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Make your beard plans for 2024.

Celebrate beards more than ever before!

Make plans now to ensure that 2024 is a great year for beards no matter what else is going on. Your beard plans should be for your own beard as well as for all other beards!

Fortify your beard enthusiasm. Your beard enthusiasm can be contagious. Be aware that this should cause more beards to be grown and appreciated everywhere you go.

Can’t grow a beard yourself, but are a beard fan? Increase your beard enthusiasm level as well. You can be a great resource for encouraging potential beard growers to make the decision to grow.

Spread the joy of beards.

Beards are a gift. Not every man is blessed with the gift of being able to grow a beard. Those who can grow a beard, should.

Beards are for everyone, whether they can grow a beard or not. Beards naturally attract visual attention. Many people appreciate and enjoy seeing the endless variety of beards in the world whether they themselves are beard growers or not. People also enjoy witnessing the transformation of family, friends, and others when they observe them growing new beards. Let the world see your true, bearded face.

As your beard is a gift, don’t take it for granted. Appreciate it. Your beard should be a source of joy to yourself and to others. Enjoy the gift of being bearded. Don’t deny anyone the pleasure of seeing the beard that is uniquely yours!

Spread the joy of beards further by encouraging others to grow their beards and appreciate their beards as the gifts that they are. And encourage these new beard growers to encourage more and more men to keep this beard chain reaction going.

Keep your beard enthusiasm level high at all times:

  • Be eager to tell others about your beard, the story behind it, and more. Many will be curious about your beard but hesitant to ask about it.
  • Always be ready to encourage potential beard growers to make the decision to grow. You could even offer to be an informal “beard coach” to help them along the way and to stick with it.
  • Don’t overlook former beard growers who have left the beard behind for whatever reason. Offer encouragement to them to return to the beard. Maybe they gave up for a reason that you could help them overcome.
  • Freely compliment other beard growers whenever you have a chance. They appreciate the positive reinforcement. This can go a long way toward strengthening their resolve to remain bearded. Giving compliments is free. Be generous!

Improve or expand your own beard experience.

Make plans to up your beard game or try something new with your beard in 2024. You’ll always benefit from the new experience. Even if a change doesn’t turn out to your liking, at least it will have been a lesson learned!

Here are some ideas for changing up your beard for the better:

  • Strengthen your beard grooming skills: Maybe try out a new beard oil or beard balm. Get a new beard trimmer or work with your barber to take your beard grooming to a new level.
  • Change your beard style: If there’s a beard style that you’ve always wanted to try but have never done it, give it a go! If you don’t like how it turns out, you can always revert to your previous beard style. Check out our beard style guide for ideas.
  • Expand your beard: Switch to a full beard if you can. Let your existing beard grow out more. Let your full beard grow out natural. Consider even going for a “yeard”, a “year beard”, which means letting your beard grow with minimal or no trimming for a full twelve months.

There are lots of ways to make 2024 a great year for beards. Try some of the ideas presented here. Or come up with your own ideas. Let me know what you do!

P.S. beard recognition:

The splendid beard used to illustrate this post is produced by our wonderful friend Nathan Maingard. The photos are from a photo shoot that we did during one of his visits to the USA. Be sure to see:

Natural Full Beard: Your Freedom To Grow

The natural full beard should be a valid beard-growing option.

There is nothing wrong with growing a natural full beard. It should be a valid beard-growing choice for any man. However, too many men are too intimidated to grow their natural full beards. There is a lot of societal pressure against the natural full beard, both real and imagined. Plenty of men self-censor and don’t even consider allowing themselves to grow a natural full beard. But it’s worse than that. Far too many are reluctant to even grow a minimal beard, fearing that growing beyond a minimal beard would be “too much”. Some won’t even grow beyond a stubble-length beard.

Natural full beards are seldom seen these days because the bias against them is pretty strong. And because the natural full beard is so uncommon, it attracts a lot of attention. Much of that attention consists of outdated negative stereotyped comments. Just the fear of these negative stereotypes is enough to scare men into avoiding the thought of growing a natural full beard as well as limiting the amount of beard growth they allow themselves.

What is a natural full beard and why is it important for more men to grow one?

The natural full beard is simply a full beard with the cheek lines and neck lines left naturally defined. Some may not prefer this look and that is fine. But those who like the look should be free to grow their beards this way. When more men grow natural full beards, they are not seen so much as rarities and gain more public acceptance. If natural full beards are more accepted, acceptance of all other beard styles improves. All men should feel free to grow the style of beard that they desire.

Much of the time, natural full beards are reflexively and automatically dismissed as “too much”. But they are only “too much” because people are not used to seeing them. Many people immediately want to reject them. Similarly, people are quick to instantly proclaim that certain beards are “too long”. Really? How is the standard determined for a beard being too long? Is an eighth of an inch too long? How about a quarter of an inch? Two inches? Three? Of course, the definition of what an acceptable beard length should be is simply arbitrary and subjective. Beard length should be determined by the grower’s preference.

Judgments on beard cheek lines and neck lines are similarly based on arbitrary and subjective whims, reinforced by negative stereotypes. Who decides when a cheek line is too high and a neck line is too low? It’s not a question of neatness or good grooming because natural cheek and neck lines can be cleanly and neatly maintained, just like the rest of the beard.

Don’t be shy about growing your natural full beard.

As long as natural full beard growers are rarely seen, these uncommon brave growers are targets for undeserved negative comments and negative stereotypical remarks. Increasing the number of natural full beards in the world will help improve the acceptance of natural full beards as well as all other types of beards. Consider growing your natural full beard!

Tips on natural full beard design.

Natural full beards are easy to maintain. However, a strictly natural full beard may not produce entirely desired results at first and may need some slight adjustments to achieve your best look. In no time you’ll having your natural full beard looking its best with a minimum of extra effort. See the following examples.

Join the natural beard cause and contribute to beard freedom for all!

Now step up and grow your full natural beard. It’s easy. Don’t wait any longer to grow your beard all natural and show it off to its fullest advantage. Happy natural beard growing!

Happy 2024! More beard-growing, please!

Strengthen your beard game in 2024! The start of this new year represents unlimited possibilities to boost beard growing worldwide. Together, let’s take the prevalence of beards to new levels.

Let’s get a lot more beard-growing going on: yours and that of others. Keep reading for recommendations on how we can help grow the number of beards to new highs along with the worldwide acceptance and appreciation of beards.

Grow more BEARD

Think about ways to expand your beard-growing game. Then do it and stay with it. Don’t be held back by timidity. Be strong and self-assured. Then grow! Growing more of your own beard shows others that they, too, should have the freedom to grow their beards as they see fit. This is important! It also strengthens the acceptance and appreciation of a wider variety of beard sizes and length — also important!

Here are some suggestions for your facial hair expansion possibilities. If you have a:

  • stubble beard
    Let it grow out more! Give your beard some volume.
  • mustache only
    Add on a goatee or full beard.
  • goatee with or without mustache
    Expand to a full beard. Be sure to add on the mustache if you don’t already have one.
  • full beard with the cheek line cut low
    Raise that cheek line! Let your full beard occupy more facial real estate.
  • short or moderate-length full beard
    Grow it out longer. Add some length. Raise the volume. Make your beard robust. Don’t be shy. Be brave and grow!
  • long beard
    Congratulations on giving it your all! If you can still grow more, however, please do.
  • seasonal beard
    Make that a permanent, year-round beard.

Have fun and experiment with growing more beard than you already have grown.

Grow more BEARDS

You can help grow more beards than just your own. Without even knowing it your beard may have already inspired others to grow their beards. With your active encouragement, who knows how many others you could convince to grow their beards? Then, they could go on to encourage others to grow as well.

Be a beard advocate. In conversation with potential beard growers, talk about how much you enjoy having a beard and what a great experience it is to have a beard. Encourage them to give their beards a grow. Don’t give up on them, either. If they don’t get on board and grow, bring it up in a friendly manner now and again. Eventually they may decide to grow.

If you’re unable to grow a beard yourself and are a beard fan, you can be a valuable beard advocate, too. You can tell potential beard growers that you think a beard would suit them and encourage them to grow.

Who should you encourage to grow their beards? For starters, include fathers, sons, brothers, uncles, and other relatives. Also encourage friends, acquaintances, and even men you meet on the street or in stores, restaurants, etc. In other words, encourage any potential beard grower you see whenever the circumstances are appropriate. Don’t be shy!

If you know someone who previously was bearded but abandoned the beard for some reason, ask him about it. Encourage him to give it another grow and to consider keeping it this time.

When someone you’ve encouraged follows through and grows his beard, be sure to give some praise and additional encouragement. And encourage him to become a beard advocate, too.

Spread the JOY of BEARDS

Join us in spreading the joy of beards! The beard is a great gift that can bring great joy. The beard can bring joy not only to the beard grower, but also to others. Just the sight of a great beard can capture one’s attention and bring them joy as they admire the unique beauty and unlimited variety of beards.

Growing the beard that pleases you helps to spread that joy. Again, don’t be shy. Be self-assured and grow the beard that you want the way that you want it. Don’t limit your beard based on fear of the disapproval of others. Grow your beard and enjoy.

Encouraging others to grow their beards can move them to experience the joy of being bearded. And just the sight of their beard can bring visual joy to all observers.

Have a great beard year 2024!

Happy New Beard Year 2024! All About BEARDS celebrates its twenty-eighth anniversary this month. Help us celebrate by upping your beard-growing game and by inspiring and encouraging others to grow their beards. And don’t forget our handy-dandy, tried-and-true guide on how to grow a beard!

I wish you all the best for 2024. Happy beard growing always!

November is over: Keep your beard-growing going!

Attention, all new beard growers! If you’ve been growing your new beard throughout No-Shave November, don’t even THINK about shaving as we leave November behind! There’s no reason to shave now. Keep cultivating your new beard.

Stay on track! Keep rolling. Keep your beard-growing going. You’ve made a great start on your new beard. Don’t throw it all away. Enhance it. Let it keep growing and filling out more and more. Observe how your beard develops and alters your appearance as it gains more length and bulk.

Top reasons for not shaving your new No-Shave November beard growth

  • You’ve already achieved a month’s worth of beard-growing progress.
    If you were to shave now, you’d lose all of this. You would be all the way back at the starting point if you were to realize that shaving your new beard was a mistake.
  • People are already getting used to viewing you as a bearded man.
    Show them that you truly are a bearded man, that you intend to stay that way. Let your beard stay and flourish.
  • November’s growth is a great start. But let your beard keep growing to show you its full potential.
    Give your beard a fighting chance! Let it keep growing out enough to see how your beard looks with some robust growth. You can’t be sure how it will turn out without giving it more time. The results may pleasantly surprise you!
  • Don’t allow moments of doubt and insecurity to send you rushing for the razor.
    Stay strong and confident. Don’t be shy and insecure about your new beard. Don’t let others talk you into getting rid of it. It’s your beard. It’s your asset. Make the most of it.
  • Having a new beard is a great experience and a great feeling.
    Don’t cut it short! Enjoy.

Give your new beard plenty of time

Limiting your beard’s existence to no more than the month of November does not give you enough time to get to know what the full beard experience is like. Try setting a goal of keeping your beard for a number of months. Maybe set your goal for three months at a minimum. Even better set it for at least six months.

Whatever your goal may be, commit to it. Once you’ve done that, it’s easier to resist any doubts that could lead to premature beard removal. Just remember your goal and don’t shave.

Keep your beard-growing going! Discover the joy of growing your beard.

Don’t Be a Shaver! It’s Grow-Your-Beard November 2023!

Can you grow a beard? Don’t shave!

Grow-Your-Beard November 2023. Beard image 2: Vicente.
If you have the ability to grow a beard, don’t waste it! Stop shaving and let it grow! Now’s the time. It’s Grow-Your-Beard November, aka No-Shave November. Beard: Vicente. Click on image to view larger.

Are you physically capable of growing a beard? Are you shaving it rather than growing it? Why shave it off when you can let it grow? You owe it to yourself to experience the beard-growing journey. See how it changes your appearance and the way you see yourself. And show the world what you can grow. Don’t wait any longer. Go for it. Give it a go and let your beard grow. Now is a great time to start. It’s Grow-Your-Beard November!

No-Shave November

Grow-Your-Beard November is more commonly known as No-Shave November. Here at All About BEARDS, I’m referring to it today as Grow-Your-Beard November to put more emphasis on encouraging first-time beard growers to step up and truly grow their beards. It’s more than just not shaving.

While I’m putting more focus on convincing would-be beard growers to really grow, I still want to spread the word about the importance of No-Shave November. Men are encouraged to stop shaving for the month of November to raise awareness and support for addressing men’s health issues, especially prostate cancer and suicide prevention. For all the details, see our guide to No-Shave November.

Grow-Your-Beard November 2023. Beard image 3: Vicente.
Vicente has grown a great beard. Now see what you can grow.
Click on image to view larger.

Start your beard-growing adventure today!

Don’t wait. Don’t hesitate. And for sure, don’t shave! Start growing that beard while raising awareness and supporting men’s health issues. There’s no better time to start growing a first beard, or growing a new one if you’ve grown a beard before and shaved it off for whatever reason.

How do you get started on growing a new beard? Just visit our tried-and-true guide on how to grow a beard.

Have an enjoyable and enlightening beard-growing experience!

Happy New Year 2022 to you, your beard, and your family and friends!

Is optimism for each new year overrated? It can get discouraging to start out each year with high hopes and enthusiasm only to end those years in disappointment. Our optimism for all the great possibilities of a new year can get steamrolled by heavy doses of real life as the year goes along. It’s not surprising that the abundant optimism present on the first of January wanes as we proceed through the year.

Yet, at the start of each new year we are accustomed to being full of optimism, even if the previous year or two or even more fell far short of what we had hoped. But that doesn’t mean that we may as well give up or lose hope.

Chris, Happy New Year beard 2022, image 002
‘Tis the season to wish you, your beard, and your friends and family a Happy New Year 2022!

Every day of the year is an opportunity to improve, to step up and do better. Don’t abandon your optimism. Hold on to it. Keep it in mind as you start each day. Make it a habit to do something positive every day. That includes doing something for others. Even small positive things performed regularly throughout the year can produce big changes for the better.

And everything’s better if you’re growing a beard that makes you happy, a beard that makes you feel good about yourself. That’s something to appreciate every day of the year.

Yes, 2020 and 2021 were tough and disappointing for too many people all over the world. But don’t lose hope. Believe in a brighter future. Doing something positive every day moves you along the path to a better future.

And grow your beard! Happy New Year 2022!

How has your beard-growing been going?

Did you start growing a new beard for No-Shave November? Today’s the last day of November. Now what are you going to do? Will you be all set to shave off your new beard growth at the stroke of midnight at the end of November 30th? There are men who do that. Don’t be one of them!

How has your beard-growing been going? Beard: John.
Don’t pick up that razor just because No-Shave November comes to an end. Keep your beard-growing going!

Whether it’s at the end of No-Shave November or any other time of year when you’ve freshly produced three or four weeks of new beard growth, it’s a great time to contemplate what you’ve achieved.

Look back on what your new beard-growing experience has been like. Recall the times when you may have doubted your beard-growing commitment and almost ran for the razor, but didn’t. Consider the change in your appearance and how you feel about it. Think about how differently you see yourself now. And think about how differently others now see you. Think about the comments, compliments, and criticisms your new beard provoked and how you dealt with them. Think about the whole experience and how you’ve changed.

You’ve been through a lot in a short time, you and your beard. Why even think of stopping now? Keep your beard-growing going and the best is yet to come. Make a commitment to stay with your beard.

At three or four weeks, some will have beards that already look well established. Others will need more time for their beards to fill in better. Whatever the case, keeping the growing going will help you realize the full potential of your beard.

How has your beard-growing been going? Beard: John, image 3.
You can’t beat the feeling of having a great beard! Keep your beard growing! You’ll be glad that you did.

Now is the time to press onward and continue your new beard growth. If you give up now after three or four weeks of growing, all your beard progress will be wiped out. It will take you another three or four weeks just to get back to where you are now if you were to decide to start a new beard again. Take advantage of what you’ve already achieved to grow your beard to new levels. Don’t deny yourself this opportunity.

Keep your beard-growing going!

Get your beard-growing going: No-Shave November 2021

Make 2021’s No-Shave November a No-Shave November to remember.

2020 and 2021 have been rough, or worse, for nearly everyone. They haven’t been full of the best times and happiest memories. Maybe we’d like to just forget about these two years altogether.

When times are bad we just have to do our best and make the most of it.

So why not use the opportunity of No-Shave November to get your beard-growing going and grow your beard? This especially applies to you guys who have never grown your beards before. Wait no more. Make your move and start growing.

Take a stand and get your beard-growing going: No-shave November 2021.
Take a stand and get your beard-growing going. Make No-shave November 2021 the one to remember. Now’s your time to be the man you were meant to be: a bearded man! Click on image to view larger.

Even if the rest of 2021 so far hasn’t been the greatest, you can finish it off with a beard-growing adventure starting right now in November and continuing through December and beyond.

At the very least, you can still experience the joy of growing a new beard in 2021. And that will definitely be something to remember…and to keep and cherish for years to come! Come on now, let’s grow!

Happy New Beard Year 2021

One year ago today I was full of optimism for the new year and new decade. Before long, however, nothing turned out how I expected for 2020. I am not alone in experiencing the year that way.

Sometimes I wonder if I should not express optimism at the start of a new year. Too many times, years that started out brimming with optimism and new hope seemingly turned out all wrong. Sometimes I have to remind myself that it’s important to hold on to optimism no matter what. That’s what keeps us moving onward toward better days.

Look with favor upon a bold beginning.

Virgil

This quote from Virgil came to mind when I sat down to write this post. Every day can be a bold new beginning. New Year’s Day is always a good time for a new bold beginning. While the first day of 2021 may not be a complete reset from the final days of 2020, we can choose to approach it as a bold new beginning.

Look with favor upon a bold beginning: Chris and his beard

For 2021, let’s boldly grow our beards and encourage others to join us. Growing a new beard is a wonderful bold beginning. Don’t hold back. Grow your beard.

Throughout 2021, let’s always strive to do our best. Be kind to each other. Be helpful to one another. Go forward with a heart full of compassion, optimism, hope, and courage.

Today and every day I will “look with favor upon a bold beginning”. I urge you to do the same. Now I wish all beard-growers, beard fans, and their families, friends, and colleagues a happy and prosperous 2021!

Grow your beard! It’s No-Shave November 2019.

Welcome, new beard growers! Don’t be shy. If you’ve never grown your beard, now is the time to boldly grow where you’ve never grown before.

Although, any time is a good time to start growing out your beard, there’s no better time to start than during No-Shave November. There is strength in numbers. You won’t be alone in your beard-growing effort. And if your beard-growing confidence gets a little shaky when confronted with objections or criticisms by others, you can justify your new beard growth by pointing out that it’s No-Shave November.

You can grow your new beard with confidence and success by following our proven guide on how to grow a beard. So don’t delay. Start growing out your beard today!

Chris shows off his new beard growth as an example for No-Shave November.
Grow your beard for No-Shave November…and beyond!

And when November ends, don’t stop there. Keep growing! We hope that once you go beard, you’ll never go back.

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