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FAQ 1:  Can I do anything to increase my beard growth?
FAQ 2:  Will shaving often increase my beard growth?
FAQ 3:  How does one start the growing process?
FAQ 4:  How do you deal with comments from friends/family/coworkers, etc?
FAQ 5:  How long does it take reach natural maximum beard length?
FAQ 6:  How to fight shedding?
FAQ 7:  Handlebar moustaches, waxing, grooming, etc.
FAQ 8:  What should/can I use to trim my beard/stache?
FAQ 9:  What are the different beard styles?
FAQ 10:  What style should I wear?
FAQ 11:  Does wearing a beard make you warmer?
FAQ 12:  Iím looking for a new job. I currently have a facial hair and Iím trying to decide whether or not I should shave. Any advice?
FAQ 13:  My spouse/partner complains that my whiskers feel uncomfortable on her/his face. What can I do to make my whiskers softer?
FAQ 14:  Beard Facts

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FAQ 1
 Can I do anything to increase my beard growth?

Answer:

Not much, sadly. 90% of how your beard looks is determined by genetics and age, whether it's length, color and texture. However, good alimentation and grooming habits will help maximize what you have, keep the hair in optimal shape. Also, choosing the right style of facial hair can really help maximize the impact of your beard.

Facial hair is generally one of the last characteristics of physical maturity to develop during adolescence. Many physically mature guys don't finish developing a fully adult beard until their early 20s or even later. If you're still young, remember that your beard may continue to get thicker as you get older. Many guys notice their beards growing thicker, denser and faster when they enter their 30s and 40s. Give it time!

Some people might be tempted to use hormones or creams or treatments (etc) - to increase their facial hair growth. However, there is NO scientific evidence proving such products have any positive effects on facial hair growth speed, density or anything else.

For example, Rogaine is marketed as a way to grow hair on your head, but I don't believe it's been formally tested on faces. Keep in mind, this board is not meant to be a source of reliable information about this or any other medication. A medical doctor or pharmacist would be able to tell you more.

Topics related on major beard-related websites:
http://www.beardboard.com/topic/862/t/Rogaine-Experiment.html



 
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FAQ 2
 Will shaving often increase my beard growth?

Answer:

Short answer: No! People get this impression because when you shave, the ďendsĒ or points of the hairs become blunt instead of soft. So it feels rougher, but the growth is the same. The hair might look darker but it is only because the length is uniform.

One theory for the origin of the myth that shaving makes a beard grow faster is that humans perceive change by proportion.

For example: going from "zero" to half an inch in a month is really noticeable; adding a half an inch to a beard that's already (say) 2 inches long is a much less noticeable change.

In the first case, it's a "100%" proportional change, while in the second case, it's only a 25% change. So even if a beard is growing at a constant half an inch per month, it will *seem* to grow faster at the beginning and slow down as it gets longer, because the proportion of change is dropping.

Topics related on major beard-related websites:
http://www.beardboard.com/topic/891/t/shaving-facts-and-lies.html



 
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FAQ 3
 How does one start the growing process?

Answer:

Well, you obviously have to stop shaving :) Ė Then, do not shave or trim for about 4 weeks. After that, if you want to define a neckline, cheek line, goatee, mustache or sideburns, go ahead; use a non-electric razor, warm water and shaving cream or mousse.

As for trimming, Iíd wait until youíve reached a length you like. You can always grow longer- but BE CAREFUL the first few times you trim; itís easy to overtrim! Go gradually Ė you can always trim a bit more later!

If youíre worried about attracting attention during those scruffy early days, consider starting your beard over a holiday or during a vacation. Thatíll give you some time to become more comfortable with your changing appearance -- and that can help you feel more confident when itís time to show your new fuzzy face to others.

To keep a neater appearance from the start, some guys shape their new beard by continuing to shave neck and cheeks. Others wonít touch the razor at all until a month or so has passed (and maybe never again). It just depends on what youíre comfortable with and what kind of beard you want to grow.

Topics related on major beard-related websites:
http://members.aol.com/beardguy/beard036.htm



 
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FAQ 4
 How do you deal with comments from friends/family/coworkers, etc?

Answer:

First, donít panic . Do not run to the razor at the first comment- it is NORMAL for them to comment; after all, they are seeing you going through a big change and they will notice it! Take their comments into account. If you feel it was harsh or unjust, make them know. After all, itís your face and decision. Telling them about your intentions, or making you intentions clear (defining a neckline) should ease the transition.

Also, joining a nice support group (http://beardcommunity.com) and asking for advice and support is always a good idea.



 
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FAQ 5
 How long does it take reach natural maximum beard length?

Answer:

Here again, it will depend on genetics. Every man has a maximum length his beard hairs can reach Ė that length will evolve with age and that length is different on all parts of the face. For example, hair in the middle of the upper lip is somewhat short, while hair on the chin can grow feet.

Using the ďaverageĒ Ĺ inch/month growth rate (some people are way over, some under that); it can take anything above 2 years. Hairs grow, some shed when they attain a certain length, and then grow back Ė however the bulk continues to grow. At one point the hair growth will slow down and stop. This scenario will vary from person to person, so this is just a possibility!

Topics related on major beard-related websites:
http://beardcommunity.com/php/phorum/read.php?f=5&i=14128&t=14128#reply_14128



 
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FAQ 6
 How to fight shedding?

Answer:

You can do miracles, but avoid over-grooming. Good alimentation promotes good hair health too, as stated before. Try to fight urges or unconscious habits of chewing on your mustache hair as it grows longer. Lastly, using conditioners and spritzs can strengthen the hair and avoid breakage.

Topics related on major beard-related websites:
http://beardcommunity.com/php/phorum/read.php?f=5&i=14100&t=14100#reply_14100
http://beardcommunity.com/php/phorum/read.php?f=5&i=9650&t=9650



 
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FAQ 7
 Handlebar moustaches, waxing, grooming, etc.

Answer:

Consult the experts - The handlebar club Ė more on this later.

Topics related on major beard-related websites:
http://www.handlebarclub.org.uk/faqs.htm
http://www.handlebarclub.org.uk/wax/wax.htm



 
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FAQ 8
 What should/can I use to trim my beard/stache?

Answer:

There are many tools you can use:

Trimmers
Scissors
Razors

You will want to shave the shape of you facial hair with a normal bladed razor, like you would usually shave. Then, you can use a beard or moustache trimmer (Usually the same but with smaller blades) with or without a guard Ė that depends on personal preference.

I always recommend grooming the beard (or other facial hair) in the general direction and shape you want to give it, and trim slowly Ė never try to go too fast, youíll always trim more than you intended.

Scissors are great for staches, hard to reach hairs or very accurate trims.

All these accessories can be found in large drug stores, most large surface stores like Wal-Mart and the like.



 
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FAQ 9
 What are the different beard styles?

Answer:

More on this later.


 
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FAQ 10
 What style should I wear?

Answer:

More on this later.

Topics related on major beard-related websites:
http://www.beardboard.com/topic/919/t/MAXimize-what-you-have.html



 
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FAQ 11
 Does wearing a beard make you warmer?

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Topics related on major beard-related websites:
http://mudhead.uottawa.ca/~pete/beard.html


 
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FAQ 12
 Iím looking for a new job. I currently have a facial hair and Iím trying to decide whether or not I should shave. Any advice?

Answer:

Standards of appearance differ so much among industries, types of jobs and locations, thereís no single rule that applies everywhere. More and more men in all kinds of jobs are wearing all kinds of facial hair - maybe that trend will work in your favor. Either way, only you can decide how to balance your job needs and your appearance.

Thereís definitely something to be said for being true to yourself. If youíre interviewing for a job where facial hair is allowed and tolerated, showing up qualified and confidently bearded is probably a better strategy than showing up qualified, bare-faced and unhappy because you think you look stupid without your beard. On the other hand, shaving only long enough to get a job and then trying to regrow your beard later could leave some employers feeling manipulated and mistrustful, especially if you both know facial hair isnít favored in that particular workplace. So thereís also a place for common sense in your decision.



 
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FAQ 13
 My spouse/partner complains that my whiskers feel uncomfortable on her/his face. What can I do to make my whiskers softer?

Answer:

Hair is covered with one or more protective outer layers called the cuticle. The more cuticle layers there are, the coarser the hair feels. Hair on your head is covered with several layers of cuticle, whereas the hair on your arms generally has few cuticle layers and the hair on your face generally has many more. (This can also vary with race and age.) Thatís one reason facial hair often feels more wiry and coarse than head hair. Conditioner is designed to soften the cuticle layers, so try using it on your beard. Some guys find that applying coconut oil -- an ingredient in shaving cream that softens whiskers -- also helps.

As a general rule, shorter whiskers often feel stiffer than longer whiskers -- just like an inch-long piece of wire feels stiffer than a foot-long piece of the same wire. Trimming is another factor. Trimming leaves whiskers with blunt, sharp ends. Those ends start to round off after a few days. But if you trim frequently to keep your beard short, your whiskers spend more of their time in the blunt-and-sharp phase -- that may be what your sweetie is feeling.

Wearing somewhat longer whiskers and not trimming so often would give the blunt ends time to become rounded between trims. Longer whiskers are also more flexible and thus feel softer.



 
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FAQ 14
 Beard Facts

Answer:

http://beardcommunity.com/php/phorum/read.php?f=5&i=2352&t=2351


 

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