Jan 23, 2012

Help Me Decide: Should ManMade Grow a Beard?

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So, I just got back from a week of traveling and learning at the (excellent) Alt Summit, and with airports and hotel rooms and red-eye flights, and (let's be honest) general vacation-brain and laziness, I haven't shaved for a few days.

And...I'm thinking about keeping it, and growing a beard. So, I thought I'd see what you thought, and I hope you'll share your vote.        

Before you cast your vote, there's something you should know about me: I'm allergic to my own hair.

No joke. 

I break out in hives whenever it gets cut. I don't walk around in a rash all the time, but whenever there are fresh-cut ends, I immediately have to hop in the shower. For the last fifteen years, I've just learned to cut it myself, so I didn't have to worry about it. (Thankfully, as I've gotten a bit older and have a friend who will painstakingly keep me clean, I'm able to have a pro do it...she just has to wipe me off and blow dryer my face every three minutes. Hi Jaime!)

The same applies to my facial hair - I have to shave in the shower, and if I let it grow beyond two days...the itch monster attacks.

But, I'm think that if - like my head hairs - I let my beard grow a bit, I may get used to it, and after an itchy week or so, I can probably handle it, as long as I don't go rubbing it around on other parts of my body...which seems like it'd be easy to avoid, but you never know what might come up.

In case you dunno - this is what I look like, taken straight from the ManMade about page:

And here, due to my very refined and skillful Photoshoppinging abilities, is how I imagine I'll look with a beard.

created at: 01/23/2012

Also, if I just let it go, how I might appear after full pirate conversion:

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So, since I've gotten a bit of a head start (by which I mean, 36 hours of itchiness out of the way already), I'm thinking I might let it go. My thoughts:


  • It's a beard.
  • My lady says she'll like it.
  • It's a beard.


  • The rashes and itches it'll take to get there.
  • By the time it's done, the snow will have melted and it'll be basically spring.
  • It'll probably have way more gray and white in it than I'm pretending it will.


So, I thought I might ask you, good ManMakers and fans of facial hair. Lemme know by casting your vote and in the comments below. I'ma keep on going over the next few days, and decide what to do at the end of the week.


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Frank on Dec 31, 2012:

Definitely, you should go for the full beard.  It will keep your face warm in the winter and the sun off in the summer.

Oren on Feb 01, 2012:

Nothing says "ManMade" like a beard does - grow it brother!

rachel on Jan 25, 2012:


madara on Jan 24, 2012:

A well groomed beard, yes. Neck beard, no. Once it grows out a bit the itching will stop. I have a very manly beard. Remember their is skin under there so be sure to mosturize that as well.

Fubsy on Jan 24, 2012:

You look cute bare as you are, but if you want to try it, try it. My boyfriend has a beard and it's only tough the first three days - for his skin and for mine ;-) Then it's becoming all soft and silky. Not really, but it doesn't itch and scratch any more.

tute-bot on Jan 23, 2012:

Go for it! It's not like a tattoo -- you can always get rid of it if you don't like it.


josh on Jan 23, 2012:

I believe modren man should have a beard. A well groomed beard is another sign of a well maintained man.
I've had some sort of beard everyday for the past 2 years and I wouldn't shave it off for anything....plus it makes you want to eat flapjacks and chop down trees if you let it grow out.  

it is true that they itch like madness for a while but you get over it. 

Chrissy on Jan 23, 2012:

you have a special case, because i think all beards itch when they first start, plus your crazy allergy. but i also think it's worth it, beards are handsome.

Chris on Jan 23, 2012:

@Chinamommy - A fine idea; I checked with her. She told me to go for it.

bruno on Jan 23, 2012:

Beard = no. Parrot = yes.

chinamommy on Jan 23, 2012:

you should ask the person that kisses you... it's their face you're gonna scratch! :)