Guys, what style of facial hair (if any) do you have? Why that style?
There are so many variants of beards, stubble, mustache, etc. around, and also clean shaven style. It's interesting why people prefer their particular facial hair styles, kinda the ideas behind them. Maybe depending on how it grows, and to feel confident, to be liked by others, or it feels nice, or something else. What's your story?
I've had a few different types of facial hair, from 70s stache to handlebar mustache, goatee, stubble to a pretty respectably long beard.
By far the most fun was a handlebar mustache. I think it's the closest a man can get to being treated like a beautiful woman. You walk into a room and people smile at you for no reason. Strangers come up to you on the street and try to start conversations. One time I was driving a work van down the interstate, doing hotshot deliveries for a friend, and a kid in a car next to me just lost their shit when they saw it.
Now I keep a short beard, or a business beard if you will. I'm lucky to have naturally thick facial hair, and I take care of it with beard balm. Women love it, men wish they could grow it, and I don't have to shave everyday. In the business world it's respectable and doesn't make me look like a slob to older people, and it makes me stand out from all the babyfaced jokers of the world.
I have a goatee and an old-school moustache. Because that’s the only thing that grows.
I look like Satan.
One of my heroes growing up was Dr. Robotnik. Naturally, I couldn't wait until I could grow a moustache. Unfortunately, time flew, and my "moustache" was just a think line of hair. I also tried growing a full beard, but it grew in a strange pattern making me look like a stereotypical Amish man. I could grow an almost decent goatee, but I decided to get rid of it for personal reasons. So these days I shave once a week, mostly on Sundays. Oh well, at least the itch has stopped.
Three day stubble. I hate shaving, but I also hate growing/having a beard. I will scrape it all off on Sunday evening, and then again on Wednesday evening. And keep repeating this until I die, or I start to like having a beard.
This is what I used to do for years. Recently, I finally threw down and got a true stubble shaver to have complete control.
I have tried growing a beard in the past, but it's just not for me. I have cheek scars, and so it comes in a little patchy and I look like I'm 17, trying out my first beard or something. I have a goatee for a while because I lived in the midwest and that's what guys in the midwest have.
Since I've gotten in shape and have a nice jaw line now, I do the stubble. It works for me, can't quite see the patchy nature yet and I have very light complexion, but grow a dark beard, so it pops even at 1mm length.
My beard has too much grey in it for my liking. I don't think anyone under the age of 60 should have a grey beard, so I have just over a decade to go before I can contemplate growing anything other than stubble.
I had a Van Dyke for many years as I have quite a weak chin (not quite George Lucas but same idea). I let it grow into a full mountain man beard when I walked the Appalachian Trail 5 years ago.
When I finished I shaved it all off and my partner hated me clean shaven as I looked about 20 (backhanded compliment I guess), so I grew it all back, just better maintained.
I’m starting to get some grey hairs in it now, so I might have to decide whether my vanity or my laziness is stronger...
When I want to look like a small-town mayor, I grow a mustache. Otherwise, I shave clean because I don't like myself with a beard.
Since no one else seems to have repped clean shaven yet, I guess I will. I shave every day I leave the house. I think it's just because a beard is not at all in line with looks I go for, I tend to be averse to looking overtly masculine so a beard is just really not for me.
I generally have the stubble (rather long-ish though, usually with the number 5 head of the razor, I guess Diet_Coke's "short beard" must be something similar). It looks nice, it's easy to keep, and it suits my face. I'd like to have a moustache but it doesn't suit my face and it feels awkward. I used to trim down the upper edge of the cheeks with a razor because that edge is a bit high up, but I gave up on it because that straight, obviously artificial line looks worse than my beard creeping up a bit too high than it's supposed to be.
But I like letting it grow and grading it from the bottom of the neck and from the edge of the cheek from time to time. I don't keep that because it's difficult to keep it consistent, and when I make small errors of a couple or so millimeters somewhere, I can't go on with my life and forget it.
I used to have stubble growth mostly on chin and sideburns, and it's very low density everywhere else. So I trimmed it to some sort of short chin-only goatee a few mm long. Got so used to it that once clean shaven chin felt unpleasant when washing face. Eventually density is improving and I can connect chin and sides to do a chinstrap beard. I like how such a beard frames the face, it looks lightweight and quite "sharp".
I alternate between clean-shaven and the scraps of a pubescent boy trying to show off (I'm 36, by the way). At this rate, I figure by the time I'm in my sixties, I might have the facial hair of a college freshman.
Seriously, though, I've never been able to grow facial hair. It's a patchy mess. I won't leave the house without shaving unless all I have is a little stubble.
Full beard, trimmed most of the time. Sometimes it gets a bit shaggy, but it doesn't grow in a way that letting it get any longer looks any better. I tried once, and got to the point where it was about four inches off my chin, but it drove me nuts, it was hot in the summer, and I didn't look any better than when it's nicely trimmed. I have zero jaw line without a beard, so it gives me a bit of that—but it's not like I'm fooling anyone. Underneath is still a chubby dork.
A mm or two all over. I would clean shave every day if I could but my skin is really sensitive, so every time I try to use the shaver and not the trimmer on the machine, I get tons of little zits :(
Have you tried safety razors? I would think it'd be a little gentler on your skin since it's just one pass with one blade, and shaving enthusiasts swear by them.
It might help, but I think razor bumps are usually caused by hair growth under the skin. Some people are just more susceptable to them. https://getbevel.com/bevelcode/basics/why-do-black-men-get-razor-bumps
Well I'm not black, I just have thick skin (literally) - keratosis pilaris is the reason
I wanted a ridiculous moustache. I grew a ridiculous moustache.
I still have it. I think it's coming off after November.