Beard Journey, week unknown

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Beard Journey, week unknown

prima facie
Beard Newcomer
Joined: 28 Sep 2017, 20:56

28 Sep 2017, 21:20 #1

Hello all,

This is my first time posting on beardboard. I have had some steady level of facial hair for a year now, though I have often shaved it down (usually regret hits afterward). It was several months ago that I committed to letting it truly grow, with only the occasional shaping so it doesn't look unruly. I wish that I could state what week I'm on, but due to the previous trimming, I have no clue the week length. I have recently trimmed my cheeks, as with my round face I'd prefer for the beard to get longer before coming in more on the sides (though I'm letting it grow again, I have enjoyed how it has accented the mustache). Below is posted some picks, I am eager to hear any advice which anyone has for improvement. 
Some notes:
-I currently use grapeseed oil as a beard oil
-I use a boar brush for maintenance
-I condition every few days and use apple cider vinegar weekly with a hot shower. At any other time, I just wash my face with cool to cold water.
-I have recently(a week or so) been loosely twirling my mustache as it has grown in length and become unruly. I have had a tighter twist with more wax, but this has the adverse effect of making my mustache appear thinner, which looks disproportionate with my round face (and I think it looks more rugged to have it loosely shaped). There has been some questioning from others about how my mustache and beard look, so I wanted to open up the question of appearance to a community which has a little more beard know-how than my grandmother-in-law (haha).
- I have several patches, many which have filled in over time. There are some small ones on my cheek which fill in fairly easily, though those on either underside of my chin took some time to look better and get covered.
-I lack facial hair on the front of my chin. This does not discourage me, but I wonder what limitations if any it places on styling.
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“A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might, for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.” -Proverbs 24:5-6
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Slybeard
Beard Wizard
Joined: 31 Oct 2013, 00:18

28 Sep 2017, 22:43 #2

You have an awesome looking mustache.  To keep it looser, use less wax as you have done.  As to you cheeks, I suggest you try not trimming them, but use some product to keep the sides from bushing out.  The longer sides will give it a fuller look.  Beard balm may do the trick for you, but it did not work well for me.  I have found success using hair gel and a blow dryer to get my sides to lay down and not bush out.  Some guys hare able to curl their mustache with just a blow dryer as well.  I use an Elmer's School Glue stick to hold my mustache in place.  As with wax, use the least as possible to hold it to have a more natural look.
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prima facie
Beard Newcomer
Joined: 28 Sep 2017, 20:56

29 Sep 2017, 02:49 #3

Slybeard wrote: You have an awesome looking mustache.  To keep it looser, use less wax as you have done.  As to you cheeks, I suggest you try not trimming them, but use some product to keep the sides from bushing out.  The longer sides will give it a fuller look.  Beard balm may do the trick for you, but it did not work well for me.  I have found success using hair gel and a blow dryer to get my sides to lay down and not bush out.  Some guys hare able to curl their mustache with just a blow dryer as well.  I use an Elmer's School Glue stick to hold my mustache in place.  As with wax, use the least as possible to hold it to have a more natural look.
Thanks, man, it's appreciated. I don't plan on trimming it again, I believe that you are right on that point. I haven't tried a beard balm before, so will see how that goes; however, I have plenty of gel and so might try the hairdryer option first and see how it goes.
“A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might, for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.” -Proverbs 24:5-6
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smedstad
Beard Wizard
Joined: 10 Jan 2012, 12:22

29 Sep 2017, 06:45 #4

Welcome to the board! Your moustache is already fantastic - as I'm sure you know - and Sly has given you some good advice. I'll look forward to seeing your progress :)
Stop trimming your moustache; greater glory awaits...
but if you are going to trim, do it right, go pencil...
then, of course, a nice copstache can be cool too...

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prima facie
Beard Newcomer
Joined: 28 Sep 2017, 20:56

29 Sep 2017, 17:28 #5

smedstad wrote: Welcome to the board! Your moustache is already fantastic - as I'm sure you know - and Sly has given you some good advice. I'll look forward to seeing your progress :)
Thanks, smedstad. I look forward to posting the progress.
“A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might, for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.” -Proverbs 24:5-6
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prima facie
Beard Newcomer
Joined: 28 Sep 2017, 20:56

11 Oct 2017, 20:35 #6

UPDATE: two weeks since the last post

The hair on the sides of my face is growing in again, though not enough for it to start adding volume again. I have several patches on the both insides of my jawline, which has been more covered up in recent weeks. Has anyone else dealt with this patch problem, and what was the experience like for you?

On a separate topic, what mustache styles have you found to work well with a beard? I enjoy my current mustache, but am just wondering for the future if I get tired of it.
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PMKinFTW
Beard Titan
Joined: 16 Jan 2014, 14:57

12 Oct 2017, 00:54 #7

That's on of the fun things about a longer stache is that you have options.  where it tightly curled one day, loose and sweeping the next.   there's no need to settle on one style.
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prima facie
Beard Newcomer
Joined: 28 Sep 2017, 20:56

13 Oct 2017, 03:26 #8

Clearly I need to experiment then.
“A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might, for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.” -Proverbs 24:5-6
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beardedfather
Beard Titan
Joined: 09 Jul 2010, 05:55

13 Oct 2017, 04:13 #9

Your beard is looking great.  As for the longer mustache, there are lots of things you can do with it.  This is just a beginning.  But, stay bearded.  You look great.
Tom
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prima facie
Beard Newcomer
Joined: 28 Sep 2017, 20:56

16 Oct 2017, 19:36 #10

beardedfather wrote: Your beard is looking great.  As for the longer mustache, there are lots of things you can do with it.  This is just a beginning.  But, stay bearded.  You look great.
Tom
Thanks, Tom. The encouragement is much appreciated. 
“A wise man is full of strength, and a man of knowledge enhances his might, for by wise guidance you can wage your war, and in abundance of counselors there is victory.” -Proverbs 24:5-6
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