When it comes to beard vs no beard, for most of us, there is no decision at all – let’s be honest, we’re here because we’re beard lovers. But for those still battling the age old debate of ‘to beard or not to beard’, let’s look to the opposite sex for their opinion and recommendations.
Do women really love beards?
Yes. Find me a woman who says she doesn’t love beards and I’ll show you a woman that’s not telling the truth. Women love beards, what women don’t love is unkempt, barely there, patchy, dirty beards. That said, it doesn’t mean a beard is for everyone.
When to grow a beard
If you’re going to go the beard route, do so understanding you have a responsibility. As a beard grower you need to be dedicated to:
• Persevering through the initial awkward ‘thin’ phase – so long as it’s only a few days, not weeks
• Dealing with the wayward strays that grow outside of the ‘common’ beard areas (i.e. mid/upper cheeks)
• Cleaning and washing your beard
• Shaping and trimming your beard – keep an even length and shape
• Keeping neck hair under control – a beard is no excuse to let your facial hair and body hair meet in the middle
When not to grow a beard
While many won’t agree with this, there are times when it’s advisable not to grow a beard. Let’s look at a few of them:
• If you’re ‘follicly challenged’. Note: three long chin hairs does not make a beard
• If you think ‘growing out’ your sideburns will fill your cheeks with a long luscious beard
• If you’re not willing to shower once in a while, or at least wash crumbs, sweat and stray pet hairs out of your beard
If you still can’t decide whether to grow a beard or not, take a long hard look at yourself in the mirror. Do you like what you see? Do you want to see more or less of it? Or, if that doesn’t work for you, take a woman’s advice: if you’ve got it, flaunt it.