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I'm bored (speaking of which, where has @bored@work gone)

There's a raging debate going on at work about whether i should grow a beard or not in the build up to busso this year, the fellas here reckon i should not only grow one now but race with it also (be a bit like forest gump), I think Busso is 17 weeks out and I currently have about a weeks growth going, gives me plenty of time to get some luscious beard growth.

I've never grown one for more than about 2 weeks.  Mrs wont be impressed :) but the fellas reckon she will ultimately fall in love with it.

I'm not the type to manicure it though, i'd just let it grow wild, and i suspect it will be ginger

Any downside to having a beard?

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Pros far outweigh the cons

The Pros and Cons of Having a Beard

 Domen Hrovatin  January 21, 2016  Facial Hair  2 Comments

pros and cons of beardsIt’s that time of the year guys – Januhairy – which means you should let those beards run wild. Every year, millions of men forgo cutting their facial hair to support men’s health, in a movement known as Movember.

The beard has always been the staple of masculinity, but not everyone knows the greatness that is the beard. Growing a beard can be an interesting time for a man. Not sure if you want to grow yours out?  Here are some pros and cons of beards:

PRO: IT CAN HELP KEEP YOU WARM

It can provide you warmth in the winter months. With winter well on its way, the temperatures are going to start dropping. What’s better than a little extra facial hair to protect your face from the harsh winter weather?

PRO: IT CAN UP YOUR ATTRACTIVE POINTS

Women find men with facial hair extremely attractive. A man with a beard is the epitome of manliness, and that’s sexy to women. It can also help make a man’s face more handsome and interesting. Use your beard as a fashion statement and find what styles work best to bring out your attractiveness.

PRO: BEARDS MAKE YOU LOOK OLDER

Walk into a bar with a clean-shaven face at 25, and you might find the bartender asking for an ID. Walk into the same bar with a full grown beard, you might find they don’t even bother and call you sir as they hand you your drink.

This happens because, while your clean shaven face makes you look like a prepubescent boy, the beard gives the image of a distinguished man. Unfortunately, it can only make you look older and distinguished, getting there is up to you, but the beard helps.

PRO: YOU WON’T HAVE TO SHAVE EVERY DAY

Shaving on a regular basis can be time-consuming. The time you save will add up over time, by just forgoing the shaving. Imagine the things you can do with this extra time. You can finally get those biceps you always want, or you can just spend it in bed. The choice is yours; we won’t judge.

PRO: GROW IT LONG ENOUGH; IT CAN DOUBLE AS A TOUPEE

Have you noticed your hair thinning on top? No problem, grow a long enough beard, and you can sweep it up and over. Or you can just grow an awesome beard and shave the top of your head. Who needs hair when you have a magical beard for everyone to be in awe over?

PRO: IT GIVES YOUR FACE CHARACTER

Don’t like how you look? Don’t think your face has a good shape? Don’t like your chin? Well growing a beard can help with this. There are a number of different beard styles that can help enunciate your shape for the better, and make you look more attractive. A beard is like makeup for women; it’s helpful in hiding characteristics you personally don’t like and bring out the ones you do like.

PRO: IT HAS HEALTH BENEFITS

There have been scientific studies done on the health benefit of having a beard. As discussed in this article, it has been found that a beard can block up to 95% of UV rays. This can reduce the risk of developing skin cancer. It can also help men who suffer from asthma. A beard will help trap dust and pollen, preventing it from entering your respiratory system.

CON: STARTING A BEARD CAN LEAD TO SKIN IRRITATION

At the start of growing your beard, you might find it can be annoyingly itchy. This is from the irritation of the hair starting to poke out of the skin. It might also be irritating for others that may come into contact with your beard.

The solution is to let it grow out longer. As the hairs grow longer, both feelings will change. The skin irritation easies up as most of the hairs have found their way out of the skin and the longer hairs won’t be as coarse and prickly.

If you still find the beard itchy after it has grown out, there are a number of things you can do. Keeping it hydrated is important, and there are some products on the market that can help with this. These include beard oils, special shampoos, and conditioners.

CON: BEARDS CAN BE GROSS

This isn’t necessarily true and depends on how well it is taken care of. Just like the hair on your head, it needs to be washed and conditioned a few times a week.

Take care of your beard, like it’s your child and you will be fine. Get rid of anyone in your life that thinks beards are gross. You don’t need that kind of judgment in your life.

CON: MY GIRLFRIEND DOESN’T FIND IT ATTRACTIVE

Simple solution; get a new girlfriend. If you are asked to make a choice between your beard and your relationship, always choose the beard.

The beard isn’t asking you to get rid of your girlfriend. Why should you have to choose one or the other? There are plenty of women out there that will take your majestic beard for what it is. Besides, do you really want to be dating someone who isn’t accepting of who you are deep inside, a bearded man?

CONCLUSION

Well, there you have it, the pros and cons of beards. You might notice that the pros far exceed the cons. This is because there really isn’t any real con to having a beard if you take care of it properly.

Seriously, beards are majestic and awesome. You can never go wrong with growing a beard. Not only can it keep you warm, but it has the power to make you more attractive. It’s the epitome of manliness.

Not only that, but there are scientifically proven, health benefits from having one. Men with beards are more interesting and attractive. Don’t be afraid to grow one, and ditch anyone who would judge you for it.

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10 minutes ago, KieranR said:

I'm bored (speaking of which, where has @bored@work gone)

There's a raging debate going on at work about whether i should grow a beard or not in the build up to busso this year, the fellas here reckon i should not only grow one now but race with it also (be a bit like forest gump), I think Busso is 17 weeks out and I currently have about a weeks growth going, gives me plenty of time to get some luscious beard growth.

I've never grown one for more than about 2 weeks.  Mrs wont be impressed :) but the fellas reckon she will ultimately fall in love with it.

I'm not the type to manicure it though, i'd just let it grow wild, and i suspect it will be ginger

Any downside to having a beard?

Bored@ and peter left as they were getting told off by APs supporters for constantly picking on him aka pointing out that he might be wrong on occasion..

 

Beard will slow you down in swim (if that happens) and bike and be hot on run. 

 It might make the flies less likely to be part of your nutrition plan though..

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do what the mrs wants. will make the training recovery easier and gain you points that you will no doubt use up

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" a man who is focused on racing should not worry about facial hair"

AP

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Beard now. Think of the extra 5 minutes a day you can train. That's 35 minutes every week.

Shave it off race eve for the smooth streamlined feel on race day.

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Why the hell would you not???

 

 

Disclaimer - have had a beard of varying lengths and styles for the better part of the last decade.

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Hate shaving, hate beards.........  Think I've been somewhere between shaven and a 5 day for 30+ years...

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1 hour ago, Ex-Hasbeen said:

Beard now. Think of the extra 5 minutes a day you can train. That's 35 minutes every week.

Shave it off race eve for the smooth streamlined feel on race day.

I like this

It's kinda like footy pre season, all the guys come back in round 1 with big beards, beacsue they have just been focused on training, no time to shave.

I haven't actually razor shaved in about 15 years, except on my legs haha

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Im hoping you dont start a thread on 'bikini line - yes or no'  

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1 hour ago, Surfer said:

Im hoping you dont start a thread on 'bikini line - yes or no'  

He's racing in budgies so hopefully a yes!!

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1 hour ago, Surfer said:

Im hoping you dont start a thread on 'bikini line - yes or no'  

Let's go a whole manscaping thread!!!

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17 minutes ago, beginnergirl said:

.. are u shaving ur legs for Busso?? 

I've graduated to waxing, they will be waxed

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2 hours ago, pieman said:

He's racing in budgies so hopefully a yes!!

Yeah thats why I hope hes already made that decision 😉😉

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Beards are a good way for someone without hair to compensate.  

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39 minutes ago, Merv said:

Beards are a good way for someone without hair to compensate.  

I resemble that remark...........

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I  foolishly smoked when I was a teenager.  One night at the bar after playing rugby I set myself alight.  Never grew one again.

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On 31/07/2018 at 2:35 PM, KieranR said:

... she will ultimately fall in love with it...

She won't.

 

On 31/07/2018 at 2:35 PM, KieranR said:

Any downside to having a beard?

See above.

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Really dont get having a beard if it pisses off your partner.

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Wife's disapproval didn't stop me from having long hair..... which is coming back!

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I'm married!  Like you need to ask that question......

 

Though, in all honesty, doesn't have to kiss my hair..... But if I had a beard (which she has even more).....

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The main reason I've been sporting a beard for the last couple years is that I'm too lazy to go to the doctors to get a lump cut off to the side of my chin. Shaving tends to scrape the top off causing bleeding. The beard is easier than the scalpel.

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8 hours ago, KieranR said:

You should go to the doctor EX, lumps are not normal.

Had it looked at a few years ago. Just a pink mole. And I get a once-over every couple years at a skin clinic & they're happy with it.

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One less thing to worry about in the morning... Just run the trimmer over it every month or so!

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