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Shaun,ShaunMV wrote:Looking great Randy. You pull off the corporate look very well! Take care.MplsGuy wrote:Trim Day! I visited my barber and got tidied up. I seem to have settled on a preferred corporate look.
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Thanks, birdbeard! Your gray beard looks great on you!. If you want to try adding some color, you can do it very gradually with this product, so there's no drastic change. It will gradually add color to the lighter hairs, evening out the color. The darker hairs will still look darker, so it won't get that "all one color" look that makes it look dyed. It starts to fade after a few days, so you won't be stuck with a color you don't like.birdbeard wrote: Hi, it looks like you have settled on a great stile, head and sharp and by letting the gray come a little through it looks natural. I might be tempted to try out this shampoo for fun, I like my gray though, and more really as it gets grayer because I like it more unicoloured over spotty.
Thanks, Jerry. While I sometimes wish I felt free to grow it out longer, I'm mostly happy with the shorter look. With the help of my great barber, I'm closing in the right balance. Maybe someday I'll feel free to let it grow the way it wants to!BladeAverse wrote: Hey Randy, it sounds as though you've arrived in a true comfort zone, having found a style that you like to maintain. It's a good look, and one worth repeating. It's good to hear that your family have all come around these days, too.
Thanks for the rundown on the JFM shampoo. As I've mentioned before, I've waited way too long to start coloring my hair and keeping it a secret, but I do look at that shelf in the store every now & then and wonder about the various products. Who knows, maybe I'll give that shampoo a try one of these days, just a little bit at a time, and see what happens.
Thank you very much! I'm happy with the current look, but one fine day I'm going to cut loose and let it grow. Maybe not until I change jobs or retire, but eventually. I'm glad you've shown the way!johnsow30 wrote: The short corporate look is great on you. It is nice to settle in on a style that you're comfortable with. Maybe someday you'll let it all grow long.
Thanks, Kobbs! I appreciate the kinds words. If my son ever grows a beard, I'll need to check for icing conditions in a place that's traditionally very warm! But strange things do sometime happen.Kobbs wrote: It looks spot on natural. Absolutely looks great and believable. I thought it was natural :) glad to hear your family likes the beard. Maybe your son will be on this board some day!!
Thanks, Jerry! Its all good! I'm enjoying experimenting within my current narrow range. The one thing I have no intention of doing is shaving. Once in a while I come across a picture of myself pre-beard; I'm always startled by how naked (and wimpy) my face looks!BladeAverse wrote: @MplsGuy & @Kobbs you guys are on the right track. It only took me 18-1/2 years into my 4th beard to decide to abandon a fairly short look, so there's every chance you'll feel ready to experiment one day. It doesn't really matter all that much one way or the other, but I will say, I've had a lot of fun trying this out!
Thanks, Kobbs! As I said, the pre-beard looks is jarring. And people react to me differently. I like the change!Kobbs wrote:Holy Toledo...Oh my .. Oh Me O My-O,
I have to say it... I absolutely ... completely.... prefer the beard! I know you do to! Also, I bet your wife does as well! Your a good looking dude either way, but the beard defiantly brings out the masculinity side of your look. Glad you are staying bearded! Keep it up. You inspire us all.
P.S. Did you get a plant for your new office yet?
Thanks for the kind words, Fred! I hope the information I shared will be helpful to others. I think the color issue makes a lot of guys give up on having a beard.Bearded in BC wrote: Randy,
Just catching up on your thread. You definitely have the quintessential professonal beard down pat, and it looks great. Nice to read that your beard is well accepted now, too. I was particularly impressed by your colouring tips in post #638 - what a fantastic resource. You've really addressed the entire process well and have proven solutions to the common problems of dying. That is a post that I'll keep in mind for any gents asking about colouring; you are the go to guy. Great to see your pre-bearded pic too; it is amazing how much a beard can change a man's appearance. At this point, I'm even finding it a bit strange to look back on myself with a short beard vs. the length I have now.
All the best,
Thanks, Kobbs! I'm very happy to have stuck with it. In regard to the length, I did some checking. Because my barber shapes it, the hairs aren't all the same length, but in the main part of it--the chin and lower cheeks--the hairs are about 1.5" long. It tapers toward the back and the sideburn area, and the mustache is shorter. Given the fact that human hair generally grows about .5" a month, that's about a three month length. That fits perfectly with the advice that's always given on this board to let it grow untrimmed for 13 weeks. I messed up my early growth by carving down the cheeks at 5 weeks, and it took them a while to catch up. As it turns out I had pretty good growth in the upper cheeks and needed them to make the rest of it look full. I can get by with trimming it down to about an inch, but anything less than that and it starts to look thin. That's in keeping with my experience of doubting it at five weeks but being pretty happy with it at eight weeks.Kobbs wrote: I looked back at your starting pictures (5 weeks) and I am blown away in the difference. What is interesting is that the beard is relatively the same length, but giving the beard time for the slow growers to catch up has turned your beard into a Full Beard. You remember the beginning days (I was there), you were very unsure of your ability to grow a full, thick beard. I just wanted to comment, Time really shows how letting slow growers catch up can turn a beard filled with insecurities into a full, thick beard worth of envy. You should look at your first few posts Randy. It is absolute amazing. Same length... Different Beards... Different men :) Keep it up Sir
Thanks, Scott. I really love that comment.Pandarocks wrote:Pre beard Randy looks like Bearded Randy’s brother wishing he was bearded. I like the set of your professional beard, bud.
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You got me Randy! I was nodding my head in agreement with your comment, and thought I could hear the last few words coming, but then you surprised me by saying something other than "naked and young"! I think you chose too strong a word, but there's no question, a beard does change a man's appearance!MplsGuy wrote:Thanks, Jerry! Its all good! I'm enjoying experimenting within my current narrow range. The one thing I have no intention of doing is shaving. Once in a while I come across a picture of myself pre-beard; I'm always startled by how naked (and wimpy) my face looks!BladeAverse wrote: @MplsGuy & @Kobbs you guys are on the right track. It only took me 18-1/2 years into my 4th beard to decide to abandon a fairly short look, so there's every chance you'll feel ready to experiment one day. It doesn't really matter all that much one way or the other, but I will say, I've had a lot of fun trying this out!