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Beards, and more beards

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by koolpc, 2 Oct 2021.

  1. PC777


    Joined: 23 Dec 2018

    Posts: 974

    A tip for the itchers, I was in a similar position, can grow decent beard but very spiky and itchy feeling after a certain length about 3 weeks onwards of no shaving. Beard oil for softening feels too greasy for me and leaves a shiny, wet look, the real remedy I discovered is talc.

    Simple talc will stop an itchy beard growth a lot better than beard oil does for me. Medicated talc even better, just rub a small amount into a beard onto your skin and it'll relieve it, especially good for at night before sleeping, I find applying even once at night can reduce it a lot or even get rid of it the next day. Without talc I'd have to shave after 2-3 weeks without fail as I just couldn't stand it. Now I'm shaving around once a month or so and growing in a full, albeit shortish beard in between each time. I like a clean shave to reset things then just grow again, and the growth stage of a beard is nicer on me than a very long one. But yeah, talc is the solution, I can almost guarantee you can grow your beards longer without irritation if you use it.
  2. Cooler running

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 28 Mar 2019

    Posts: 1,116

    Location: Channel Islands

    I've had a number of different styles of beards, especially in my student days. Everyone around me tends to freak out when I go for one though.
  3. Brizzles


    Joined: 16 Mar 2005

    Posts: 7,583

    Location: Clevedon , Bristol

    Lockdown beard - Its the untrimmed Castaway look


    Flame away :D
  4. Devrij


    Joined: 23 Jul 2009

    Posts: 13,809

    Location: Bath

    Cool cheers, if I give it a go again I'll definitely try that. Got plenty of talc about so might as well! Think that I can't get a very clean beard though as I have some bits that just never filled out much. I can do a great moustache, but looking like a 70s pornstar isn't really in these days.
  5. FoxEye


    Joined: 17 Feb 2006

    Posts: 28,819

    Location: Cornwall

    You're soooo hilarious

  6. Uther


    Joined: 16 Jun 2005

    Posts: 17,370

    My beard used to be about a foot long, but I'm currently clean shaven. Hipsters have a lot to answer for.
  7. SexyGreyFox

    Man of Honour

    Joined: 29 Mar 2003

    Posts: 53,622

    Location: Stoke on Trent

    I hate beards and I've never had one.
    I did go a whole two weeks without shaving to have a go at the wife - never again.
    I hate body hair in general.
  8. robfosters


    Joined: 1 Dec 2010

    Posts: 41,774

    Location: Welling, London

    Has anyone got any recommendations for a trimmer that gives the closest shave possible?
  9. Dg834man


    Joined: 2 Sep 2016

    Posts: 403

    Run a pair of hair clippers with no gauge over my face every few days, just don't like beards
  10. Lysander


    Joined: 1 Aug 2005

    Posts: 17,991

    Location: Flatland

    I had a nightmare last night that I had shaved my beard off. Anyone else ever have these? I woke up in distress clutching my face. Thankfully it's still there.

    Anyone I know who has shaved it off has always grown it back. Just don't do it!


  11. Nickl245


    Joined: 4 Dec 2010

    Posts: 115

    I grew one to hide my weak chin, and it works. Last time I shaved it all off I was staring at myself for 20mins wondering where my chin went. Shave the moustache part off though, can't be dealing with that.
  12. koolpc


    Joined: 2 Dec 2004

    Posts: 12,753

    Location: Under The Desk, Wales

    Mine got wild so have had it trimmed back.
  13. Werewolf


    Joined: 17 Oct 2002

    Posts: 30,394

    Location: Panting like a fiend

    I grew one from about June last year until a few weeks back but shaved it off because I was getting fed up of the amount of hair it was shedding, and it had reached the point where it was waking me up at times at night :) (I'd wake up to something brushing my arm/neck).
  14. koolpc


    Joined: 2 Dec 2004

    Posts: 12,753

    Location: Under The Desk, Wales

    Thought, as you being a Werewolf you would be used to all that hair!
  15. Tee Hee Johnson


    Joined: 30 May 2007

    Posts: 4,531

    Location: Glasgow, Scotland

    I always get to the point of being fed up with facial hair and trim it back down to 1mm or 2mm, it itches after a certain point.

    BUT I have kinda told my fiance that I will try to be fully bearded for our wedding in May. So between 1 month ago and May 2022 I am only allowed wee tidy up trims if parts start to go wild.

    Will see how it pans out. Im fairly light haired, but my beard comes in gingerish!
  16. Lysander


    Joined: 1 Aug 2005

    Posts: 17,991

    Location: Flatland

    If it itches, just get some beard oil and start using it early, even after a couple of weeks.

    Then in the "awkward phase" just make sure it's tidy/sharp at the edges and that you mean it to be there. Like it's intentional, rather than you just haven't shaved. For me this was between about 2-5 weeks, which I was off work for stress, so it all worked rather well. Everyone is different, but for me after about six weeks I could call it something that was well on its way to being a beard, and after ten weeks it was 'complete'.
  17. randomshenans


    Joined: 11 Sep 2009

    Posts: 13,010

    Location: France, Alsace

    I have not been clean shaven since 2013 now.
  18. xb8browney


    Joined: 19 May 2005

    Posts: 6,588

    I've always been clean shaven up until the 1st COVID lockdown.

    I get my barber to trim now.
  19. chroniclard


    Joined: 23 Apr 2014

    Posts: 20,934

    Location: Hertfordshire

    Seems the hipsters have given up on beards and I mostly see neckbeards left with them.
  20. Lysander


    Joined: 1 Aug 2005

    Posts: 17,991

    Location: Flatland

    Unfortunately a lot of men are too easily led by the media or their wives/gfs telling them that "peak beard was over".