24yo First Beard Attempt w/ barely any growth (2 Week Update)

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24yo First Beard Attempt w/ barely any growth (2 Week Update)

tvassar66
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12 Feb 2018, 23:49 #1

Hello everyone,

This is my first attempt to ever grow a beard, as I've never gone longer than a few days without shaving before. I'm not sure how much of a genetic predictor family is when it comes to beard growth, but men on both sides of my family are able to grow full beards.

I've read through a few posts and have seen most of the comments encouraging at least three months of growth to truly see what kind of beard is possible. With that being said, it appears I have the weakest coverage of anyone on this section at a week in lol, especially given my age. For anyone who had weak coverage that filled in over time, how did you mentally push through the extremely awkward stage where you felt everyone was judging you for bad facial hair?

Thanks guys, I love the support I've seen on this site!
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Pogonophile
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13 Feb 2018, 12:12 #2

As has been said elsewhere on others' queries a week is not a place to judge how you are going to do. See what happens when you put at least three months time to start your beard.
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tvassar66
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13 Feb 2018, 19:29 #3

Pogonophile wrote: As has been said elsewhere on others' queries a week is not a place to judge how you are going to do. See what happens when you put at least three months time to start your beard.
Thank you for the reply. I'm just trying to have realistic expectations. And seeing people with five times the coverage I have at the same point in time (and still being worried about their growth) is discouraging haha. Unless 90% of my facial hairs are "late bloomers," I may not have the genetics for it. Is it realistic to even hope for growth where there is none a month down the line? One day there will be spontaneous growth? It seems like my areas without visible hair don't even have vellus hairs. It's just bare.
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NeedMoreB
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13 Feb 2018, 20:36 #4

Let it grow and see if you can notice vellus, it's a good sign. After 2/3 weeks I can at 20 (yo) see a lot of vellus on cheeks etc, and also you had this coverage since when ? You noticed a difference this last years ? good luck
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jasjes
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14 Feb 2018, 16:07 #5

Stop comparing your beards to other beards... that is a recipe for failure.  Compare your coverage only to yourself over time and give 3-4 months for that to evolve.  You get through these early phases by focusing on your strong points... stache, goatee, sideburns and by really wanting to become bearded.  When your thought processes see more of the good in your journey than the beard you wish you had, it turns the corner.  It also helps to post here in case you are having a hard time seeing your strengths... it is something we are good at and will have no problem doing that in your case. 
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tvassar66
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14 Feb 2018, 16:50 #6

jasjes wrote: Stop comparing your beards to other beards... that is a recipe for failure.  Compare your coverage only to yourself over time and give 3-4 months for that to evolve.  You get through these early phases by focusing on your strong points... stache, goatee, sideburns and by really wanting to become bearded.  When your thought processes see more of the good in your journey than the beard you wish you had, it turns the corner.  It also helps to post here in case you are having a hard time seeing your strengths... it is something we are good at and will have no problem doing that in your case. 
Understood! Thank you for the advice. Will do my best to focus on the stronger points.
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14 Feb 2018, 22:15 #7

The way I pushed through the awkward phase was by not caring what people thought! As soon as you shut out the negative thoughts, you soon realise that people give up commenting and you can continue as you want. Remember that a week is only a very, very small mark on the timespan of growing a beard, so just see how it develops over the coming weeks and I think you'll be surprised!
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15 Feb 2018, 01:23 #8

Hi im also 24 and having the same issue with my jaw growth on both sides.
i shaved my cheeks and only kept a circle beard, its 3 months in already and theres a long bald spot wheres no chance for anything to grow at this time and the hairs on my jaw are weak and i dont have much of them.
(i've been growing the whole thing for 7 weeks and my growth is super slow by the way.)

but i cant really tell what i could grow back in 2014-2017, as ive been shaving every week or 2 and didnt paid attention to it. 4 years ago im sure i had a very poor mustache and no connectors at all, now i have both and they are decent, now my jaw is a weak spot, BUT at least i have photos what i was able to grow by the end of 2017.
you can do what you want, but keep the whole documentation and it will tell you alot in next 2-4 years.
hopefully the stronger areas will develop even better and the bald spots will start to grow as soon as possible for both of us :D
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Stevie t
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15 Feb 2018, 11:49 #9

Can only chime in with the other guys, I week, far to early to decide on your beard potential even with the lack of growth you're showing at present!
So much extra growth can appear in the weeks ahead so stay the course fella, you'll hear it said throughout the board, You won't know until you grow!

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tvassar66
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16 Feb 2018, 21:27 #10

ProfessorBeard wrote: The way I pushed through the awkward phase was by not caring what people thought! As soon as you shut out the negative thoughts, you soon realise that people give up commenting and you can continue as you want. Remember that a week is only a very, very small mark on the timespan of growing a beard, so just see how it develops over the coming weeks and I think you'll be surprised!
Thanks for the encouragement man!
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tvassar66
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16 Feb 2018, 21:30 #11

w1244 wrote: Hi im also 24 and having the same issue with my jaw growth on both sides.
i shaved my cheeks and only kept a circle beard, its 3 months in already and theres a long bald spot wheres no chance for anything to grow at this time and the hairs on my jaw are weak and i dont have much of them.
(i've been growing the whole thing for 7 weeks and my growth is super slow by the way.)

but i cant really tell what i could grow back in 2014-2017, as ive been shaving every week or 2 and didnt paid attention to it. 4 years ago im sure i had a very poor mustache and no connectors at all, now i have both and they are decent, now my jaw is a weak spot, BUT at least i have photos what i was able to grow by the end of 2017.
you can do what you want, but keep the whole documentation and it will tell you alot in next 2-4 years.
hopefully the stronger areas will develop even better and the bald spots will start to grow as soon as possible for both of us :D
I definitely hope so haha. I've never gone longer than maybe 2 days without shaving since I was 13. So I have no clue what I can grow. It's just discouraging seeing all of my friends with complete coverage and practically a full beard after a week of no shaving haha. We'll see what happens! I just don't want to have to wait until I'm 35 to get full coverage haha.
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tvassar66
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16 Feb 2018, 21:32 #12

Stevie t wrote: Can only chime in with the other guys, I week, far to early to decide on your beard potential even with the lack of growth you're showing at present!
So much extra growth can appear in the weeks ahead so stay the course fella, you'll hear it said throughout the board, You won't know until you grow!

Stevie
I appreciate the encouragement! Gonna do my best to be patient even though it looks messy now!
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tvassar66
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21 Feb 2018, 17:41 #13

Two weeks in update. I don't appear to have any new areas of growth. Just increased length where I already had coverage. I cleaned up my neckline two days ago, and I was wondering if I should take it up higher since I have a pretty obvious lack of growth on either side of the area below my chin as well as lack of growth on the sides. Appreciate everyone's input.
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