Hirsute for Happiness

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I’m Growing a Beard

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credit To Ash Springle for this great photo Taken at the British Beard and Moustache competition  for Captain Fawcett www.ashspringle.com

So the more astute among you may have noticed that in my recent reviews and social site shenanigans I have decided to grow a beard and if you have not noticed then pay attention dear chum, there’s a good lad or lass.  Sit up straight while you are at it too you lazy oaf, you look like a sausage with half its meat missing!  What? Sorry it’s all this excitement of having a warm chin and an extra 10 minutes in bed, which is not actually true as I take just as long now with more face hair to deal with.

I feel I should explain why I am making this post in the first place, am I bored at work? Do I think you should know or care?  Might it make me feel better by somehow having a confession of sorts?  I think yes is the answer to all of those and they all fight for dominance but as they are all non physical concepts that cannot throw a punch I shall calm my ramblings and try to assemble some form of written communication that does not suggest that I might need some strong medication. Right, are you with me still?

The day I decided to put down my razor was 13th September 2014 and the header image is a photo that captures the day of my last shave, the day of my first competition where I entered the Natural Moustache category in the British Beard and Moustache Competition held in the beautiful city of Bath.  The day was absolutely staggering, nothing like anything have I ever experienced before, such a great positive atmosphere which served to raise over £5000 for charity.  Well done bearding, well played moustachery, huzzah to the chops and round of applause to the whiskerinas what a fantastic achievement.  I met some beautiful people, positive and supportive people and loved every minute of it.  I did not place and neither did I deserve too as the show put on by other competitors secured them the medals while I floundered a little on stage unsure of what to do.  Later on in the day as I sat watching the other categories, chatting to people and sharing stories I realised I had got a bit too serious with the competition as a focus.  I vowed to myself as I watched the full beard competitors that I should at least give it a go for a year and do it properly, to fix the errors I had made in my previous bearding attempts that I mention in my youtube video.

Through Facebook and the like I have met and made good friends with a number of funny, inspiring and sometimes courageous folk, I have also offered a lot of advice on not just moustache styling and care but also the best way to “beard” which is odd as at the time I did not have one and still don’t properly now.  I have said on many occasions that its much harder to grow a moustache and that growing a beard is essentially easy, a guy in a coma can grow a beard for goodness sake, but its time now to prove this. The occasion is upon us to put my beard where my mouth is, so razor and trimmers have been abandoned and I am not removing a single hair for at least 6 months, I’m currently at week 7 and all is rather good.

I want to achieve the biggest fullest beard I can and so will not be shaving my neckline which a number of people have suggested I do, but coverage is pretty good on the neck for me and I do not have any bald patches so it stands to reason to just let it grow, let it grow…..LET IT GROOOOOOOOW! I will confess that there does appear to be a few extra white hairs but its all part of the character and is unique to my face.

I will try to run this as series of sorts with as regular as I can manage updates as the beard and moustache become one.

Remember what we say here at HirsuteforHappiness: “A hairy face is a Happy face” and I have a very happy face right now.

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9 Responses

  1. John says

    I have made several attempts at cultivating a beard. Alas, it appears that my ancestors have struck me from the genetic will. I am quite bare in the jowls. I do admire a full and well groomed beard. I couldn’t agree more with Stu, who says that a handlebar completes a proper bearding.

    • hirsuteforhappiness says

      I guess I am fortunate with my genetic inclination to sprout hair. I aim to right the many wrongs if my previous bearding attempts and feel the handlebar has shown me the light and the way

      • John says

        I’m sure I can speak for others here and say that we look forward to piccies of your latest triumph.

  2. John says

    Brilliant write-up!

    • hirsuteforhappiness says

      What thankyou John, I applaud your comments and thank you for taking time to read my offerings

  3. Wes says

    Go for it, Stu! I quit shaving in Dec 2009 and haven’t looked back. Love the look of a full beard with the handlebar. It’s a bit tough at times going through the awkward first stages of a beard, but it pays off in the end. Considering your moustache, you should have a marvelous beard after a year.

    • hirsuteforhappiness says

      Thanks Wes, as always it’s nice to hear from you. I am very pleased with how the beard has come in, good coverage and the neck is a real bonus. I have noticed that the new hairs are having an impact on moustache styling but it’s just a phase and I look forward to what I have in a year

    • hirsuteforhappiness says

      Yeah I’m certain my beard will be a good one, the coverage is good which is a bonus. I’ve noticed that as the beard hairs push on through they are interfering with the moustache, but it’s just a phase. As always it’s nice to hear from you

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