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Old 10-20-2010, 07:57 PM   #1
Jason Wallis
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Growing a beard

So I'm 35 years old, and have never gone longer than about a week without shaving my face. I've decided to grow a beard but holymotherofgod it itches. I'm on day 10 and almost ready to give up. So, guys with beards, does it get better and are there any tricks to keep the itch down?
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Old 10-20-2010, 10:22 PM   #2
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Re: Growing a beard

As I recall- and seems like a long time ago as I've had a beard for most of the last 6 years- the itching does stop after a while... really annoying to start with though... but after a few weeks you won't notice it.
To start with while you're growing it you could use conditioner to soften the hairs... should ease the itching and scratchiness a bit.
Other than that it's really a case of just endure it.... persevere... once you're over the itchiness welcome to the world of beard designs
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Old 10-20-2010, 10:28 PM   #3
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Re: Growing a beard

Rule #1: Don't touch it (thats what she said).
Rule #2: Don't feed the beard.
Rule #3: Forget that you are growing a beard.
Rule #4: Quite touching your beard.
Rule #5: Keep the skin under the beard clean.
Rule #6 (THE MOST IMPORTANT TRICK): Throw away all razors, scissors, or any object meant to cut and/or harm your beard.

Live by these rules, and you will have a beard that would make Thor proud.
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Old 10-20-2010, 10:33 PM   #4
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Re: Growing a beard

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Rule #1: Don't touch it (thats what she said).
Rule #2: Don't feed the beard.
Rule #3: Forget that you are growing a beard.
Rule #4: Quite touching your beard.
Rule #5: Keep the skin under the beard clean.
Rule #6 (THE MOST IMPORTANT TRICK): Throw away all razors, scissors, or any object meant to cut and/or harm your beard.

Live by these rules, and you will have a beard that would make Thor proud.
Basically this. It will go away anyway. But shaving your neck helps too even though it's in direct violation of #6.
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Old 10-20-2010, 10:36 PM   #5
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Re: Growing a beard

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Basically this. It will go away anyway. But shaving your neck helps too even though it's in direct violation of #6.
Luckily for me, I dont grow alot on my neck.
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Old 10-20-2010, 10:46 PM   #6
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Re: Growing a beard

yeah... just shave your neck. i grew a goatee for awhile and it doesn't itch at all. If I had grown out the cheeks it'd have been fine also. The neck is what's awful; I honestly don't know how guys with beards deal with the hair on their neck.
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Old 10-21-2010, 12:08 AM   #7
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Re: Growing a beard

Awesome thread! I am a "Winter Bead(er)" myself. I find thay as long as I keep my neck clean, I dont get itchy...

I know that some would disagree with that method - but I let it get nice and bushy to compensate!

I dont trim unless there is a big meeting at work, or until my wife starts sleeping on the couch!
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Old 10-21-2010, 05:21 AM   #8
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Re: Growing a beard

Whatever you do, do NOT give it any food or water after midnight!

Yeah, it'll stop itching. Hang in there a few more days.
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Old 10-21-2010, 08:24 AM   #9
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Re: Growing a beard

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So I'm 35 years old, and have never gone longer than about a week without shaving my face. I've decided to grow a beard but holymotherofgod it itches. I'm on day 10 and almost ready to give up. So, guys with beards, does it get better and are there any tricks to keep the itch down?
I've had a beard for a year and five months. Trick is to use a beard trimmer to keep it short enough where it doesn't itch. Probably takes me five minutes once every seven days.

If you let it grow out, it will itch.

Also, Wahl and Philips make the best beard trimmers. I use the T980 and it's great.
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Old 10-21-2010, 08:32 AM   #10
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Re: Growing a beard

I usually grow one in the winter - itch is a little irritating the first few days. Washing with shampoo helps.
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