35 year old dude with a several month old beard

For any man 20 and older with a shorter beard (or any facial hair style) and prior beard experience who wants to show off his beard and share his experience.
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November 13th, 2017, 4:20 pm #21

Looks good to me. Going to be a great stache. Keep growing.

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November 13th, 2017, 4:30 pm #22

Thanks dudes.  I guess I'm just self-conscious about it since I've never let it go this far.  The stache was definitely the thing I thought looked the worst, so the words of encouragement help.  I wish it would fill in better in some areas, but i guess all things with due time.
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November 13th, 2017, 4:33 pm #23

halupki wrote:Thanks dudes.  I guess I'm just self-conscious about it since I've never let it go this far.  The stache was definitely the thing I thought looked the worst, so the words of encouragement help.  I wish it would fill in better in some areas, but i guess all things with due time.
Time is the key. It is hard to wait but so worth it. I kept shaving my beard between the 6th to 8th month mark the past couple of years. Finally let it go and am at 11 months. Just keep it going you will be glad you did.

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November 20th, 2017, 1:15 pm #24

Another week, another update. My issue now is, twirl the ends of the stage, or not?  Not sure if it's "appropriate" for the office environment, but it keeps the hair out of my mouth.
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November 20th, 2017, 1:19 pm #25

If you like it twirled, it is appropriate for the office.  It is a nice signature that you will be known by.  It also leaves your mustache larger, thicker and very nice.  This is a great look.  You have a strong beard.  Keep up the good work.
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November 20th, 2017, 1:29 pm #26

Outstanding update! Whenever I look at a beard the first thing that I see is the mustache, and this sets my impression of the whole beard. Your mustache is stellar, and so is your beard!

I don't know how many weeks you are at, but that doesn't matter. This is looking completely established to my eyes. What do you thing about moving over to the established side in Short Beards? Let us know your wishes, and we'll take care of it.
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November 20th, 2017, 1:44 pm #27

Your beard is definitely established and is only going to get better. Have you been using any beard balm? That will with those pesky fly aways hairs that don't go down when you brush them.
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November 20th, 2017, 2:09 pm #28

Thanks dudes. Appreciate the kind words. I've never had an established beard, so I'll take your word for it. 

Thanks for the beard balm tip. I've been using oil, and I assumed those fly aways were just something I had to live with. 
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November 20th, 2017, 2:32 pm #29

Using oil is also great use both. Balm is like hair gel but for your beard. Just keep brushing your beard in the direction you want to grow it and it will eventually get the idea balm just helps it keep it in place.
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November 20th, 2017, 3:12 pm #30

Excellent update.  Your beard looks great, and I don't see any problem with the mustache twirled in an office environment.  I use beard oil and balm every day.  I towel dry the beard after the shower, add a few drops of oil, blowdry, comb out, and then add the balm and brush for finishing.  Part of the fun of this journey is figuring out the morning styling routine and what works for you.
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November 20th, 2017, 3:50 pm #31

Well I left a response, but must not have saved/submitted it.  A twirled mustache is appropriate in the office.  So twirl when you want, or don't.  It will likely get some attention and a few comments the first time or two, but that is about it.  These days, I usually just leave my tips down, but do curl on occasion.  One year for Movember, I made an attempt to style my mustache daily, with a little different curl each day.  I do not recall a single comment from the office.
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November 20th, 2017, 6:33 pm #32

halupki wrote:Hey everyone.  This started as just a goatee several months back, so that's why that area is the most full.  My beard growth has always been pretty patchy, but I've never just let it grow to see what happens.  This is usually about the stage where I say "this looks gross" and shave it off.  So I need to be talked off the edge a little.  Does it look like it will fill out to be an ok looking beard?  What should I do to maintain - trim all to the same length?  I got some beard oil and a nice boar's hair brush that seems to be helping it look less unkempt.

Also, on my right sight (left on  the picture), my hairs grow in weird. They sort of grow "up" rather than "down", if that makes sense.  So when I brush them down, they don't really sit flat, but sort of push back up.  Anything I can do about that?
Your beard looks great so far! you have a calic and eventually when it gets longer it will be more manageable. So far it’s exceptional and embrace it!


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November 20th, 2017, 6:44 pm #33

Hello there mate, apologies for having missed your thread until now. It is me who has missed out here, as you have grown a magnificent beard! You have a good thing going on, and your patience is paying off big time.

Your moustache adds to the beard, and does not take away from it, make no mistake - it's very cool. I am aiming for a moustache a similar length to yours (a little bit more growing required!) and will likely keep it a very loose tipped end. Not quite a curl up, but not a loose moustache either. I understand the office environment issue, similar situation myself, but I can see no issue your beard or moustache whatsoever You have a nice big beard, and you are a well presented and tidy chap, nothing sloppy whatsoever, it's stylish. 

As has already been suggested, beard balm is great for styling the beard as it has a loose hold (there is some wax in there) as well as oil. So it serves a dual purpose. Not as strong a hold as wax, clay or hairspray, but enough to keep stragglers under control. 

Keep it up and keep growing dude, it's only going to get better from now on! Cheers!
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November 20th, 2017, 7:14 pm #34

Nuvverbeer wrote: Hello there mate, apologies for having missed your thread until now. It is me who has missed out here, as you have grown a magnificent beard! You have a good thing going on, and your patience is paying off big time.

Your moustache adds to the beard, and does not take away from it, make no mistake - it's very cool. I am aiming for a moustache a similar length to yours (a little bit more growing required!) and will likely keep it a very loose tipped end. Not quite a curl up, but not a loose moustache either. I understand the office environment issue, similar situation myself, but I can see no issue your beard or moustache whatsoever You have a nice big beard, and you are a well presented and tidy chap, nothing sloppy whatsoever, it's stylish. 

As has already been suggested, beard balm is great for styling the beard as it has a loose hold (there is some wax in there) as well as oil. So it serves a dual purpose. Not as strong a hold as wax, clay or hairspray, but enough to keep stragglers under control. 

Keep it up and keep growing dude, it's only going to get better from now on! Cheers!
I really enjoy reading your thoughts about what you have to say about other peoples beards
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November 20th, 2017, 8:34 pm #35

halupki wrote: Thanks dudes. Appreciate the kind words. I've never had an established beard, so I'll take your word for it. 

Thanks for the beard balm tip. I've been using oil, and I assumed those fly aways were just something I had to live with. 
I'll take that as an affirmative response. Let me be the first to welcome you to Short Beards!
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November 21st, 2017, 10:39 am #36

Welcome to short beards!  
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December 22nd, 2017, 12:59 am #37

Sup dudes? So my beard is still going, but I'm not loving how it looks. It's has come in at sorts of different lengths and I have a really weird growth pattern on my right side that is leaving a big patch.

Also, I hate to even admit it, but I made an amateur mistake. I trimmed my stache. It was getting a little annoying and I have and brought it down some. I think I'll let it go again.

Anyway, I'm at a weird stage where I'm not liking g it and have fought the urge to trim it all down to a lower level. There are days here and there where I think it looks alright, and others where I feel like a bum. Thoughts?

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December 22nd, 2017, 1:05 am #38

I know the struggle, I went through it a lot until about when I was at 9 months of growth (with a few trims here and there), at which point I fully accepted my beard flaws and all.  Yes, I can see the patch on the right, but if I was just seeing you on the street I'd see a normal bearded guy.  If you are uncomfortable with it, maybe a light trim would help, it always seemed to help me.  Just clean up the outlines, or edges of the beard, and take off some stragglers and then re-evaluate.  Trimming down to a shorter level will not help patches, it will only make them even more visible.  For what it's worth, I like your beard.  Just start small with a trim, let it sit for a day, and if you need to, do a little more.  Don't do a hatchet job on the thing you've put so much time into.
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December 22nd, 2017, 1:51 am #39

halupki wrote:Sup dudes? So my beard is still going, but I'm not loving how it looks. It's has come in at sorts of different lengths and I have a really weird growth pattern on my right side that is leaving a big patch.

Also, I hate to even admit it, but I made an amateur mistake. I trimmed my stache. It was getting a little annoying and I have and brought it down some. I think I'll let it go again.

Anyway, I'm at a weird stage where I'm not liking g it and have fought the urge to trim it all down to a lower level. There are days here and there where I think it looks alright, and others where I feel like a bum. Thoughts?

I have encountered this also as I have areas of little or no growth on both sides of my face. I asked a bearded friend where I might go for a quality haircut and beard trim, and went to the shop he recommended. The barber and I discussed different options and I left looking and feeling much better. The pros are pros for a reason, and they can do a lot of great things regardless of what you give them to work with.

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December 22nd, 2017, 9:57 am #40

I agree - although I think your beard looks fine as it is, if you are not liking it at the moment, that's a good indication that it's time for a minor trim.  Do your research and find a barber that you can trust - then have a good conversation with him and if you feel comfortable with the responses you get to your questions, let him give the beard a very minor surface trim.
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