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24 October 2008

Beard? or no beard slight beard?[More:]
I was getting bored with my face and I wanted a change. So I trimmed my beard as far down as it could go. I hate shaving my face completely, I kinda look like a creep if I do that.
Which looks better?

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Pick a side!

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Slight beard (and an unflattering photo from 1AM and a perplexed face because my camera wasn't taking the photo when I wanted it to and it caught me by surprise).

Actually the beard/stubble/whatever is a lot lighter than that last photo makes it out to be. So keep that in mind. Pretend its lighter/shorter than that photo. Because I don't want to get up and take another.
posted by CitrusFreak12 24 October | 00:30
Oh duh, here, I have better photos from the first Half Beard Photo Shoot pic.

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NO BEARD, WELL SORTA (click for embiggening)

Ha, you can see the beard still from that side.
posted by CitrusFreak12 24 October | 00:35
That top pic sent my balance all wonky.

Maybe time to experiment with a different shape?
posted by gomichild 24 October | 00:37
Slight beard and then go for the full one when you are older. Worked for BP and I.
posted by arse_hat 24 October | 00:39
Slight beard... scruffy is always good.

And you're pretty damn fine lookin' too. I'ma just sayin' cos I've been drinking the vino... ;)
posted by jonathanstrange 24 October | 00:41
Honestly? I like 'em both.

No help. Sorry!
posted by mudpuppie 24 October | 00:48
The fuller beard totally works for me. rawr
posted by WolfDaddy 24 October | 00:52
Oh wow! I always thought you were female, dunno why, so i freaked out when i saw the topic!!
posted by ramix 24 October | 01:28
ramix, SHE IS a female. Way to rub salt in the wound!
posted by arse_hat 24 October | 01:38


Um, I favor beards for SURE, but you look pretty great either way. Off the cuff, I will remark that your beard makes you look older, like, 24/32 in fact, and I just polled my bearded boyfriend who agreed, but that isn't anything that surprising, I imagine.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur 24 October | 02:38
Are you gonna be House for Halloween? Do.
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur 24 October | 02:39
Wow, both look great. This is hard.
posted by mdonley 24 October | 04:47
Don't listen to the doubters. It has to be full beard.
posted by seanyboy 24 October | 05:01
posted by plinth 24 October | 05:47
Totally not a full beard. Love the stubble look. You cutie, you.
posted by Specklet 24 October | 05:52
No beard at all!....I'm turned off by facial hair; your SO's tastes may vary.
posted by brujita 24 October | 06:34
Which one involves less time and energy, maintenance-wise?
posted by box 24 October | 06:36
Fuller beard. This from a gal who doesn't like facial hair all that much. And yea, without it you'd look really young, which at this stage is not what you're going for. Many years down the road when the grey starts to come in, you may decide differently but for now? Beard.

Dude, rock it. You've got a great beard AND you're a college student. This is a somewhat rare combo. Most guys have to be in their 30s before their beard really fills in to the point that it looks that great.

Low maintenance (while still keeping it from going too jungle / Grizzly Adams, which it seems you do) is my tip. Save the highly-groomed look for when/if you wind up in the corporate world.
posted by lonefrontranger 24 October | 06:51
Yes, you have cuteness going on for sure. I like beards. But with you I'm leaning towards the scruff.
posted by Stewriffic 24 October | 07:20
I might disagree about the not-wanting-to-look-young part. Enjoy it while you can.
posted by box 24 October | 07:21
I too am not usually a fan of facial hair, but your full beard looks really good. Either works, though.
posted by gaspode 24 October | 07:22
enh, box, I know when I was 20 I wore no-scrip glasses because I worked in an office and without 'em I looked twelve and people treated me like it.
posted by lonefrontranger 24 October | 07:32
I can definitely see your point, lfr, but looking young, like Shamrock Shakes, is only available for a limited time while supplies last.
posted by box 24 October | 07:37
Dude, I totally cannot decide either. The instant Ambrosia Voyeur mentioned House, I'm all "OOH, SCRUFFY! BE LIKE HUGH LAURIE!" but then I also remembered my friend Allan who lives in Buffalo, whom I think is cute, and has a full beard like yours, and then I totally became conflicted.

Either way, I think you're a cute bun.
posted by TrishaLynn 24 October | 07:43
Go for the best overall life style choice.
Does it hurt to shave or not shave? Is it better for your skin to removed that dead layer with a razor? Is it warmer with it or without and balaclava or scarf?
i say keep your options open so you can both scruff and shave unless you treasure the regular grooming experience of maintenance.
i'm thinking it doesn't help you pass for legal, you'll get carded no matter what, so unless there's some advantage to looking older right now, why bother.

i kinda want to exfoliate with a razor right now.
posted by ethylene 24 October | 07:58
Slight beard wins by a hair.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 24 October | 09:10
Slight beard, I like the stubbly look. However, I don't know how much kissin' you got goin' on up in there - kissing a stubbly beard is kinda prickly and stuff.
posted by msali 24 October | 09:38
Hahahaha this thread is great, and the indecisiveness makes me laugh.

The results so far:

Msali (BUT: kissing = scratchy)

Ambrosia Voyeur (maybe also scruff?)
ThePinkSuperhero (with a pun, no less)



Well then! 5 in each, 1 each in the other two categories. A very close race!

I was actually House for halloween last year, and it was the best costume I've ever done in my life. I have no idea what I want to be for halloween this year, and if I can't think of anything the day before, I might do it again. But repeating halloween costumes is such a taboo!

Re: looking older, I don't know how I feel about that. I know it'd make me look younger, and I know I looked older with the beard (someone actually told me I look more "Irish" with the scruff. Huh. Go figure...)
I've had facial hair since early high school. I've always looked older than I really am, and I've always acted older, and often get along rather well with people much older than myself.
At this point, I just want to be vain; which one makes me look good, and thus more appealing to the ladies? ;)

Ethylene, very good points, especially the skin thing. I have sensitive skin, but the areas that need exfoliation via razor are the areas of my face that get shaved when maintaining the beard anyway, so its pretty win win in that department. My face was FREEZING the first couple days, but now I'm used to it.

I guess for now I'll wait it out and see who else votes.

And thank you all for the compliments; they were totally unexpected and I needed a bit of cheering up. I love this place.

On preview: msali breaks the tie!
...for now.
posted by CitrusFreak12 24 October | 09:57
Slight beard. Totally. Coming from a fellow fur-face who is also on the fence regarding his winter topiary options.
posted by middleclasstool 24 October | 10:05
dude, if'n you ever get bored with your face again, just come back and post more pics. We'll sort you out. Oh and btw those yellow wayfarers are perfect on you. This from someone who generally thought 'waifs sucked balls in the 80's when they were so popular with all the teenage Tom Cruise wannabees.

Hugh Laurie? HA! I knew there was a reason I thought you reminded me of someone.

minor creepy anecdote: I had such a stoopid schoolgirl crush on HL as Bertie Wooster in the early 90's.
posted by lonefrontranger 24 October | 10:11
I vote scruff.
posted by LoriFLA 24 October | 10:23
i'm squarely in the scruff, because the occasional shave is cleansing and nice for the ladies. It's also the indecisive path of least resistance.

i thought DarkForest was a girl, then a guy, now just don't know.
This happened regularly.
posted by ethylene 24 October | 10:54
Ooh, I'm mysterious. Don't go looking in my posting history, I may have changed...
posted by DarkForest 24 October | 10:57
And I'm constantly shocked when someone's probability wave collapses into "boy" or "girl". I kind of like not knowing.
posted by DarkForest 24 October | 11:02
i'm of a like mind but apparently i so often read like a big black man or an old white guy or a lesbian circus freak or an alien poodle smuggler that sometimes it's nice to clear stuff up and nip presumptions in the bud.
Not that it stops people from telling me about the war in my homeland as a child, which always ends with me asking at the end: "You mean Brooklyn?"
posted by ethylene 24 October | 11:06
Dang, you're cute either way. I vote scruff as you are young and lacking in jowl. Save the full-on beard for a few decades from now when you find yourself wanting to hide a bit of loose skin (alas, it happens to all of us).
posted by jamaro 24 October | 11:14
The stubble looks pretty good. Nonetheless, if you're in the market for a gf, I vote for more beard or none at all. Kissing stubble pretty much sucks- so for me guys who have any are out of the running unless it looks like they just didn't manage to shave for that one day.
posted by small_ruminant 24 October | 11:33
Scruff, but keep the borders neat. Kissing stubble totally totally sucks. If you go beardless, start wearing glasses to look older.
posted by casarkos 24 October | 11:48
*runs in panting* Holy fucking shit, I was out doing something and my beardfilter-alert went off that someone somewhere was wondering whether they should grow a beard or not. I came here as fast as I could.

BEARD. That is all.
posted by kkokkodalk 24 October | 11:48
Actually, I've changed my mind. Full neckbeard, don't look back.
posted by middleclasstool 24 October | 12:22
ThePinkSuperhero (with a pun, no less)

I'm very punny. Ha ha ha, hair I go again. Oh goodness, somebody stop me.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero 24 October | 12:43
Snuggling up to stubble isn't good snuggle.
posted by mightshould 24 October | 12:46

Yours is similar to my husband's. Love it. (And you're adorable either way, but still. Beard.)
posted by misskaz 24 October | 14:17
I like the scruff.

And thanks for posting the self pictures - you're gorgeous.
posted by rainbaby 24 October | 21:16
CitrusFreak12, I came this --><-- close to clippering down to the scruff myself today because of this post. I told my wife and she FREAKED THE EFF OUT about it -- I was still clean-shaven when she met me ten years ago, but not for long, and she has no memory of it. She's terrified at the prospect of seeing my lips.
posted by middleclasstool 24 October | 21:19
Oh I disagree with the kissing stubble haters out there... get the right amount of stubble and it is awesome. If it's really prickly you can end up with a face like a beacon though...
posted by jonathanstrange 24 October | 22:28
QFT jonathanstrange. One of the reasons I like facial hair is the +++ value to kissing and other romantic activities. Be smooth everywhere else if you wanna, but have some stubble/scruff/beard for win.
posted by WolfDaddy 24 October | 22:52
Stubble FTW!
posted by treepour 25 October | 02:06
Scruff! Beard later in life!
posted by Miko 26 October | 22:24
I dunno, I'm torn and can't make a decision. You're a hottie either way, so you can't lose!
posted by goshling 27 October | 07:15
I'm late, I'm late!

Beard or slight beard, not scruff. Scruffy is scratchy.
posted by deborah 27 October | 13:50
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