018 21:12 (eight months ago) Permalink

<3

marcos, Thursday, 25 January 2018 21:18 (eight months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

I got that norelco vacuum trimmer as recommended and gave it my first trim tonight as it was looking scraggly -- used the 7.5 guard and it definitely has more of that neat "corporate beard" look to it now. Took several passes to get it even, my beard hairs are pretty thick.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Friday, 9 February 2018 03:20 (eight months ago) Permalink

man

you've sold out

j., Friday, 9 February 2018 04:17 (eight months ago) Permalink

lol yeah

I do want to grow it a little longer but I've heard it's better to trim it even from time to time while growing it out

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Friday, 9 February 2018 04:54 (eight months ago) Permalink

I’m going to bring it back I think

El Tomboto, Friday, 9 February 2018 05:37 (eight months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

I feel like people respond to me differently with the beard. Whether that's a result of its effect on my own psychology or on my appearance, it's a good thing.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Sunday, 25 February 2018 16:33 (seven months ago) Permalink

is this the thread where we recommend a decent trimmer preferably retailing around 100 euros?

niels, Sunday, 25 February 2018 16:59 (seven months ago) Permalink

Get a Wahl if you can. I got the Peanut based on the wirecutter rec and it does a good job + super easy to clean.

https://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-beard-trimmer/

El Tomboto, Sunday, 25 February 2018 17:03 (seven months ago) Permalink

that's very reasonably priced, thanks!

niels, Sunday, 25 February 2018 17:23 (seven months ago) Permalink

I feel like people respond to me differently with the beard.

Not noticed in my case, but when i went conventional stache only style for last 2 summers this seemed def true (plus family mostly _loathe_ it lol).

Global Arming's Terrifying Old Math$ (Hunt3r), Sunday, 25 February 2018 18:21 (seven months ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KenydTXfzvo

sleepingbag, Sunday, 25 February 2018 18:53 (seven months ago) Permalink

five months pass...

Does anyone trim their underbeard shorter than their beard? My beard is both wooly and a little patchy, so I need to grow it long enough to cover the patches, but if I grow the underbeard to the same length it starts to add volume that I don't want.

Fedora Dostoyevsky (man alive), Thursday, 26 July 2018 22:04 (two months ago) Permalink

Yes, I trim to 3mm on the moustache and underchin area, 5mm for chin and jawline UGH TOO MUCH INFORMATION MAKES ME SOUND LIKE CRAIG DAVID

an incoherent crustacean (MatthewK), Thursday, 26 July 2018 22:33 (two months ago) Permalink

I shave in the direction of Joel-Kinnaman-in-The-Killing now, but I still refuse to use the trimmer more than once every couple of weeks so it sometimes gets a bit 1970s

El Tomboto, Friday, 27 July 2018 00:40 (two months ago) Permalink

man alive, I would strongly recommend you trim your beard in whatever way you think looks nicest on you and you're willing to put up with.

A is for (Aimless), Friday, 27 July 2018 01:39 (two months ago) Permalink

so basically RIP IT OUT ONE HAIR AT A TIME

El Tomboto, Friday, 27 July 2018 02:17 (two months ago) Permalink


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