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I was born in the small Ohio River town of Henderson, Kentucky, and  joyfully raised by my mother and bearded father.  My dad has had a beard my entire life, except for a dark period in the early nineties when my sister and I pestered him into shaving it off so we could see what he looked like.  When he was finished, I wondered where my father went.  He was just not the same man.

Such is the nature of the beard.  When a man has one for a long enough time, it becomes a major part of his identity.  This is currently happening to me.  Wearing a beard since April 2004 has changed how I am perceived, even among friends; I am now a bearded man.  Society certainly has a stereotype of how bearded men act.  Individualistic.  Idealistic.  A bit curmudgeonly.  Self-reliant.  Knowledgeable.  I fit the mold quite well, and I couldn’t say if the reason why is because I grew a beard and feel an imperceptible pressure to be that way or if I am naturally that way and fatefully felt compelled to grow a beard.  Either way, it looks like I’m bearded for good.

As my time bearded continues to increase, the likelihood that I will ever again be clean-shaven plummets.  I will never take a job that would require me to shave.  My beard is non-negotiable at work and in my personal life.  Fortunately, I found a good wife who enjoys my beard and actually mourns the loss of length in the summer months. Contrarily, when I let my beard get longer in the winter, my mom reliably groans at the length, saying how handsome I look with it shorter.  Dad’s beard has always been of modest length, but I never hear discouragement from him, short beard or long.  He doesn’t vocalize it, but I think he’s quietly proud that I have chosen to be bearded like him.

By being bearded, my father and I are part of something bigger – a brotherhood of like-minded men.  I may not always speak to a fellow beard bearer on the street, but if we make eye contact, there’s a knowing look and a sense of camaraderie that needs no words.  And all it takes to join the fellowship is a willingness to be in a minority… and patience.

I created this site for all of you who would love to join the bearded brotherhood, but have struggled to achieve your goal.  Through inspiring stories, breaking beard news, and helpful hints I hope to help you reach the milestone in your life when you become permanently bearded.  You can grow the beard of your dreams… with The Beard Coach!


  1. My wife likes my beard but she says it grows too high on my cheeks and too far down on my neck. Should I clean my neck and cheeks up a bit with a straight razor? My beard is probably about an inch and a quarter in length. I think I am due for a scissor trim. I watched your video on you tube. It seems helpful. But I am still nervous about it. I don’t want to lose any length down low but up by my sideburns it is getting a little fluffy. I keep a clean cut hair cut about a number 2 on the sides but still want to keep the long beard. I feel I am stronger with the power of the beard. Any advice would be much appreciated. Oh and also check out this dude Lucas Parker. Professional crossfitotown athlete. He really harnesses the power of the beard and should be an inspiration to us all. Thank y for your time.

  2. Man, you do look awesome with that beard! After watching you on YouTube, I might have to agree with your mom, though — you look great with a more trimmed beard. But you should wear it however you feel makes you look your best.

    I’ve had a beard since I was 17 years old. I have NEVER shaved it completely off, although I did go through a period in the 1990s when I just did the goatee thing. But I have not shaved my chin or mustache area for more than 27 years now.

    I’m very glad to see full beards coming back into vogue for men. I hope the trend continues.

  3. I have wanted a solid beard for 10 years but I’m patchy to a fault and was always discouraged in the in between stages. Found your site and have been sticking with it. Got past the first two ‘patch adams’ stages and finally filling in. The trimming tips have really helped not trying to sculpt it too early which has always been a big problem. Thanks!

  4. You are so right. My beard has become the missing part of me I always searched for. I wore mine short for 34 years then decided to let nature take its course. Thanks for your site.

  5. True, Dad was not the same man without his whiskers. You and Dad were always fuzzy… Do you think this is why I married a bearded man?

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