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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


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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!

Grow your beard: No-shave November 2018

Another No-shave November has arrived. No-shave November is always one of the best times to grow a new beard, especially for first-time beard growers. No-shave November gives new beard growers a ready-made justification for growing. Just say that it’s No-shave November!

Even if you miss out on starting to grow your new beard at the beginning of the month, don’t let that discourage you. Start anyway at any time during the month.

And don’t think that the end of November should automatically mean the end of your new beard. Let your November beard growth serve as motivation to keep growing through December and beyond.

No-shave November 2018. Beard: Scott with a shorter beard

Growing a beard for the first time can be daunting. Never fear, however! Growing that first beard should be a fun adventure and a true growth experience in more ways than one. You can learn a lot about yourself and others by growing your beard. One of the most important keys to successful beard growing is to stay committed. Do not let others convince you to give up and shave with their criticism and teasing. Stay strong and grow your beard!

I always welcome new beard growers to the bearded brotherhood at any time. I especially like to welcome them during No-shave November. It is always a great opportunity to add more beards to the world. And that is a good thing!

So, welcome, new beard growers! May your beards grow and flourish and bring you great satisfaction.

To help you along your way, follow our tried-and-true beard-growing guide: How to grow a beard

Please help spread the joy of growing new beards and share this post with anyone who should grow his beard!

Happy No-shave November 2018!

Twenty-two years, all about beards

Here we are again at another all about beards anniversary. Today marks twenty-two years since that little site started out on its mission to promote beards, share information about beards, and celebrate beards. During this time, we have helped thousands and thousands of men all around the world to grow their beards. This, “adding beards to the world”, is among our proudest achievements.

Adding more beards to the world is one of the best ways to increase acceptance, and even respect, for beards. The more beards there are, the more the general population becomes accustomed to them. The more the general population becomes accustomed to beards, the more accepting of beards people become. With that, more people are less likely to harbor that pesky old anti-beard bias that surprisingly and stubbornly resists fading away. The anti-beard bias was much stronger in the early days of all about beards. And it was even stronger for years and years prior to that. Anti-beard bias, however, still remains stronger than many may realize. Plenty of people still feel entitled to tell new beard growers and established beard growers alike that they should shave. A milder form of anti-beard bias allows for limited beard growth, but not too much, with the limit defined by the beard critic. Grow your beard a bit beyond stubble length and you may hear, “That beard’s too long. You’ve got to trim that down.” Here at all about beards, we think that beard critics do not have the right to dictate what restrictions must be imposed on a man’s beard.

Anti-beard bias will never disappear completely. However, we are happy to see that it is much weaker now than it was twenty-two years ago. In recent years beards have made great gains in numbers and in acceptance. We could not be happier, except for the movement to continue in favor of beards.

Ready to grow your beard? Be sure to check out our tried and true beard growing guide and start growing today!

We will always keep growing. We are all about beards.

Joe: today’s beard, 2017/06/14

Name: Joe.
Occupation: Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, and Refrigeration Professional.

About Joe’s beard:

Why did I grow my beard? Honestly, it was a combination of things. First, shaving is just a pain in the butt. Ha ha. Seriously though, I was going through old photos my ma had and saw my family’s older men from her dad and grandpa to great grandpa on both sides and they all could grow a heck of a beard.

I wanted to see how mine would fill out and if it could get as thick and full as theirs. I also work outside on the roofs of commercial buildings in the winter, working on heating systems, and it helps a lot.

What do I think about my beard? Well I like it. I don’t look in the mirror and see anything that stands out, really. I get a lot of compliments on it and some funny ones. I never thought I would hear the words epic, magnificent, majestic, etc., etc. I just see a beard and am happy with that.

How do I feel about my beard? I feel great about it. It is definitely a conversation starter. Ever since I have grown it out I get a lot more looks and smiles. I do feel odd when I cut it shorter a few times. Kinda bums me out.

How long have I been bearded? I have been bearded on and off all my life, nothing like this, though. I went from nothing to this in about 2.5 years. I have cut off about six inches in that time. This length still gets on the dinner plate if I am not careful or tie it up. Ha ha. I like this length but I am gonna let it grow out a bit more. My daughter wants me to reach wizard length on the shirt she bought me!!

How do I like being bearded? I love it at times and at other times it is a curse. Ice cream cone… Yep. That’s a trick. Outdoors in the winter, I love it. Running down the road and watching people’s faces…another fun time!! I like the attention and the looks I get. Most of all, I like having the ability to grow one like this. Those that can’t want to, those that can should!

With a beard this epic, magnificent, and majestic, Joe can’t help but get lots of praise and attention!

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Sam: today’s beard, 2017/06/07

Name: Sam.
Occupation: Travel agent.

About Sam’s beard:

Why did I grow my beard? Because I loved the beard since when I was young.

What do I think about my beard? My beard is everything in my life.

How do I feel about my beard? More manly.

How long have I been bearded? One year.

How do I like being bearded? It’s hard.

Eager to grow his beard since he was young, Sam’s beard has arrived and it’s a great one.

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Neil: today’s beard, 2017/06/01

Name: Neil.
Occupation: HGV Driver.

About Neil’s beard:

Why did I grow my beard? Mrs. likes it.

What do I think about my beard? It’s great.

How do I feel about my beard? It’s full.

How long have I been bearded? Quite some time, on and off.

How do I like being bearded? Love it.

Neil is a no-nonsense beard grower and he grows a great one.

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John: today’s beard, 2017/05/23

Name: John Cannata.
Occupation: Mason.

About John’s beard:

Why did I grow my beard? I don’t particularly enjoy shaving. I also want to look the way I am naturally supposed to look and not have to put in the effort of shaving every day just to make my face look like it did when I was a baby.

What do I think about my beard? I think it is the strongest beard I have grown.

How do I feel about my beard? I feel good about it. I started growing my current beard after I recovered from a bad accident and started training hard again. My beard and I have grown strong together.

How long have I been bearded? About ten years.

How do I like being bearded? I like it just fine. Some people have asked me if my beard gets itchy. It never gets itchy. It is never a pain, nor does it get in my way. It does not cause me to be any hotter in the summer than I normally would be.

John is an experienced, long-term beard grower who has turned his great beard up to beast mode!

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Derrick: today’s beard, 2017/04/27

Name: Derrick.
Occupation: Pharmacist.

About Derrick’s beard:

Why did I grow my beard? I grew my beard to express my manhood and my personality. My dad has always had one and I always thought facial hair was neat!

What do you think of your beard? I think my beard is manly! I think it is a part of me and is a work of art.

How do you feel about your own beard? I feel very strongly about my beard! My beard is a part of who I am. I do not feel right without it! I use it to portray myself to others as well as identify with myself. I feel growing a beard has contributed to developing many good character traits.

How long have you been bearded? My mustache came in pretty thick when I was eleven. At fourteen I had the ability to grow a decent goatee. However, I did not regularly keep facial hair until I grew my first beard in 2009.

How do you like being bearded? I love being bearded! I am dedicated to the bearded lifestyle!

Derrick’s great beard represents great beard pride and brings out the best in him!

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