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Veni, Vidi, Posti
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Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:47 am quote
Hi all

So since my dental surgery I haven't really been able to shave comfortably and so thus am a bit scruffy. I'm almost 50 and have never grown a beard and with the wife saying OK I figure why not?

Anyone have any advice for me or a good place to go for tips? I'm not grey (yet) but so far the beard looks like it will be salt and pepper which I'm OK with. I come from Irish/Aussie stock and have your typical Irish curly hair (keep it short) and complexion, not sure how that effects the beard. Guess we'll see. I'm thinner up top but still have my hair.

Any tips or advice would be great!

Does a full face helmet suck with a beard?
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Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:32 am quote
Hair
Beards are cool.

Just grow it.

Bill x

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Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:35 am quote
The D-ring can catch the facial hairs so you may want to pay particular attention when locking on.
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Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:50 am quote
I am chin- free and have had a beard for well nigh 40 years.
The fallacy is you don’t need to shave. Well you do unless you want curls sprouting over your collar, in your soup and around your eyes like a raccoon. For some the grizzled gold miner look works.

Modern beards have been taken over by fashionable people so you can waste tons of money on accessories like balm etc...

Shampoo with hair, trim round your mouth and nostrils and if you like your barber get them to trim lightly when you get your hair cut. And tell the Millennials to bugger off.

Never thought I’d give such advice anywhere in public so feel free to ignore and grow a man bun while you’re at it. As for riding nothing changes. I think. I’ve never ridden without a beard do not fire there. Oxygen masks don’t fit fighter pilots tell us.
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Tue Feb 13, 2018 12:14 pm quote
I agree with Herr Hund!

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Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:01 pm quote
Thanks for the advice so far, appreciate it and yer all handsome fella's. No risk of a a man bun here. Hell had an employee that had one for a bit and it was so hard for me not to say anything... HR (aka my wife) told me to bite my tongue and it would pass. Thankfully it did.
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Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:10 pm quote
I’m growing a mustache for the first time (I am also a young millennial). I figured if I just let it grow it would magically look great. Long story short, it looks awful if you don’t maintain it.
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Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:19 pm quote
And don't forget pictures. That alone will yield even more advice.

I got lazy one vacation a few years back, started trimming down to a goatee and my wife insisted I at least keep that. Electric trimmer keeps me in check for now. I keep threatening to grow it long and braid it when I retire.
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Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:39 pm quote
I, like Conchscooter, am chin challenged.

So, several years ago I decided to grow a beard for the first time on my then nearly 60 year old face.

I chose a goatee, as it felt right.

My still not gray hair looked strange compared to the quite gray beard, but I liked it.

Kept it on for a while, shaved it off then...

Before the 2016 Cannonball I felt I needed it to look the part.

So I grew it back until a few months ago when I felt it just wasn't me.

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Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:43 pm quote
fledermaus wrote:
And don't forget pictures. That alone will yield even more advice.

I got lazy one vacation a few years back, started trimming down to a goatee and my wife insisted I at least keep that. Electric trimmer keeps me in check for now. I keep threatening to grow it long and braid it when I retire.
Pictures once my face is just a bit less swollen almost back to normal and the stitches fell out a out half an hour ago.
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Tue Feb 13, 2018 1:54 pm quote
Practise your barista skills.
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Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:07 pm quote
Sledge wrote:
Practise your barista skills.
Isn't that just a skill we all should have? Otherwise when the zombie apocalypse hits who will will make our skinny lattes?
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Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:08 pm quote
Sledge wrote:
Practise your barista skills.
And don't forget the skinny jeans and plaid shirt. Oh yeah, you now have to pay $8 for a beer.
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Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:47 pm quote
Good neck warmer...

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Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:08 pm quote
At the outer limits of comfort

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Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:09 pm quote
Lost youth. 1981.

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Tue Feb 13, 2018 3:34 pm quote
Yup, also being both chin and follicley challenged, I have no choice but to grow the beard...qua beard, as I'm somewhat beard challenged, it turns out.

"Care"? Hit it and my hair with a buzzer about every four days, single setting, GI Joe style, out in the garage when it's warm enough or in the bathroom if it's not.

Been looking for an excuse to publish this exceptionally, deceptively, studly pic from winter break.... Wish I could grow it longer and manlier but I'm busy using all that testosterone to go bald.

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Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:01 pm quote
If looks could kill..,
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Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:07 pm quote
I think it's the LL Bean look. I'd say Ambercrombie but he's too old and wearing a shirt....
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Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:08 pm quote
Tried, once
I grew it all out once when I had two weeks off of work in the winter. A few days before returning to work I started honing it down. Day before work I had a goatee.

That night, my stepson said, and I quote from over 15 years ago, "You're not going to work with that thing on your face, are you?"









Um, nope.
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Tue Feb 13, 2018 5:11 pm quote
Yep, grow a beard, heck you might want a 'pirate-rag' next and then get a real bike [Harley] as well....LOL One thing for sure though........don't grow one of those sissy looking "man-buns".
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Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:14 pm quote
Re: Hair
Bill Dog wrote:
Beards are cool.

Just grow it.

Bill x
Haha Bill, that was a fun day!

I've grown out my beard since then. This is me with my youngest son enjoying blizzards at Dairy Queen.

Beards are cool. Plus it's nice only having to shave my head.

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Tue Feb 13, 2018 6:44 pm quote
I've had a moustache since I was about 13. When that started look a bit creepy I grew a half-ass beard. Kept it for a few years then trimmed it down to a goatee. Kept that for about 15 years.Right before Christmas I grew the half-ass beard back. Shaved it on New Year's day and went back to the goatee. Two weeks ago I quit shaving and I'm back to the half-ass beard. I think it makes me look even older since it is mostly gray but does look good when I wear a gray shirt! I'll probably go back to a goatee in a few weeks. It gets too hot when the weather gets warm to hot.

Grow the beard. Shave it off. Experiment. It throws off family and friends. Fun stuff and "don't cost nothin"...

Bob
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Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:04 pm quote
As long as everyone else is showing off....

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Tue Feb 13, 2018 7:40 pm quote
I've had mine for over 40 years.

My kids have never seen my chin.

My wife has forgotten what it looks like... wait a minute... so have I!
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Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:13 pm quote
astrayen full bushy
ive got a Ned Kelly style beard, its about 5 inches at the moment with sideburns trimmed a bit. Natural blonde moustache tho

i trim my cheeks for a slightly Abe L look



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Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:00 pm quote
The only time I've had a bald chin in the past 24 years was when I spent a few months in a thoracic brace. I swear not having a beard was worse than the broken spine Let it grow, trim it, oil it, wax it, give it a massage, insure it...ya know, whatever you want basically. You'll figure out what works.
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Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:41 pm quote
Wow. I thought a lot of you guys were girls.

Strokes beard.
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Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:52 pm quote
znomit wrote:
Wow. I thought a lot of you guys were girls.

Strokes beard.
im a lady
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Wed Feb 14, 2018 2:51 am quote
Hmm... Irish... beard...


aha! Bingo !

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Wed Feb 14, 2018 3:16 am quote
See I'll be in no shortage of bearded company here! Not to mention now I really have to go through with it

R748 that has to be the worst fake beard I have ever seen. Like many of Irish background I avoid St Patty's Day parties and pubs that day like the plague. All it is over here at least is an amateur drinking day and an excuse for a parade. In my younger days a bunch of us used to go to the parade in Montreal with thermosters of coffee, whisky and whip cream. Funny sight, a whole bunch of mods and skinheads (yes the non racist kind) drinking Irish coffee on the side of the road.
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Wed Feb 14, 2018 5:54 am quote
Not the best closeup but here it is, last shave was Friday.

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Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:22 am quote
Edward Lear:
There was an Old Man with a beard,
Who said, "It is just as I feared! --
Two Owls and a Hen,
Four Larks and a Wren,
Have all built their nests in my beard.”



Just a word: when/if you decide to remove it you will feel every hint of a draft for days. Do it when the weather warms up.
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Wed Feb 14, 2018 7:28 am quote
Put up a photo and forgot to add some advice.

Once you get through the itchy stage all is good. Experiment and have fun with it. Trim it. Or don't trim it.

Once my beard got longer, I would use a little dab of my wife's shampoo in my beard to keep it soft and less scraggly. I found a brush works better on my beard than a comb for grooming.

Have fun growing it out and keep us posted on the progress.

My goal is to let it get so long, I can role play my favorite poem. Maybe.

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Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:31 am quote
That 'itchy stage' is normally where I give up... I let it go a few days, but once it starts to itch, I itch to shave it off... Maybe I'll get past that, someday...
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Wed Feb 14, 2018 8:58 am quote
crisp catcher
Did have a beard till chemo killed it ..... just let it grow n keep it clean ....... I'm tryin again

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Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:05 am quote
Bong
There is the face of a winner.

Good to see you Bitza.

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Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:09 am quote
Might have let myself go....

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Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:48 am quote
CrazyCarl wrote:
Might have let myself go....
Gosh Carl, it's be a couple of years and all, but still....
At least you haven't lost your fashion sense.

Bitza, not sure I've ever seen your face despite all these years.... nice to finally see you!
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Wed Feb 14, 2018 9:51 am quote
I could never have been a hipster, if hipsters were around 40 years ago. Until the last few years I grew several beards. One spot here, another over there...
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