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Gentlemen, start your beards: It’s Not Too Late for No-Shave November 2020

What if you are still shaving this late into No-Shave November? All right then: Gentlemen, start your beards.

It’s not too late! You can still start growing. Sure, any time is a good time to start growing your beard. But No-Shave November is a great time to start a new beard. If you are a hesitant potential beard grower, No-Shave November gives you some cover along with justification and support for growing a new beard.

Even this late into No-Shave November you can still explain that you’re growing your beard to support the cause of men’s health, especially the fight against prostate cancer and suicide. To learn more about No-Shave November’s focus on men’s health issues, see No-Shave November: More Than An Opportunity To Grow Your Beard.

First-time beard growers during No-Shave November benefit from the strength in numbers provided by all the other new beard growers. New beard growers see that they are not alone in their beard-growing adventure. You feel less isolated when you see others growing new beards at the same time. You feel the strength that comes from growing as part of a group. This boosts new beard growers’ confidence and helps you stay the course.

John, full beard
Don’t wait. Don’t hesitate. Grow your beard.

All you new beard growers can become permanent beard growers. And you should! You will add to the ranks of established beard growers, increasing our strength in numbers. The more bearded men there are, the more common beards are. As beards become more common, people become more accustomed to seeing beards and being around them. With the increasing familiarity of beards, beards naturally become more accepted. As acceptance of beards grows, more men feel empowered to grow their beards. Remember, strength in numbers. Join us.

You don’t need No-Shave November as an excuse for starting to grow your beard. You should start growing your beard whenever you like. However, if you could use a boost of courage to get growing, No-Shave November is one of the best times to start a new beard. Go to our expert guide to growing your beard and start growing today! Then, be sure to keep growing through December and into the next year. Consider becoming a permanent beard grower. That would be GREAT.

The most important thing to do after shaving off your beard

Maybe you had to do it for a new job. Maybe you were obligated to do it for some other reason. Maybe you did it in a moment of weakness and self-doubt. Maybe you did it on a whim. Maybe you did it in a fit of temporary insanity. But if you’ve just shaved off your beard, what’s the most important thing to do next? Start growing it back, of course!

Brock grew his first beard for a charity effort in the fight against prostate cancer. Quite a magnificent and splendiferous beard it was. After a year’s time, however, suddenly Brock’s big beard was gone, wiped out by a shave.

Here Brock answers some questions about his beard-shave-off experience.

Was it hard to shave off such a big beard?
I had to fight many other bearded members to stop me from doing it. After doing so, I felt I’d done a great injustice.

How long did it take to decide to grow it back?
A few months.

Why did I decide to grow it back?
Just wanted a free pillow when I got sleep.

While Brock went without the beard for a few months after the shave, don’t wait that long if at all possible. Start growing again as soon as you can!

In the gallery below, we see Brock shortly after the big shave. The next photo was at about three months of growth for the new beard. The rest of the photos are at about five months of new growth. Click on any image below to see a larger version.

See more about Brock here: Brock: today’s beard, 2016/12/30.

Sharp dressed beard: Archie Bradley

All About BEARDS salutes Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley for clearly demonstrating that a robust full beard can be part of a completely professional appearance. On February 3rd, 2017, Bradley served as the keynote speaker for the annual Oral Roberts University Baseball Diamond Dinner. The image he presented showed that a full beard looks great with a suit and tie. Bradley was not sporting a timid attempt at growing a beard, either. He has grown a full-on power beard that commands respect.

Thanks to Scott Pfeil on Twitter, Mr. Bradley shares a brief history of his beard:

Apparently, he has pretty much let his beard all grow out naturally, without butchering his beard’s cheek line or neck line. It’s turned out to be quite an impressive sight. Mr. Bradley’s done such a great job of growing his beard that I could say he’s achieved the beard-growing equivalent of pitching a no-hitter!

For more, check out this news report:
Archie Bradley Talks Giving Back At ORU Diamond Dinner

As you can see, Archie Bradley helps kids in the community and serves as a great role model for them, PLUS he sets a great example that proves that a power beard can be an asset to a well-dressed man’s professional appearance. Way to go, Archie!

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Happy New Beard Year 2016!

Chris is growing his beard!
Chris is growing his beard. You should grow yours.

All about beards | beards.org wishes all beard growers and beard fans a very happy new beard year 2016!  May our beards grow in strength and numbers all around the world.

If you’re capable of growing a beard and have not done it, the beginning of a new year is a great time to start growing a new beard.  Why not visit beards.org guide to growing a beard and start growing your beard today?

And don’t forget to encourage other men to grow their beards.  If you know any men who have not grown their beards, but should, please encourage them to grow, too!

No-shave November 2015: Welcome, new beard growers!

Welcome, new beard growers!
Welcome, new beard growers!

No-shave November is a perfect opportunity to make the transition from a shaved face to a bearded one.  And at the end of November, why throw away all your new growth?  Why not stay with the beard and let it continue to flourish and grow into a permanent beard you can wear with pride?

So don’t wait!  Don’t shave!  The best place to get your new beard started is with our beards.org guide to growing a beard.  Follow the guidance there to achieve your best beard success.  You’ll be glad you did!

don’t be afraid of heights

I hear from far too many beard growers, especially new beard growers, that they are afraid of the cheek line of their full beards being too high.  So they butcher their beards into unflattering shapes in their misguided attempts to make their beards look more “acceptable”.  Some use the excuse that their beards grow all the way up to their eyes and that they will look like the much-feared “wolf man” should they leave the cheek line natural.  They say that even when there are actually inches (or even more centimeters) between the natural upper cheek line of the beard and their eyes.  The beard-growing-all-the-way-up-to-the-eyes fear is almost always an exaggeration and a misperception, likely based on shaky self-confidence with respect to the new full beard.  In uncommon cases, the beard nearly does grow all the way up to the eyes.  In such a case, the cheek line could be lowered without butchering the beard by not going  too low.  The main point here is not to jump to the conclusion that your beard nearly grows nearly all the way up to your eyes when the reality is that it does not.

Another common rationalization for butchering the beard’s cheek line is that it somehow makes the beard less objectionable to potential naysayers.  Don’t fall into that trap.  You’re growing a beard.  Embrace that fact.  People are going to see it.  You are already stepping out from the norm by growing the beard.  Why not grow your beard to its full potential, which is usually its best look?  That’s a lot better than butchering it down to some unattractive and amateurish shape.  Again, you’re growing a beard.  Do it right!  Don’t ruin the shape of it just because you fear that leaving the cheek line natural is just going too far.  It almost never is.

Another common fear is that the natural cheek line does not look “professional”.  The “professional look” is subject to interpretation.  In general, however, it would likely mean maintaining a neat and tidy appearance by following good grooming habits and practicing good hygiene.  A natural cheek line does not contradict good grooming and hygiene.  There are countless full-bearded professionals who maintain natural cheek lines, yet project a completely professional appearance.  Just keep your beard well-groomed along with everything else.

What if you’ve given the natural cheek line a truly fair chance and you just can’t stick with it?  You feel that you really must give the cheek line some sort of “clean-up” or definition.  Well, if you are convinced that you must, then just take off the minimum amount to smooth out the cheek line and give it a more defined look.  This keeps your beard the closest to its natural shape while giving the cheek line a more precision look.  In other words, you’ve created the best-defined cheek line possible without needlessly butchering the beard.

Fear of the cheek line breeds fear.  Don’t spread it further.  Butchered beards set bad examples.  Great beards inspire.

Don’t be afraid of heights!  Let your full beard’s cheek line go natural with confidence and pride.  And if that’s just not for you, at least define your cheek line by taking the least amount possible away from the natural.