Growing a beard

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    Jul 03, 2014 1:50 AM GMT
    I've periodically had a beard since 1994, after I retired from the Army and could have one. Back then it was coal black, with dark brown hair, totally grayless until I was 54. I've posted pics of it here. I guess I can thank my late Father for it, he was the same way.

    Well, maybe not totally grayless. A few stray gray beard & mustache hairs did appear. but I plucked them out.

    But not 2 years later gray burst out all over. I shaved my beard off, then a few years tried it again. I hated it, half white by then. How fast the gray appears!

    So now I've just been sick in bed for several days, haven't shaved. And I thought, what the Hell, let's see what my beard looks like today. I'm guessing mostly white, but I'm curious.

    I don't wanna look like a homeless guy living under a bridge, but I think that's what I'll see. So I'll let you know what happens. It grows very fast & full, so it won't be long. Tomorrow is Day 4. icon_confused.gif

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    Jul 03, 2014 2:16 AM GMT
    I... I wish I could grow a beard!

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    Also, we need pics!!!
  • Arcangel7769

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    Jul 03, 2014 3:54 AM GMT
    I grew mine out just to see what it would look like. I personally don't care for it, but everyone so far love it! Ugh...hot and itchy in the summer. What do you think? Keep it or lose it?

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    Jul 03, 2014 3:59 AM GMT
    Arcangel7769 saidI grew mine out just to see what it would look like. I personally don't care for it, but everyone so far love it! Ugh...hot and itchy in the summer. What do you think? Keep it or lose it?

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    It's lovely. Totally a man.
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    Jul 03, 2014 4:04 AM GMT
    When I grew a beard in my twenties I thought I'd look like a lumberjack. Instead, I looked like a rabbi.

    Then, it was 3/4 black and 1/4 red (evenly distributed). Now, it's 2/3 black and 1/3 gray/white. If I grow it out maybe I'll look like Joe Manganiello:

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    instead of:

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    Jul 03, 2014 4:11 AM GMT
    Grow some decent sideburns.
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    Jul 03, 2014 4:12 AM GMT
    This is me around 52. I trimmed my beard at about a 12-day length, but my mustache around 5 weeks.

    Not colored, totally natural. But I was starting to pluck some grey hairs, mainly from my mustache. About 3 years later I shaved it all off, it was going white, very quickly, along with my sideburns.

    You can't argue with time, and after about 50, if not sooner, the grey invasion happens. I let it grow back one more time, but it was hideous.

    I'm just curious how white I've become now. Gonna find out shortly.

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  • AMoonHawk

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    Jul 03, 2014 4:22 AM GMT
    depends, but my preference is more of fu manchu style kept trimmed

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    Jul 03, 2014 4:29 AM GMT
    i am currently growing one , trimming it short though
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    Jul 03, 2014 4:30 AM GMT
    AMoonHawk said
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    10/10, would pull by the mustache into passionate love-making.

    On topic: I can't, and likely won't ever be able to accomplish a Beard (Yes, accomplish. I feel like it would take much effort and determination!)
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    Jul 03, 2014 4:34 AM GMT
    How quickly things change. Here I am, 6 years later, receiving an award from the Executive Director of our Pride Center.

    And please forgive, I always take a bad pic. But in that relatively short time my beard has gone nearly all white, and you can see my sideburns are turning, too, At 58, there's no escaping it. After I saw that pic, the beard came off permanently.icon_sad.gif

    Until now, when I'm experimenting, thanks to my illness & confinement.

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    Jul 03, 2014 8:40 PM GMT
    I have a very grey beard, it makes me look like I am a homeless Santa.
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    Jul 03, 2014 9:15 PM GMT
    Ohno saidI have a very grey beard, it makes me look like I am a homeless Santa.

    That's what I fear my look will be. But I'm curious, and the razor is just an arm's reach away.
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    Jul 04, 2014 12:56 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    Ohno saidI have a very grey beard, it makes me look like I am a homeless Santa.

    That's what I fear my look will be. But I'm curious, and the razor is just an arm's reach away.



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    Jul 04, 2014 1:16 AM GMT
    scruffLA said
    Art_Deco said
    Ohno saidI have a very grey beard, it makes me look like I am a homeless Santa.

    That's what I fear my look will be. But I'm curious, and the razor is just an arm's reach away.

    don't be a chicken, a beard requires maintenance
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    I spoke about this very product today with my hair stylist. For the first time in decades I'm having a professional do my hair. Since my teens I've almost always cut my hair myself.

    But he does a great job, and everyone who saw me afterwards today exclaimed how good I looked. I can't argue with results like that.

    The problem with my beard, however, is that I keep it very short. Partly because it's very thick and grows fast. It reaches the length I like under 2 weeks.

    But it also means that new gray shows in about 3 days, revealing that I dyed. I'm NOT gonna be coloring my beard every 3 days.
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    Jul 04, 2014 1:20 AM GMT
    Why now, Robert? Arghh..a beard in FL summer....icon_confused.gif

    If you insist on growing it, don't dye it.
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    Jul 04, 2014 1:54 AM GMT
    bon_pan saidWhy now, Robert? Arghh..a beard in FL summer....icon_confused.gif

    If you insist on growing it, don't dye it.

    We'll see what my husband thinks. It's about what he likes, first & foremost, not me. He may like the novelty for a while. Then ask me to shave it off.

    It's really all the same to me. Left to my own devices I might prefer one look over another. But when you've got a guy, isn't it really what pleases HIM?

    I never see the thing unless I'm standing in front of a mirror, and I do very little of that. And in terms of daily maintenance, shaping and trimming a beard is actually more work than just shaving your entire face every day.

    So I'll see what it looks like, but more importantly, what he thinks of it.
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    Jul 04, 2014 2:06 AM GMT
    I love beards.
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    Jul 04, 2014 2:16 AM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    bon_pan saidWhy now, Robert? Arghh..a beard in FL summer....icon_confused.gif


    So I'll see what it looks like, but more importantly, what he thinks of it.


    On the other hand, Robert, those beards can be mighty, ummm. ticklish....icon_smile.gif
  • Trontastic

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    Jul 04, 2014 2:45 AM GMT
    Again, this is relevant

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    Jul 04, 2014 3:59 AM GMT
    bon_pan said
    Art_Deco said
    So I'll see what it looks like, but more importantly, what he thinks of it.

    On the other hand, Robert, those beards can be mighty, ummm. ticklish....icon_smile.gif

    Of course. But that's for him to say.

    My very first BF had a mustache that scratched my face when I kissed him. My answer was to grow my own mustache as a shield. It worked very well.
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    Jul 04, 2014 4:00 AM GMT
    Trontastic saidAgain, this is relevant



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    Jul 04, 2014 5:14 AM GMT
    JackBoneTX said
    Trontastic saidAgain, this is relevant



    you have an entire arsenal of topical TF2 videos..witchcraft!


    What can I say, when all you have is a hammer, the world looks like a nail....