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    Beard help

    So my department is participating in No Shave November and I am growing a beard for the month. Problem is Ive never had a beard and during vacations I always end up shaving after a week or so due to itchiness. How do I reduce the itchiness? Any other early beard care things I should know about?
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    My experience is that you just have to get through the itchy phase. It only lasts for so long and once you're through it, you're through it.
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    There are beard oils or other hair conditioning potions that can help with itchiness. I never really had any itch problems with mine.

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    For the past few years I've grown a beard for the winter starting in November. For me the itchiest part seems to be two weeks in. After that IIRC it eases up. I actually cheat now as far as No Shave November is concerned and shave my neck and shape it up some at two weeks. That really helps out the itching as my neck seems to itch the worst.

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    Beard help

    Quote Originally Posted by C-grunt View Post
    So my department is participating in No Shave November and I am growing a beard for the month. Problem is Ive never had a beard and during vacations I always end up shaving after a week or so due to itchiness. How do I reduce the itchiness? Any other early beard care things I should know about?
    Embrace the Suck. It’s the manly thing to do. Then use beard oil anyway bc it’ll make your beard smell better and people commenting on how good your new beard smells will initiate “beard stroking” which you can easily use to disguise scratching until it’s no longer an issue, which for me only lasts a few days.

    Oh and avoid too much sweating. Not that it makes your beard itch more, but conflicts with the nice manly smelling beard oil. Target sells one made by “Every Man Jack” and it’s a good smelling oil without being gay at all. Any one of them is GTG.

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    Yeah the itchy phase will pass, just takes about a week. Power on through it.

    My guys convinced me to do mustache November instead. I shaved the beard and left a handle bar mustache. It looks absolutely terrible. We all look like idiots, worst decision ever but the group has enjoyed all the laughing at each other. My wife and daughter can't wait until it's over, me included!

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    Once you get past the itchy phase, get you a beard comb and some oil. I don’t keep a very long beard, and I shave y neck every other day. Mine tends to get tangly so I keep it short.

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    I never could make it past 2 weeks either. It wasn't so much the itch as much as me starting to look like Fred Sanford!

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    The great thing about a beard is if you ever want to (1) look at least 10 years younger and (2) attract more chicks, all it takes is a shave!

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    As others said, it's the first 5-10 days that suck. That is where the itchiness comes from. Keep the edges trimmed, and continue to shave your lower neck area up a good inch or two from where your shirts will ride. I don't use oil or any other girly-girl stuff. I just use bar soap when I wash my face in the shower.

    Chicks dig beards. It's also cool as I don't look like a Boy Scout with one... Welcome to the dark side.
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