Why are you clean shaven?

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    Feb 11, 2017 6:44 AM GMT
    Back in the old pre-hipster times having a beard was something special, a statement of personal style and masculinity. Now it's like having two eyes, a nose and a mouth: if you don't have them, people think you are disfigured.

    Having to shave every single day is arguably higher maintenance than grooming your beard once in a while. Unless you're forced to do so by your corporate overlord, going through this maintenance in such an pro-beard time could be as much a statement as being bearded before it became trendy.

    So those of you who keep a clean shave every day: why do you do it?
  • buddycat

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    Feb 11, 2017 7:03 AM GMT
    A beard doesn't seem to suit me. I don't feel right with it. I can go one day without shaving that is it. Plus, I would have to color it like my hair since it comes in gray. I also don't feel right with gray hair.
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    Feb 11, 2017 12:52 PM GMT
    I've tried the scruff look, and when I was younger I tried to maintain a goatee thing...

    Truth is, it's where I started to see things going gray. I don't have any gray anywhere else, but it was coming through in my whiskers.

    Mom had told me that Dad was the same way... so I'm sure is mostly a genetic thing... but purely for the sake of my own vanity, I keep shaving.
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    Feb 11, 2017 1:24 PM GMT
    Because when I'm not clean shaven I look like I live under a bridge. It's gotten worse since my whiskers have turned mostly white.

    I view it as a life transitional thing. A young guy in his teens can have a bushy head of hair, even long as a girl. I can't at my age.

    In your prime you can try a beard or mustache. A dark, trim beard looks very sexy. I can't do that now, it becomes a homeless scruff look for me.

    And in the US Army I had no choice, anyway. No beard allowed, and a mustache so trim regulation-sized that it almost looked Hitler-esque. (Actually had to do with getting a good seal on your gas mask) Frowned upon for Officers, I always had to lose the mustache for my next promotion board photograph.
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    Feb 11, 2017 2:32 PM GMT
    I shave because having a mustache, a soul patch, and two separate little beards looks utterly ridiculous.
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    Feb 11, 2017 2:34 PM GMT
    I work in a chemical plant and occasionally have to wear a respirator, so they require me to be clean shaven at all times. A lot of beard envy over here!
  • Eleven

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    Feb 11, 2017 4:17 PM GMT
    Yeh I shave because I gotta make money and look professional not like tom hanks on castaway
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    Feb 11, 2017 6:13 PM GMT
    It is easier and faster to shave than taking care of a beard ....
  • Triggerman

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    Feb 11, 2017 6:24 PM GMT
    Apparently I was ahead of the trend in 1981. I grew a beard, mostly because I was a ginger and thought I would look like the lead singer of the BeeGees. I was also a boxer and the SF Chronicle covered my fight. In it, and I still have the clipping today, the sportswriter referred to me as the savage Viking. lol. Won, but the worst fight of my career. Split decision. I got banged but pulled out a win.
  • bro4bro

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    Feb 11, 2017 7:04 PM GMT
    I like the way it feels to be shaved smooth.

    Especially when I'm making out with a guy.

    On weekends I'll go a day without shaving but never two, and I always shave if I have a date.
  • Nakedman1969

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    Feb 11, 2017 8:26 PM GMT
    I shave one day a week, my face is so senitive that its hard to shave any other times.
  • barefootlover

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    Feb 11, 2017 9:10 PM GMT
    It feels better clean shaven and I like the clean cut American boy look. But I am lazy and only shave once a week. So by the end of the week, I look pretty scruffy. lol
  • theonewhoknoc...

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    Feb 11, 2017 9:28 PM GMT
    Because shaving every day (with a bit of scruff when I'm lazy) is lower maintenance than trying to look like a hobo without smelling like one. Don't wanna deal with the extra trip to the barber, beard oil, getting food out of there, etc. I'm also masculine enough without needing a prop like many gays seem to use the beard as.
  • mwolverine

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    Feb 11, 2017 9:52 PM GMT
    bro4bro said
    I like the way it feels to be shaved smooth.
    Especially when I'm making out with a guy.


    barefootlover said
    It feels better clean shaven and I like the clean cut American boy look.


    Exactly. On all counts.
    "Clean as a whistle" (whatever that means. I remember reffing football on super cold days and having my saliva freeze the ball in the whistle.)

    Don't like making out with facial hair let alone sand paper.
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    Feb 12, 2017 4:25 AM GMT
    neffa said
    It is easier and faster to shave than taking care of a beard ....

    That, too. Unless your beard just grows wild, it takes more time to trim & shape it than simply shave it off.
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    Feb 12, 2017 11:30 PM GMT
    I'm a blond guy, so I don't look good without shaving every day. I just look unshaven and sloppy if I let myself go for a day. I might go scruffy to the gym or to go outside and do my lawns and garden work. But for work, dates, everything else - I just quickly shave. To save time, I just shave and brush teeth & floss in the shower. Easy and fast.
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    Feb 13, 2017 12:33 AM GMT
    Unsurprisingly there's very little millennial participation on this thread.

    Oh the irony: boys growing beards to look like men, now those very beards mark them as millennial boys.
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    Feb 13, 2017 1:48 AM GMT
    I like clean shaven guys, first of all. Second, it's a preference, I like to look younger for my age. I let my beard/mustache grow once after like 12 days.
    I got mean/compliments like **OMG, you look so old, and You look kinda homeless chic**. Lol, Guys seem to like my clean shaven face. I think it's a preference though,
    I usually like guys who are smooth and clean shaven like myself. icon_redface.gificon_redface.gif
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    Feb 13, 2017 1:55 AM GMT
    laxwill10 saidI like clean shaven guys, first of all. Second, it's a preference, I like to look younger for my age. I let my beard/mustache grow once after like 12 days.
    I got mean/compliments like **OMG, you look so old, and You look kinda homeless chic**. Lol, Guys seem to like my clean shaven face. I think it's a preference though,
    I usually like guys who are smooth and clean shaven like myself. icon_redface.gificon_redface.gif
    b #pizzagate , #boylover , #chickenhawk . so you live in a place where boytoys are the in thing over manlyness dudes . M KAY !
  • Red_wolf87a

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    Feb 13, 2017 2:45 AM GMT
    I shaved off all my facial hair in 2014 (first time I didn't have facial hair since high school). It was weird I felt naked, also I looked like my younger brother.. He said I looked like Homer Simpson with my five o clock shadow for awhile icon_biggrin.gif
  • Webster666

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    Feb 13, 2017 7:44 AM GMT
    I had bare patches, and what hair there was came in gray or white, and beard dye made it itch like mad. I shave every other day.
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    Feb 13, 2017 2:51 PM GMT
    I think clean shaven suits me, and it looks more professional.

    Although, I'd kinda like to rock a more rugged look in 25 years or so.
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    Feb 13, 2017 3:09 PM GMT
    I was clean-shaven when I started dating my first BF. But his mustache was like kissing a Brillo pad.

    So I grew my mustache again, as protection, a shield against his. Worked very well.

    Then I started riding my motorcycle all over the US. From coast to coast, and from the Canadian border to the Gulf. Across the deserts and crossing up into the Rockies. For protection against the wind & weather I added a moderate beard. No biker outlaw thing.

    I met my future first partner, and he preferred no facial hair. Well, I knew I would be solo riding less with him in my life, and I really don't care about my looks that much. It's more what HE likes than what I do.

    So lost the beard and 'stache. They sometimes make a brief return appearance, just for a change of pace, and grow right back very fast. But today no, clean shaven.
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    Feb 13, 2017 6:22 PM GMT
    bachian saidUnsurprisingly there's very little millennial participation on this thread.

    Make another thread asking why people have a beard and let's see what they say.   icon_smile.gif
  • bro4bro

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    Feb 13, 2017 8:25 PM GMT
    ^^ Haha! Something tells me not many will say "Because everybody else has one."

    But that's the real answer, isn't it?