Are beardsmen a bit like women when it comes to how they want their beard to look - which is often not how it really is. Or is it just me. Maybe it is as my wife says I am well in touch with my feminine side. :)
Between August 2016 and August 2017 I grew a yeard. I then trimmed it back to the garibaldi style you see in the image above.
Now while I was growing my yeard I looked at hundreds of photos of other beardsmen and tried to decide how I would like my beard to look. The ones I liked usually looked nothing like my shape or style of beard. Since going for the garibaldi I have tried other cuts. I'd prefer my beard to be straight. Of course it is curly, especially at the side. I spent so much time with styling balms, hair dryers and brushes trying to make it straight. And I succeeded, but the time I was now spending each morning - well I would have had to rise earlier to get it done when I returned to work (I am currently one a one year career break).
Then one day I had an ah-ha moment. I realised I was never going to be happy with my beard until I accepted it as it really is. Since then I have ditched the hair dryer and the styling brushes and just let the curls do their own thing.
I've now realised that the garibaldi above is my best natural style and so I'm going back to it. It will take a while because in my efforts to achieve other styles I kind of hacked away at it, until it just doesn't look right now.
So while the shape is not quit what it should be I have nevertheless learnt to love it as it is, curls and all.
I wonder if my experience and thoughts will help any other beardsmen who are wanting a style of beard which they do not naturally have?
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