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How to grow a beard? The Bible says just don't cut it, but...

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posted on Jun, 3 2011 @ 07:29 AM
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Hi Everybody,

I was reading about this author called A.J. Jacobs and his book "The Year of living Biblically", and he grew this huge beard because apparently Leviticus says you must have one as a male believer.
I see a lot of beards and longer hair for men these days again, so two Sundays ago I didn't shave and it's the mid-year break, so I just decided to let it grow.

Now, I've tried this before.
It was all fun at the start.
But then my face felt like it had sticky honey rubbed all over it, and it became incredibly itchy.

I'm in week two, and it's quite a good growth already.
But that sticky feeling is coming back.

Some website says it takes four weeks for a real beard.
Until then one should also resist the urge to trim it.
Is this true?
I would like a neat beard.

Are there any helpful hints or products?

Then: how low should a bread go below the chin, down the throat?
I first shaved along the chin, but my mum says this looks funny from the side.
Now I am growing a bit below the chin, but seeing that it's winter, the jerseys make it all itchy.

I thought this was so easy, but apparently one needs to know what one's doing.

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posted on Jun, 3 2011 @ 07:35 AM
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Just want to comment about the "Biblical" part... Unless you're a Jew living under Mosaic law, there is no mandate about it. The only NT passage that mentions hair at all is 1 Cor. 11 and is about the top of the head, and contrary to most translations which reverse the Greek, it says that nature teaches us nothing about hair length because both men's and women's hair will grow long if not cut.

So the beard is completely a matter of personal preference and has no bearing on godliness, any more than fashion does beyond the need to be modest and not flaunt wealth.



posted on Jun, 3 2011 @ 07:42 AM
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Thanks for that, I was just inspired, rather than laying down a law.

But just in two weeks I've saved on razors (plastic and metal), water and over-priced shaving cream!

Beards are green!


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posted on Jun, 3 2011 @ 07:44 AM
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I have been growing my beard for the last few months and dont really no what kind of advice to give you except dont worry and dont itch!!
like the guy from Jurrrasic Park said "Life Will Find A Way" lol

for the first few weeks dont shave. Buy a beard trimmer! and when it looks extreamly untidy try going over the whole of it with the same number. i keep a natural line on my throat as i belive this looks better, by that i mean dont try to make a beard edge just let it grow where it wants. you are going to look untidy for a while just keep with it. anymore questions just message me



posted on Jun, 3 2011 @ 07:45 AM
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Originally posted by SaberTruth
reply to post by halfoldman
 


Just want to comment about the "Biblical" part... Unless you're a Jew living under Mosaic law, there is no mandate about it. The only NT passage that mentions hair at all is 1 Cor. 11 and is about the top of the head, and contrary to most translations which reverse the Greek, it says that nature teaches us nothing about hair length because both men's and women's hair will grow long if not cut.

So the beard is completely a matter of personal preference and has no bearing on godliness, any more than fashion does beyond the need to be modest and not flaunt wealth.


Yeah, OP, if you are worried about following the Bible like that, then you'd be stoning people all the time, or getting stoned! (pun intended.) Anyway, jokes aside, here is another joke.





posted on Jun, 3 2011 @ 07:54 AM
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Nice pics!


And let's not forget the patron saint of beards: Saint Uncumber.
Ironically this saint .... was a WOMAN!

Read her story here, and an unfortunate incident with a cucumber.
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posted on Jun, 3 2011 @ 08:01 AM
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for what it is worth:

from reading some stuff on islam,
the prophet said when you trim the beard,
grab your beard, and cut off whatever is below your hand



posted on Jun, 3 2011 @ 08:29 AM
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The itching will go away.. it's just a phase.

I don't think there are any hard and fast rules about how long, how far down the neck or how to trim it.. it's all personal choice really.



posted on Jun, 3 2011 @ 09:18 AM
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I think you've gone through the worst as I too have two itch phases when I grow my beard.
The sticky thing, I think that's just the hairs "locking" and moving along eachother, could be wrong though..
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posted on Jun, 3 2011 @ 10:49 AM
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Always wanted a beard... only grows in patches, though.



posted on Jun, 3 2011 @ 11:00 AM
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I see a lot of Caucasians like myself go bald fairly early in life.

I think a beard is good distraction from that.



posted on Jun, 3 2011 @ 11:10 AM
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Originally posted by MartialFlaw
reply to post by halfoldman
 


I have been growing my beard for the last few months and dont really no what kind of advice to give you except dont worry and dont itch!!
like the guy from Jurrrasic Park said "Life Will Find A Way" lol

for the first few weeks dont shave. Buy a beard trimmer! and when it looks extreamly untidy try going over the whole of it with the same number. i keep a natural line on my throat as i belive this looks better, by that i mean dont try to make a beard edge just let it grow where it wants. you are going to look untidy for a while just keep with it. anymore questions just message me


Isn't nature strange with edges, because it makes symmetrical edges around my beard.
Everybody asks me: "How do you do that?"
I used to tell them the truth: "Oh, it just grows that way."
But they looked at me suspiciously, and wouldn't believe it.
So now I tell them: "It takes me hours in the morning with a clipper."

But whoa, surely you can't grow a beard with a trimmer?
That's the fist thing I was told:
Head - clipper/trimmer
Beard - scissors, but not for 4 weeks.

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posted on Jun, 3 2011 @ 11:13 AM
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Grow it out shave it off with a trimmer it will grow in thicker, then repeat until you have a full unpatched beard. Works everytime for anyone who can grow a little bit of peach fuzz.



posted on Jun, 3 2011 @ 11:22 AM
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Do you guys have clipper number attachments in the US?
Our shortest is 3 mm.
What length does a trimmer cut?

I've trimmed the sides with a pair of scissors already.
But I'm not doing it again.

It's fuzz or nothing.



posted on Jun, 3 2011 @ 11:26 AM
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I will check mine out but with the one I got you can go bare knuckle if you wanted to with that baby. Here it is pricey but worth it: www.groominglounge.com...



posted on Jun, 3 2011 @ 12:23 PM
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Wow - that's some serious grooming equipment.
I just get the cheapest clipper set.
Got two nose clippers I've never used, and the oil that always runs out.
That stuff can give you a fashionable stubble - but that's not a beard.

I'm wondering though - do you trim here and there, or everything one length?



posted on Jun, 3 2011 @ 12:45 PM
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Depends on my mood really right now it's all one length short for summer, in Winter I grow my cracked out hobbo beard, looks a lot like a mix of Grizzly Adams and a little bit of Zach Galifianakis. But if you are starting out shave it all down until it grows back out, not to bare skin though that's important leave the stubble, keep doing that until you have the desired length and your golden.



posted on Jun, 3 2011 @ 04:18 PM
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Five months of beard growth in one minute!
He looked good with it.
Pity he shaves again at the end, although his lifestyle seems to have positively changed his face too.
Still, pity about that beard.



posted on Jun, 3 2011 @ 04:32 PM
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There's the intellectual beard.

Then there's the beard that speaks of sheer adventure.

Ewan McGregor's and Charley Boorman in "The long Way Round".



posted on Jun, 3 2011 @ 04:44 PM
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No doubt, the best beard ever belongs to Captain Haddock.
Here he floats about to Queen:




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