beardedfather
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January 14th, 2018, 10:35 pm #421

I bet your beard is making a difference this winter.  You look great in it.  I am also glad you found a barber who would do what made you happy.  Permanence is the way to go, and a nice trademark.  It was chilly here in Texas this morning, but 61F now.  We had 76 one day last week, but you don't have to be cold for your beard to be a part of life. 

Nice to see you, especially on Sunday morning.  Today for the Baptism of Christ, it was another fun Sunday..  I haven't posted a whole lot.....the flu got me.
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January 14th, 2018, 10:40 pm #422

beardedfather wrote:I bet your beard is making a difference this winter.  You look great in it.  I am also glad you found a barber who would do what made you happy.  Permanence is the way to go, and a nice trademark.  It was chilly here in Texas this morning, but 61F now.  We had 76 one day last week, but you don't have to be cold for your beard to be a part of life. 

Nice to see you, especially on Sunday morning.  Today for the Baptism of Christ, it was another fun Sunday..  I haven't posted a whole lot.....the flu got me.
Tom
Thanks, Tom! The flu is nasty. I’ve managed to avoid it, but the pastor of the churches where I play was laid low by it right on Christmas. First time in 35 year of ministry he’s ever missed a Christmas service.




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January 15th, 2018, 7:04 am #423

Great pics! And great statement of confidence! A permanent feature it is, and a good one, too!
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January 15th, 2018, 7:33 pm #424

You're the man Randy! Beard is looking brilliant, my friend. I'm so glad that you have found a comfortable beard 'baseline' length where you know it's long, but is kept firmly under control. It would have been a crying shame if you had opted to take everything down to a shorter length, unnecessarily, of course. On a final note, the stained-glass windows seem to provide for optimum beard lighting haha! Great choice! All the best, sir. Until next time. Cheers!
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January 16th, 2018, 12:04 am #425

Randy. after a long absence from the board. i’m trying to get caught up with some of the guys. i stumbled upon your thread. i got 2/3rds ofnthe way thru and decided i couldn’t wait to see what your beard looked like. i was absolutely amazed at how good it looks. so nicely filled in. great mustache and your soul patch filled in beautifully. it’s also great to read the you consider yourself a bearded man and it’s just normal to you. so much of your thoughts and feelings were things i experienced in my beginning as well. the other guys that followed you all the way through had some very insightful things to say as well! i would also like to encourage you a bit more. step out of the box regarding what a corporate beard is. it’s not necessarily a shorter look. i thought the same thing. i work in a professional sales job. my clients. owners of my company have all had a lot of interest in my beard growing shenanigans over the last nearly 4 years. i thought i needed to keep it short. so i did. then i thought let’s see what happens if i slowly let it grow. with the help of my barber i’ve been able to finally achieve a 6 inch beard. anyhow congratulations on your current status. Your perseverance has rendered a fantastic beard that you look great wearing!


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January 16th, 2018, 12:30 am #426

bmwkiz wrote:Randy. after a long absence from the board. i’m trying to get caught up with some of the guys. i stumbled upon your thread. i got 2/3rds ofnthe way thru and decided i couldn’t wait to see what your beard looked like. i was absolutely amazed at how good it looks. so nicely filled in. great mustache and your soul patch filled in beautifully. it’s also great to read the you consider yourself a bearded man and it’s just normal to you. so much of your thoughts and feelings were things i experienced in my beginning as well. the other guys that followed you all the way through had some very insightful things to say as well! i would also like to encourage you a bit more. step out of the box regarding what a corporate beard is. it’s not necessarily a shorter look. i thought the same thing. i work in a professional sales job. my clients. owners of my company have all had a lot of interest in my beard growing shenanigans over the last nearly 4 years. i thought i needed to keep it short. so i did. then i thought let’s see what happens if i slowly let it grow. with the help of my barber i’ve been able to finally achieve a 6 inch beard. anyhow congratulations on your current status. Your perseverance has rendered a fantastic beard that you look great wearing!


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Thanks so much for the kind words! I’m going to read your whole thread when I can, but I read you last few pages. I’m very impressed with what you’ve accomplished in maintaining a beard that is both longer and very neat. It’s inspiring! I’m not sure whether I have the density to do something similar, but I suppose there’s only one way to find out.


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January 19th, 2018, 3:10 pm #427

It’s time for another exciting episode of My Beard Journey. 20 weeks today since I last shaved. As you may recall, I had a barber trim a month ago. So far I’ve resisted the urge to trim again; no haircut, either. So the theme this week is “Flow it, show it, long as God can grow it, my hair.”

Of course I worry about confirming in the corporate world, so I’ll probably break down and get sheared. Anyway, here are this week’s pics:







The extra length is making it push away from the skin and get a lot bulkier under the chin. It made me feel unkempt at first but I’m starting to like it.




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January 19th, 2018, 3:20 pm #428

Yes, it is dropping.  The bulk and length are looking good on you.  Get the head hair sheared, but make the beard off limits.
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January 19th, 2018, 3:46 pm #429

Slybeard wrote: Yes, it is dropping.  The bulk and length are looking good on you.  Get the head hair sheared, but make the beard off limits.
Thanks for the kind words and good advice!
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January 19th, 2018, 3:58 pm #430

one of the coolest stages is when your beard drops. i was so excited when mine did that! you look very neat and corporate. beards are more and more tolerated in the workplace. the way yours looks i can’t believe anything would be said even if it were a bit longer!


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January 19th, 2018, 4:03 pm #431

Just great as always Randy! I believe I said last update that it looked like your beard was leaving your face, it sure has now! It looks great and still looks tidy since your trim. I noticed after mine started to take off from my face I definitely felt unkempt at first but that thought quickly disappeared! You beard good sir! Keep it growing! This is definitely the hardest part (in my experience anyways) just stay away from the barber/scissors and watch the magic happen. You look great man. Take care

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January 19th, 2018, 4:14 pm #432

ShaunMV wrote: Just great as always Randy! I believe I said last update that it looked like your beard was leaving your face, it sure has now! It looks great and still looks tidy since your trim. I noticed after mine started to take off from my face I definitely felt unkempt at first but that thought quickly disappeared! You beard good sir! Keep it growing! This is definitely the hardest part (in my experience anyways) just stay away from the barber/scissors and watch the magic happen. You look great man. Take care

Shaun


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Thanks, Shaun. The one thing that bothers me is that it tends to look "fluffy" on the sides, back toward my ears, especially when my shirt collar pushes it up.
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January 19th, 2018, 4:18 pm #433

MplsGuy wrote:
ShaunMV wrote: Just great as always Randy! I believe I said last update that it looked like your beard was leaving your face, it sure has now! It looks great and still looks tidy since your trim. I noticed after mine started to take off from my face I definitely felt unkempt at first but that thought quickly disappeared! You beard good sir! Keep it growing! This is definitely the hardest part (in my experience anyways) just stay away from the barber/scissors and watch the magic happen. You look great man. Take care

Shaun


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Thanks, Shaun. The one thing that bothers me is that it tends to look "fluffy" on the sides, back toward my ears, especially when my shirt collar pushes it up.
That’s probably because it’s something completely new to you. I actually really disliked my beard when it first began to drop. It definitely changes your face shape. Mine it made my face appear longer than it really is. Your beard looks to be a more uniform length so you probably think it’s making your face look a little more round. Totally a normal thing. You just need to push through the next few weeks and you’ll be glad you did randy. That I can promise you! Grow on sir. It’s looking stellar!


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January 19th, 2018, 4:23 pm #434

The lower outer edges of your beard look a bit messy and whispy. I'd try to trim those a bit to make it blend in better. You could also try to shave off your neck and cheeks with a blade rather than a trimmer. Otherwise, it looks great. Thick and full beard. 
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January 19th, 2018, 4:27 pm #435

Ct97 wrote:The lower outer edges of your beard look a bit messy and whispy. I'd try to trim those a bit to make it blend in better. You could also try to shave off your neck and cheeks with a blade rather than a trimmer. Otherwise, it looks great. Thick and full beard. 
And what’s the longest you have grown? I can tell you now Ct97 that’s it’s not long because all the long beards know that you have to grow past that stage for an epic beard. Not being rude. Just observant. Take care man


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January 19th, 2018, 5:15 pm #436

Randy, it looks great. I am also in the corporate world and I can relate to your thoughts. Though, I have found out, that a lot of those mental barriers are mostly in our heads... nobody has asked me to shave yet. I think as long as we keep it tidy, we (the bearded men) should prevail. I really like your beard and aspire to your new-found length and flow!
Take care
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January 19th, 2018, 5:39 pm #437

Zer0vol wrote: Randy, it looks great. I am also in the corporate world and I can relate to your thoughts. Though, I have found out, that a lot of those mental barriers are mostly in our heads... nobody has asked me to shave yet. I think as long as we keep it tidy, we (the bearded men) should prevail. I really like your beard and aspire to your new-found length and flow!
Take care
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Thanks, Zer0vol. You're exactly right. I've wasted too much energy over the years worrying about what other people think, when most of the time they really weren't thinking of me at all. Your beard, by the way, has really developed nicely. It looks really good on you!  I experienced the same thing--lots of improvement in the third month. It just seemed to turn into a "real" beard during that time. I was so glad I didn't give up, and I'm sure you are, too.
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January 19th, 2018, 8:11 pm #438

Yes, Randy! The beard is really looking like it hit a new weight category - very voluminous and well looked after, congratulations to you, sir! As you know, I have my own experiences in that corporate working environment, but to date, nobody has said anything negative or disparaging about my own beard - to be honest only passing and very passive compliments. I almost put up a protective shield around the beard in anticipation, but no stones were thrown. I now truly think that most guys either look at beardmen with respect, a tingle of envy, or they simply question their own style choices (better or worse, that is, perhaps they feel classy clean shaven or their missus wouldn't touch a beard with a barge-pole?). I have admired your attitude for a while now, and I know that you carry yourself and your beard with the beams of light and respect deserved as a gentleman with a remarkable beard. All hard earned, and worn with pride. 

As for the outer sides, the other gents are correct, letting the beard rock out is the best option. It helps engulf with beard with hair, that will eventually grow over and beyond even the most stubborn collars! Since I had uneven growth on the corners of the jaw (half inch longer than the rest of the cheeks) I found that by taking less than 1/4 inch off the longest areas at the bottom (when everything is combed out at 90 degrees - to compare growth - and then combed down again to compare again before trimming) I could prevent 'sticky out bits' from being too noticeable. 

I'm not sure that this would be the right step for you, from what I can see your jawline/edges of beard are pretty evenly grown out. However, what i'm getting at is that if you keep the length and more bulky sides to the beard, it will sit as one unit and can be brushed down/and towards the chin so that it lays in the same direction. By growing it longer, more hairs overlap and hold their position. Aiming for a meshing together at the bottom of the beard. By ensuring that the slightly diagonal 'line' at the bottom of the beard (tapering down towards the chin) is long but roughly even in hair length (in the context of the very bottom edge of the beard),it should brush together fairly well. 

I think I've nattered on now, my apologies! Take it as respect for the beard mate! I can see a mighty beard and I hope that you continue to enjoy the journey as you have done, you are a beard master! All the best, until next time. Cheers!
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January 19th, 2018, 9:31 pm #439

Nuvverbeer wrote: Yes, Randy! The beard is really looking like it hit a new weight category - very voluminous and well looked after, congratulations to you, sir! As you know, I have my own experiences in that corporate working environment, but to date, nobody has said anything negative or disparaging about my own beard - to be honest only passing and very passive compliments. I almost put up a protective shield around the beard in anticipation, but no stones were thrown. I now truly think that most guys either look at beardmen with respect, a tingle of envy, or they simply question their own style choices (better or worse, that is, perhaps they feel classy clean shaven or their missus wouldn't touch a beard with a barge-pole?). I have admired your attitude for a while now, and I know that you carry yourself and your beard with the beams of light and respect deserved as a gentleman with a remarkable beard. All hard earned, and worn with pride. 

As for the outer sides, the other gents are correct, letting the beard rock out is the best option. It helps engulf with beard with hair, that will eventually grow over and beyond even the most stubborn collars! Since I had uneven growth on the corners of the jaw (half inch longer than the rest of the cheeks) I found that by taking less than 1/4 inch off the longest areas at the bottom (when everything is combed out at 90 degrees - to compare growth - and then combed down again to compare again before trimming) I could prevent 'sticky out bits' from being too noticeable. 

I'm not sure that this would be the right step for you, from what I can see your jawline/edges of beard are pretty evenly grown out. However, what i'm getting at is that if you keep the length and more bulky sides to the beard, it will sit as one unit and can be brushed down/and towards the chin so that it lays in the same direction. By growing it longer, more hairs overlap and hold their position. Aiming for a meshing together at the bottom of the beard. By ensuring that the slightly diagonal 'line' at the bottom of the beard (tapering down towards the chin) is long but roughly even in hair length (in the context of the very bottom edge of the beard),it should brush together fairly well. 

I think I've nattered on now, my apologies! Take it as respect for the beard mate! I can see a mighty beard and I hope that you continue to enjoy the journey as you have done, you are a beard master! All the best, until next time. Cheers!
Thanks for the kind words and good advice! Based on your suggestion, I tried brushing the lower part of the sides more forward, toward my chin. This really seems to bring it together better, and reduce the messiness (and reduce interference from my shirt collar). I'll give this a longer try, but I think it's going to help. So thanks again!
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January 19th, 2018, 9:51 pm #440

i’ve been buttoning my top button of my shirts for at least a year and a half to not mess up my beard at work. when i’m home i like shirts without collars!’lol!


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