Today makes one and a half years of no shaving, trimming, cutting, or plucking any hair that grows on my body. Nothing major to report these last six months, just a continued acclimation and subtle length increases. Longer head hair has become more noticeable now than the beard requiring more grooming time due to its’ thickness and propensity for knots.
In keeping with the tradition and relative scientific value here are the rough measurements after 18 months of growing. Remember this was after starting with a completely shaved head and face.
Top of Head 10″
Lower Lip 1.5″
Upper Lip 1.25″
Mouth Corner 3″
Lower Lip to Bottom of beard 12″ – Yes I suppose now I can say it is a footlong beard.
A few more pictures…
Having the beard is very natural and the last six growing months have not even seemed worthy of writing about. Naturally I still am impatient to discover the terminal length of all my hair, but in the meantime, life continues. I still inspire the occasional Santa comments from people but driving my smart fortwo probably garners more attention than the beard. During the first year of beard growing I was updating every month and very involved with beard forums and beard products, and beard competitions all of which were fine and fun. Now after 18 months I seem less interested in hair and hair growth. I don’t think I have the necessary competition worthy beard genes and that suits me just fine as I don’t really like to show off anyway. I am still interested in the beard competitions and happy the beard is making headway into the mainstream. Growing the beard was more like coming out as someone – in my case a bearded man. Now that I am a bearded man I can go on with other interests. Life is not all about the beard anymore but life with the beard is clearly a better life for me. The ups and downs of daily life seem tempered by the beard. It gives balance, continuity, and yes, strength to my life. As a man of faith, which is the substance of things unseen, I continue to enjoy the blessings of life as they manifest. I have seen improvements and experienced setbacks, but as the beard grows, so do I. I continue to recommend growing a beard or, I should say, I recommend stopping shaving for a time allowing the man to experience bearded life. After a while you will realize it is a natural way for a man to live. So natural, in fact, there will hardly be anything to write about….