18 Years Old: Potential for epic beard or no??

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18 Years Old: Potential for epic beard or no??

newcomer18
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Joined: 07 Jul 2017, 16:45

07 Jul 2017, 16:45 #1

    I recently graduated from a High school with a zero tolerance policy towards facial hair. With my newfound freedom to grow out facial hair I am curious to see if I have any potential for a full beard.

    I am 18 years old, and these pictures where taken today. I wasn't keeping track of how long it has been since I shaved because I didn't decide to grow it out until the past few days. I can safely estimate it has been roughly 2 weeks. Maybe a little more, maybe a little less... lol

http://imgur.com/A6TvixZ
http://imgur.com/27eTiS2
http://imgur.com/iATCuwR
http://imgur.com/LexDEoB

I plan on growing it out for as long as possible (if it looks good), but my only worry is that I will end up with one of those super wiry/patchy/thin beards that you can see straight through.

You may not be able to see from the image, but I can see smaller hairs coming through that are growing slower then the rest of the hairs. This is encouraging, as I assume this will thicken the beard as it grows in length. Anyways, any responses or advice is appreciated! (also sorry if I posted to many pics...)
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the0aa
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Joined: 16 Mar 2017, 12:12

07 Jul 2017, 16:55 #2

Looking good so far, keep growing and showing!


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newcomer18
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07 Jul 2017, 17:03 #3

Thanks! If I kept growing it out, would it actual fill in? Right now its lookin pretty thin
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libtchr
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Joined: 20 Nov 2009, 16:13

07 Jul 2017, 17:49 #4

Congratulations on your graduation from high school. And welcome to the real world where you can now grow your beard! You asked about your potential for an epic beard - the answer is both yes and no. YES, you can definitely grow a full beard - you have a strong mustache, soul patch, goatee, sideburns, and a strong, connected growth on your jawline and neck. That is all good and shows that you can grow a tremendous full-beard - with time. Your cheek growth is like a lot of other guys your age - lighter weight compared to everything else but still substantial. So, if you define "epic" as meaning will your beard look as thick & heavy as when you are 25-28, probably not. But when compared to most 18 year-old high school graduates? You definitely can grow an epic beard! Just be patient and see what it looks like in 13 weeks - I'm sure you'll be glad you let it grow!
Dave
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newcomer18
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07 Jul 2017, 18:04 #5

Thanks for the reply!
Yeah like you pointed out my cheek growth is still lagging. Just by touching my cheek hairs I can feel the difference in thickness/coarseness compared to my neck/goatee growth. You can't really tell from the pictures but there is a lot of growth coming in on the cheeks, it is just really light blonde, still remains softer to the touch, and is not growing as fast as the rest of the darker facial hair (I assume these will thicken with age tho).



But anyways, thanks for the info! I am thinking I will post updates in 2 week intervals, or maybe even 1 week intervals depending on the growth of my facial hair.

Till then I'll just have to be patient like you said and see where it goes.
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jasjes
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Joined: 07 May 2012, 02:35

07 Jul 2017, 18:41 #6

Welcome to the board... you have a good looking beard on the way with solid coverage from ear to ear along the jaw.Image That gives you a base to work with and you can expect that coverage to move up the sides more and more each month.  Don't expect your complete full beard at 3-4 months but do expect that the sides will be covered enough to let it all continue to grow.


You didn't really show a front look, but it also looks like your stache, soulpatch and goatee are coming in very nicely.  Because they are dark blonde, it will take just a bit more time to cover skin.


I would suggest to address your neckline.  The centerpoint looks about right, but the line should go from there to a point just below the ear in that crease between undercarriage and neck.  You may think you are losing beard from the side view, but surprisingly that neater look will make your sides more noticeable and completed. 


Keep your updates coming every 2 weeks and say how you feel about progress on each update. Start preparing for the fact that you are about to look a bit older and more mature with this beard.  It is a transition that requires mental adjustment but I think you are up for that challenge.Image
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newcomer18
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07 Jul 2017, 19:19 #7

Thanks Beard Zeus, I will shape up my neckline like you said. Awesome advice, wouldn't have thought of that.
Can't wait to update in 2 weeks and see the improvements.
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newcomer18
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13 Sep 2017, 04:04 #8

2 Month update:

    Well... I ended up not posting bi-weekly updates, but I did in fact keep taking pictures every week. It's been 2 months & 2 weeks, and beard growth is coming along ok. 
    Upper cheek growth is slow compared to rest as expected. Chin & mustache hair is blonder then rest of beard causing it to be fairly transparent despite being about the same thickness as lower cheek/neck growth. I said I would trim it, but now I think I'm going to wait at least another month or two. Probably will invest in some oil/balm etc. of some type fairly soon. From what I've read it can help a lot with managing the appearance/health of the beard. Plus the skin under my beard has become quite dry, which is odd because I haven't had that problem before so I wonder if it has something to do with having a beard.

Anyway.. enough rambling, here is the most recent picture I have (from yesterday): 




And also here is a before picture: 




Anyways, I hope to be back soon to continue documenting my progress. Thank you to anyone who gave their advice or kind words. 
     -Be back soon, Scott.
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jasjes
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Joined: 07 May 2012, 02:35

13 Sep 2017, 13:07 #9

I am amazed that you have this much beard, given your starting pictures just 2 months ago😀.  I expected you to have good coverage along the jaw, sideburns and stache... but the fact that your beard shows so well right up to the cheek line is really sick😀😀.  This beard has transformed the look of a teen into that of a man in late 20s.  Now it has even gotten ahold of your brain which is telling you to grow on and you are about to give it up and do just that.

At this point, your beard will lengthen and bulk out, if you let it.  It will get very heavy in the undercarriage and toward the neck.  Your sides will continue to fill in but the lower part of your beard will still have the main emphasis.  I think you should look into a Spade beard style which is long in the front and tapered in the undercarriage toward the neck.  This is a younger look but with a longer looking beard.

With this much beard, you should be using a daily regimen of beard oil such as jojoba.  Only use 5-6 drops and work it into your hair and skin briskly.  This will help your dry skin situation.  I don't think you need beard balm because your beard looks fantastic in it's natural state of curls and swirls.  After applying oil, brush the sides down and toward the front.

After you give some thought to your beard goals, tell us where you are taking this beard.  I'm not even asking you about beard acceptance because I'm sure you have totally accepted your beardedness at this point as the beard seems to becoming a part of who you are already. You are way ahead of schedule in your beard development... enjoy what you have and encourage others to do the same.
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deadlydonkey
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13 Sep 2017, 14:59 #10

Yep, that was quite unbelievable, and I wouldn't had recognised you...
P.S I don't recommend to trim it before 1 more month passes.
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EatinApplesauce
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14 Sep 2017, 04:19 #11

Congrats for being so close to the 13 week mark. 

Second, please don’t trim but if you feel like you HAVE to, then wait a little bit. This might give your thinner cheeks time to fill in. That being said, thin or not, you have a fantastic cheek line. ESPECIALLY for your age. Love how high it is (I personally think that the higher the cheek line the better).

However, if you were thinking of trimming/carving out a neckline, I beg of you, downright plead with you not to haha. This is all my own preference yes, but not only do I think more natural looking neck lines look better than a carved neckline, I feel like it’s way too easy to make the line way too close to the jaw. Either that or probably 75% of men I see with carved out necklines don’t know how to do properly. 

Basically when I see a man that doesn’t have a Gandalf/Dumbledore beard aka they have a pretty close to the face beard, they usually look like this. I automatically cringe when I see the, because usually they have a great beard and I. My mind it looks like they screwed it up because it looks WAY too over trimmed and thus incomplete. 

Image


However, if you just can’t stand to keep it natural aka untouched, then I’d suggest something like this. It’d suit you very well since your natural neckline is amazing!


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Also want to add that I fucking love the color, am jealous of those connectors which you should be proud of since many truffle with them, and that you should definitely get beard oil. Best thing you can possibly do for the beard. Keeps the hairs nice and soft, and looking crispy, and also hydrates the skin. 




Sorry for the long post but you currently have a wonderful beard and would hate for something tragic to happen to it haha. 
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kevinthered
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Joined: 10 Sep 2014, 15:26

14 Sep 2017, 18:30 #12

Dude! that coverage is awesome and at 18! Keep growing.

I would recommend not to trim at all for the first three months. If it needs to look tidy try using some beard wax and oil rubbed into your hands or balm. I also prefer a hairbrush over a comb it feels softer and I find I pull out the odd hair with a comb.

You will have an epic beard before you know it.

Looking forward to seeing the progress.

🙏 PLEASE DO NOT TRIM! 🙏
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DylanGull
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Joined: 18 Feb 2014, 04:04

14 Sep 2017, 20:11 #13

I agree, don't trim. But, the neck line can be trimmed in growing stages of the process. Trim upward with clippers to avoid trimming any wanted length. Your beard looks great. With time, the longer hairs will cover all the undesired thin areas. And the moustache alone will cover a lot. Keep growing. Also start training your beard now, with a board bristle brush and some good beard oil. Wash it every two days. Anymore will dry it out. Good luck and keep posting. PS: for a meaty stache, don't trim it.
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newcomer18
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Joined: 07 Jul 2017, 16:45

15 Sep 2017, 01:52 #14

Haha alright guys, Thanks for the info.

Just bought some beard oil & wax at the store today (cheap Walmart stuff, but it's probably fine..). Will use oil daily and start experimenting with the wax to see what look it gives my beard. Someone mentioned using a brush also, so I'll probably get one of those in a few days.

Everyone gave some good opinions on trimming vs. not trimming, and I decided I'm not going to trim (at least for a few months). I've never trimmed/shaped facial hair before so I'd probably end up messing it up and shaving it all off in frustration. I'm happy with how it looks for now, and I'll worry about trimming it later on if I need to.

Anyways, thanks for the advice. Can't wait to be back to post some more updates. 
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jasjes
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Joined: 07 May 2012, 02:35

15 Sep 2017, 12:00 #15

newcomer18 wrote: Will use oil daily and start experimenting with the wax to see what look it gives my beard. Someone mentioned using a brush also, so I'll probably get one of those in a few days.

I decided I'm not going to trim (at least for a few months). I've never trimmed/shaped facial hair before so I'd probably end up messing it up and shaving it all off in frustration. I'm happy with how it looks for now, and I'll worry about trimming it later on if I need to.
Oil is a good idea... what kind did you buy?  I'm not seeing the need for wax at this time... where are you going to use that? 

A soft brush [like boar's hair] will help to line up your hairs and is a good idea. You are at the point where hairs will start to intertwine and brushing/combing will give them a chance to straighten just slightly and look a bit more uniform.

As to trimming... I agree you don't need that just yet... but I disagree that you are going to mess it up unless you insist on having a perfect beard with every hair in place.  Part of the learning experience with your new beard is to show it well and not be afraid to make minor adjustments. You either learn to do that yourself or you find an experienced barber who can help you with it or both. You are going to make mistakes and you must learn not to freak out and take any drastic action... you have so much beard that mistakes will be hardly noticeable to others and you just learn to live with it as hair regrows.  
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newcomer18
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21 Sep 2017, 01:58 #16

Jasjes, sorry for the late reply, been busy past few days.

Not at home right now, so I don't know the exact oil that I bought, but yesterday when putting oil in my beard I accidentally knocked over the oil... So I will need to be buying some more sometime soon. I do know that it had jojoba oil in it (Which you recommended). Probably not the highest quality of oil (cheap walmart brand), but it was better then nothing for the time I had it. 

As for the wax/balm I probably don't need it but I found that it gave a cleaner look to my beard. I barely put any in, but it seemed to help keep loose hairs from sticking out everywhere. I only have used it twice so far, but I will probably use it for when going out with friends and such.

Also just today I bought a brush, so will probably start using that to help straighten out hairs. 

And as of trimming my beard, I hadn't thought of getting a professional to do it so maybe that will be something I look into. I don't know what's in my area but I will look online. Then I would also be able to see firsthand what they do, which would be nice.
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jasjes
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Joined: 07 May 2012, 02:35

21 Sep 2017, 04:32 #17

You may be getting hooked on your beardedness with all this activity going on😀.  Of course, it's no wonder since you are already showing a very mature and well developed beard🙂.  It's only a matter of time until you are totally on board and the beard becomes a part of who you are.😀
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