Look younger while sporting a beard

Most men like to look younger. Some will even admit it. However, too many guys automatically believe that looking younger means shaving off their beards. Stop! Don’t do that! Instead, follow these steps to look younger while still sporting your prized facial hair.

Step 1: Get your rest

The first step to looking younger is making sure that you are getting a good night’s sleep, every night. Depriving your body of proper rest can lead to many health problems. One of the first negative effects of insufficient sleep is on your looks. Having bags under your eyes can make you look older. And a great cure for that is…SLEEP.

Step 2: Prep your face

The next step to looking younger is always keeping up on general maintenance. Washing your face every day and exfoliating once a week is a good place to start. It is good to rid your skin of excess oils that could lead to breakouts and scarring, which could diminish your youthful look. It’s important to know your skin type for this step! Skin types, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, are:

  1. Sensitive skin may sting or burn after product use
  2. Normal skin is clear and not sensitive
  3. Dry skin is flaky, itchy or rough
  4. Oily skin is shiny and greasy
  5. Combination skin is dry in some areas and oily in others

Each skin type presents its own need. For oily skin you should use a cleanser that cleans deep. But for dry or sensitive skin you want to use a gentle cleanser.

Step 3: Trim and shape

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Big or small: keep your beard looking sharp for a younger appearance.

After washing your face, your hair follicles are at their prime for trimming and shaping. That said, trimming with clippers or scissors generally works better when your beard and mustache are dry. When your beard is well trimmed and shaped, it’s bound to make heads turn your way. Plenty of young guys keep their beards in top form. This should remain a priority as you get older. You want to make sure that your beard looks sharp and well-groomed.

Keeping all your edges crisp and clean is key to a sharp-looking beard. The easiest way to get this look is by using the right tools. Do your research and make sure you are using the proper accessories when it comes to maintaining your facial hair. Brands like Harry’s offer many different shaving products and solutions you can use to clean up your beard’s edges and turn your trimming process into perfection. Pro Tip: Don’t forget your eyebrows. Trim your eyebrows to keep them in check as well. The neater your eyebrows and beard are, the younger you look.

Step 4: Add some beard oil

We know that as we age, our bodies change. With that said, our facial hair changes too, which can make us look older. Facial hair not only changes in color, but it can also change in texture. The older we get, the more coarse our beards may become. However, beard oil can help with this. Adding a little beard oil every day will help to moisturize and protect your beard!

Step 5: Moisturize your face

Adding a light lotion to your face can reduce the effects of the environment on your skin. Using the correct moisturizer for your skin type can make a world of difference. For example, if you normally have dry skin, use a heavier daily moisturizer. For added defense, try a face moisturizer that contains sun protection (SPF). This will help limit the effects of sun exposure. However, be sure not to add face moisturizer to the areas that already have beard oil on them.

Add these five steps to your regular grooming routine and you will look younger before you know it. With the proper care, you can keep your beard and still look younger! Now please share any other tips that work for you in the comments below!

William’s winning beard

Meet William

All about beards is happy and proud to welcome William to the featured beards section.   William’s beard story is an important one because of his steadfast resistance to the onslaught of anti-beard criticism that he faced once he set out to grow his beard.  William stood firm against all the anti-beard naysayers and refused to give up on his beard.  Instead, William became fiercely dedicated to growing his beard and is a strong advocate for beards.  For this, William merits respect as he stands as a great example for all new beard growers who may waver in their confidence when subjected to criticism of their nascent beards.  William demonstrated that by staying strong and dedicated, despite all opposition, he truly has grown a winning beard.

William’s introduction:

My name is William and I have been constantly bearded since January 2013. Living and working in the Netherlands, I decided to become bearded before the big “beard hype” over here…not for beard fashion reasons, but I was willing to change and wanting something different with my face. And I was getting bored with shaving once or twice a day… that was also a big reason, to be quite honest.

I work as a lawyer.  I am married and have three children.  I play the euphonium in a local band, love to travel, and am active in a confirmation group in a Roman Catholic church and Mary fraternity that dates back to 1834 . I love reading all kinds of books and papers.  I am also active as a volunteer in the local carnival museum. My city is one of the most famous carnival towns in the Netherlands.  Here I love to celebrate these festivities as a bearded Dutch man!

Scroll down to read Williams’s beard story and be sure to see William’s beard progression gallery and William’s beard gallery below. The photos on this page and in William’s photo galleries are courtesy of William and are used with permission. All photos are subject to the site’s conditions of use.

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Looking sharp: William’s beard right after a visit to the barber.

William’s winning beard story

What do you think about beards?

Beards are a choice every man should have, although each man has to deal with his possibilities to grow or not. It’s all about a man who has to have the beard genetics first.  Then it is up to him to choose for a beard or not. But frankly said… a beard makes the man. That’s what I think about it. When I see pictures of men without or with a beard, I often choose the bearded pictures, because the look of a bearded man makes a man more attractive in his human appearance: a solid, trustful, and manly look! That’s my opinion on the meaning of un-bearded or bearded men.

What do you think about your own beard?

I like a good full, total beard with a good length. It has to be taken care of…not too wild, but also not too neat, somewhere surely in the middle. I am very satisfied and happy with my beard, because — and this is what it’s all about — I find that it suits my face and makes my face complete. The colors (the combination of blond, and dark) are fine for me!

When you were a little boy, did you ever think about growing a beard in the future when you would become a man?

No, I didn’t. It wasn’t a custom in my family. There weren’t clear examples, although my father tried it shortly but stopped it because of the resistance of my mother. And one uncle on my mother’s side wore a beard in a “Van Dyke” style for years.  That’s where I could see that beard genetics were present in my family. But as a boy, I didn’t see it as a future thing for me!

What led you to grow your first beard?

It came from the curiosity from the combination of the following questions, which I answered afterwards with a big YES.

    • Can I grow a good beard?
    • Will I get used to the change?
    • Would I like to be a bearded man?
    • Will it suit me?
    • Can I withstand the possible negative reactions?

Have you remained bearded since growing your first beard?

YES, the whole time.


Gallery: William’s beard progression over the years
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Also see: William’s beard gallery.

Did you encounter a lot of resistance to your beard from people around you?

Oh yes… From the start, the reactions were resistant.  And to say it diplomatically, they were not very mild. Most members of my family didn’t like my choice. Also most of my friends didn’t like the beard. Reactions in groups on birthdays to me as a person or one-to-one personally were in a sneering way, although reactions from people out of my “inner circle” were much more positive. And fortunately, a lot of people also were normal in their reactions. But to be quite honest, my wife still isn’t a fan and neither is my mother. But that’s okay for me. You can’t have all in life and my opinion about my beard in life has become: “You don’t like my beard. That’s okay. I didn’t grow it for you, but for myself.” This is because I am happy with my choice and that’s all that counts. I don’t mind what other people do.  Let them be happy with their choices. And I am happy with mine.

How did you deal with all of the resistance to your beard? How did you overcome it?

It wasn’t easy. It felt very often as a rejection of me as a person. And it could (and sometimes still now) can feel very painful.  But I was strong enough to deal with it and to overcome it. It was my decision. I wanted to be bearded and give it a chance. And finally people got used to it and opinions changed.

Why do you think that some people are so automatically against beards?

At first: beards in appearance always have an initial disadvantage because people are not used to beards on faces starting from the age of infancy. Second: beards call upon some people’s thoughts of being aggressive, thoughtless, unreliable, and dominant; the combination of those traits doesn’t contribute in a positive way to the general view of beards. And third:  beards are for some people like clowns are; they are scary in some sort of ghostly Halloween way. There are more reasons I think. But I noticed these as some of the most important.

Are you dedicated to staying bearded now? Why?

Yes, I am still dedicated. It has become my new lifestyle. I never thought this could have such an impact on me that I don’t want to change anymore!

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William demonstrates how a full beard is fully compatible with a professional appearance.

Do you believe that beards are compatible with or even enhance a “professional” appearance?

I don’t have a real opinion for that. I think that for some men it really is an improvement for their appearance and for some it isn’t. It all has to do with beard genetics, the form of a face, and of course a man himself has to feel good with it.

Do you know if your beard has inspired others to grow their beards?

Yes, finally it has.  It took years, but some men in my environment chose for themselves to go for a beard.  This was after first being a bit negative towards mine.  Now it gives me a big smile from time to time. That’s for sure.

Do you encourage others to grow their beards?

No, not actively.  Only when men ask me about it and have an interest to do so. Out of my experience of at first negative reactions and later on more positive ones… I only react in a way when people ask me for it. I’m still a bit careful, I think.

Why have you chosen the classic full beard?

It is just the sort of beard that is my kind of beard. The other sorts are not that attractive to me.   I am a fan of the full bearded beardway!

Do you shape and trim your beard yourself?

Partly… Once every five or six weeks I go the barbershop. The rest of the time in between I try to do it myself.

How do you care for your beard?

I use several beard products like beard oil, mustache wax, pomade, and what I’ve come to like a lot over the last half year: beard balm.

Do you take pride in your beard?

Yes, I do. Frankly, when I look around, I feel blessed to have a beard the way that I have. It just is exactly the way I wanted, except for some details (see my beard complaints below).

What do you like best about your beard?

Its thickness, the full bearded “covering” of my face, and from time to time it is lovely to go through it, touching and feeling by hand.

Do you have any complaints about your beard?

Like its owner, my beard is very pigheaded.  There are a lot of hairs that don’t grow the way I want them to. But that’s a point I can deal with. I have a good barber and, of course, other good ways to keep my beard in line!

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William’s winning beard is an asset all year round.

What is your opinion of beards.org?

For me it was the very good support from the site that helped me to stay bearded and to keep my positive feeling about beards. It is good to share and to see all the worldwide pics from all other men who love being bearded in all kinds of sorts and ways!

What do you think about being featured on beards.org?

I feel honored and pleased. To get “beardly”noticed by a worldwide known beard site is not only a recognition of being valued as man with a beard, but also a confirmation that my beard can be noticed as a good, visible support for men who want to choose to grow a beard! Do it and make THE choice to grow your beard.  Although resistance can be there, you won’t regret it!


William’s beard gallery
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Also see:

William: today's beard, 2017/03/14, featured photos
William: today’s beard, 2017/03/14

Chris’ fierce beard: growing stronger

Chris, with his fierce beard, made his debut in the featured beards section six years ago. Since then, Chris’ thick beard has been growing stronger. He grows an eye-catching luxuriant beard that is the envy of many an onlooker. In this update you’ll see that his beard is bigger than ever before. In addition, Chris discusses how things have gone with his beard in recent years and how he cares for and maintains his beard in top form. A new photo gallery featuring Chris’ beard is included below after his interview. All photos appear courtesy of Chris.

Also, since Chris was first featured here on All About Beards, he has gone to graduate school and earned his MBA in executive management. Click on any of these photos to view a larger version:

Chris’ beard update interview

Do men still mention to you that they wish they had a beard like yours?

I honestly get comments like that almost every day. My friends and family roll their eyes when it happens. But they’re just jealous of the attention. Ha ha.

Does your beard still get you a lot of attention?

We recently had a new executive join our team. And when our department had the opportunity to meet with him, he opened the meeting with a comment that mine was the best beard he had ever seen. He closed the meeting with another reference to the beard. Needless to say, I inspired several new beards in the company that day!

I am happy to report that I’ve been able to merge my bearded appearance with my corporate persona successfully. My favorite story was one day I was on the elevator with our VP of HR. He asked me if I planned on keeping the beard… a short pause that felt like an eternity gave my mind time to wander… “I’ve never had any negative comments about my facial hair at work, but here we go…” He broke the silence with, “I definitely think you should. You know, I had a beard once…” And he continued to tell me about his previous experience. I encouraged him to try it again and he is now part of the bearded brotherhood!

From a flirting standpoint, let’s just say yes, the beard still delivers…

Have you kept your full beard continuously since the time of your beard feature?

I did shave my beard completely off once since my last appearance on the website. My mom is one of the few people who prefers me bald faced. I shaved for her 70th birthday as a gift. After the birthday month was over, the beard growing resumed.

Chris starts growing his fierce beard again after shaving for his mom's birthday.
Mom’s birthday party’s over: Chris starts growing his fierce beard once again.

Have you gone bigger or shorter with your beard in the recent years?

Compared to my featured pics, my current beard size is definitely bigger. It varies. But even on the smaller end of the scale, it’s bigger than back then.

Have you settled on a more-or-less permanent beard size and shape?

My style has been a little refined over the years… short mustache (my hair is too stubborn to go handlebar), long in the front, squared off at the bottom, keeping the sides trim, and then tapered from back to meet the length of the front.

Are you still trimming and shaping your beard yourself or do you ever utilize the skills of a professional?

I do let my barber trim my beard.  But it’s usually a joint effort. If I want a major trim, I’ll do it first, and then have him clean it up. Or, for a regular trim while I’m getting a haircut, I’ll trim a bit when I get home. He just opened his own shop, and I’ve sent him a lot of business over the years. I even did a photo shoot for the shop. You’ll see me on his website, Single Barrel Barbershop, and I’m the first pic they ever posted on their Insta.

What’s your beard grooming and maintenance routine?

I shampoo and condition my beard every time I’m in the shower. I try to use quality products that are sulfate free and have a decent oil content. Then I towel dry.  I apply a generous amount of beard oil (I’m crazy about Duke Cannon right now) and brush it out. If I’m looking for a more styled appearance, I’ll use a styling product like a beard balm. I keep a brush in my truck so I can touch up before heading into my destination.

Do you have any beard-care secrets that might benefit other beard growers?

I always keep my beard smelling good. People love a well-groomed beard that smells delicious.

When trimming and styling your beard, also consider your hairstyle. If you’re going to have a big beard, your hair should be trim and tight as a contrast. I love getting a tight fade on the sides. It makes the beard stand out even more!

Is your beard still inspiring other men to grow their beards?

Absolutely. Some of my friends tag my pics with #beardgoals .

Would you say that your level of enthusiasm for your beard has changed over the years?

At this point, my beard is a big part of my personality. The only reason I could see shaving would be for a future milestone birthday gift for my Mom.

Chris’ new beard photo gallery

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Be sure to see Chris’ original beard feature:

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Chris’ fierce beard

Great beards of history!

Bearded dad and author Kellen Roggenbuck is back with another beard book for children: Great Beards of History! Like his first book, My Dad Has a Beard, this paperback is under thirty pages and is colorfully illustrated with humorous drawings created by Roggenbuck himself. In this book, Roggenbuck presents a diverse selection of bearded figures from history, including bearded luminaries such as Mr. T and Abraham Lincoln. Funny tidbits accompany the drawings of each bearded icon to tell the story.

In addition to highlighting a number of famous beards, a secondary theme running through the book promotes dear old bearded dad as a famous beard hero as well. This reflects the message from Roggenbuck’s My Dad Has a Beard book. While both boys and girls should enjoy My Dad Has a Beard, Great Beards of History! is geared to appeal more to both girls and boys equally. All children should find this lighthearted look at great beards of history to be funny and entertaining.

Dad and author Kellen Roggenbuck shows off his new book Great Beards of History!
Dad and author Kellen Roggenbuck shows off his new book Great Beards of History!

The first reason that led Roggenbuck to create Great Beards of History! was his desire to create a more diverse beard book for children. The author explains, “This new book deals with beards from different time periods, different countries, different races, and even different genders. There’s a little beard for everyone. Second, I wanted to explore the sentiment that to our kids, we are all famous, remarkable people because we are their dads and that’s such an amazing, cool thing.”

I asked Roggenbuck about the kind of feedback he’s gotten on both books from parents and kids he knows. He replied, “The feedback has been incredible — I could never have imagined how far reaching this book would be and the outpouring of love and gratitude for My Dad Has a Beard. The overall reaction to the new book is that it’s a great book to laugh at and parents have really appreciated it at bedtime. Especially that 6th night of reading the same book over and over…”

Still a confirmed beard enthusiast, Roggenbuck reports that his beard continues to grow right along. He is looking forward to his first time to participate in a beard competition this year. He plans to compete in a local competition in September.

Great Beards of History! gives kids a fun look at a variety of bearded historic figures and fosters an appreciation for a local beard hero: Dad.


Don’t delay. Order your copy today! Great Beards of History! is now available on Amazon:

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Photos appear courtesy of Kellen Roggenbuck.

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My dad has a beard!

Add some new zing to your look and your beard for spring

It’s time for spring — north of the equator, that is — and it brings longer days, warmer weather, and maybe a new beard style! One of the great things about having a beard is the ability to change it up whenever you like. Maybe you’ve kept your face nice and toasty with a big beard all winter but are now ready to trim it down or switch to a different style for a lighter look. Below, we’ve come up with a list of ways in which you can do a little spring cleaning to freshen up your facial hair style as well as other aspects of your grooming program.

Consider new beard ideas for spring

If you’re the kind of man who likes to keep his beard the same all year long, that’s great!  We salute you.  However, springtime represents a time for renewal and fresh starts.  Changing up your beard can transform you with a fresh new look. So if you’re game for a beard change, there’s no time like the present.

While we always strongly advocate for the full beard for those who are capable of growing the full beard, you can still change up your full beard while keeping your full beard.  If your full beard is still wild and woolly from the winter growth season, lightening it up with a trim down to a shorter length can give you a sharp new look for spring.

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Trimming your full beard short can give you a lighter feeling and a sharp new look for spring.

If you feel like making an even bigger change to your beard, consider switching to another style such as a goatee and mustache combo. Or go for the similar yet bolder extended goatee.   Maybe now would be a good time to have fun with a temporary switch to the chin curtain.  Check out our beard style guide and select a style that you’d like to try.  Or be creative and design your own unique beard style.

Develop a skincare routine

A great beard needs a solid foundation. And a healthy beard comes from healthy skin. Harsh winter weather may have left your skin feeling dry and flaky, which does not provide the greatest grounds for growing and maintaining facial hair. The good news is that this can be quickly corrected with the proper skincare routine. The first step is determining your skin type. The American Academy of Dermatology lists skin types as follows:

  1. Sensitive skin may sting or burn after product use
  2. Normal skin is clear and not sensitive
  3. Dry skin is flaky, itchy or rough
  4. Oily skin is shiny and greasy
  5. Combination skin is dry in some areas and oily in others

Knowing your skin type will give you a better idea of which products you should use. Always use skin care products that are gentle on your skin that will maintain your face and scalp as clean and healthy places for hair to grow.  If you are in doubt about your skin type and which products would be best for you, it’s a good idea to check with a medical professional.

Maintain your mane

In addition to a facial hair change-up, many men welcome the warmer weather with a new hairstyle. Whether you opt for a shorter cut or a new hairstyle altogether, there are plenty of products out there to assist you in maintaining the hair on your head. Like skin, hair types vary depending on the individual and this determines factors such as how often you should wash your hair and which products you should use. For some men, growing hair on the face comes much easier than growing hair on the top of the head. If you’re in this boat, there’s no need to worry! Something as simple as switching up your hairstyle is a quick fix and will give you the confidence you need to look and feel your best. Following a diet full of foods that are rich in nutrients and vitamins is a great way to support healthy hair growth as well.

Invest in the proper tools

You can do everything right when it comes to the beard-growing process, but if you don’t have the proper tools to maintain your beard, you won’t look your best. Investing in a quality beard trimmer is key to keeping your facial hair looking its best at all times. While there are plenty of beard trimmers on the market from which to choose, when selecting a beard trimmer you should shop around and make your purchase based on the features that will best suit you and your facial hair.

The same goes for choosing a proper razor. If your new beard style is one that means you’ll be doing a lot of shaving, like with the goatee or chin curtain, you’ll need a quality razor. If you don’t want to bother with getting razors at the store, you might consider getting razors via subscription. Many companies now offer a basic plan in which you can tailor products and tools to fit your needs. This allows you to try out their products and then decide what’s best based on your shaving needs.

Overall, it’s pretty easy to create your new look for spring. Shedding your cold-weather style for a fresh look will leave you looking and feeling great just in time for the new season.

Per’s superior beard

All about beards is proud to welcome Per to the featured beards section. Per is a prolific beard grower and a master of the mustache. His beard is excellent and his mustache is often amazing. A seasoned, veteran beard grower, Per is quite dedicated to the beard. He grows a great beard and enjoys it, which is a great way to be. Per’s beard has been known to inspire others to grow their beards. Let’s hope that he will now inspire many more new beards everywhere.

Scroll down to read Per’s beard story and be sure to see Per’s beard photo gallery below. The photos on this page and in Per’s photo gallery are courtesy of Per and are used with permission. All photos are subject to the site’s conditions of use.

What do you think about beards?

I have been fascinated by beards since I was little. As long as I can remember, I have looked at nice beards and wanted my own beard.

What do you think about your own beard?

To be very honest, I’m quite satisfied with my beard as it is today. One can always want a little different style, structure, or shape. But all in all I’m happy with the beard I have.

When you were a boy, did you ever think about growing a beard in the future when you would become a man?

I started to look at beards from early school years. I was so anxious that I might not be able to grow my own beard. But that was for no reason. Had a mustache from age seventeen, but had to gather some courage to grow a full beard.

Did anyone in your family have a beard before you?

The ability is in the family. But the closest is my brother’s mustache. It was big and nice from late teens. He was my role model, but he was not going for the full beard.

When did you grow your first beard?

My first full beard was when I was twenty-five, after gathering courage and I’d had stubble for many years.

What led you to grow your first beard?

I wanted to have a beard since I was a kid, just had to find the right time and be sure it would be full and mature.

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Per’s beard: short goatee with mustache and big full beard

Why do you grow your beard now?

Now the beard has become a part of my personality. If I cut it short I feel that I lose a part of me. Have tried clean shaven some years ago. Felt naked.

Would you say that you are a dedicated, permanent beard grower?

I’m definitely a permanent and very dedicated beard grower!

Are your current beard and mustache the biggest you’ve ever grown?

I have had length like this for the four last years. Earlier I had stubble or up to 3 cm. Should have started growing a long beard much earlier. It’s so much more fun!

Do you plan to keep growing your beard and mustache larger?

I always plan for longer. But from time to time I need a trim and then I start saving time again. There is a lot of maintenance with a long beard. So after a trim I spend less time in the bathroom.

Do people ever criticize your beard or tell you to trim it or shave it off?

From time to time my wife has some suggestions for trimming. But it happens less and less. She gets used to a long-bearded man.

Do you know if your beard has inspired other men to grow their beards?

Yes, at least I have gotten feedback that younger colleagues have been inspired to grow. That’s nice!

Do you encourage others to grow their beards?

I often tell people that they have a nice beard and should grow it out. Hope some will do so.
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Why did you choose to grow the classic full beard?

I think the beard chose me. I just had to follow.

Do you shape and trim your beard yourself?

When I trimmed it myself it always resulted in too short a beard. So now I only use a professional barber shop.

What is your beard care routine?

I use beard soap in the shower, then oil and blow dryer and use a round brush afterwards. Need to straighten out some waves after shower to get the shape I like.

What do you like best about your beard?

I’m very satisfied with the color. And the thickness is good. All in all I am quite satisfied.

Do you have any complaints about your beard?

Wish I did not have to straighten the waves after a shower. But that is a minor problem and is possible to handle.

What is your opinion of beards.org?

I think beards.org is a very good inspiration for beard growers like me.

What do you think about being featured on beards.org?

I’m very pleased if I can be an inspiration for other men wanting to grow a beard, big or small. And I am pleased to show that beards are even more fun when getting older and silver bearded.

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I was a teenage beard grower — Michael

Many teenage boys dream of growing a beard. Michael did not have to wait long for the opportunity. He was already growing a slight mustache at twelve and a small beard at thirteen. He soon became a full-fledged teenage beard grower. And he’s been a dedicated beard grower ever since. Michael has learned a lot about the experience of growing a beard and being bearded during this time.

Naturally, Michael’s beard has matured substantially, growing stronger and stronger since those early teenage years. He has experimented with a variety of beard styles over the years. Yet he always comes back to the full beard. During all of this time, Michael regularly has supplied all about beards with beard updates, documenting many of the changes in his beard over the years. You can see these in Michael’s extensive beard photo album.

Michael’s first appearance on all about beards came in August 2006 with his beard success story. We followed up with a special update to celebrate Michael’s beard’s fifth anniversary in 2010. Today in January 2019, let’s check in with Michael to see how he and his beard are doing after all these bearded years.

This month your beard reaches its fourteenth anniversary. How do you feel about being bearded for that many years?

Wow… it has been a long time! …so long that I have even forgotten that I was beardless for about half of my years walking the face of the earth. I guess the beard is such an integral part of who I am.

During this time, what’s the longest amount of time you ever went without your beard?

The longest I can remember is about a week several years ago, when I tried out sporting nothing more than a couple of sideburns. Besides that, it can be about a day when switching beard styles, but never longer than that.

Has your view of being bearded changed much over these years?

I think that the only thing that changed over time is not thinking about it. At all. It’s just a part of who I am, and one gets used to that.

Would you consider your beard to be an asset?

Yes, definitely. For me, it is a part of what makes a man…well, a man.

Has your beard ever caused you any problems?

I remember that during high school it was pretty unusual to see a guy with a full beard walking down the hall, as most boys could not grow one, and the few who could mostly conformed to the beardless “standard” common in modern society. So there were some attempts at ridicule. But those were always fruitless endeavors.


Above is a selection of photos of Michael’s beard from 2015 up to the end of January 2019. Click on any of the photos to view a larger version.

What are your thoughts on the state of beards in the world today versus when you first grew your beard as a young teen?

I believe that much progress has been made during the last five years or so. Fashion is circular, as the saying goes, and so it seems to be with beards as well.

I believe that it is easier for a guy to go bearded today compared to fifteen years ago — beards are much more accepted by mainstream society, appear in cinema, TV etc., with many celebrities appearing on and off screen bearded. Personally, I also see many more bearded men, especially young men, around nowadays.

Do you still intend to remain bearded from now on?

Yes, definitely, with not a trace of doubt!

Has the full beard remained your favorite beard to grow?

Yes. Most of the changes to my beard during the last few years were the length and width of my beard. But I don’t remember any times changing the style to something else.

What’s your beard grooming and maintenance routine?

There isn’t much of a routine, to be honest. What I usually do is shave the neck once every two weeks (more or less) to have a more well defined neck line, and trim a little here and there to get a more balanced look, maybe once every 4-6 weeks.

Do you have any helpful hints on beard growing and grooming that others might not know?

A good beard trimmer which can also be used as a shaver and has a variety of guards is a bearded man’s best friend. Such a device (my choice is the Remington Alpha series) can be used both for daily or weekly maintenance and for changing beard styles when one desires to do so.

Another thing I discovered over the years is that for a balanced look one can use a “gradation” of guards when trimming the beard. Use a certain guard / length setting for the sides of your beard; a little shorter, the next guard down for the chin; and another setting lower for the neck. Having the lower part of the beard be as long as the parts higher up can sometimes create a “bottom heavy” look that not everybody wishes to have, or at least not at all times. If that’s you, give this a try. For example: My trimmer goes in 3mm steps. So at times I use 18mm for the sides of the beard, 15mm for the chin, and 12mm for the neck.

What would you say to other men to encourage them to grow their beards?

Just do it! …as the Nike commercial goes. You might love the way you look with a beard, or with a certain style of beard. You might not. But you can never know unless you try for yourself.

Two things are of utmost importance: patience and resilience. Growing a good beard takes weeks to months. So there is no use in hurrying… It won’t grow any faster. Be resilient and dedicated. Humans are creatures of habit. So at first the change might be frowned upon by others (although some will be supportive, for sure). But don’t let this discourage you, as the reward is worth the risk.
Worst case scenario? You don’t like it or don’t wish to keep it. Then, a few minutes in the bathroom and you are done. Yet you now know yourself a little bit better. And that experience is priceless.


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all about beards for twenty-three years

Adding more beards to the world

Twenty-three years ago today a little beard website made its online debut: all about beards. That was the small beginning of a worldwide mission to promote beards and the growing of beards. Accompanying this effort was the important mission of providing helpful information about beards. The site developed an easy-to-follow guide on how to grow a beard successfully. The all about beards beard-growing guide has helped thousands of men around the world to grow their beards. Before these men started growing, the site helped convince them to do so. In many cases, the all about beards inspired them to grow and bolstered their confidence to stay with it all the way through to beard success.

By promoting beards without wavering, all about beards set out to increase public acceptance of beards. With the increased popularity of beards in recent years, it may be hard to fathom that beards used to be far more rarely seen. And it was not long ago that beards enjoyed far less acceptance than they do today.

Recently Scott, pictured above, reported that he was speaking with a young man who is just a year older than the all about beards site. In reference to all about beards, the young man asked Scott why there would be a need for a website devoted to promoting beards. Scott mentioned this exchange to one of his dearest friends. In response, she told Scott to tell me, “Mission accomplished.”

The heartbreak of anti-beard bias

While I was delighted to hear that congratulatory “Mission accomplished”, all about beards‘ mission will never be fully accomplished. Even today while beards seemingly enjoy great popularity and acceptance, the negativity of anti-beard bias remains surprisingly prevalent. It may not be as readily apparent as before. But it still lurks about and makes itself known with too much frequency.

There are people who still comment about how much they detest beards. There are still those who ridicule new-beard growers and insist that they shave. Or, these self-appointed beard police often inform bearded men that their beards must be trimmed down substantially or shaved off altogether. Why should someone else hold so much veto power over your beard? And thanks to these people, there are still far too many men who are too reluctant to grow their beards. It is not easy to eliminate the harm of anti-beard bias. However, all about beards will continue undeterred.

Growing for the future


Click on either image above to view larger.

One of the main ways to grow beard acceptance is for as many men as possible to grow their beards. The more bearded men there are, the more others will grow accustomed to being around beards and, with that, acceptance follows. There is strength in numbers.

Of course, when beards are more common, beard-growing pioneers may long for the old days when having a beard made them stand out even more. When beards were less common, those who steadfastly remained bearded often felt that having a beard made them more unique, making them stand out from the rest, and giving them a certain mystique. They have a point when stating that when every man has a beard, having a beard may not make them feel nearly as special as before. However, we still have a long way to go. Even today at large public events I may look out into the crowds and see that beards are few and far in between.

When it comes to the future of beards, I still say that more is better. Adding more beards to the world by inspiring more men to grow their beards is one of the best ways to make the world more beard-friendly. And the more beard-friendly the world becomes, more men will feel free to grow their beards as they see fit.

If you are one of the thousands of men who grew their beards with inspiration or assistance from all about beards, I express to you my hearty thanks. If you grew your beard without inspiration or assistance from all about beards, I thank you for growing as well. And if you have not yet grown your beard, I invite you to visit our guide on how to grow a beard and start growing for the future right now!

Growing stronger: Happy New Beard Year 2019

Happy New Beard Year to everyone!

At the start of a new year we often focus our thoughts on the possibilities ahead. The new year represents an opportunity for a new beginning. Yet every day is an opportunity for a new beginning.

Every day there is an opportunity to start growing a new beard. If you already have a beard, every day presents an opportunity to improve your beard through better care and grooming, growing it longer or trimming it shorter, or trying a new beard style. Growing your first beard the right way or improving your existing beard can boost your confidence. In that way, you and your beard are growing stronger.

How will beards trend in 2019? No one can predict the future. But we can set the direction for our own futures. I have always urged ignoring fashion and trends when deciding whether or not to grow or keep a beard. You should grow your beard because you want to have a beard. That’s all. The more men who grow beards regardless of fashion trends are the real trendsetters.

Now let’s all have a great 2019 and grow stronger. And if you haven’t started growing your beard yet, get over to our proven guide on how to grow a beard and get started!

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