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    Growing a Beard?

    I am 43 and have never seriously tried to grow one. I am now thinking about it(It may just be a mid-life crisis thing, I'm not sure). I have heard you are supposed to shave every day for so long to "toughen" your face up then just let it go for as long as it takes. Does this sound right or do you just let it go as is?

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    Re: Growing a Beard?

    Quote Originally Posted by BUTLER REDSFAN View Post
    I am 43 and have never seriously tried to grow one. I am now thinking about it(It may just be a mid-life crisis thing, I'm not sure). I have heard you are supposed to shave every day for so long to "toughen" your face up then just let it go for as long as it takes. Does this sound right or do you just let it go as is?
    Nah, it doesn't toughen your face up. Just let it go. Depending on the thickness of your facial hair it may take a while for it to fill in and look good.

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    Re: Growing a Beard?

    My first beard came because of a sunburnt face. No time to toughen it up. These days I grow and shave it once or twice a year.

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    Re: Growing a Beard?

    I had a full beard for about 8 years (just sporting the goatee currently). You can get by with an occasional neck-shave every 2-3 days and let everything else go.
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    Re: Growing a Beard?

    It looks best if you buy a beard trimmer. Let it grow for 3 days, and then trim it so that it's all a uniform length. Then let it go for 4-5 days, and trim it again at a higher setting.

    Otherwise, you might end up looking like a slow-changing wolfman.
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    Re: Growing a Beard?

    I have always meant to grow a beard but can never find the time.

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    Re: Growing a Beard?

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnny Footstool View Post
    Otherwise, you might end up looking like a slow-changing wolfman.
    Time lapse photo this look. It will be fantastic.

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    Re: Growing a Beard?

    I grow a beard, often.. Mainly because I'm too lazy to shave.. Much easier to trim.

    Thankfully, I look good with a beard.

    But I also sport a goatee.

    I haven't been clean shaven in about 8 years. Wife doesn't like me without a beard of some kind.
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    Re: Growing a Beard?

    I've had a beard on and off over the years, but had not heard this thing about toughening up.
    If it doesn't come in real thick then you should probably get a trimmer to keep it looking good. And I'll second the goatee; it's the best and fastest solution every morning, you can quickly shave around it then trim it once a week.
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    Re: Growing a Beard?

    I consistently roll a D1 when trying to grow a beard - I am simply horrible at it.
    Even at 40, I can go for four weeks without a shave and look like some unshaven high school kid. I do have a somewhat presentable mustache and goatee, though.

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    Re: Growing a Beard?

    I grew one once and one of the reasons why was because I was tired of shaving. Turned out trimming the beard was just as much work as shaving.
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    I can't get past the "itchy" stage. Drives me nuts!
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    Re: Growing a Beard?

    To all you guys who can grow beards: I hate you. My facial hair is of such a pathetic quality that after a week it looks like someone with an IQ of less than 12 tried to glue hair to my face. But it grows fast, and I have to shave at least every other day else look like an idiot.

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    Re: Growing a Beard?

    Last year when I was doing slate and tile roofing and it was winter in Indy, I grew a nice full beard. It was sweet, if I do say so myself. I have light brown hair, but for whatever reason my facial hair has a little hint of red in it. Yeah my nickname was Chuck Norris for the rest of the year.

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    Re: Growing a Beard?

    Quote Originally Posted by macro View Post
    I have always meant to grow a beard but can never find the time.
    I believe there is a Castro quote along the lines that having a beard gave him annother 15 minutes a day to dedicate to the revolution.


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