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jrv3034
Jan 15, 2004, 11:21 AM
Just curious, since I have my wedding coming up, I'd like to know what you all think of facial hair.

MEN: Do you have facial hair? (i.e. beard, moustache, goatee, etc.) What are your thoughts?

WOMEN: Do you like facial hair on men? What style?

I am clean shaven right now, but have sported a goatee for a couple of years. My fiancée likes both looks, so I'm trying to decide whether I should have facial hair for the wedding or not.

Let's hear it!

tpjunkie
Jan 15, 2004, 11:33 AM
Well, with the average temperatures at my college being around 3 degrees for the high for the past two weeks, I'm seriously considering growing a full beard...right now I'm cleanshaven though.

Mr. Anderson
Jan 15, 2004, 11:35 AM
Currently I have a beard....have to post a pic in the MR photo thread maybe.

For my wedding I shaved. It basically comes down to the fact that you should do what you want to see on all your wedding photos. There will be a lot of them and if facial hair is something you want to have for you wedding, then fine. But if its only a passing idea, or something you don't do often, I'd go clean shaven.

D

3rdpath
Jan 15, 2004, 11:49 AM
i've got a close-cropped beard/mustache thing going and have for years. i'm too lazy to shave on a regular basis...

but i'm clean shaven in my wedding photos because it's so hot here in the summers that i shave it off for a few months...

so do whatever makes your boat float.

iGav
Jan 15, 2004, 11:55 AM
I have a clit-strip (or a Brazillian if you wish to be eloquent) in the middle of my chin, from my lip piercing down to just under my chin... I'm down with the fuzz!

p.s. see my 'tar :p

jrv3034
Jan 15, 2004, 11:57 AM
Originally posted by Mr. Anderson
It basically comes down to the fact that you should do what you want to see on all your wedding photos.

Yeah, I guess clean shaven is the best way to prevent having the photos be instantly dated. You know, styles change, and I don't want to be forever preserved with the 2004 equivalent of a 70's Magnum PI mustache (sp?). Believe it or not, that was stylin back then!:eek:

iGav
Jan 15, 2004, 12:13 PM
Originally posted by jrv3034
You know, styles change, and I don't want to be forever preserved with the 2004 equivalent of a 70's Magnum PI mustache (sp?). Believe it or not, that was stylin back then!:eek:

Unless you're a Queen/Freddie fan... it'll never die!!! :p

Mr. Anderson
Jan 15, 2004, 12:16 PM
Originally posted by jrv3034
Yeah, I guess clean shaven is the best way to prevent having the photos be instantly dated. You know, styles change, and I don't want to be forever preserved with the 2004 equivalent of a 70's Magnum PI mustache (sp?). Believe it or not, that was stylin back then!:eek:

Very good point :D

You look at photos like that decades later and its an immediate "What *were* they thinking" reaction....

D

Rower_CPU
Jan 15, 2004, 12:56 PM
I sport a winter beard a few months of the year, but it's goatee the rest of the time, for me.

evoluzione
Jan 15, 2004, 01:20 PM
clean shaven is the way to go.

too many guys in America have mustaches, it's really quite sad i think, goatees aren't as bad, but still crap. designs in facial hair are bad, with a few exceptions but that depends on the person, not the style.

personally, i shave once or twice a week, i look better with a couple of days growth, and i'm lazy about it too.

have a good one anyways!

agreenster
Jan 15, 2004, 01:22 PM
Clean shaven clean shaven clean shaven.

I hate facial hair. Only the few and the proud can pull it off. I also hate large amounts of body hair. I'm all about keepin it trim.

Still, I guess it depends on what you look like under the hair. If you are Brad Pitt, shave it. If you are Robin Williams, let it all grow.

Check out the photos thread (sticky on top of community section) to see what the MR community prefers.

linky linky (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=41568)

virividox
Jan 15, 2004, 02:43 PM
this is amusing. no women posters?

MoparShaha
Jan 15, 2004, 02:59 PM
Funny, I was just debating whether to shave a few minutes ago. I suppose I don't really care either way. I just like change, so I'll let it grow sometimes, and other times, I'll shave it. Perhaps I'll grow a gotee later though.

XnavxeMiyyep
Jan 15, 2004, 03:16 PM
I recently shaved off my goatee, but I'm not sure whether I'll let it grow back or not.

jelloshotsrule
Jan 15, 2004, 03:19 PM
i don't like how i look clean shaven.

but having a full winter beard that is out of control can be goofy. once i get some more pictures of this goofy beard, i'll be shaving it

here's me in november, and now...

isus
Jan 15, 2004, 03:20 PM
i'm too lazy to shave constantly... i have a little 'fuzz' growing, but i don't want a beard or anything like that.

Mr. Anderson
Jan 15, 2004, 03:31 PM
Originally posted by jelloshotsrule
but having a full winter beard that is out of control can be goofy. once i get some more pictures of this goofy beard, i'll be shaving it

here's me in november, and now...

you call that full? kind of scragly....I'll post mine soon :D

D

agreenster
Jan 15, 2004, 03:32 PM
That beard makes you look like you got fat Jello! (double chin)

Crazy! Maybe its just the photo...

wdlove
Jan 15, 2004, 03:42 PM
I'm clean shaven and have been all my life. I admire people that have a beard. From what I understand from others it take a lot of work to have a nice looking beard. So the work that it entails, impresses me.

I look forward to seeing your photo Mr. Anderson.

Since you are clean shaven now, you should keep it that way for the wedding jrv3034.

Kwyjibo
Jan 15, 2004, 03:46 PM
I'd go with clean shaven. You always have the last 20 years of oyur life to be that creepy old man with the beard ....

In my case I don't have such options. I have slow growing facial hair ... and it blonde, instead of dark like my hair so it doesn't really show even when its not completely smooth. not really something to help you but for me its really nice not to have to shave all the time.

Raid
Jan 15, 2004, 03:50 PM
Originally posted by iGAV
I have a clit-strip (or a Brazillian if you wish to be eloquent) in the middle of my chin, from my lip piercing down to just under my chin... I'm down with the fuzz!

p.s. see my 'tar :p

Isn't that also refered to as a 'soul patch'? Or is that too 70's for you? :cool:

I have a goatee (sans 'stache) I haven't heard my girlfriend complain about it but if I was getting married I would shave it off.... But I'm probably not emotionaly attached to my facial hair as some.

Sayhey
Jan 15, 2004, 03:52 PM
I suggest the look below. I'm assured by the BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/photo_gallery/3400357.stm) that this is the height of fashion.

agreenster
Jan 15, 2004, 03:55 PM
Originally posted by Sayhey
I suggest the look below. I'm assured by the BBC (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/photo_gallery/3400357.stm) that this is the hight of fashion.

HOW did that dude keep a straight face??!!?!??

Well, maybe because he couldnt see it.

Sayhey
Jan 15, 2004, 04:01 PM
Of course, if you need to go with the clean shaven look the style below from the same BBC coverage of a Milan Men's fashion show is a must.

Mr. Anderson
Jan 15, 2004, 04:46 PM
Those fashion dudes are quite impressive....don't know if I could color my facial hair :D

Its red BTW with a little blond around the mouth.

D

iSight snapshot....

jayb2000
Jan 15, 2004, 04:50 PM
I have had a goatee for going on 6 years now. My wife likes it, I like it, so when I got married (3+ years agao) I kept it.
No matter what you do, just be happy with it for that day.

20 years from now, goatee or not, you will probably look back and think you look dated, because you will be.

So go, enjoy your wedding and don't stress over the beard.

jelloshotsrule
Jan 15, 2004, 04:55 PM
Originally posted by Mr. Anderson
you call that full? kind of scragly....I'll post mine soon :D

D

it's full for me. the hair doesn't grow in certain spots (e.g. to the sides of my mouth) and the mustache is quite thin... that said, mine is "full" in that it has its own damn profile... hence the "fat" it suggests... the fact is, the hair sticks out so far that if you were to think it were shorter, with my face just under it, i'd definitely be quite fat.

thanks for the compliment agreenster.. hah

vniow
Jan 15, 2004, 04:58 PM
Originally posted by virividox
this is amusing. no women posters?

Well, I'd post something but I don't offer exactly the most balanced opinion.... (see sig)

mactastic
Jan 15, 2004, 05:13 PM
I've been wearing a goatee for many years now. It all started because for some reason it hurts like hell when I use a razor on my chin. Now that I'm using an electric that part isn't so bad, now it more habit than anything else. I considered shaving it off for my wedding, but decided not to, since that's who I was at the time. Since I used to also have long hair (which I've cut since the wedding) my wife made me promise I won't shave the goatee if I cut my hair short. She thinks I look like a little kid without it.:eek:

I'm pretty lazy about shaving too, but what with the 'real' job and meetings with clients and presentations etc. I have to shave daily now. Unfortunately I feel like Homer S, who can shave and turn around and have the 5o'clock shadow back again.

WinterMute
Jan 15, 2004, 05:47 PM
I can't shave two days running without loosing about 3 pints of blood and being in agony for the rest of the week...:D

I generally have a full beard, and just trim it back to stubble with clippers most weekends, I'll shave for special occasions, but only if I can get away with it for a couple of days.

scem0
Jan 15, 2004, 06:41 PM
I'd like to have a goatee, but they looks stupid during the in-between stags, before it is grown out long enough.

I might grow one this summer. I want to change something about my look soon, I'm getting bored with being plain.

scem0

TEG
Jan 15, 2004, 07:03 PM
I started to grow a goatee around Thanksgiving (after several failed attemts durring school). I trimmed it after 3 weeks, big mistake, it took until after christmas to get back to that length. I had planed to shave it before going home for the holidays, but never felt like it, thankfully my parents love it. Most of my Dad's family can't grow much facial hair, but most can get the mustache down. My mom's side has facial hair to spare, so I'm hoping. Its just all but a small strip down the middle of my chin that is just slow growing. I haven't heard any opinions except from my parents, put I think it fits.

If it looks good, and you plan to keep it, go for it, if not don't. Same thing for glasses, if they look good and you plan on wearing them for any length of time, wear them. My Security badge has me with glasses and clean shaven, taken last January, and last Feburary I ditched the glasses, and now I have a goatee, they security guys are sometimes doing double-takes when I come in.


TEG

pooky
Jan 15, 2004, 07:33 PM
I'm pro goatee, anti-full beard for the most part. A well trimmed goatee makes a guy look really good, a full beard makes him look like he's either a) gay, b) a creepy child molester type c) a grandpa or d) a scruffy, mountain man type. With the possible very slight exception of the mountain man type, I'm not into any of the other looks, thankyouverymuch.

jayscheuerle
Jan 15, 2004, 07:34 PM
I can't keep anything but clean shaven for more than a couple of month or so, except for right before I got married because we had a Medieval wedding and I wanted to grow one of those pointy little beards.

I try to change something about my hair/facial hair every couple of months. I just get bored. Of course, I'm 39 and hold a decent job, so I can't go too crazy, but at least I'm in the arts, so I get a little more slack than the suits!

Seems to me that some guys are shaving their chests more often than their shaving their scruffy goatees these days. :D

vniow
Jan 15, 2004, 07:38 PM
Originally posted by jayscheuerle
Seems to me that some guys are shaving their chests more often than their shaving their scruffy goatees these days. :D

And its a damn good thing too.

3rdpath
Jan 15, 2004, 10:01 PM
the big trend with the young'uns in l.a. is to shave their arms and legs..this is for both guys and girls. seems like a hell of a lot of work to me.

then again, i guess it's not any more time consuming then the old days when i had long hair and used a blowdryer for that marcus abel look.

p.s. jello....love MUST be blind. ;)

pseudobrit
Jan 15, 2004, 10:02 PM
I try to shave every third day or so, unless I have a particularly rough game upcoming or it's playoff time.

Sun Baked
Jan 15, 2004, 10:05 PM
Originally posted by jrv3034
Just curious, since I have my wedding coming up, I'd like to know what you all think of facial hair. Well groomed, full beards and stuff, okay for the groom...

When bride bride has the most facial hair. :eek:

pseudobrit
Jan 15, 2004, 10:06 PM
Originally posted by 3rdpath
the big trend with the young'uns in l.a. is to shave their arms and legs..this is for both guys and girls. seems like a hell of a lot of work to me.

I reckon I'd beat my own ass down if I were to do something like shave my legs.

My little brother does. I spent about fifteen minutes berating him for it. You're a man, it's okay to have hair on your legs...

As much as I hear women complain about having to shave their legs it's something I'm grateful I don't have to do. That and bear children.

scem0
Jan 15, 2004, 10:27 PM
I know some guys who shave their legs.

Personally, I'd never do it. Not only is it a lot of work, but it just seems so unimportant to me. Well, I wear pants pretty much all the time, so not many people ever really see my legs, but when they do they don't think about my leg hair... or at least I hope they don't ;) :p.

Wait wait wait, this thread is supposed to be about Facial hair.

Does your hair hair count as facial hair?

Well, I hope so because that is what the rest of this post will be about.

This sounds weird but here is my idea: I want to dye my hair blue. But not a deep blue, or a vibrant blue. I want to dye it such a light blue that you can't really tell that it is dyed. I don't know if that makes sense to anyone else. I guess just highlight it with a really light blue, to where my hair looks different, but not noticibally blue.

scem0

jelloshotsrule
Jan 16, 2004, 12:11 AM
Originally posted by 3rdpath
p.s. jello....love MUST be blind. ;)

in your case, deaf as well.



what does that even imply?

eyelikeart
Jan 16, 2004, 12:36 AM
Originally posted by Mr. Anderson
Currently I have a beard....have to post a pic in the MR photo thread maybe.


I've thought several times about growing a beard...not because I want one...because I hate shaving. :D

I don't do facial hair in a traditional sense, although I am often seen with a day or two of scruff. ;)

3rdpath
Jan 16, 2004, 12:18 PM
Originally posted by jelloshotsrule

what does that even imply?

just talking about your scraggly-assed beard...

it'd look ok if you had a pegleg/hook/parrot and were on a whaling ship...

then again, maybe it's some hot newyorkbigcitystyle that hasn't reached my neck-o-the-woods... :D

vniow
Jan 16, 2004, 12:20 PM
What is the big taboo about men and shaving their legs? I really don't get it, or why women are expected to shave theirs. I do mine on a regular basis but I do it because I like the way it feels, not for anyone else. Can some men please elaborate why some are so opposed to doing it and yet they expect us to?

Mr. Anderson
Jan 16, 2004, 12:30 PM
Originally posted by vniow
Can some men please elaborate why some are so opposed to doing it and yet they expect us to?

Men don't wear panty hose regularly :D

And 'us'? :rolleyes:

Besides, men usually have thicker hair on the arms and legs - it would be a pain, and then there's that 5 o'clock shadow after a few days....;)

D

eyelikeart
Jan 16, 2004, 12:42 PM
Originally posted by Mr. Anderson
and then there's that 5 o'clock shadow after a few days....;)

yeah...I pretty much live with 5 o'clock shadow...

and 2 day shadow for that matter... :D

MongoTheGeek
Jan 16, 2004, 01:25 PM
Originally posted by vniow
What is the big taboo about men and shaving their legs? I really don't get it, or why women are expected to shave theirs. I do mine on a regular basis but I do it because I like the way it feels, not for anyone else. Can some men please elaborate why some are so opposed to doing it and yet they expect us to?

Honestly I don't care if my wife shaves her legs (not that she really has to.) I figure that what people want to do is up the them. I imagine that most men don't care either. I think the only reason men would care is that women and then other men would mock their girl.

I quite like having the body hair. It keeps me warm and provides a good seventh sense of sorts that I didn't have hairless. You feel things differently.

That being said I am clean shaven.

WinterMute
Jan 16, 2004, 01:25 PM
If I started shaving my legs I wouldn't know where to stop, men are hairy, get over it, those preening hairless freaks you see on catwalks and in porn movies are not remotely human, humans are mammals, mammals have body hair...:D

Besides, the thought of the Brazilian wax to finish what I'd started with the legs is a deeply disturbing prospect.

Why is it the hairier my body gets, the nuder my head gets? can anyone explain that to me?

jelloshotsrule
Jan 16, 2004, 02:32 PM
Originally posted by WinterMute
Besides, the thought of the Brazilian wax to finish what I'd started with the legs is a deeply disturbing prospect.


rest assured that said thought is deeply disturbing to me as well

jrv3034
Jan 16, 2004, 02:37 PM
Originally posted by tpjunkie
Well, with the average temperatures at my college being around 3 degrees for the high for the past two weeks, I'm seriously considering growing a full beard...

You mean you want to look like this?

Mr. Anderson
Jan 16, 2004, 02:41 PM
Originally posted by jrv3034
You mean you want to look like this?

There is nothing like having icicles on your beard in really cold weather...:D

Went out xcountry skiing in Alaska when it was around 5°-10° F and by the time I got back my whole face was encrusted in ice. Great stuff.

D

wdlove
Jan 16, 2004, 02:43 PM
Originally posted by eyelikeart
yeah...I pretty much live with 5 o'clock shadow...

and 2 day shadow for that matter... :D

Very good eyelikeart. When I don't go out I have gone 2 - 3 days without shaving.

I have noticed that in the movies and TV a lot of the actors go with shaving. Just think it is to show a rough edge.

I think that men never shave there legs because of wearing pants. It is enough of a pain to shave the face. The very reason that I have often entertained the thought of a beard. I talked to individuals that have nice looking beards. They indicated the reason that it looks so nice is because a lot of time is spent on triming.

jrv3034
Jan 16, 2004, 02:48 PM
Originally posted by wdlove
They indicated the reason that it looks so nice is because a lot of time is spent on triming.

Trimming makes a huge difference. When going out to someplace nice, I would trim my goatee neatly, and would always get compliments (you look great today!... What's different about you?... etc.) People rarely realize that a nice trim is all you need. ;)

Of course, somebody should tell that to this guy: :eek: :D

wdlove
Jan 17, 2004, 12:54 PM
Some of the Patriot's players are again sporting a beard. It's De Ye Vue to their 2001 one season heading to the Super Bowl win in 2002. Tom Brady, QB has a nicely trimmed beard. With the cold weather we are having, besides team spirit, it also helps to keep his face warm. I noticed on the news last night that Peyton Manning was clean shaven. So tomorrow we will see which is the winning strategy.

zamyatin
Jan 17, 2004, 04:18 PM
If Abe Lincoln, Fidel Castro, Karl Marx, Richard Stallman, crazy Ted Kaczynski had beards, V.I. Lenin and Leon Trotsky had mustaches, General(?) Burnsides from the Civil War had three inch sideburns, and Gimli the Dwarf with his awesome war-braid in his very Viking-looking beard, then clearly all the cool guys have beards or facial hair!

No one's yet posted a picture sporting serious sideburns... Hopefully someone's got them? I started with sideburns that were righteous when I could first grow them, and then the next year let them connect (like the intercontinental railroad) in a fairly thin strip below my jawline. Sometimes described as a chin-strap beard (like the penguins?), it actually looks rather Amish (as those from PA can tell you), so I call it my Amish beard. No 'stache, nothing on the cheeks. I'm stylin'.

3rdpath
Jan 17, 2004, 09:28 PM
Originally posted by zamyatin

No one's yet posted a picture sporting serious sideburns...

paging mc68k....

brianellisrules
Jan 18, 2004, 12:04 PM
Originally posted by Rower_CPU
I sport a winter beard a few months of the year, but it's goatee the rest of the time, for me.
Hmmm, a user submission perhaps?? ;)

Right now I'm rocking a winter beard (http://www.brianellisrules.com/beard). Before that it was the Gettysburg (http://www.brianellisrules.com/dc/cigars.jpg).

gwuMACaddict
Jan 18, 2004, 12:44 PM
Originally posted by iGAV
Unless you're a Queen/Freddie fan... it'll never die!!! :p

amen!

i have a light goatee... i dont like letting it get to thick cause then i just look like a hitman or something... just a light stubble is good

alxths
Jan 18, 2004, 02:26 PM
I think i'm pretty much right on the line between can and can't grow a beard... well, a goatee i could definately manage.. but a full-fledged lumberjack/mountain man beard just might not be in the cards for me :( . I'll know for sure in about a week, I guess.

brianellisrules
Jan 18, 2004, 02:32 PM
Originally posted by alxths
I think i'm pretty much right on the line between can and can't grow a beard... well, a goatee i could definately manage.. but a full-fledged lumberjack/mountain man beard just might not be in the cards for me :( . I'll know for sure in about a week, I guess.
Never give up hope.

Rower_CPU
Jan 18, 2004, 02:44 PM
Originally posted by brianellisrules
Hmmm, a user submission perhaps?? ;)

Pester me next year; I shaved it once I got back to sunny San Diego. ;)

eyelikeart
Jan 18, 2004, 03:22 PM
Originally posted by wdlove
Very good eyelikeart. When I don't go out I have gone 2 - 3 days without shaving.

I have noticed that in the movies and TV a lot of the actors go with shaving. Just think it is to show a rough edge.


I just hate shaving mostly, but don't mind that some women kinda dig the slightly "rough" look. ;)

wdlove
Jan 18, 2004, 07:30 PM
Originally posted by eyelikeart
I just hate shaving mostly, but don't mind that some women kinda dig the slightly "rough" look. ;)

Now that you mention it eyelikeart, my wife had made that very comment. I guess they enjoy the feeling. :p

revenuee
Jan 18, 2004, 08:09 PM
Dude ... ask your wife to be what she wants...

you said she likes both ... don't take that for an answer.



One thing i have learned from my wedding video gigs ... this is your wife's day, not yours ...

Go with what she really likes ...

eyelikeart
Jan 18, 2004, 08:25 PM
Originally posted by wdlove
Now that you mention it eyelikeart, my wife had made that very comment. I guess they enjoy the feeling. :p

I wouldn't go so far to say then enjoy it...or at least from my thick beard stubble...as much as they think it's just a good look on some men. ;)

revenuee
Jan 18, 2004, 08:27 PM
Originally posted by eyelikeart
I wouldn't go so far to say then enjoy it...or at least from my thick beard stubble...as much as they think it's just a good look on some men. ;)

I have a friend who loves the scruffy look on guys ..

MongoTheGeek
Jan 18, 2004, 08:49 PM
Originally posted by revenuee
Dude ... ask your wife to be what she wants...

you said she likes both ... don't take that for an answer.



One thing i have learned from my wedding video gigs ... this is your wife's day, not yours ...

Go with what she really likes ...

Wife's mother's day actually ;)

unfaded
Jan 18, 2004, 09:47 PM
I didn't read the rest of this thread because it's a lot to read through...

But I just started growing a goatee because my gf wanted me to. She loves it, I hate it. It tickles when I do anything with her, and it pisses me off. But she really likes it. so I don't know what to think.

I'll report back after i lose 20 pounds again :)

revenuee
Jan 18, 2004, 09:52 PM
Originally posted by MongoTheGeek
Wife's mother's day actually ;)

LOL

good call on that one