A few years ago, I learned that facial hair can protect my skin from the ravages of Kleenex, whenever I get sick. So, occasionally I have grown a very thin mustache for a week or so, before shaving it off.
This year, however, I decided to try something different. I'm growing a circle beard, and unlike the mustache, I'm kinda' liking this look. So, I'm going to keep it, probably (at least) until spring.
I'm not even 2 weeks in, yet, but it's coming in nicely.
Any style tips for a first timer?
Keep it that short and there's no need for styling.
When it gets longer, you'll at least want to trim the moustache hairs so they don't get in your mouth. Beyond that, as short or as bushy as you like.
And, yes, it suits you.
I was thinking more about the shape of the goatee...how wide or narrow it should be, if it should follow the natural smile lines, or whatever. And, given the fact that I'm heavyset, if any proportions should be adjusted to thin down my face.
I know the magic that a barber can do with a haircut...presumably facial hair works the same way.
I'm no barber, but I guess if you don't want to look round, rounding the goatee wouldn't be good. I think the lines you have now on the side are the way to go. Maybe if you let it come down a bit from your chin it'll lengthen your face.
That's kinda' what I was thinking...a beard hanging down further should lengthen, and therefore slim, my face.
Face shapes and how they relate to beard shapes...
looking good the flat works and the beard is going well
I haven't updated this thread in 2 months, which means there's some serious growth to show off.
While I've trimmed it into a consistent shape and to take off a few straggly hairs here and there, this is my nearly untrimmed beard for 3 months. And, I decided to go for the full beard about 2 months in, so the sides are a bit short, but coming along nicely.
Looking fantastic and rugged good sir! Keep at it!