Very curly and thin cheeks

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    Josh Lawson

    Hey Phillip! You've definitely got some awesome facial hair. It seems like you're already on the right track with fighting those curls. Using a comb regularly can help train them to grow straight.

    The Cheeks can be one of the last things to fill in, so just give it a little more time. It might not be easy to manage right now, but trimming it short won't help. I recommend to keep growing it longer as it will eventually weight itself down as well. All in all, you're heading in the right direction, and already seem to know what to do to fix those issues you're worried about.

    You got this man!

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    Phillipp

    Thanks for the kind words Josh! I just wish I didn't trim my mustache just before Christmas (so I could eat properly again). I now try to use my brush on it multiple times per day to train it. 

    Once I have my comb, I do the same with the rest of the beard and hope it doesn't pull out as many hairs as the brush. I will report back on my progress.

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    MBrashares

    Great looking beard! As Josh mentioned, by continuing to grow the weight will help straighten the hair. Definitely let us know how it’s going!

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    Phillipp

    So, my Kent Comb arrived today. Unfortunately, combing isn't as smooth as I hoped and it rips out quite a few hairs (20 - 25).

    I guess I have to do it really carefully a few times per day. I am also awaiting Beardbrand wash and softener and really really hope the softener will make a difference.

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    MBrashares

    What is your beard care routine currently? Adding the wash and softener should help with combing. Also make sure you are using a quality beard oil or utility balm daily. Key is to constantly keep your face and beard moisturized.

    Which Kent comb did you get? They have various tine widths. I have been a fan of the 6T which has a wide and fine side. Another option is the large Beardbrand comb which has wider tines or teeth.

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    Phillipp

    I have the R7T and the teeth aren't as wide as I thought. The Beardbrand comb is out of stock in EU currently. It's really hard to get a good comb right now.

     

    I wash my beard every Monday and Friday with beard wash (waiting for wash and softener from Beardbrand right now), the other days just with water. After the shower, I carefully dry the beard with a towel but not too much. Then I slowly comb it the first time just to separate the hairs a bit. After that, I brush teeth and then I dry the beard with a towel again. Then I apply beard oil (from Bearded Basturds right now) and comb it again to get it kinda into shape. All the combing pulls out around 30 hairs. 

    I want to dry a hair blower and see if that makes it better.

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    Curtis Stahl

    You've got a pretty awesome beard for your age. It sounds like you have a good beard care routine. I'd recommended applying beard oil before combing your beard. The oil should help lubricate the hair and should hopefully help you not pull out as many beard hairs.

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    Phillipp

    Hey,

     

    here I am again. After months of growing and grooming (oil, utility balm, styling balm, brush, large comb, etc.) this is how the beard looks like:

     

    I can't really see much growing progress in the last few weeks. The hairs also curl quite much at the end.

    Unfortunately, my beard also got quite thin. It's hard to see that on a pic because it makes the beard look more dense than it is. I took a pic with bright light behind the cheeks so you can actually see how thin those are.

     

    I am not that happy with it and plan to cut it shorter so it is a bit more dense. I am also considering changing the beard style but I am not sure what fits me. My strong areas are mustache (even tho i can't grow the "epic mustache" due to wrong beard grow direction) and the chin.

     

    Any advice?

     

    EDIT: Sorry for rotated images, not sure why the forum did that.

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    Josh Lawson

    If you're thinking of trimming, I recommend going for the Verdi Beard. It highlights the mustache and chin areas. I think that would be the best option for you if your cheeks are a little thinner.

    Other than that, you've got some amazing growth and it looks great.

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    Phillipp

    From a quick google images search, it seems the Verdi Beard is like a full beard just with the cheeks trimmed down a little bit? My problem is not only the cheeks but the full sides. I got very little support below the jawline. It's just too thin.

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    Josh Lawson

    Another option is the Van Dyke style. It focuses on the stache and chin, while getting rid of the cheeks.

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    Phillipp

    So basically what you have, based on your profile picture? That could work. 

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    Josh Lawson

    Pretty much, just nix the sideburns and focus on the rest.

    At the end of the day, just rock it with confidence and you're good to go.

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