Thoughts On Growing a Beard
You’ll see it all over the Internet these days. A beard is the sign of a real manly man! You’re not a real man unless you’ve got a beard! Chicks dig beards! How can you possibly hope to get a girlfriend without a thick, luscious beard?
While I’m glad that the beard is getting large amounts of appreciation, we might need to turn it down a notch. A beard isn’t right for everyone! It’s not really a sign of being any more a man than anyone else (not that that should really worry you!).
If you’re thinking about growing a beard, then you have a lot to consider. After all, a beard might not end up being right for you. Consider these things before undergoing the epic quest to grow a beard!
Potential skin benefits
There are a lot of people out there who have some kind of facial skin problem. It could be anything from frequent rashes to acne issues. It could be as simple as using the wrong razor.
The blade might be too dull, or you might shaving too close. There are ways to alleviate these pains. But the harsh reality is that this could be the result of shaving!
Some people simply don’t have the right skin for dragging a razor across. Giving your skin a break by maintaining a small beard could do wonders for you!
Persistence and patience
Of course, growing a beard can also come with its own irritations and pains. There’s the issue of time. For some people, growing a beard can take a very long time. And when the first hairs start to make your skin itchy, the temptation to give up and shave it off arises.
So growing a beard takes persistence and patience. Do you have those qualities? Remember that with proper beard maintenance, the process can be quicker and much more comfortable.
What would your partner think?
How much this matters to you will depend on your own personal philosophy, really. But what if your partner hates beards? You told them that you were going to grow a beard and they almost flipped a table and stormed from the room. In that case, a beard might not be the best thing for you to pursue.
Then again, you could probably convince them to let you give it a go. They might come to like it when they actually see you with the beard! (Or, at least, they might hate it less than they thought they would.)
What would your parents think?
Of course your parents don’t want you to have a beard. Parents just don’t understand. Feel free to ignore your parents’ complaints.
What do you think?
Ultimately, it’s your body. Whether or not you grow a beard should rely on how you feel about it. If you think you’d look pretty good with a beard, you should give it a go. You could always use photo trickery if you want to see what you’d look like with a beard.
But, ultimately, the only way you’re going to know for sure is by giving it a go!