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Jan 31, 2012

Update: The ManMade Beard - Week One Progress

created at: 01/30/2012

Previously on ManMadeDIY.com: Chris wonders whether or not he should stop smooth skinning it for the winter and grow a manly beard. Reader response is decidely positive, with 82% of voters saying, "Go for it." (Grow for it?) Chris keeps on not shaving.

So, there's my face. Seven days of not shaving, and the half-beard I have to show for it. 

Thankfully - the worst is behind me: most of the itching has subsided. Well, some, at least. I've stopped touching my face and thinking there's a furry creature attacking my head. And most importantly, I'm passed that weird inbetween stubble stage where my beard looks like it belongs on an 80s movie villain and I should have a ponytail and wear a white blazer with the sleeves rolled up and a giant cross earring.The d-baggery fears have passed. Good riddance.

Now, we're onto the weird week where it looks kinda like a beard from far away, but up close, you'll realize it's just long enough that it sticks straight up and out like a kid who cut his own hair.

Yeah, there's some white in it. Not gray, but like striking, colorless, luminescent little streaks...kinda like there's sugar on my face. I don't like it, but I'm learning to be okay with it. Gives me character, I guess.

And onward we grow. Hopefully by next week, we'll just be in maintenance mode.

Thanks for your thoughts friends. When you suck at sports and run a crafting blog, it's good to have these confirmations of manliness. Beard on.

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Anonymous on Jan 31, 2012:

I think the beard looks great.  Kind of sexy. Most people aren't going to get as close to you as this picture unless they are going for those nice lips.


bruno on Jan 31, 2012:

That's a lot of beard in a week. How long will you go?


Laura Jean on Jan 31, 2012:

The beard looks great- I bet your lady is loving it! Indeed, beard on!


jannypie on Jan 31, 2012:

mmm hmm