Recommendations for a new beard grower

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    Eric Griebenow

    Sorry about the sideways picture, I couldn't figure out how the adjust it.

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    David Lopez

    I recommend you just to keep it growing until you feel like you can't stand it any more, even then give it a good think before trimming anything, like a day or two, think how you want to shape it, if you want it long or short, long stash or short, and start trimming little by little. You can trim just a little bit one day and have like that that day and see how you feel it, some times even a little bit of trim (like just the tips) can help to feel better and let it grow even more.

    Just go with what you feel confortable and own it! I personally like a mid-short full beard, but I have used it long and its a lot more care you have to have for it, but just try new things!

    About maintenance beard oil is great, comb it, you can use a hair drier and some wax or balm to give it some shape when it hard to keep it in place.

    Good to know that you are trying the full beard, keep it growing and beard on!

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    Eric Griebenow

    So would you suggest just trimming long hairs on occasion that are just stragglers? I have started to notice a little unever growth on my right side and was wondering when a good milemarker would be to get that evened out (6months for a trim)?

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    Eric Griebenow

    There not many people at my school that grow a full beard. There is probably only 15-20 other guys that have a beard that is longer than 1/2". Everyone tries to keep it real clean. I don't care too much about not having a short or corporate beard, but I don't want it to look trashy or unkempt.

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    Eric Bandholz

    Eric, you've really got a great beard for such a young age. I think you could go for the yeard and find success. Since you are in college, the standards for "well groomed" is a little lower and that gives you freedom to just let it grow. 

    I'd say, give it a go for 6 months to 12 months and see what you have to work with. Then trim it up at that length or keep it going.

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    Eric Griebenow

    Thank you for the HUGE compliment, Eric. It wasn't until I started watching your videos that I really wanted to grow mine out. It's always encouraging to hear positive feedback on big decision like this. I understand that a year is a long time to wait, but I might as well since I have the time. Do you think it would be a good idea to keep an update on this page every month or so? I don't want to post too much, but somewhere down the line I'll need a little help when I start getting more length.

     

    Thank you for the compliments, they are much appreciated.

    Eric

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    Eric Bandholz

    Ya, that's what this community is for. To share updates and let others learn from our journeys. Keep the thread alive and help others along the way! Post whenever you feel it's appropriate or whenever you want. It's your thread.

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    Nigel David Kelly

    Hi Eric G,

    I agree with Eric B, that is a great beard for only 3 months and considering your youth.

    When trying to decide that kind of beard you want to finally have, I've found it helpful to look at images of other guys with beards. But remember that if you're googling beard images on the interweb, most of these guys are going to be beard models, and so are being photographed because they have excellent beards.
    Most of us can't live up to them. But you never know until you try.
    And of course everyone's beard is unique.
    Mine is at 5.5 months. So it 2.5 inches long.
    So far, apart from shaving neck and checks I haven't touched it.
    My wife, who is totaly supportive of my wish for a beard, has asked a few times what my beard plans are.
    So far I have replied "I don't know." And I honestly don't.
    I'm growing it and hoping that one day I'll look in the mirror and just know that it has finally got there.

    Hope some of this helps?

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    Eric Griebenow

    It's been about 106 days (roughly 15 weeks) since no shave November and I wanted to give an update on my beard. I received a lot of positive comments from friends, family, and even some of my football coaches on growing it out for a year. I want to keep my beard as clean as I possibly can without defeating the purposed of the yeard.
    I was also looking for suggestions on possible hair styles that might look good with a beard. It seems like the most common are fades or growing out the flow with the beard. I've never had a fade, and my hair is too curly and sensitive to moisture change to grow a flow.
    Any comments and suggestions are welcomed. 

     

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    Eric Griebenow

    Just thought I'd give a quick update. I recently reached the 4 month mark! I've started to notice some general issues such as my right side under my chin grows a little faster than the other side which has a little bald spot. I also noticed that the little bald spot looks a little thinner too. Another thing I'd like to add is I had to get a hair cut and a beard shaping for family pictures last week. As a result, the hair itself is just over 1,5" long, but now I learned to not mess with it as much.

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    Eric Griebenow

    This is the growth I've had at right around 5 months. I've had problems with beard curls and my hair drying out lately and I might have found a solution. I started using the BeardBrand Tea Tree Styling Balm with a little more oil throughout the day along with blow drying my hair differently to straighten the follicles. The only major issue that I still have is my beard has been shedding. I'm not sure what to do about it. I've considered taking a break from products and blow drying, but my beard doesn't look that good without styling it. 

     

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    Curtis Stahl

    Shedding is normal. Your beard has always done this, it is just more noticeable now that the whiskers are longer.

    If you are concerned that your styling routine is causing the shedding then take several days of doing the bare minimum and being extra careful with your beard.

    I'm finding that as my beard gets longer that I tend to play with it more...which leads to picking and shedding.

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    Eric Griebenow

    I just recently hit the 6 month mark!!! I've been using a little more beard oil and a little less beard balm. So far, the best way I found to maintain and style my beard is to use beard oil right out of the shower, comb it through, and use my boar's hair brush to spread out the oil. After the oil is in, I use a wider comb and a hairdryer to get my hair straighter without losing all of the curls. Once I get it straighter and dry, I follow up with beard balm. I just use it to get the stray hairs, on the mustache, and on the sideburns to get them to lay flat. If anyone has any additional comments or suggestions, I'm still looking for input and advice going forward. 6 months down, 6 more to go!!

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