Beards

Posted by: GMFan

Beards - 12/09/13 08:41 PM

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...
Posted by: dparm

Re: Beards - 12/09/13 08:45 PM

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.
Posted by: salv

Re: Beards - 12/09/13 08:51 PM

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.
Posted by: Rolla07

Re: Beards - 12/09/13 08:51 PM

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 up..it should never affect professionalism if its well kept.
Posted by: Donald

Re: Beards - 12/09/13 08:58 PM

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.
Posted by: demarpaint

Re: Beards - 12/09/13 09:00 PM

I am due to Chicken Pox and not being able to shave. Lets just say its growing on me.
Posted by: Drew99GT

Re: Beards - 12/09/13 09:04 PM

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.
Posted by: Drew99GT

Re: Beards - 12/09/13 09:13 PM

Chuck Norris has a beard. Nuff said.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sj1tFmbU1uI
Posted by: Too_many_Cars

Re: Beards - 12/09/13 09:18 PM

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
Posted by: Eddie

Re: Beards - 12/09/13 09:19 PM

Too much upkeep for me anymore if I want it to look nice and presentable.
Posted by: JHZR2

Re: Beards - 12/09/13 09:31 PM

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.
Posted by: daves87rs

Re: Beards - 12/09/13 09:31 PM

Tried, but the itching gets me every time...
Posted by: redhat

Re: Beards - 12/09/13 09:40 PM

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.
Posted by: Shannow

Re: Beards - 12/09/13 09:41 PM

Had a goatee for nearly ever...never had a problem.

Some winters grow full, but not very often these days.
Posted by: hisilver

Re: Beards - 12/09/13 09:47 PM

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.
Posted by: RF Overlord

Re: Beards - 12/09/13 09:52 PM

I had a full beard, but keep trimming it back a little at a time...I'm going for the Amish look now...and that's not meant to poke fun...I actually like the look.
Posted by: chubbs1

Re: Beards - 12/09/13 09:59 PM

I have rocked a go-tee for 5 years. I can't shave it off, no one has ever said anything negative to me (about the beard anyway lol) and I am in the medical field with constant contact with the public.

BTW....

I hear Chuck Norris' beard trims itself. grin

Had to add a crummy Chuck Norris joke. wink
Posted by: CHARLIEBRONSON21

Re: Beards - 12/09/13 10:10 PM

Shaved mine after 4 years. Wasn't out of control. I kept it neat, but was told I could go in for management if I shaved it to a more managerial look. So I'm rocking a goatee now. Miss the old bear/man look. Especially since it's started to get cold.
Posted by: morepwr

Re: Beards - 12/09/13 10:20 PM

I had a full beard for quite a long time but I shaved it off about a year ago when it was starting to be more grey than anything else!
Posted by: theKman

Re: Beards - 12/09/13 11:00 PM

I wear a goatee year-round, and almost always grow a full winter coat. It's coming in quite nicely right now. Really makes a big difference when you're out in the cold. I'll let it grow to a moderate length then keep it there all season. I keep my neck shaved from just under the jaw downward, and that's the only place I ever experience any itching if I go more than a few days without shaving it.

Man I love having a beard (even though there's more grey and less red every year). smirk
Posted by: Bandito440

Re: Beards - 12/09/13 11:09 PM

I grew one over the past two years, although shaved it recently due to grooming standards at the office. Honest Amish Beard Balm is great to help keep it conditioned and your skin from drying out. It's available on Amazon.
Posted by: NJC

Re: Beards - 12/09/13 11:19 PM

Indeed I'm presently with beardage. I normally trim but have been letting it grow since mid Aug of this year. Gives one appreciation for those who grow long long beards.
Posted by: bvance554

Re: Beards - 12/09/13 11:58 PM

I wish I could. I'm 38 and grow the spottiest beard you've ever seen. Its like a 16 year old boys. I can't even grow a nice weekend scruff.
Posted by: crinkles

Re: Beards - 12/10/13 01:35 AM

growing mine since mid november, got the Christmas break coming up, will be growing it until mid january.

this time round, my last shave was with a philips rotary head shaver, which cuts the hair square, which meant a ton less itching than had I done a wet shave (which cuts a sharp edge to the little hair).

So far so good.
Posted by: crinkles

Re: Beards - 12/10/13 01:36 AM

http://www.beards.org/
Posted by: Pop_Rivit

Re: Beards - 12/10/13 06:18 AM

I've had a trimmed beard for 44 or 45 years now. My wife has never seen me without one.
Posted by: refaller

Re: Beards - 12/10/13 07:19 AM

Since I was 19. I usually have a goatee, but will frequently go all out in the winter. My wife used to make me keep it short, but since duck dynasty entered her life, I am rocking about 6" hanging off the chin. When people comment I just stroke the goat and tell them it helps me ponder.

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Posted by: supton

Re: Beards - 12/10/13 08:19 AM

I had one for a couple of years. I liked it, but it looks odd when I get decked out in spandex for bike rides. Shaved for this summer, and I got the impression that my wife didn't want it again this year. I kinda want to grow it in, mostly because it comes in pretty red, but it won't be long before it goes gray and loses the appeal.

While others liked it, they all said I looked younger w/o it. It was only marginally less work to maintain than shaving twice a week.
Posted by: NMBurb02

Re: Beards - 12/10/13 08:51 AM

I have been sporting a beard for the past 11 years and had a goatee for probably three years prior. Started the goatee in high school and then decided at the beginning of my freshman year in college that I no longer wanted to take the time or expend the effort to shave, so I let it grow! It made me look years older, which was good because I started working a professional/semi-technical job that year and it gave me more credibility or at least kept people from questioning my expertise based on my age. I was bearded for my wedding and have only shaved it all off twice since then, but my wife will not let me do it again; she says it makes me look like I am 12 years old. I keep it trimmed and neat (most of the time) and shave my neck when I need to look presentable, like for work (I work from home, but meet with clients a few days per week).
Posted by: Fleetmon

Re: Beards - 12/10/13 01:17 PM

I always had one for years until it started greying on me....right in the middle and my 'stash turned grey too. I tried the Just For Men but too much trouble for me and got a good chemical burn once.....easier to just shave now and run around with cold cheeks.
Posted by: threeputtpar

Re: Beards - 12/10/13 03:31 PM

Originally Posted By: Pop_Rivit
I've had a trimmed beard for 44 or 45 years now. My wife has never seen me without one.


I once saw a picture of my father taken on a beach in Hong Kong in 1968 while he was in the service. That was the last time that he shaved his entire face.

Me, I tried a beard once when I went back to college in 2000 or so. At the time I started growing it I already has a 12" long pony tail, so the ladies couldn't run away from me fast enough. I figured since I repelled the opposite sex so well that it would be a great time to grow a beard for chits and giggles.
Posted by: Mr_Incredible

Re: Beards - 12/10/13 03:51 PM

My beard is a little over 2 years and 7" long. I keep it trimmed on the sides a little. It's kind of bushy, but no too much.

Gets a lot of looks.
Posted by: NHHEMI

Re: Beards - 12/10/13 06:40 PM

Originally Posted By: GMFan
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...


I am usually lazy and only shave once every couple of weeks or so. I usually look pretty scruffy. I do purposely grow a beard during hunting season though for warmth and also to help hide my big white face.

I shave for the last time every year around September 1st. It is about a month before the regular waterfowl season starts and allows me to get a good cover on my face. Unless something happens where I have to shave( funeral, medical reason, etc... )I do not shave again until after waterfowl season is over in mid February. By then I look like bigfoot. This year I really seem to have sprouted. Got a call from Duck Dynasty to join the show as a long lost cousin. crackmeup
Posted by: Cujet

Re: Beards - 12/11/13 02:26 PM

I keep mine short. But, I believe I look better with it than without.



Posted by: GreeCguy

Re: Beards - 12/13/13 09:12 PM

I've had a beard for 25 years now and usually keep it trimmed. Last summer, I let it go long. By Christmas, I looked like an extra on "Duck Dynasty." It got so long and thick, I could hide a pencil in it, (I got a kick out of doing that - I would slide a pencil in my beard and ask someone a question and say, "let me write that down" and pull the pencil out of my beard). Finally trimmed it first of the year and was shocked when three pencils and a roofing nail fell out.