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Go figure

So, I grew a beard for the first time in about a year and a half. After a couple days’ growth, the Mrs. looks at me and says you look good with the beard. Cool, she likes it. Then a day or so later she complained a bit about how the beard didn’t feel good during a smooch. So, I trimmed it up. She said that didn’t help. So, bummer, she doesn’t like it.

So, I shaved it off.

I come into the living room and she asks why I shaved it. I said because I thought she didn’t like it. She informs me that she likes the look of it but not how it feels. I ask So, would you rather I look good or feel good? She says look good. Who knew?

Growing the beard again.

18 Responses to “Go figure”

  1. Madrocketscientist Says:

    She’ll get used to the beard, just takes a little while. I’d grow mine out if it did not itch like a MoFo when it gets long, as it is, I just keep a couple days worth of growth on the face and the wife loves it.

    One thing to be careful of, when I first grew out my beard, my wife would get ugly rashes from it during kissing, and the women at work started asking her if everything was alright at home and did she need a place to stay where she could feel safe.

  2. Robb Allen Says:

    Heh. I come from a long line of chihuahuas. Facial hair takes forever for me, but I recently grew a beard (no mustache – being Hispanic a mustache makes me look like I need a green card). The Mrs. always told me that she liked the fact I was smooth faced and it ticked her off that I grew the beard.

    Until she discovered she actually liked it.

    Of course, I found out how much she liked it only after I shaved it off. Now, I’m doing the “3 week, try to grow the damned thing back while it itches like hell” routine.

  3. Rustmeister Says:

    It’ll be better on your lady if you let it grow out a bit. It’ll get softer as it gets longer.

    Similar story – my then-wife wonderd one time how I’d look without a moustache. so, to surprise her, I shaved it off.

    First thing out of her mouth? “Why’d you do THAT?”

  4. Kevin Baker Says:

    Uh-oh. “Your beard is too scratchy” is the new “I’ve got a headache.” 😉

  5. tgirsch Says:

    Give it a few weeks, and the beard will get softer. The first couple weeks are tough to take.

    Some years ago, I shaved my beard off for a Halloween costume. I’ve had a beard for almost the entire time we’ve been together. When she saw me clean shaven, she cried, and said “You’re not my husband any more!”

    Fortunately, I’m too lazy to shave, and my facial hair grows quickly, so the beard was back within a couple of weeks.

  6. Jay G. Says:


    I shaved off my goatee last January. I’d had facial hair of some sort since 1992.

    I walked into my parents’ house and my MOTHER didn’t recognize me…

    Ever since I’ve debated with growing it back. On the one hand, I’m lazy, and having a goatee/beard means less shaving (ergo, less work). The flip side, though, is that I enjoy only having a single chin (as opposed to the 3 or 4 I’d had my whole life up ’til then) and like showing it off…

  7. Helvetix Says:

    Let the beard grow a little more, it won’t be so scratchy. More recently my wife’s encouraged me to let it grow longer. I now look like Snidley Whiplash with the curlycue mustache. My mustache ends up in the middle of our smooch every time. She says she loves it. Hang in there.

  8. joated Says:

    Yeah, ya gotta get past the “Don Johnson” stages of beard growth for it to get longer and softer. Then she’ll curl up on your lap and run her fingers through it while she purrs. 😉

  9. KCSteve Says:

    Key tip in beard growing: brush it. Brush it a lot. That lifts the ends of the hairs away from your skin so they stop tying to dig back in. Once they get to a certain length the beard will be more comfortable for both of you (‘certain length’ depends on how your beard grows. For me it’s about a inch or so).

    I grew my beard just after highschool. A friend had shaved off his in hopes it would grow back in thicker. A Mexican friend (this was when I lived in AZ) had been growing his for three months. I would shave at 5:00AM and be asked by 10:00 why I hadn’t shaved. I declared on a Friday that I’d demonstrate to them how to grow a beard. Monday I had a beard.

    Used to shave parts of my face but I’m very prone to ingrown hairs so I finally just stopped fighting it.

  10. John Hardin Says:

    …the things you learn on a gun blog…

  11. ben Says:

    It does get softer as it gets longer, but that’s mostly because dinner is softer than beard hair, and the longer you keep it, the more dinner you store up in there 🙂

  12. Sailorcurt Says:

    Can you say “whipped?” Sure you can.

    (don’t tell my wife I said that!)

  13. Alcibiades McZombie Says:

    You should coat the beard with some type of lubricant to prevent friction burn.

  14. Brian Says:

    “I ask So, would you rather I look good or feel good? She says look good. Who knew?”

    Are you sure that isn’t code for “you’re a bad kisser”?

  15. straightarrow Says:

    Buy her some chaps.

    Oh yeah, that was snide simply because when cranial hair left my beard turned white, not a causitive factor, just age. I hated looking like I was so damn dumb I didn’t know I was old. No sympathy here. You damn whippersnapper!

  16. Jay G. Says:

    You should coat the beard with some type of lubricant to prevent friction burn.

    Rem Oil…

  17. Dustin Says:

    ROFL! Wives can be a bit fickle at times, but you can’t help but love them. 🙂

  18. Justthisguy Says:

    I’d love to let mine grow, shaving being such a hassle, but my beard has been pretty much all white since I was 45 or so. So I shave.

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