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by Charles Jansen / Gentlemen's Club March 23, 2016

Shaving is for pussies

I used to think beards were gross. That they were only appropriate for Stanley Brown, Rick Ross and Santa. For the Movember movement, I decided to stop removing hair from my face. Curiosity was another motivating factor. I’d never grown a beard before – always giving up before getting through the itchy phase. I grew my beard and for a month, and two things happened that I didn’t expect.

The first thing I noticed was how much time not shaving saves in the morning. I only got through maybe three of Spotify’s songs each morning before I was ready for the day! The second thing I didn’t expect: I didn’t end up looking quite as hideous as I’d anticipated. I looked mature and quit handsome. And some other people seemed to agree. If you have developed enough facial hair to allow you to grow a beard, then you owe it to yourself to grow it out at least once during your lifetime — even if only as an experiment. You may be so pleased with the results, even unexpectedly so, that you decide to keep the beard permanent- ly. Growing a beard can be an expression of freedom, but it’s also a commitment. Beards don’t take care of themselves any more than your lawn or your nails. They need some upkeep. The key is not overana- lyzing it. Nothing too manicured or manscaped. Nothing too wild and overgrown. You want to look like you’ve let go. A little, at least.

Note to self  Know when to give up: It’s hard truth, but not every guy can grow  a beard. It’s just a matter of genetics. If it has been two or three months, and it’s still patchy and scraggly, it’s not going to get better. Let it go, shave it off and move on.  If you are considering bearding, these are the simple steps to avoid looking  like someone ready to feature in the next castaway movie…

 

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Wash your beard thoroughly. It’s important to start with a clean and dry beard. Your facial hair gets just as oily as the hair on your head, so give it a good washing to ensure a clean trim. Scrub your beard with shampoo in the sink or show- er, then pat it dry with a towel. Avoid shampoos that dry out your skin.

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Comb your beard. Combing eliminates tangles and makes your beard easier to trim.Following the grain of your beard’s natural growth, guide your comb through the hair growing along one side of your jaw line. Start at your ear, moving toward your chin. Don’t “fluff out” the beard by combing against the grain. Comb your beard straight.

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With a gentle but firm pressure, trim each side of your face, working along the grain using long smooth strokes.Maintain balance between each side of your face by always starting at the ears and work- ing down.The guard should keep the trimmer from irritating your skin or cutting too much hair.

Select a pair of sharp, clean scissors, preferably barber’s shears. Scissors are a good method for short- ening a beard, but require a skilled hand for finer details, such as thinning or shaping.Make sure the scissors are rust-free and without major imperfec- tions or notches in the blades that may tug on or pull your hair. shears.

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Finish with a clean edge. Using extra care, use the scissors to trim the hair as close as possible on your neck.If possible, use an electric trimmer for this step. If you’re intimidated, you can simply lather and shave your neck with a safety razor to remove all the hair. This can be much easier than making the finish- ing touches with scissors.

 

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