43 years old and not sure if it suits me!!

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.
Nick W W
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19 Jan 2018, 22:00 #21

Smartassassin wrote:
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Smartassassin wrote: Blow dry helps. Shoot down, comb down.
Don't think about the grey. You have a couple years on me and I think I have you beat in the grey category.
Your beards growing great. Just be patient with it and yourself because you both will go thru some adjustments.
Keep changes minor, big change leads to big adjustments.
That's my brief 2 cents.

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Thanks Smartassassin.......I think I need to give the blow drying a go, as everyone has suggested it :)
Yep....I just need to 'dig in' and keep going.
Tbh, looking at other people's experiences on here has galvanised me to give it a good go.....see where it takes me :)
No problem. Keep it going. I didn't ever grow a beard until 3 years ago. After I shaved it off, a few months went by and I had to start growing it again. I don't think I can go without some kind of facial hair now...
I also cannot put balms or oils on it but my reason is I cannot stand the way they make it feel when I run my hand thru it.

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Your beard rocks.....something I'm aspiring to.....decision made.....thanks :)
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19 Jan 2018, 22:06 #22

Pandarocks wrote:
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Pandarocks wrote: Greetings and welcome! For just letting nature take its course on your face for a bit I'd say Mother Nature did a nice job for you. If growth is your wish...well...not much to do but wake up, brush, go to work, clean up, sleep and repeat and take in the wonderful advice from the sage gents above.

As for combs, pick up a Kent comb or two. They are available online. They've sawtooth edge tips that glide through coarse haired beards. You'll like the difference and the feel if you elect to invest. Lesser combs have nicks and edges that can pull to a greater degree.

You've certainly got what it takes to grow into long beard territory. Best. Good to have you here.


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Many thanks for the warm welcome.
My beard growing happened by accident really after an accident at work left me unable to use my right arm for a while, so no shaving......
Just deciding if I let it go and see where I end up
I think I will order a few of the Kent combs to keep it a bit tidier.
Any advice on which oils are best as I tend to have very dry skin on my face and I don't want to be put off by any itching !!
Sorry to hear you were laid up for a bit from work and that it affected your dominate hand. It appears we need all our parts and it puts a serious crimp in our plans when they aren't available to us for a bit. But you've a consolation prize....a great beard. That's how you make the best out of a challenging situation.

As for beard oils, the forum has a beard product thread that provides a ton of ideas. I've also googled best beard oils and read reviews. I currently use Honest Amish beard oil...it provides a larger ounce supply for the money. Beardbrand has some options as well. Try a few...it tends to need replenishing so you'll have plenty of opportunity to give 'em go as you grow. Best!


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Thanks Pandarocks :)
I've just used the blowdrying after a shower method and boy does it make a difference....cant wait for my combs to come now I've ordered them, then decisions on oil and wax to be made....I'll check out the thread regarding them :)

Pic to show my normally unruly beard after blowdrying.........
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19 Jan 2018, 22:07 #23

Nick W W wrote:
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Nick W W wrote: Thanks Smartassassin.......I think I need to give the blow drying a go, as everyone has suggested it :)
Yep....I just need to 'dig in' and keep going.
Tbh, looking at other people's experiences on here has galvanised me to give it a good go.....see where it takes me :)
No problem. Keep it going. I didn't ever grow a beard until 3 years ago. After I shaved it off, a few months went by and I had to start growing it again. I don't think I can go without some kind of facial hair now...
I also cannot put balms or oils on it but my reason is I cannot stand the way they make it feel when I run my hand thru it.

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Your beard rocks.....something I'm aspiring to.....decision made.....thanks :)
And you have a fantastic mustache so let that beast grow.

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19 Jan 2018, 22:13 #24

Smartassassin wrote:
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No problem. Keep it going. I didn't ever grow a beard until 3 years ago. After I shaved it off, a few months went by and I had to start growing it again. I don't think I can go without some kind of facial hair now...
I also cannot put balms or oils on it but my reason is I cannot stand the way they make it feel when I run my hand thru it.

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Your beard rocks.....something I'm aspiring to.....decision made.....thanks :)
And you have a fantastic mustache so let that beast grow.

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Thanks......its quite a shock when you realise you can grow a decent beard.
A customer commented today and said it looks like I have been growing it for 6 months....couldnt believe it when I told him it's about 3 1/2 months!!! 😁
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19 Jan 2018, 23:12 #25

it does look like 6 months! which is great. yeah that blow dryer is magic! i’ll have to check the oil and balm thread. i’m not a fan of Honest Amish anything. Dan baldy beardy who is a member has some awesome stuff. his mustache wax is one of the best i have ever used!


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20 Jan 2018, 00:35 #26

You have a "goal beard" already.

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AEM's present thread
AEM's previous big beard journey thread

Even some medium-length beards do better with no neckline: most neck hairs grow forward and under the chin, as well as downward: see here and there. (thanks to nsr160 for permission!).
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20 Jan 2018, 10:18 #27

bmwkiz wrote: it does look like 6 months! which is great. yeah that blow dryer is magic! i’ll have to check the oil and balm thread. i’m not a fan of Honest Amish anything. Dan baldy beardy who is a member has some awesome stuff. his mustache wax is one of the best i have ever used!


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Thanks bmwkiz...it has a mind of it's own 😁
There's so much choice of balms and oils that it's really confusing !!
Guess it's personal preference really...i could do with a really 'thick' balm to try and tame the frizz.....
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20 Jan 2018, 10:19 #28

AmericanExtraMutt wrote: You have a "goal beard" already.

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Many thanks AmericanExtraMutt........good genes I guess as I haven't really done anything to encourage it.
Just want to tame the frizzy sides.......
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20 Jan 2018, 18:18 #29

Well........decision made.....im going to give it a go at growing a full on huge beard 😁
Reading other people's threads on here and seeing their pics has I inspired me to see how far I can go.
Oil, wax, shampoo and combs ordered.....
Here's another pic fresh outta the shower....hence the bare chest, sorry!!
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20 Jan 2018, 19:17 #30

great to read!!Go for it! all the essentials you’ll need to get you there it sounds like!!


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20 Jan 2018, 19:45 #31

A blow dry makes all the difference doesn't it! A round headed styling brush pulling the hair down whilst rolling it under is also a great help in taming a frizzy unruly beard. Kent combs are great, also a wide toothed wooden or bone comb helps with thick wiry beards, bet you regret me commenting, I could be costing you more money to spend on beard products!!
You have excellent growth & with your going for a big full beard you'll have to spend a bit more to keep that beast under control!
Just one more thing then I'll button it, grow that moustache out, don't trim. you'll want an epic stache to crown that bad boy!

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21 Jan 2018, 19:04 #32

bmwkiz wrote: great to read!!Go for it! all the essentials you’ll need to get you there it sounds like!!


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Thanks. It's already an obsession......shopping for beard products through today...... 😁
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21 Jan 2018, 19:06 #33

Stevie t wrote: A blow dry makes all the difference doesn't it! A round headed styling brush pulling the hair down whilst rolling it under is also a great help in taming a frizzy unruly beard. Kent combs are great, also a wide toothed wooden or bone comb helps with thick wiry beards, bet you regret me commenting, I could be costing you more money to spend on beard products!!
You have excellent growth & with your going for a big full beard you'll have to spend a bit more to keep that beast under control!
Just one more thing then I'll button it, grow that moustache out, don't trim. you'll want an epic stache to crown that bad boy!

Stevie
Thanks Stevie. It really does work wonders....easy to keep it in shape with the hairdryer :)
I'm on it....no more trimming of the stache....scissors have gone away 😁
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22 Jan 2018, 10:15 #34

Just a few days on this board and you're already aiming to grow huge!

You've already grown a great short beard - 'huge' is going to be even better!
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22 Jan 2018, 12:19 #35

gato wrote: Just a few days on this board and you're already aiming to grow huge!

You've already grown a great short beard - 'huge' is going to be even better!
Thanks gato :)
Yep, after looking through other people's efforts and awesome beards I'm commiting to huge........ 😁
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23 Jan 2018, 20:42 #36

Hey guys.....after a bit of advice and maybe to put my mind at rest........
The sides of my beard are really curly and despite the hairdryer and brush treatment and copious amounts of wax, they don't want to play ball!!
Within 1/2 an hour of said above, they curl outwards, as does the underside !!
Will this stop with more length or am I destined to have a beard twice as wide as my head!!??  Any comments/advice much appreciated........
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23 Jan 2018, 21:09 #37

Nick W W wrote:Hey guys.....after a bit of advice and maybe to put my mind at rest........
The sides of my beard are really curly and despite the hairdryer and brush treatment and copious amounts of wax, they don't want to play ball!!
Within 1/2 an hour of said above, they curl outwards, as does the underside !!
Will this stop with more length or am I destined to have a beard twice as wide as my head!!??  Any comments/advice much appreciated........
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As Elsa would say.. "Let it grow" Then.... trim to satisfaction after it gets some length. You need to see what it will do with some length and gravity hitting that lengthy hair

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23 Jan 2018, 21:35 #38

Smartassassin wrote:
Nick W W wrote:Hey guys.....after a bit of advice and maybe to put my mind at rest........
The sides of my beard are really curly and despite the hairdryer and brush treatment and copious amounts of wax, they don't want to play ball!!
Within 1/2 an hour of said above, they curl outwards, as does the underside !!
Will this stop with more length or am I destined to have a beard twice as wide as my head!!??  Any comments/advice much appreciated........
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As Elsa would say.. "Let it grow"  Then.... trim to satisfaction after it gets some length. You need to see what it will do with some length and gravity hitting that lengthy hair

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Thanks Smartassassin.......just a bit annoying when it looks ok then 1/2 hour later it's like Shirley Temple's locks!!!
I'm hoping with more length gravity will take hold and calm it down......
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23 Jan 2018, 22:37 #39

The swirls will more than likely iron themselves out with some more length mate. You were meant to be bearded - keep growing, it looks fantastic!
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23 Jan 2018, 23:14 #40

BritBeard wrote: The swirls will more than likely iron themselves out with some more length mate. You were meant to be bearded - keep growing, it looks fantastic!
Cheers mate.....im hoping so. Bloody annoying when I pamper it and then it doesn't behave!! 😁
I'm in for the long haul so I had better get used to it I suppose.......
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