Now don't get me wrong, there is no way I would ever put you off growing a beard, as it's the single most awesome thing I have ever done, apart from getting married and watching my baby girl being born of cause!
Let me tell you that the advantages of having a beard definitely outweigh anything you're going to read in this article. (I should probably write a counter-argument to this article - I'll add that to my to-do-list)
I'm going to talk about the worst things about growing a beard. I mean these are the worst of the worse of things that really will annoy you!
It's always been a little bit of a grey area around whether facial hair, either a beard or a moustache is allowed in the British Army. In the same way that the argument about whether beards are allowed in sports such as boxing has differed over the years, the same applies to beards in the British Army.
I was recently out with some mates and we were chatting about the Royal Wedding and one of my mates said: "Remember that time when Prince Harry p#ss#d everyone off by having a full-blown beard on Remembrance Sunday service?"
Got an itchy beard? Maybe a rash or bumps under your beard? Don't worry, I feel your pain! Beard related issues almost always cause you to have an itchy beard or some kind of annoying irritation.
I'm here to help.
So you've taken the time to grow your awesome beard. You might also have gotten that perfect moustache too, and you've been through hell to get there. You most probably have been patiently waiting for areas to grow out, getting through all the comments and questions that people throw at you: "Hey mate, you call that a beard!?"
Shut up you tw#t!.
It's hard and there is nothing worse than dealing with all the other types of challenges that might crop up while you're on your beard growing journey. Dealing with beard related skin issues and problems with the skin under your beard can be a mind bender.
You've taken the plunge and grown a badass moustache. Yeah, it might have started out as a bit of banter with your mates over who could last the longest through Movember, but you've now gone into the unknown. It's now December and you've done the unthinkable. You've left it on your face.
Yes, that's right! Beard Terminology is a thing. Growing a beard is a simple thing. It's natural and a beautiful thing, but getting the terminology nailed is key if you want to get the most out of your beard. I mean if you're looking to join the community, then you got to speak the language!
I remember when I started looking at growing a beard I would ask people for advice, and they would reel off these terms that sounded alien to me. People would make comments like:
"You going for your yeard mate?" or "Nice bum fluff geezer".
What do all these mean?!