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    I used to be a clean shaven guy, but honestly it's too much work. I keep a nicely trimmed beard now. I like it much better, and it's easier on my skin.

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    It's hugely popular here at the moment. Many people are going as far as beard implants.

    I can't stand too much growth on my face, makes me itchy, but if it works for you great.
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    I'm pretty blessed that I can grow a decently good looking big beard. I haven't trimmed my beard in almost a year and don't have plans to either.

    Whether you go big or small I would advise looking into a beard oil or conditioner. I use Honest Amish beard conditioner along with jojoba oil.

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    Was and still am clean shaven most, practically all of my adult life. While beards can look great on certain men, I never had the proper growth to fully be comfortable with this look, because while being quite abundant and coarse, the growth is still patchy and asymmetric on me. Besides, I like the "neutral" (or, at least, more adaptable, easier to accessorize type of look) a fully shaven face provides, as well as the way my jawline and several other facial features are highlighted (speaking strictly for myself). Ultimately, it is always a question of personal preference.

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    No.
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    I like a well groomed beard.
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    "We need more beard."....I have had a beard for the last 35 years or so. I like my beard extremely close cut and well defined.
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    If you have to face for it. Yes.
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    Prefer being clean shaven and the look.
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    No.

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    No- can't wait for the hipster trend to be over.

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    I wore a goatee for an entire summer back in the day. I recall it was not a problem to keep neat. But, a return to a rather boot camp-like atmosphere professional school for the Spring semester required a clean shaven look--and sideburns shaven up to the tragus of the ear-- one I have maintained since but without suffering the slings and arrows of high-burns.
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    I wouldn't mind but am not allowed to.

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    So OP did you decide to grow out a beard?

    With my beard being fairly long I probably spend more time combing and oiling it than most guys spend shaving. My kids love my beard. I remember the first time one of my daughters saw me without a beard she cried and wouldn't come by me for a whole day.
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    My husband said a beard made him look like a vagrant.

    I actually persuaded him to grow one a few years ago...unfortunately I had to agree with his assessment. I also found it too scratchy. Farewell, beard!

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    It looks nice if it complements your facial features well. I like it better than having to shave everyday, opting out to visiting the barber every 3 weeks or so.

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    Not for me. I do the lazy beard where i don't shave for a bit but my wife hates it and i'm not thrilled with it. I just hate to shave.

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    I like clean shaven or closely trimmed & edged, about the same; indifferent between these. Do not like big beards, at all, on anyone really. Or I guess I can appreciate them in an objective way, like the beard itself can be beautiful but do not think they make anyone look better, and would not like it at all if my guy grew one.

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    I keep mine under 5mm long, but I trim my neck line. Honestly, I'm not sure how people shave every day...I seriously don't think I could. If I use a blade razor my skin feels horrible after, unless I change blades constantly, which is very expensive.

    If I got a job that required a clean shave I think I would get a straight razor and try that.
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    No.
    However, I've taken on the habit of shaving in the evening instead of morning. I find shaving relaxing and rushing it in the morning goes against that. Hence, on normal days I do carry a bit of a shade by lunch time. Obvously, for official days i do shave at the start of day but also might go without a shave for 3-4 days when putting down the hammer at work/gym.

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    I'm lucky enough to be able to shave my face with a clipper style beard trimmer once a week and move between looking clean shaven and having a nice looking (or so I've been told many times) stubble beard. I've had long beards in the past but they eventually become almost as much work as wet shaving everyday.

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    I used to be dead against it but grudgingly admit it suits some men. Although the following should be avoided IMO:

    Tatty, straggly beards (lazy g*t).

    Overly fussily-styled beards (along with tapering eyebrows, too primped and precious).

    An 'incongru-beard': grown in a futile effort to make a baby-faced man look butch. No, it just looks silly.
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    In short: yes, if you can.

    If your beard is symmetrical and grows consistently on your cheeks/chin/upper neck, go ahead and try it. On a whim, I decided to grow a full beard. At first, it was somewhat itchy and I wasn't sure it looked right, but several people complimented it, so I kept it. Later on, once the individual hairs exceeded about 1.5cm (or thereabouts) in length, the beard stopped being scratchy/itchy and became much softer. I currently have no plans to get rid of my beard.

    A few points to consider:

    1. Facial hair can be curly or straight. When I grew my beard, I was quite surprised to find my facial hair was curly, since my head hair was straight as an arrow.

    2. Some trimming will be necessary, but maybe not as much as you think. Once you actually have the beard, you will quickly figure out which parts need to be trimmed and how often. Personally, I trim once every few weeks (except for the mustache portion, which gets trimmed every few days). Trimming everyday seems unnecessary unless you are keeping a permanent five o'clock shadow.

    3. Itchiness is temporary. Once this stage is over, your beard will be very, very comfortable.

    Just try it out!

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    I've recently adopted the stubble look. It is not maintenance free, but a little faster than a full shave. I've got the right grooming tools to keep it exactly the length I want. Surveys have shown it's what women find sexiest. I've not noticed any real difference in my sexual magnetism

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    Quote Originally Posted by adam090273 View Post
    It's hugely popular here at the moment. Many people are going as far as beard implants.

    I can't stand too much growth on my face, makes me itchy, but if it works for you great.
    Same here, I prefer to be clean shaved anyway.

    I tend to mix beards with laziness and bad smelling things. (think hobo and out of work types)

    But if it makes you happy, then go for it of course.

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    I would say no, I dont find them attractive but each to their own.

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    I am a chick from Colorado. You cannot get a girl out here without a beard!!! I dunno if it's the mountain man thing that is a turn on or what but pretty much every guy has one here. As long as it is groomed, shouldn't be a problem at work. Beards are back so grow it on out, the ladies will dig!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by adam090273 View Post
    Many people are going as far as beard implants.
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    One thing I forgot to mention, you have to wash it after every meal. Dairy products are the worst especially sour cream, yogurt, milk, ice cream etc. Beer gets stenchy as well FYI. Just a heads up.

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    I prefer being clean-shaven at all times. Having a beard gets pretty itchy most of time which I really find annoying. But if it'll work for you, then you should go for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kagey View Post
    No- can't wait for the hipster trend to be over.
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    If the face can grow a thick beard, then "yes." If the beard is patchy, then "no."
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    Beard! Yes!

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    I had one for a while.

    It looked great, but itched like crazy, and also seemed to pull at my face all the time even though I combed it out every day.

    I pretty much hated every minute of the three months I had it. I basically put up with it because I thought "well, I have come this far"...

    The relief when I got rid of it was immense.

    But it did look good.
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    Have been clean shaven all my life too, makes me look a lot younger than I am but recently been contemplating growing a beard, would keep me warm over the winter too. Thing is the hair doesn't grow thick enough to pull off the look, and I get more growth on the chin and upper moustache area than the cheeks so it'd look a bit uneven.

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    on that point, all I can say is this, be honest with yourself about if you can actually grow a beard or not. I see too many young guys who want to jump the trend and really just don't have enough hair for it. Hopefully nobody takes offense here, but it's often asian guys and sometimes Latino guys and the spread of hair is just too thin and fine so they're patchy and thin and it just looks ratty. If you've got a full thick beard, keep it trimmed around the edges so you don't look like you're just lazy and wash+condition+brush.
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    My father shaves because his beard isn't very full. I wish he wouldn't. He take blood thinners and his hands shake - not a good combination.

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    If you're a dude, sure. Especially if it complements your looks.

    If you're a woman, hell NO!

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    it's crazy how popular beards have become, I went to a niners game earlier this year and it was just all men with beards. I see so many hipsters with beards in SF I now try to shave every other day just to stand out from the crowd lol

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    Beard or no? Say yes to the beard

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    Yes for me. I've been clean shaven my entire life, and it was a nice change of pace. I enjoy the way it looks and feels on me.

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    it's crazy how popular beards have become, I went to a niners game earlier this year and it was just all men with beards. I see so many hipsters with beards in SF I now try to shave every other day just to stand out from the crowd lol
    I've always wondered about the trends regarding moustaches and beards, they often seem like a rebellious reaction to the previous generation.

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    I really love to change (My hair and facial hair) so sometimes I'm clean shaven, sometimes a full (trimmed) beard, sometimes a trimmed mustache + soul patch and the rest with a couple of day beard... But my "most used" facial hair style is a couple of day beard / stubble. It's what I prefer. And "lucky me" where I live "couple of day beards / stubbles " is by far the most popular look for a man in women's opinions! Every survey about it it's always 8-9 out of 10 who love it.

    The only type I can really not stand is you know the trimmed very thin beard... That looks so not masculine, and really not good, to me.
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    It's depend on the face postures, some guys look more attractive with beard than shaven guy.

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    It's to much on my husbands goatee let alone a beard. Feels like I'm kissing a brilo pad lol.

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    I've had a full beard for the last eight years. Can't imagine being without it. Since I have pretty much no hair left up top (and keep it buzzed down), it's a nice way to compensate... and avoid looking like a boiled egg.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ebear View Post
    I've had a full beard for the last eight years. Can't imagine being without it. Since I have pretty much no hair left up top (and keep it buzzed down), it's a nice way to compensate... and avoid looking like a boiled egg.
    Boiled egg lol!

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    ^^^ I'd have the same reaction if my partner ever shaved his off.

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    Beard or no ?I think it depends from person to person. However if you have normal growth of beard and don't have any issues like itching, professionalism etc , you should always try it once

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    my beard is now a goatee

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    Dirty and Swag look is getting popular today thus I prefer with beard.

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