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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!

    But the right face with the right beard...yes!


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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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