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    I've started on the journey of growing my own proud face mane. But there's a question that's been on my mind about it since I retired my razors;

    Do you prefer to use soap to keep it clean, or shampoo?
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    Shampoo, definitely. I always used to get beardruff on my chin, but it took me ages to realise that maybe I should use shampoo. Ever since then it's been fine.

    I get normal dandruff too though, so maybe people who don't can get away with just using soap.
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      CommentAuthorPaprika
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2011
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    We are men. We dont talk of soap.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2011 edited
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    Please let this become a topless beard-shampooing picture thread.
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      CommentAuthorinfomancer
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2011
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    I can get away with just soap. My head is pretty closely shaved, so I don't even own shampoo, actually.

    Sorry Robin, no pictures of my nudity, but I'm sure there will be some bearded man-candy here soon.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2011 edited
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    When I have my great grizzly beard of manitude, I use shampoo for the sideburns and neck, and just a little bit for the chin, particularly under the corners of my lips, where the hair tends to get snarled more. The mustache is pretty safe, as is right under the lower lip. However, be careful not to over-shampoo your beard, because then it will get very dry and nasty-feeling, both for you and your... ahem, social engagements. About twice a week is good.

    Also, depending on how long and thick your beard gets, combing it is actually not a bad idea, and it doesn't even hurt that much once you get used to it. It'll keep the beard clean, removes loose hair that could come out at its own whim otherwise, and can improve the condition of the skin underneath it - one thing you'll have to get used to is not being able to wash your face in the same way, using things like anti-acne cream or wipes are more or less right out. A standard fine-tooth comb will do the trick - hairbrushes aren't really that useful, in my experience.

    Sunlight is good for beard-owners, both because it will keep the skin under it healthy, and it will actually keep the beard looking nicer - I couldn't tell you why, only that my beard looks nicer, and has more interesting coloration, when I have a decent tan.

    @oldhat: Next time I shave, I'll have the roomie take a picture, just for you ;)
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      CommentAuthorPaprika
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2011 edited
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    Stop. It... WARREN.
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      CommentAuthorMorac
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2011
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    I keep my goatee cropped pretty close. That helps a lot as far as needing to clean it regularly goes. I occasionally shampoo, but it is generally not needed.


    I too shall refrain from posting topless pictures, as the presence of that many ribs in one image leads some men to a hunger for pork-flesh that rapidly decreases the available amount of bacon that the internet needs for 4chan memes.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2011
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    Seconding Oldhat.
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    i have had a shaved head and beard for at least 5 years, i use body wash on everything. havent owned shampoo since about 2005?
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    It really matters on the length of the beard i switched from normal soap to a mild shampoo when rinsing my face off at the sink became too awkward and washing my face in the shower became easier. Just remember to be careful with hair conditioners, what does not cause an embarrassing rash on your scalp may not be as kind to your face.
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    dorkmuffin, don't encourage her.


    as for the question, I use shampoo.
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      CommentAuthorHEY APATHY!
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2011 edited
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    I only get a good gotee surrounded by random weird patches growing at different rates all over my cheeks + 1 hair on my neck I never notice until it is 3 or 4 inches long otherwise I'd have my shirt off,face lathered and a camera out right now.
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    Shampoo and conditioner both. My beard is silky smooth and soft, and thick as all hell.
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      CommentAuthorAriana
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2011
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    what is this I can't even
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      CommentAuthorPaprika
    • CommentTimeMay 8th 2011
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    Ariana, do something.
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    This is more of a general hair question, and also aimed at Corey Waits and other dandruff sufferers: How the bloody hell do I get rid of this shit? I have a very black-prominent wardrobe, and I shudder at the thought of having to throw it out or get used to "local snowstorms". I use head and shoulders, but even if I shampoo it twice over it still comes out flaky as a French pastry!

    Much obliged for the advice, Whitechaplains.
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    @SilentObjector: Head and Shoulders generally works for me. Do you use just regular H&S, or Dry Scalp Care? The latter might work better for you. Also: how long is your hair generally, do you use any other sorts of hair products, and do you tend to wear a hat? Those may be contributing factors

    As for beards: back in the days when I had one, I found that soaking it in the blood of my enemies and/or the innocent was more than sufficient to keep it manly and lustrous.
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      CommentAuthorFoamhead
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2011
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    Best. Whitechapel. Thread. Ever. Snorting with laughter.

    (Personally, I shampoo both hair & face fuzz simultaneously; temporarily transmutating into The Mighty Foamhead.)
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      CommentAuthorHEY APATHY!
    • CommentTimeMay 9th 2011 edited
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    I am laughing so hard right now that my cat is getting upset with me. she has a beard even though she is a she and she just puts her head under the focet, no soap just running water.

    edit @Fookwit - bring on the photo!

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