Tips for Growing/Trimming Facial Hair

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    Mar 02, 2011 5:10 AM GMT
    A friend suggested that I consider growing a beard or a mustache. I had thought about it in the past but once two days go by, I get the sudden itch to shave it because it just looks sloppy to me.

    So I started thinking that maybe I just don't know how to grow facial hair properly. How do you shape it, keep from looking like a beehive, and manage its thickness? Please share your best tips about how you went about it yourself and how you manage it on a daily basis.
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    Mar 02, 2011 5:42 AM GMT
    You need to let it grow 1-3 weeks to have any sort of fullness.
    At first it will just look like you forgot to shave. Then use some clippers and a razor to keep it groomed and even. Bathe regularly and scrub your beard and you should avoid problems with itchiness.
    Now I trim it about 2-3 times a week and shave pretty much every day.
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    Mar 02, 2011 5:56 AM GMT
    Mustache?
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    Mar 02, 2011 4:15 PM GMT
    mnboy saidMustache?
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    Hot! Do it like that one!
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    Mar 02, 2011 4:32 PM GMT
    I shave the jaw line with a razor and keep the rest trimmed.

    some people just dont look with with a beard. depends on how your facial hair grows in. if its patchy and not distributed all over your face it wont matter how long you let it grow.
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    Mar 02, 2011 4:35 PM GMT
    I would suggest going to the American Moustache Institute's website and look around at the pics and the various styles. You need to have an idea how you want yours to look and go for that.

    I've had a stache all of my adult life. Mine gets very thick and bushy. I have to normally keep about 1/3 of it "plucked" out to keep it looking somewhat decent.

    A previous suggestion of giving it a good cleaning regularly, will prevent the itchiness is true. Mine also tends to get dry. At night, I put castor oil on it to help keep the hairs moisturized.

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    Mar 02, 2011 4:39 PM GMT
    Ermine saidYou need to let it grow 1-3 weeks to have any sort of fullness.
    At first it will just look like you forgot to shave. Then use some clippers and a razor to keep it groomed and even. Bathe regularly and scrub your beard and you should avoid problems with itchiness.
    Now I trim it about 2-3 times a week and shave pretty much every day.


    I agree with this, it's best to leave it to grow out for a couple of weeks before you attempt any grooming. It will just look like you're a lazy fucker so it's often good to do when you're off work or on holiday or something.

    Then, decide how short you want the beard to be and what shape you are looking for. I have a fairly light beard when I trim, I have an electric beard trimmer and set it to one of the lowest settings and go over the whole area. I then wet shave my neck up to my jaw line, and down my cheek bone to the top of the moustache area to create a neat line (like Junior Stellano on the right in the below pic, but mine's not as dense looking).

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    I think you'd look good with that kind of beard.

    I don't trim/neaten as often as I should, usually only once a week, if you want to keep it looking sharp then do it about 3 times a week.
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    Mar 02, 2011 5:11 PM GMT
    A trimmer is the best solution for you... you can choose different lengths and it makes it neat.. then i usually shave the edges with the razor for shape...
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    Mar 02, 2011 5:16 PM GMT
    I only trim with scissors. treat it like a topiary.
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    Mar 02, 2011 5:49 PM GMT
    I use clippers for mine. Pick the guard for the length you like and, for me, once a week it gets trimmed. I was just looking at some old videos of me when I had a full beard. Looking back, didn't look too bad I guess, now it would be all gray and I'd look 40 yrs older (which at my age, means close to death!)
  • neosyllogy

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    Mar 02, 2011 6:16 PM GMT
    I recommend a mohawk that extends across the entire body. (moawked mustache, beard, chest, and so on).
    Also, green white and purple for colors. Red can work, but often comes out unclear.
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    Mar 02, 2011 6:31 PM GMT
    Trimmer and razor are a must. Also, a good facial conditioner helps too since after a week/week and a half it's gonna itch like hell.
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    Mar 02, 2011 6:46 PM GMT
    I use a Wahl beard and moustache trimmer called "The Goatee."

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/images/B000GP5752/ref=dp_otherviews_1?ie=UTF8&s=hpc&img=1

    It has a single blade guard that lets you dial in different hair lengths by number setting.

    The routine is:

    Go over entire beard at No. 7. That trims the hair length under the chin and under the jaw line (longest length).
    One swipe down center of face from lip to chinline at No.6
    One swipe on either side of the center down to the chinline at No. 5
    One swipe from the tip of each end of the stache to the chinline at No.4
    One swipe at the outer edge of each side of the goatee down to the chinline at No 3 (shortest length)

    This way, the different areas of the beard get shaped to different lenghts in a systematic way that you can reproduce again and again.

    I use the same trimmer without a guard every day to "shave" the other areas of my face, which leaves a great scruff (come on guys, let's vote stubble an honorary body part!). If you do this, you literally can "shave" in like 5 seconds flat.

    The shaver head also swivels 180 degrees to a smaller head at the other side that's great for nose, ears and other places muy gross. icon_redface.gif

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    Mar 14, 2011 4:40 PM GMT
    Thanks for the tips! It's still going to be an intimidating task... by the way, the elaborate mustache above is a NO on multiple levels. LOL.
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    Mar 14, 2011 6:27 PM GMT
    I tried going that route just once recently when I felt like growing some manicured scruff (see my profile picture). The problem wasn't that in some contexts it made me look more academic than badass; I can tell you from experience that it's much more of a hassle maintaining that look than a clean-shaven one.
  • Sk8Tex

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    Mar 14, 2011 6:33 PM GMT
    http://www.beards.org

    Such an odd and funny place on the internet, I wonder on occasion how many of the guys there are actually big burly queens. icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 14, 2011 6:59 PM GMT
    Well...

    First two weeks shave completely with a razor everyday, your new facial hair will be thicker stronger in appearance make sure you don't have ingrown hairs prior beard growing as this will be a persistence pest in the process so I recommend Dalacin Topical Solution... then let it grow for about 3-4 weeks.

    If you cant wait that long then apply Nanogen microfibres to new facial hair shake off excess and there you go.

    To avoid beard itching dont touch with hands that are not clean, wash face/beard (really massage the facial hair) in morning with standard face wash or soap then moisturise ! But apply Dalacin Topical Solution this will instantly stop itching !!!!icon_smile.gif

    Shaping beard use a trimmer different length settings and use the end of a standard comb as a ruler to get those straight lines and 2 mirrors, lots of light to get a perspective !

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    Mar 14, 2011 8:40 PM GMT
    you learn over time the tricks of what to do and what not to do. I have had my goatee for 16 years now and now keep it pretty short but years ago I cant believe how out of control it tended to get

    practice practice practice