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#3211697 - 12/09/13 08:41 PM Beards
GMFan Offline

Registered: 12/26/07
Posts: 1634
Loc: Catskills, NY
Is anyone wielding a beard here?

I have gone without shaving for long stretches before. These periods have included week long stay-cations, sickness, general college laziness etc. I've always wanted to try it out but wasn't sure if it would affect my professionalism at work. Well I manned up for the real thing and I'm 13 days in. There's no going back now.

Believe it or not there is still a lot of negative stigma with having a beard but if you have been on the fence don't care what people think and let it grow and flaunt your masculinity. I work in an office environment and the reactions have been from none at all to compliments. If anyone gives you a hard time say it's part of your new religion or something. whistle

Anyway I figured I'd post this if anyone has been thinking about growing one but has been holding off for some of the same reasons I was.

Now if I can get this itching thing under control...
2011 Mazda6i Sport 6spd MT-70k miles
Castrol Edge 0w20 - Fram TG, 10k OCI
“Muscles aching to work, minds aching to create - this is man.”

#3211699 - 12/09/13 08:45 PM Re: Beards [Re: GMFan]
dparm Offline

Registered: 04/19/10
Posts: 12619
Loc: Chicago, IL
Tried it once -- rocked the beard for about a year and decided it didn't look professional enough (even with constant and anal-retentive grooming/care). I didn't have problems with itch, but I did wash it regularly and applied the requisite conditioners/lotions.

If you're serious about doing it, you need to go 6 weeks without any sort of shaving to let it fill in.
2011.5 BMW M3 saloon ZCP
Castrol Edge Professional TWS 10w60 + Mahle OX 254D3

#3211704 - 12/09/13 08:51 PM Re: Beards [Re: GMFan]
salv Offline

Registered: 04/21/11
Posts: 1233
Loc: Cadyville, NY
My wife wanted to see what it looked like, so I am rocking a beard for the first time since I was 20. Seems like a lot of guys up here in Northern NY are putting on the "winter face" this year.
2003 Trailblazer: Castrol GTX Magnatec 5w30 L25288
2000 Ford Focus Wagon: Valvoline Maxlife 5w20 FL400S

#3211705 - 12/09/13 08:51 PM Re: Beards [Re: GMFan]
Rolla07 Offline

Registered: 11/05/11
Posts: 2239
The itching goes away with time! Give it some more time. Since ive been 20-21 ive always kept a beard. Neatly shaven and kept should never affect professionalism if its well kept.

Edited by Rolla07 (12/09/13 08:52 PM)
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#3211715 - 12/09/13 08:58 PM Re: Beards [Re: GMFan]
Donald Offline

Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 15594
Loc: Upstate NY
I have had one for many years. I am a software engineer and have never had employment issues with a beard. Maybe someone in sales or marketing might.
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#3211716 - 12/09/13 09:00 PM Re: Beards [Re: GMFan]
demarpaint Offline

Registered: 07/03/05
Posts: 23355
Loc: NY
I am due to Chicken Pox and not being able to shave. Lets just say its growing on me.
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#3211720 - 12/09/13 09:04 PM Re: Beards [Re: GMFan]
Drew99GT Offline

Registered: 10/11/02
Posts: 21278
Loc: Colorado Springs
I've never understood why there is negative stigma to well groomed facial hair. If it's unkept and nasty yea, but well trimmed with even straight lines is A-OK in my book.

#3211723 - 12/09/13 09:13 PM Re: Beards [Re: GMFan]
Drew99GT Offline

Registered: 10/11/02
Posts: 21278
Loc: Colorado Springs
Chuck Norris has a beard. Nuff said.

#3211730 - 12/09/13 09:18 PM Re: Beards [Re: Drew99GT]
Too_many_Cars Offline

Registered: 11/06/13
Posts: 41
Loc: Ohio
Wow. Agreed.
Never thought of Chuck.
Have had one from 1977 on. Shave it off every Feb 14. The wife says grow it back! After 32 years she can say that. smile
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#3211731 - 12/09/13 09:19 PM Re: Beards [Re: GMFan]
Eddie Offline

Registered: 12/07/03
Posts: 7550
Loc: Florida, Cape Coral
Too much upkeep for me anymore if I want it to look nice and presentable.
CX5 Touring 2.5L :-)

#3211743 - 12/09/13 09:31 PM Re: Beards [Re: GMFan]
JHZR2 Offline

Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 36538
Loc: New Jersey
I have one recently because the baby likes it. Keep it super short, like the shortest any buzzer clipper device can. Its barely longer than if one didn't shave for a couple days, but more filled in. May remove it soon, but Ive liked it recently.

#3211744 - 12/09/13 09:31 PM Re: Beards [Re: GMFan]
daves87rs Offline

Registered: 02/23/09
Posts: 14792
Loc: Michigan
Tried, but the itching gets me every time...
“Never argue with an idiot. They bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.”

#3211750 - 12/09/13 09:40 PM Re: Beards [Re: GMFan]
redhat Offline

Registered: 12/07/12
Posts: 1292
Loc: Western New York
Had a big one for a while but most recently trimmed it low. Never had an issue with work or itching. My COO even complimented it.
09 Accord Sedan 5MT - T6 5W-40, A01, 88k
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#3211751 - 12/09/13 09:41 PM Re: Beards [Re: GMFan]
Shannow Offline

Registered: 12/12/02
Posts: 30304
Loc: Oz
Had a goatee for nearly ever...never had a problem.

Some winters grow full, but not very often these days.

#3211754 - 12/09/13 09:47 PM Re: Beards [Re: GMFan]
hisilver Offline

Registered: 03/08/10
Posts: 530
Loc: NC
Just started my first one in 32 years. A month in and its getting super thick. The itch went away in three weeks for me.

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